Beginning of a weekend at Kadamakkudy Islands. Friday evening.
Grand Hyatt, Kochi, is the nearest five star hotel. It is within 10km radius of Kadamakkudy. You can either cycle or travel by cab.
The farmers grow pokkali rice for six months starting from June till November, which the rainy season (monsoon time). Pokkali rice have the ability to withstand the saline water. During the harvest, only the branches with paddy are cut, the leaves are allowed to decay, and that becomes food for fish and prawns. The fish are either trapped inside the fields during the high tide. In some cases, fingerlings (baby fish) are released into the fish farms (chemmeen kettu in malayalam). Crabs are also grown here.
Kadamakudy is well known for its prawn farming and pokkali rice cultivation. For six months the fields are used for prawns and fish farming and during the remaining six months it is time for pokkali rice. Now the farmers are gearing up for pokkali rice. Photo courtesy – Jeese Manavalan, a well known local farmer.