MATSYAFED (Kerala State Co-operative Federation for Fisheries Development Ltd), the organization which stands on the strong pillars of 666 Primary Co-operatives of Fishermen in the State, is diversifying its activities by exploring the tourism potential of the organization. Aqua Tourism by Matsyafed, Palaikari is in a 125 hectare wide brackish water fish farm with 4 culture ponds and 3 nurseries. The farm lies inside the Vembanad Lake.

The Aqua Tourism by Matsyafed, Palaikari offers facilities for spending a day there, relaxing on hammocks, swings or benches on the bunds between shady coconut trees, meals with fish curry, fish fry and fish pickles and a cup of ice cream and pedal-boating, for only Rs.200/- The one day package starts from 10 a.m. with a welcome drink and ends at 6 p.m. with a scenic beauty of the sunset. Children below 12 years can have the same facilities for only Rs.100/-. Huts on the bunds and in the water body are apt for a private retreat. An evening visit costs only Rs.25/- from 4 p. m to 6 p. m. The Scheme has been a success, attracting over 15,000 visitors per year since it was started.

If you are looking for a 'not-so-crowded' place to spend your weekend or for a full day picnic spot not at all far away from the city of Kochi, then Aqua Tourism by Matsyafed, Palaikari is surely the one you are looking for. The ‘MATSYAFED Milky-way Malippuram’ and the ‘MATSYAFED Aqua Tourism Centre Narakkal’ are 2 similar concepts from MATSYAFED. All of these are prawn filtration farms where public can visit for a day and enjoy a lot of activities.

 

Pollution free air inside the Vembanad Lake.

A unique experience amid the coconut trees on the bunds.

It is a not-so-crowded place to spend your weekend or for a full day picnic not far away from the city.

Safe (not allowing hot-drinks, tobacco and food from outside) and organized (catering by a women Self Help Group) as it is run by MATSYAFED.

A safe swimming area and a kite flying area available.

 
Aqua Tourism in Kerala, South India is on a fast track development process. More than 40 rivers, canals, lakes, lagoons and other water bodies that run across the length and breadth of Kerala, South India create the perfect base for the development of Aqua Tourism. The Vembanad Lake lies 12 km west to Kottayam. It provides excellent opportunities to tourists to enjoy its calm beauty by taking slow moving house boats along the waterways that reflect the shades and hues of the coconut palms and ferns on the banks. The rivers Achenkovil, Manimala, Meenachil, Moovattupuzha, Pamba, Azhuthayar, Kakkattar, Kallar, Manimalayar and Periyar flow into this lake which spreads up to 14 km wide at some places. A branch of Moovattupuzhayar empties near the Palaikari farm.