Pokkali Story Of Rice

Pokkali Story Of Rice

Tour Description: Pokkali farming is a unique community-based initiative to preserve and conserve a one of its kind, the saline-tolerant strain of rice, threatened by extinction. In a stunning backwater setting, this tour gives an opportunity to understand one of the oldest known crops cultivated through a symbiotic farming tradition involving rice and prawn culture. Pokkali is known for its tolerance to salinity and hence positioned as a climate change-resistant food.

To reach the Pokkali backwaters area, we will join the locals as they take the ferry from Kochi to Vypeen. From there, it is an hour's drive.


  • Local ferry ride
  • Visit to the village Agri-Service centre, and walk through the village
  • Farm visit and interaction with a farmer who sustains the tradition against many constraints
  • Thoni (country boat) ride in the scenic backwaters, seeing daily life in the area
  • Interactive cooking and lunch with the women of the village.

You will be accompanied by a trained story-teller fluent in English and will come back with a deeper understanding, not only of the ecology of the region but also of Kerala's inspiring community-based self-help groups and co-operative bank movements.

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Plan For The Day

  • ‚óŹ 9:00 am pick up from hotel in Fort Kochi, take the local ferry (the car will be loaded on the ferry)
  • 10:30 am arrive at the village after a 1hr drive
  • 10:30 am to 2:00 pm - visit the Agri-Service market, walk through the village, visit a Pokkali farm, take a thoni ride (local country boat) through the beautiful backwaters, visit the interpretation centre, interactive cooking and lunch
  • 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm - return to Fort Kochi after a relaxed lunch

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