Kerala Backwaters: Pokkali Rice Farming
Pokkali farming is a unique community initiative to preserve a one-of-a-kind, saline-tolerant strain of rice that's on the brink of extinction. Pokkali rice is one of the oldest crops on earth cultivated with a farming tradition that involves rice and prawn. Here, you'll get the rare chance to learn about it before the tradition and grains both disappear.
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Helpful Questions from Other Travellers
How do I get there?
From Kochi Airport, you can take any of these buses: JNK1, JNK2, JNK3, JNK19, JNK14 to get to Fort Kochi, the meeting point. It takes 1.5 hours by bus and costs USD1-2.
Do I need to go with a guide?
Yes, you will need a guide to bring you around and to tell you more about Pokkali farming.
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What's the best time to go?
The best months to visit are January, February, October, November, December
We recommend the above period because you would have good weather.
Any tips for what to do in the area?
While you're there, do check out the water activities in Kerala as well - from rafting to canoeing to kayaking. You may also opt for a more culturally-immersive experience by exploring homestay options.
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