Activities @ Anna’s Homestay
Our friends who have been with us to 'stay home ' with ANNA'S HOMESTAY have invariably opined that however much they were exhausted when they reach here,..,once they reach here and start enjoying the coziness and warmth at the lap of MOTHER NATURE, they feel fresh,rejuvenated and full of life and energy that they start looking for activities around!!!!!
TO STAY LAZY OR REMAIN ACTIVE-ITS YOUR HOME AND SO ITS YOUR OPTION!!!!! We are happy to keep you active aswell ! And if your option is to remain active... know it friends...ANNA'S HOMESTAY is at Kumbalanghi,the first model fisheries village,wherein most of the villagers are engaged either in fishing or in agriculture.16 sqkm of land surrounded either by backwaters or by paddy fields-and so...just walk around-you will get yourself acquainted with the simple,traditional village activities.
To name a few:
Coir Yarn Processing
Coir yarn is made with coir fibres separated from coconut husks. Coir yarn is used to make carpets .Coir fibre can also be made into carpets directly.
The coconut is cut into two pieces and sun dried to extract coconut oil. The entire process will take three days before extracting coconut oil. Seperating the copra (dried coconut) from the coconut shell is a very skilful act
Crabs usually found in the brackish water of Kerala are
- Mud crab/Green crab
- Red crab
In these, Green crabs are less attacking. Green crabs have a very good market in the Far East especially in Japan, Singapore and Malaysia. Crabs are exported live. In this village, there is a well-maintained crab farm where the fattening of the crabs are naturally done. Visitors can experience themselves the catching of the crabs weighing 500gms to 3 kgs from the farm.
Clam meat processing
Clams are shellfish found in the brackish waters. Many of the inhabitants of Kallanchery Island find clam meat processing for their livelihood. Usually the entire Family members are taking part in this job. Men collect the clam fish from back water. Ladies steam the clamshell to seperate the meat from the shell. Both men and women go to the market to sell the meat. Shells are used for making white cement, Cement based paints and fertilizers.
Chinese Net operation
Chinese nets were introduced by Chinese during 15th century . Here, Chinese nets are operated usually during the night. Electrical lighting is used to attract the fishes and prawns. Usually two persons are operating one net. Cost of constructing a new net may vary from Rs.40,000 to Rs. 60,000.
As many of the villagers find their livelihood from fishing, knitting the net is also identified as a profession. Many of the villagers are engaged in making the net and their repairing.
Weaving Coconut Leaves
Coconut leaves are weaved by Ladies. Weaved coconut leaves are used for thatching the roof and for fencing . For this, green coconut leaves are first seasoned in brackish water which will increase the life of the weaved leaves.
Country boats are made up of wood like Wild jack tree, Teak etc. Wood is first split into planks of thickness ¾ to 2 inches. These planks are then joined with coir yarn with a coir fibre filling. Oil extracted from sardine fish or Neem or cashew nut shell etc are used to make a protective coating. Big boats are used for transporting goods and travel. Small boats are used for fishing. During boating, visitors can have a close watch of different fishing methods.
Casting of Nets
This is a traditional method of fishing. Here, the conical shaped nets fitted with lead weight at the bottom are spread into the water with one yarn in the hand. The weight fitted at the bottom will keep the fishes inside the net.
Groping of Fish
This is a skillful method of fishing done by ladies using fingers. Here, a group of ladies move in a line and grope fishes from the backwaters.