Veeranpuzha

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Veeranpuzha
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Location Cochin, Kerala
Coordinates 10°04′N 76°14′E / 10.07°N 76.24°E / 10.07; 76.24Coordinates: 10°04′N 76°14′E / 10.07°N 76.24°E / 10.07; 76.24
Basin countries India

Veeranpuzha is a lake in Cochin, Kerala, India. It is the northern extension of Vembanad Lake. From Kochi Azhi to Munambam Azhi, the Vembanad lake is popularly known in the name of "Veeranpuzha". In the early 1980s there were regular ferry services from Munambam to Ernakulam. The area has large paddy fields devoid of human habitation.

Non-availability of fresh water is a reason for lack of dense human settlements.

Pokkali cultivation[edit]

The saline tolerant Pokkali rice is cultivated in the fields gathered around the banks of Veeranpuzha. Pokkali is cyclic organic cultivation method. As the salinity level of the water in the fields is low, the rice cultivation starts on June and harvesting starts from November. After the harvesting ends, by November to April, the salinity level gets high in the water. In this duration prawn farming starts in the fields. There will be openings in the sluice gates from the lake to the filed. Through these openings, the prawn seedlings swims into the filed from the sea and the lake after the rice harvest and the will get plenty of food like the stem remains of the harvested crop. But according to the recent trend, many Pokkali farmers of Veeranpuzha are declining from farming and migrating to other businesses as farming became unattractive and unprofitable.

Local tourism[edit]

Many local tourists visit Veeranpuzha mainly for angling during rainy season. Some water-front tourism festivals are being organized in recent times mainly to attract foreign tourists.