Next they walked down to the commercial capital of Kerala, Kochi's coastline, and saw one of the most unusual sights, where a fresh water Lake and saline Arabian sea stood besides each other, facilitating a port area, a hub or commerce. Also they saw the Willingdon island, largest artificial island of India. The students were then given extensive information about all the activities in the Port, of the ancient past as well as the current times. The spice trade being the at the center of it all, and information about pepper the queen of spices also called 'The Black Gold'. One cannot talk about a visit to the Kochi Port without a seek peek into the ancient Chinese fishing technology, which is still actively practiced on the port. This was followed by a walk in the fish market, where fresh catch was in display for sale.
As they say, you cannot take the coconut out of Kerala or Kerala out of its love for coconut, the tour ended with a visit to the coir factory, where the process making a coir from coconut fiber was explicitly demonstrated. The magic of coir was recreated in our living rooms as we all tried to do a small craft work out of the very same material as a token of our visit. Children frequently asked relevant questions and the guide ably answered them. All in all an enjoyable, engaging and informative virtual Kerala tour.