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Munroe Island- A Hidden Paradise in Kerala Backwaters
Munroe Island is located between Ashtamudi Lake and Kallada River in Kerala. This island is, infact, a collection of eight small islands and was named after Colonel John Munroe, the Diwan of Travancore, who is credited for integrating many backwater regions by digging canals. The island is known for its tranquility and beauty.
If you are looking for places to visit in Kerala, do check-out this guide on Munroe Island.
Things to do in Munroe Island and Backwaters of Kerala
1) Canal cruise
The eight parts of Munroe Island are separated by a network of canals. The canal cruise will delight kids as it takes you all on an adventure via the backwaters and canals that crisscross in between the eight sections of Munroe Island.
2) Exploring the island
The island mainly consists of typical villages that are found around the Kerala backwaters. This makes it a perfect time for the kids to learn the local culture. You may watch how the villagers magically make coir products and other country crafts. Apart from the village, you will also get a stunning view of the beauty that nature has to offer with its lush greenery and emerald waters.
3) Other things to see
The Kerala backwaters are teeming with activity. These include water sports with a speedboat, canoeing, an innovative water cycle, and lots more. Ashtamudi Lake is also home to over 50 species of birds which makes bird-watching here a delight. You may also watch dolphins gliding through the waters or relax at Kollam beach.
Best time to visit Munroe Island and Backwaters of Kerala
While Munroe Island can be visited at any time of the year, the months from October to May are considered the best time to visit as the rains may be a dampener at the Kerala backwaters. If you want to experience the Kallada Boat race, you must head here during Onam which is held in August or September.
How to reach Munroe Island and Backwaters of Kerala
To reach the island, you can take a boat or ferry from the banks of Ashtamudi Lake. The nearest railway stations are the Munroe Island Railway Station which is 3km away and Kollam Railway Station which is 25km away from the island. The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport which is at a distance of 84kmfrom MunroeIsland.
Where to stay in Munroe Island and Backwaters of Kerala
Club Mahindra Kerala presents the Club Mahindra Ashtamudi resort which is the nearest resort to Munroe Island. The resort offers comfortable rooms, floating cottages and restaurants. You may indulge in some of the holiday activities available near the backwaters or pamper yourself at the in-house Svaastha Spa, curl up with a book from the library or do a bit of all three! Club Mahindra Ashtamudi will ensure that you have a perfect holiday and this is what makes it one of the best resorts in Kerala.
So start planning an adventure of a lifetime at Munroe Island—one of the jewels of nature! Have a memorable holiday with family near Munroe Island at Club Mahindra Ashtamudi resort in Kerala.
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It’s really a paradise. So beautiful and wonderful. It’ll be a memorable experience to visit there.
Ok – it’s not very clear what is ‘coir’? Is it some sort of grass, a plant, or an already processed, intermediate product that these agricultural operations produce. Also – amazing photos!
It would be great to include photographs of Munroe Island so that we could have a better understanding of how it looks like. Nevertheless, I guess it must be really beautiful to visit with a canal cruise, and travel to when in India.
Kerala must have a big tourism budget as I have been many bloggers writing about it. It looks like there are many incredible things to see and experience there.