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Munroe island, Kerala

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A cluster of eight islands located very close to each other at the point where the Kallada river joins the massive Ashtamudi lake are called Munroe Island, named after a British officer, John Munroe, for his efforts towards land reclamation rights for these islands. The islands have narrow waterways, which are their main attraction because only a small boat can pass through them. Visit Munro Islands to laze your time away on a boat, enjoy the beauty of the lake and surroundings by going on a canal cruise, and experience the slow-moving lifestyle of the locals, adjusting to which might be quite challenging and enjoyable. Hire a boat and go on an unforgettable tour of the attractive lagoons, amazing mangroves, attractive small islands, coir netting factories, and bird watching to appreciate nature in slow motion. You will have your hands and minds full of activities amidst nature and may consider extending your stay. Such is the aura and effect of Munroe Island! Barring the monsoon months and peak summer months, the rest of the year is a good time to visit Munroe Island. It is located about 25 kilometres from Kollam, the district headquarters. Kollam is the nearest railway station. The nearest airport is at Thiruvananthapuram, about 80 kilometres away.

Nearby Places to See


Varkala Beach
Varkala, one of Kerala’s most famous beaches, is about 50 kilometres from Munroe Island. The beach and its ancient Vishnu temple are well-known for their healing springs. Many people who visit the temple swim in the ocean because they believe it will help them heal.
Dutch Church
The Dutch constructed a small church on Munroe Island in 1878, and it has become an iconic landmark there. The tiled church’s facade is reminiscent of the Dutch Golden Age.
John Munroe Bungalow and Museum
John Munroe, who worked for the East India Company and was a resident governor, did his job in what is now called the John Munroe Bungalow and Museum.
Punalur Suspension Bridge
The bridge dates back to 1877 and can be found in Punalur, 44 kilometres from the island. The length of this bridge is 400 feet, making it the longest motorable bridge in South India. It was constructed on the city side of the Kallada River to keep wild animals out. The wooden bridge was built to tremble when someone walked across it, which scared away the animals. Tourists flock there now.
Located about 60 kilometres from the islands, Thenmala is a popular state eco-tourism centre. A number of factors, including the Palaruvi waterfalls, the dam across the Kallada river, the railway route, and the protected forests, have contributed to Thenmala’s popularity as a destination for ecotourists and photographers.


Things to Buy

Things to buy include Art pieces depicting the Island’s landscape.

Foods to Relish

Seafood, Kerala style non-vegetarian meals.