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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 of these islands. The islands have narrow waterways, which are their main attraction because only a small boat can pass through them. Visit the Munroe 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, bird watching, and enjoy 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 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 away from Kollam, the district headquarters. Kollam is the nearest railway station. Nearest airport is at Tiruvananthapuram, about 80 kilometres away.
Munroe island

Nearby Places to See

Varkala Beach
One of the most popular beaches in Kerala, it is located about 50 kilometres away from Munroe Island. The beach is famous for its ancient temple of Vishnu and natural springs. Devotees to the temple take a dip in the sea, believing it to cure many ailments.
Varkala Beach
Dutch Church
Built by the Dutch in 1878, this small church is a famous landmark of Munroe Island. The tiled church has its front portion in Dutch style architecture.
Punalur Suspension Bridge
Punalur Suspension Bridge
Located at Punalur, 44 kilometres from the Island, it was built in 1877. This 400 feet long bridge was the first motorable bridge in South India. It was built across the Kallada river to stop the movement of animals into the city side of the river. The wooden bridge was designed such that it would shake when someone stepped on it and the sudden movement discouraged the animals from crossing it. It is now a popular tourist destination.
John Munroe Bungalow and Museum
This 200-year-old building is the place where the resident governor John Munroe discharged his official work as an officer of the East India Company. It is now maintained as a museum.
Located about 60 kilometres away from the Islands, it is a popular eco-tourism centre of the state. The Palaruvi waterfalls, the dam across the Kallada river, the railway route and the protected forests have made Thenmala a go to destination for nature lovers and photographers.
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