First slide

Backwaters of Kerala - Munroe Island

With so many advertisements, Instagram, Facebook, and other social media, you already know that Kerala is a stunning lush green landscape in Southern India and you might have thought of traveling here at some point of time. Well, Kerala is as breathtaking and scenic as you have seen in pictures and has an unmatched heritage and culture.

From spectacular green landscapes, to cool breeze, rich heritage and culture to traditional Kerala food - Kerala doesn’t stop surprising you at all times. Not only this, Kerala’s lighthouse lined beaches, wildlife, hill stations, intricately designed temples, mosques, churches are also famous. You can head here to rejuvenate your mind and soul through Ayurvedic retreats.

But today we are here to talk about the gorgeous and soothing backwaters that justifies its tagline - God’s Own Country. Munroe Island is one such lesser-known island in Kerala but has amazing backwaters and scenic views. It has a heavenly beauty that is similar to Alleppey but is relatively less popular.

Let me take you through all the goods of this place that will urge you to pack and go right away!

Enchanting backwaters of Munroe Island


The backwaters of the Munroe Island gives you an experience of beauty and tranquility at one place. Most people who travel to Kerala pick Alleppey as their ultimate destination for exploring the backwaters but it is time to change the type and get on with trying and exploring some new and unique places in Kerala. You can also call them the secret backwaters of Kerala.

Unlike Alleppey, Munroe Island is a pristine destination nestled amidst nature which is far away from over-tourism and commercialization.

Locally known as Mundrothuruthu, the location of this place is the most striking thing to see. It is at the confluence of Ashtamudi Lake and the Kallada River and is an island of eight small islets. Located away from the hustle-bustle of the city, you will feel the magic and calmness at the same time while navigating through narrow and palm-fringed backwaters with backdrop of stunning flora and fauna.

Know the locals


It is certain that you will get trouble communicating there as the locals do not speak English. But they are very welcoming and might offer you some fresh coconut water. There are a lot of small local restaurant that serves the most delicious Keralan lunch like rice with fish curry, prawn curry, different kinds of chutneys and vegetable stew, all made with rich coconut flavor and local herbs. You can also visit to see the coir retting process and coir weaving in the village for a more authentic experience. But make sure to get permission from the villagers beforehand.

To see the best of the Munroe villages you should visit during the Kallada Boat race as it is one of Kerala’s most famous boat races held during Onam.

Get a glimpse of the rich history of the island. Take a tour to the Dutch Church built back in 1878 and is believed to be one of Kerala's most ancient churches. It stands on the banks of Lake Ashtamudi and is a prime example of Dutch-Kerala architecture. Even though foreigners have been long gone, but still their remains are still scattered around Munroe Island.

End your Munroe Island tour with a refreshing dip in the local river while glancing at the sky with shades of orange, red and pink of the setting sun.

Exploring Flora and Fauna


The best thing you can do when on Munroe Island is bird watching. Walk down the island to explore the biodiversity of this area. With all these birds surrounding you, you’ll fall in love with birds and the activity of bird watching. You will see the kingfishers, beautiful Brahminy kites and graceful egrets.

Spice Plantations of Kerala


Does it even worth to visit Kerala if you do not visit the spice plantations? No! Munroe has such a gorgeous spice plantations, rubber manufacturers, and coconut farms. Do not forget to bring the authentic Indian spices back home.

How to reach the Munroe Island?


To reach the islands of Munroe, you have to reach Kollam as it is the nearest city. Several trains & buses are available till Kollam and the nearest airports are Kochi and Trivandrum to reach Kollam. The distance between Kollam and Munroe Islands is 25 km.

Best time to visit 


Munroe islands can be visited all year round but to gain the ultimate experience, visit between the months of November to February. 

Travel tip: Essentials to carry on this trip?

Carry sunscreen, flip-flops, light and comfortable cotton clothes, hat, and sunglasses.

Still thinking? It time to pack your bags and get going. Superb My Trip offers great Kerala Tour Packages with amazing deals and discounts. This trip will be one of the most interesting and unique experiences you will ever have. Book now!

Recent Post