Munroe Island

Munroe Island, Kerala
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In 1795 the British established their supremacy in South India and the princely state of Travancore came under their governance.

In 1795 the British established their supremacy in South India and the princely state of Travancore came under their governance.

Munroe Island is a hidden pearl in the backwaters which is composed of a cluster of 8 islands. Every one of them is separated by small water channels and lakes. Munroe Island has located around 27 km from Kollam. The place is named in honor of Resident Colonel John Munroe, of the former princely state of Travancore. He is said to have integrated several backwater regions by digging canals. Some of this island’s main attractions are the narrow waterways, canal cruise and the famous Kallada Boat Race held here during the 10-day celebration of Onam. It offers a unique and quiet setting, far from the constant chaos of current life.

This scenic island is surrounded by Kallada River and Ashtamudi Lake and offers the stunning views of the rich green coconut plantation, which is a common sight in Kerala. Many People from nearby towns and cities visit this peaceful spot to spend leisure time in the warmth of the Mother Nature. While a couple of them capture the lovely surroundings of the place, many simple relish the tempting delegacies of Kerala, prepared using coconut oil and served at authentic restaurants in Munroe Island.

Best time to visit: October to May.

Tourist Places in Munroe Island:-

  • Sasthamcotta Sree Dharma Sastha Temple
  • St Casimir’s Church
  • Kottankulangara Devi Temple
  • Kovilthottam Lighthouse
  • Panmana Asramam
  • Panakkattodil Devi Temple
  • Thekkan Guruvayoor Temple
  • Munro Church
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  • The Island is around 23.6 km from Kollam town. From Kollam you can get private and KSRTC bus stations.
  • Kollam  is the nearest Railway Station at 25.9 km
  • Trivandrum International Airport, around 81.6 km
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In 1795 the British established their supremacy in South India and the princely state of Travancore came under their governance. From 1800 onwards, a Resident was appointed by East India Company as administrative head of Travancore. The first Resident was Colonel Colin Macaulay, followed by Colonel John Munro. During his residency Munro oversaw the land reclamation efforts in the delta where Kallada River joins Ashtamudi Lake and the recovered island was named after him as Munroe Island. The Dutch Church here in Munroe Island is one of the ancient churches in Kerala. It was built by the Dutch in 1878. The red brick church is a blend of Dutch-Kerala architecture on the scenic banks of Lake Ashtamudi.

The villagers depend upon coconut coir manufacturing as livelihood, however, post Indian Ocean tsunami, things have changed.

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