- Mararikulam - An inspirational beach holiday on cards
Feted as the cleanest sandy beach in the whole of Kerala, Mararikulam
would be a fresh holiday experience by any yardstick. The pristine
shoreline, the thatched huts, the stunning sunset and the small village
roads that seem to lead to nowhere make Marari a post card pretty
Get ready for an authentic beach holiday experience at Mararikulam in Alappuzha district in Kerala. An enchanting fishing hamlet, Marari beach would be a right spot to unwind and relax and soak up the sun and the sand to your hearts content. Mararikulam beach still remains pristine and quiet- free from the mass tourism hysteria. On a lucky day, you could still be all alone on the beach with a handful of fishermen at a distance, going about their daily business.
While at Marari, the options are all yours. Laze around on the beautiful sandy coast, count the waves, enjoy the changing moods of the sea, work up a sun tan or enjoy a spell of surfing or parasailing. The waters in Mararikulam beach are clean and safe for swimming as well. A spell of beach volleyball or Frisbee are equally good options to work up the appetite before you set out to savour the scrumptious fish and seafood delicacies that Marari is extremely famous for! The best part is that it is ideal for both adventure holiday makers and family groups alike. The best time to visit Mararikulam, Alleppey is from September through March.
There are many convenient accommodation options nearby including star hotels, home stays and budget hotels and inns, some of them facing the beach. Marairikulam tours also would cover some of the interesting tourist attractions including coir villages, ancient religious places and village markets among others, which would give you a feel of its culture and the way of living.
Mararikulam Beach in Alleppey is the right place to relax and slow down and to beat a retreat to the natures lap. In this quaint fishing hamlet, nothing has changed in the last hundred years or so! Men set out at the crack of the dawn for their daily catch while the women get busy with their daily chores.
Mararikulam Beach is relatively a new beach destination that remains largely unexplored and unspoilt. The sandy coastline hemmed with coconut palms would sweep you off your feet with its solitude and quietness. Marari is great place to experience the warmth of the traditional hospitality of the native populace.
When you are not busy at the beach, you could spare a gaze at the many other interesting activities around. Plan a bicycle tour to the many villages where people make hand spun coir, take a look at the arts and crafts at the village markets or stop by a beach side eatery to sample the spicy fresh fish menu that Marari is famous for! With so much to do at so little time, you would be having a tough time planning an itinerary that makes sure that you havent missed out anything!
Smitten by the charm of a perfect beach holiday experience in Kerala, it is likely that you might be even tempted to extend your stay at Mararikulam beach forever.
- Tourism Attractions
This faultless shoreline is considered to be one of the cleanest beaches in Kerala. Indulge yourself in activities like lazing in the sun, enjoying exciting water sports like surfing or parasailing, swimming in the sea or playing a game of beach volley ball, as you set out to enjoy this excellent beach.
Mararikulam Shiva Temple, the shrine of Lord Shiva and Sree Parvathy, is exceptional in its architectural magnificence. The Cherthala Karthiyani Temple is an ancient temple with Devi Karthiyayini as the presiding deity. Kanichukulangara is famous for the shrine of goddess Bhagavathy.
Kokkamangalam Apostle St. Thomas Pilgrim Centre :
According to legends St. Thomas formed a Christian community at Kokkamangalam and built a church here. This shrine is one of the major pilgrim centers in Kerala.
Thiruvizha, about 5 km south-west of Cherthala is famous for the Shiva temple that attracts large number of devotees. It is believed that the divine prasadam given from the temple is supposed to possess medicinal and curative effects.
Aroor has an industrial park renowned for sea food exports. The major landmarks include St. Augustines Church, Kartyayani Devi Temple and Pavumpayil Sreekrishna Swamy Temple.
Arthunkal is an important pilgrim centre in Cherthala. St .Andrews Church, popularly known as Arthunkal Church, is located about 8 km south-west of Cherthala town facing a beautiful shoreline.
The main attractions at Poochakkal include Nagari Sree Dharmasastha Temple, Sreekandeswaram Mahadevar Temple, Elikkattu Sreedharmasastha Temple, Thevarvattom Masjid and Manappuram St.Theresas church.
Pallippuram is famous for Thiruayranikkulam Kalathil temple,Kadavil Bhagavathi temple, and St.Marys Church.
Velorvattom near Cherthala is known for Velorvattom Mahadeva temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
This serene village is located near Cherthala. Trichattukulam Mahadevar temple, Nalpathenneeswaram temple and Odampally temple are the major attractions in Panavally.
Thumpolly beach :
A natural habitat for many rare birds, this is one of the beautiful beaches in Kerala. Another attraction is St. Thomas Church dedicated to Blessed Virgin Mary.
You can see numerous small scale units of coir products functioning in this village.
- Things To Do
Visit traditional coir making units and indulge in numerous beach activities.
Handicrafts and products made of sea-shells and coir are available in plenty.
- Moving Around
Auto rickshaws and cabs are the most suitable options that facilitate an easier sight seeing.
- Best Time To Visit
October to May
- How to Reach
By Flight :
Nearest International Airport is at Cochin (about 90 km away).
By Rail :
Mararikulam is well connected to all the major cities.
By Road :
Mararikulam is connected with all major destinations in South India by road.