Pathiramanal Island, Alleppey

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: backwaters, lakes, photography, scenery
  • Entrance Fee: No entrance fee
  • Visiting Time: 6 AM – 6 PM (you can stay for long but the islet does not provide accommodation facilities)
  • Visit Duration: 4 to 5 hours (if you plan to explore the entire island)

Residing amidst tamed wilderness and scenic abundance that made the land ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala is a picture painted by the divine hands themselves. A single picture of Kerala is capable of luring you into her cradle. Alleppey is the gem in her crown. Famed for its backwaters set amidst beautiful lush green dells, the city of Alleppey is God’s residing place. Perched in its cradle is Pathiramanal, a small island flowing in the backwaters of Vembanad. Here, each grain of sand has a story to tell, each of them possessing unique beauty and different from the other in its entirety.

Pathiramanal Island
Photo by Navaneeth Krishnan S, CC BY-SA 4.0

Traveller Tips

  • You need to pack accordingly to the season.
  • You must remember that the islet is a plastic free zone and you cannot leave behind any waste or hazardous materials. Remember that it is your responsibility to preserve the delicate balance of the land.
  • Make sure you pack your binoculars and cameras. Trust me you are going to need it a lot. There are plenty to click in this little piece of heaven.
  • Carry handy medicines and a first-aid kit which is a must especially if you have kids or elderly people with you.

Things to Do

  • Make sure you have your binoculars with you because Pathiramanal is a bird watcher’s haven.
  • Don’t forget your camera; you will need to capture the scenic abundance of this little Islet packed with such beauty and elegance.
  • Pathiramanal is pure scenic abundance enjoyed in seclusion. You can plan a picnic amidst the lush dales of the islet with your loved ones or you can simply sit in isolation drinking in every bit of the beauty of the place.
  • You can take a dip in the cool waters of the Vembanad Lake.

Availability of Guides

Being a tourist haven Alleppey has her fair share of guides’ expert in the unexplored trails of her land. However, it is always best to pick someone who is registered with the Official Tourism Department of Alleppy so that they are reliable and trustworthy.

Best Time to Visit

Kerala is one of those places which have the best climate in the country, throughout the year. It doesn’t matter when you come the place always succeeds in offering you something in return. If I have to suggest a time, then I would advise to come here in the summer. The special tinge the summer sun gives to the green blanket which covers Kerala is unparalleled in its beauty.

How to Reach

Pathiramanal being a secluded Islet can be accessed only by boat. You can hire a boat from the Alleppey town preferably a house boat or if you don’t plan to prolong your stay at Pathiramanal then a simple boat would suffice. From Alleppey local jetty it is only half an hour drive to Pathiramanal.

Interesting Facts and Trivia About Pathiramanal

  • Pathiramanal is twenty-five hectares of land in Vembanad Lake accessible only by boat.
  • You can easily cover this island by walk.
  • Pathiramanal Island is a bird-watchers haven.
  • The island was earlier leased out to private entrepreneurs but now falls under the Tourism Department of Kerala
  • Pathiramanal translates as ‘the sands of the night’.
  • The Island is famed for nurturing plants with medicinal properties.
  • The very air in Pathiramanal is said to have healing properties.
  • Sadly, you cannot spend the night time in the Island as it does not accommodate anyone in its nest. However, if you book a house-boat you can anchor next to the Island and spend the night.
  • The Pathiramanal Bio Park is under construction and fortunately will be completed at the earliest.

Nearby Attractions

Alappuzha is a haven for tourists and never fails to awe its visitors. There are numerous attractions here in Alleppey and you must check out the following while you are in God’d Own Country.

  • Vembanad Lake
  • Krishnapuram Palace
  • Vijay Beach Park
  • Alappuzha Beach
  • Mary Basilica
  • Chettikulangara Devi Temple
  • Punnapra Beach
  • Punnamada Kayal
  • Thumpoly Beach
  • Global Peace Palace
  • Sea Bridge
  • Vikasanam Beach

Nearby Restaurants

  • Pathiramanal Floating Restaurant
  • The Cassia
  • Indian Coffee House
  • Halais Restaurant
  • KFC Fast Food Restaurant
  • Thaff Delicacy
  • Avees Puttu House
  • Makkani Restaurant
  • Avocado Garden Restaurant
  • Dreamers Restaurant
  • Mushroom
  • Hassan’s Family Restaurant
  • Hot Kitchen Restaurant
  • Panoramic Sea Resort
  • Thaff Restaurant

Listen to the chirping of the birds in the untamed wilderness of this islet located amidst the backwaters of Vembanad Lake. There is music in the air and the calming aura the place instils in you is unparalleled in beauty. Listen carefully and you can hear the stories they wish to tell you- the stories of times long gone and the secrets it harbour in its deep waters. You will feel blessed to be in the midst of such beauty and if you ever doubted why the land is called God’s Own Country, then you will be answered once and for all.

About Rohit

An architect by profession, Rohit Agarwal is a curious traveller, seeking out the minutest detail about the places he travels to, and that’s what one will find in his writings. His writings have appeared in various blogs, he’s currently trying to bring forth as many different places a traveller who shares the same level of curiosity like him would like to visit through his writings.

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