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About Munroe Island

Munroe Island is located at the confluence of Ashtamudi lake and the Kallada river, in Kollam district, Kerala. The island is accessible by road, rail and inland water navigation. The island village is a tourism destination where one can experience canoe trips, house boating and also watch coir retting process, fishing, prawns feeding, migratory bird watch, narrow canals and waterways, coconut farms on the lake shore, lagoons and mangroves plants. Munroe Island is a cluster of eight tiny islands, It is an ideal place for backwater tour in Kerala which provides you the ideal life of Kerala.

The island is named after Colonel Munroe, the British Resident of erstwhile Travancore

Canals at Munroe Island

Canals at Munroe island makes Munroe Island different from other backwaters in Kerala. Munroe Island Canoe tours through small narrow canals of Munroe Island. Guest describes it in different way , like God’s Own Hidden Gem of an Island – Munroe Island. You can see numerous coconut trees, cashew plants, mangrove plants alongside the canal. On the way canoe passes under simple curved footbridges. You can see coir making process, boat making, Green chromide and prawn farms, fishings, migratory bird watch etc. You can enjoy Kerala traditional tea shops on the banks.

Ashtamudi Lake

Ashtamudi Lake (Ashtamudi Kayal), in the Kollam District of the Indian state of Kerala, is the most visited backwater and lake in the state . Ashta-mudi means eight-armed or 'eight coned' (Ashta : 'eight'; mudi : 'coned') in Malayalam language. The name is indicative of the lake's topography with its multiple branches. The lake is also called the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala.

Kallada River

Kallada river is 121 km, flowing through Punalur, Pathanapuram, Kunnathur and Kallada before ending at Ashtamudi Lake. The Palaruvi Falls also feeds Kallada river and falls into the Ashtamudi Lake.

Kallada jalothsavam/ Boat Race

The Kallada Jalotsavam is a popular snake boat race held on the Kallada River at Munroe Island on 28 days after Onam at Munroe Island

History : Name "Munroe Island" from the name of Divan of Travancore Col. John Munroe

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 tenure Munro oversaw the land reclamation efforts in the delta where Kallada River joins Ashtamudi Lake and the reclaimed 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.