Pathiramanal Island

By | 7/30/2009 12:11:00 AM 28 comments
Pathiramanal is a small island located on the border of Kottayam - Alapuzha Districts in Kerala(south kerala),India.This small island is on the backwaters of Alappuzha near Muhamma.Pathiramanal is accessible only by boat.The name 'Pathiramanal' means 'Sands of night'.The island is located in the Vembanad Lake.The island is an easily reachable location in the Kumarakom - Muhamma water route.It is a haven for hundreds of rare birds migrating from different parts of the world.Surrounded by the Vembanad Lake,stretching from Alappuzha to Kochi and the Kayamkulam lake.It takes around 40 minutes from Kumarakom to reach Pathiramanal from Kumarakom.The journey through backwaters of Kottayam District,is a marvellous experience.The scenic beauty of both sides of the lake as well as that of the island is mind blowing.It is home to many rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world.The green island forms an ideal place for a break in the journey while on a backwater cruise.The mainland Alappuzha has a vast network of lakes,lagoons and fresh water rivers criss crossing it and is a district of immense natural beauty.

Muhamma boat jetty to Pathiramanal Island =1.5kms
Alappuzha to Pathiramanal Island =13kms
Kumarakom to Pathiramanal Island =4kms
1 1/2 hours drive by motor boat or 30 minutes by speed boat from Alappuzha.
Getting there:
Nearest railway station: Alappuzha
Nearest airports: Cochin International Airport,about 85 km north of Alappuzha.Thiruvananthapuram,about 150 km towards the south.
Pathiramanal island is also known as Anantha Padmanabhan Thoppu.It was purchased by Mr ACA Anthraper from M/s Bheemji Devji Trust of Cochin and was under the private ownership until late 70’s. In 1979 after land reforms acts were enforced in the state,the property came under the ownership of government.The island was returned to the government as a surplus land that crossed the land sealing. It was later transferred to the Tourism Department.The island at present is uninhabited.Till late 70’s of the 20th century 14 worker families resided in the island,which were later rehabilitated on the mainland in the Muhamma panchayath.

The Pathiramanal Island is 28.505 ha.The distance from Muhamma boat jetty towards Island is about 1.5 km and 13kms from Alapuzha to pathiramanal.From the jetty close by Baker Bungalow the distance to the island is about 5 km and from Kumarakom 4 km towards northwest.
• Maximum length: 550m (SW to NE)
• Maximum width: 450m (SE to NW)
• Perimeter: 1800 m
• Estimated Area: 19.6 ha
• Distance to the nearest main land: 810m
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Arun said...

Pathiramanal, a picturesque island in Lake Vembanadu, is positioned to become a bio-park. The project, which is supposed to protect the natural beauty and environmental specialties of the place, was inaugurated by the chief minister of kerala. This project was undertaken by the Kerala tourism initiatives as an eco tourism project. The project will be implemented by agencies operating in the field of land resource management and fisheries management in the state of kerala. For visiting this destination and other destinations in kerala visit tours offered by indian tour planners. kerala tours

amod said...

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This is a beautiful island.

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Portaport said...

Nice blog and good information.

Sadia said...

Beautiful pictures! and very useful information.

The island looks very beautiful. Traveling is one of my life ambitions, but for now it will have to wait.

Anonymous said...

You have done great work with your photography of the island. A few photos remind me of the Everglades where I grew up in South Florida.

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b2bwild said...

I've never been to kerala yet, but i'm sure I will pay a visit before I die X_X

Lauren said...

Thank you for sharing these wonderful photographs.



Very nice Island, The pictures are its proof. There's one picture that's kinda scary though. The river that is color black. But over all, its a very nice Island :)

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Thanks you have provided a lot of brilliant information here plain and easy to understand and some fantastic photos

Joy Idries said...

Looks like a nice place. I have a friend who lives in karala so it is nice to get an idea of what it loooks like

Beautiful place ! It's the first time I see it I hope too the quality of life is as the beauty of the place !

Meghana said...

Thanks for your post..!!!

We are planning a weekend trip to Alleppey and wanted to visit Pathiramanal.
Could you let us know if there are any specific times that we need to visit the place or is it open all day??

don't miss this placeeeee,,,,,,, this is one of the paradise in keralasessup

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Nisha said...

Just visited the island on Vembanad Lake. It is indeed a mesmerisingly beautiful place with tall palm trees and low foliage of greenery that is truly spiritual in many ways. I greeted several leaves that folded in shyness of meeting my finger. ;) We are truly interconnected to Gaia.

Though it is indeed a biodiverse environment, it was concerning to see so much litter and to hear that the government had purchased it and we're planning to build a hotel complex on it, potentially keeping it 'secure' for tourists alone!

I for one am rather saddened to learn about the Keralan government appearing to advocate a bio park and care for nature and sustainability whilst continuing to be slaves to the US calls for specific rice crops that they will buy, whereby forcing Kerala to use chemical fertilisers. The blatant drift towards making money over protecting nature must end if we hope to have future generations appreciate good health, simple living and developing a giving rather than greedy-for-money and me-me-me kind of culture.

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