Pathiramanal Island- an exciting weekend destination in Kerala

Pathiramanal Island

In the Alappuzha district of Kerala, surrounded by the beautiful Vembanad Lake, is the Pathiramanal Island. The word Pathiramanal means ‘sands of night’. It is also known as Anantha Padmanabhan Thopu. This scenic island is an ideal weekend getaway for nature lovers.

Pathrimanal Island is a small island occupying about 10 acres of land. This island is a heaven for bird lovers and bird watchers. One can see hundreds of rare birds migrating from different parts of the world. One can find about 91 local species of birds and 50 migratory birds on this Island!

Little Egret, Purple Heron, Bronze-winged Jacanas, Little Cormorant, Cotton Pygmy-Goose, Whistling Duck, Watercock, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Indian Shag, Night Heron Common Teal, Pintail Ducks, Cormorant, Darter, Cattle Egret, Indian Pond Heron, Whiskered Tern, Monarch flycatcher etc. are some birds commonly found here.

This Island is high on scenic beauty. The exotic birds, the surrounding backwaters, the swaying coconut palms, the floating weeds are all a glorious sight indeed.

There are also three temples close by- Ettumanoor Siva Temple, Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple and Vaikkom Mahadeva Temple. These temple visits can also be combined in the weekend trip.



How to reach?

The nearest towns to the Pathrimanal Island are- Alappuzha which is at a distance of 20kms, Kottayam which is also about 20kms away and Kumarakom which is at a distance of 4kms. One can hire a taxi or a cab from any part of Kerala to reach these closest towns. This Island is accessible only by boat, so from these nearby towns one has to go on a boat ride to reach Pathrimanal Island.

There are plenty of boats from Alappuzha; it takes about an hour and a half drive by a motor boat and just 30 minutes by speed boat to get from Alappuzha to the Pathrimanal Island.

The boat ride to the Island is a marvelous experience in itself and is definitely one of the highlights of the trip.

History of the Island

The island was first owned by a landlord named Parayi Tharakan who then sold it to a Guajarati trader by name of Bheemji Devi, who then sold it to Chevalier ACM Anthraper.

Eventually in the year 1979, the Land Reforms Act was imposed in the state and the Kerala state government took over the island.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Pathrimanal Island is during the winter i.e. from October to March. But one can visit this place during all other times if one doesn’t mind the heat or the downpour of the Kerala rains.

Boarding/ Lodging

One can visit Pathrimanal Island only during the day time; overnight trips are not allowed. Since the island is very small a single day trip suffices. Even though one cannot stay on the island, there are many hotels, lodges and home stays in the nearby towns such as Alappuzha, Kottayam and Kumarakom.