The name Pathiramanal means “Midnight Sand” in Malayalam, and the island lives up to its name with its dark sand beaches. The island is a haven for various migratory birds. The island is a must-visit for any bird lover, and is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. The island is accessible by boat from the nearest town, and there are a few basic amenities on the island, including small shops and a few restaurants. The island is a great place to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery, and is a popular spot for swimming and fishing. The island is also said to be a place where the souls of the dead come to rest. If you are looking for a truly unique and magical experience, a visit to Pathiramanal Island is a must.
History of Pathiramanal Island
The island (also called as Anantha-Padmanabhan-Thoppu) had been bought by Chevalier ACM Anthraper from a Trust in Cochin of M/s Bheemji Devji, and had been owned by the Thaimattathil family till the late 1970s. When agrarian reform laws were implemented in the country from the year 1979, this island became state property. Then, the island had been returned to the government as surplus land in excess of the land ceiling. Later it was handed over to the tourist office, and the idea of renting it out to private companies was considered. The island is currently uninhabited. Until the late 1970s, 14 worker families lived on the island, which were re-established later on the mainland in the Muhamma pankaiat.
Reaching Pathiramanal Island
The island is a one & a half hour speedboat ride or a 30-minute speedboat ride from the town of Alappuzha. Boats also run on the Muhamma-Kumarakom waterway. SWTD boats plying the Muhamma-Kumarakom waterway will no longer stop at Pathiramanal. Pathiramanal can be reached in about forty minutes from Kumarakom. A trip through Vembanad Lake is a great experience. The best way to reach Pathiramanal is to hire a boat from the Kayippuram jetty, which is only about one kilometer east of the Kayippuram junction on the road (of Alappuzha-Thannirmukkam).
Devi Royal Residency in Kerala
Devi Royal Residency offers accommodation in Mararikulam, 2.9 kilometers from the Uki Beach and 4.4 kilometers from the St. Andrew’s Basilica, Arthunka. All accommodations are air-conditioned & have flat-screen TVs. The nearest airport is the Kochi International Airport, which is at a distance of 59 kilometers from this property. Here, at Devi, the staff speaks your language! So, if you plan to visit the Pathiramanal Island in Kerala, stay at Devi Royal Residency, and make your trip worthwhile.