Munroe Island is a group of eight small islets in Kollam. Each of them is separated by small water channels and lakes.The island is also famous for hosting the Kallada Boat Race, which is held here during the 10-day long Onam festival.
Mundrothuruthu is a tourism spot situated at the outskirts of Kollam city, about 25 km away from Kollam city proper. The island, accessible by road, rail and inland water navigation.
Area: 13.37 km2 (5.16 sq mi)
Etymology: In honour of Col. John Munro
Location: Ashtamudi Lake in India
This backwater marvel is attracting a huge number of tourists every day. The Kayal (Lake) Pradakshina Cruise operated by local boat owner are available here in Mundrothuruthu.
Narrow waterways, canals, lagoons, and the islands of Pathupara are the other attractions of the Munroe Island. There are a number of coconut farms on either side of the waterways.
The island village is a tourism destination where one can see the coir retting process, coir weaving, fishing, prawns feeding, migratory bird watch, narrow canals and waterways, coconut farms on the lake shore, lagoons, mangrove plants and the beautiful tiny islands of Pathupara.
Kallada Boat Race, one of the famous boat races in Kerala, is conducted at Karuvathrakadavu - Muthiraparambu nettayam in Munroe Island.
Munroe Island is named in honour of Resident Colonel John Munro of the former Princely State of Travancore. This island is also known as "Sinking Island of Kerala".
Entry Fees & Cruise Tickets
There is no entry fee to visit Munroe Island unless you opt for the canal cruise operated by DTPC.
Canal Cruise Ticket Rates:
DTPC operates Canal Cruise twice a day
Morning Cruise from 09:00 AM
Afternoon Cruise from 14:00 PM
Canal Cruise Tariff Price: Rs.600/- per person.
How to Reach
Nearest Railway Station: Munroturuttu railway station or Mundrothuruthu railway station (Code:MQO) is about 3 km. The nearest major rail head is Kollam Junction Railway Station is about 15 km.
Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 85 km