Marari Beach

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If you want to be transported back in time, back to about a hundred years ago, head to Marari beach. This beach is a part of Mararikulam, a local fishing village in coastal Kerala where life has not changed much in the last century, with fishing being the main occupation. The idyllic Marari Beach lies between Cochin and Alappuzha and is one of India’s best kept secrets. The name Marari is derived from the name of this village, which offers endless miles of sand beaches backed by swaying palms. This virgin territory provides an experience combining the local charm and traditional Kerala hospitality at its best.

Best time to visit: October to May

Places to visit/Recreation: Marari beach provides a relaxing and a charming old-world experience for those who would like to explore its marvellous backwaters and get transported back in time. Adventure lovers can enjoy parasailing or sailing.

Marari is famous for manufacturing coir from the husk of coconut, and this coir is used to make mats and brushes. A trip through these units to see the various products being made is an entertaining and educating experience.

Shoppers can make a trip to nearby Cochin to shop for either spices or antique art works. After any of these activities, you can end an ideal day by sitting back and relaxing on the beach and watching the sun set over the horizon. This can be followed by a leisurely dinner with music provided by the sound of the waves.

Places to stay: Until recently, Marari had only one resort, owing to its uncrowded appeal. With tourism picking up, a number of home-stays and resorts have sprouted. Most accommodations also offer Ayurveda, Panchakarma, Yoga and other natural remedies. Food options are numerous; though most cuisines are served, Kerala cuisine, and particularly sea food, would be the obvious choice.

Nearest airport: Cochin (85 Km away), Thiruvananthapuram (150 km)

Nearest railway station: Mararikulam (5 km from the beach)

Accessibility by road: Easily accessible by road, NH-47 is just about 5 km East of Mararikulam; 11 km from Alappuzha.

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