Marari Beach Kerala
Little known Marari Beach, not far from Alleppey, is perfect for those people exploring the Kerala backwaters who feel like some time at the beach as well. This beach is quiet and undeveloped. The name Marari is shortened from Mararikulam, a small and sleepy fisherman's village. The beach is clean and safe for swimming.
Marari Beach is located near Alleppey, a short distance from Alleppey and 50 kilometers from Cochin. The nearest train station is in Alleppey. Alternatively, the nearest airport is in Cochin.
Marari isn't a tourist beach but rather a peaceful place to relax and unwind. Those who visit Marari look forward to the slow pace of life, and soaking up the serenity and tranquility on the deserted sandy beaches.
A number of interesting day trips are possible around the area. These include the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, traditional coir-making units, and the Kerala backwater canals. If you're there during August, you can also check out the Snake Boat Races.
Marari presents never-ending miles of enticing sandy beaches lined by palms, where one can experience the local charm. Another important place is Mararikulam which is the traditional coir-making units. The main attraction of Marari is the culture of its people and the mood of the sea.
Alappuzha has an excellent local bus service system and it is cheap.
When you are visiting places like Kuttanad, it is better to opt for boats, as many places in Kuttanad are inaccessible by road. There are also good ferry services between places that are widely used by the locals, a cheap and scenic way of getting around.
Many of Alappuzha's attractions are easily accessible by foot.
The tourists can participate in various activities at Marari beach that includes cruises on the backwaters, visits to traditional coir-making units etc. They can indulge themselves in lazing in the sun, exciting water sports such as surfing or parasailing, or go swimming in the clear blue sea, or even playing a game of beach volleyball.
A big draw card in Marari the earth conscious Marari Beach Resort. The luxurious resort, inspired by local fishing villages, aims to capture the heart and soul of the beach. It is set on a sprawling property filled with coconut groves and lotus ponds, and amongst other things offers Ayurveda treatments and yoga classes on the beach.
A Beach Symphony, which consists of four cottages on the beach, is a hidden gem. Alternatively, there are plenty of options for traditional homestays in the area as well.
A beach side hideaway with heaps of authentic Kerala village atmosphere. Dotted around a sandy plot close to the sea, its five 200-year-old houses come complete with beautiful gabled roofs, traditional railings and original antique furniture.
All the houses have shady verandas and hidden outdoor bathrooms-"Mango" even has a tree growing through the middle of it. Hosts Abi and Mini can help arrange bicycle, elephant and boat rides in the area, as well as cookery lessons and ayurveda treatments.
Arapakal Beach Villa
Part-time auto rickshaw driver Dominic runs this pair of simple en-suite rooms, a stone's throw from the beachfront behind Beach Symphony. They're nothing to write home about, but clean enough, and the cheapest option in the village.
Kerala has few attractive small houses to rent as close to the beach as this desirable boutique place run by Belgian couple, Jan and Christel. The traditional architecture of the relocated wooden dwellings is as beautiful as the location, amid the palms of a busy fishing community.
From their verandas, cusped arches and lathe-turned pillars frame views through the trees to the sea, while the interiors are a dreamy mix of natural, warm colours, traditional furniture and modern designer fittings. Rates include the run of a private walled pool.
Less than a 10 min from the beach, this is a great little mid-range heritage homestay, offering just two rooms in a 200-year-old twin-gabled nalukettu raised on pillars in a sandy compound. Smiling hosts Anil and Archana live next door.
Marari Beach Resort
Large, slick resort complex run by the eco-conscious CGH chain, and popular mainly with 50-or 60-something couples from northern Europe. Its 55 acres leafy gardens, filled with tropical trees, hold an orderly village of whitewahsed, palm-thatched villas, each with a low raised veranda and walled alfresco bathroom; the pricier ones also have plunge of pools.
Ringed by high, barbed-wire walls and a cordon of zealous security guards, it all feels very detached from its setting: most guests come primarily to lounge by the poolside or beach, though CGH also lay on culture shows, ayurveda spa treatments, guided nature walks and auto-rickshaw trips to nearby sights.
A superbly situated place, right on the sand, with fishermen fixing nets and sorting their catch virtually on your doorstep. They offer two types of rooms: "cottages" or much prettier, primrose-painted " bungalows" further down, which share a pillard veranda. Standards of service, food and maintenance are a bit patchy, and the rate are ambitious, but you can't beat the location.
Run by the CGH chain. This smaller version of the nearby Marari Beach Resort consists of smart, widely spaced villas scattered around a grassy coconut grove interlaced by canals that you cross on little wooden bridges. It is very close to the beach, and very good value for the level of comfort, though lacks character.
Warning about Swimming at the Beach
Unfortunately, it has been reported that Marari Beach is a popular location for fishermen to defecate at sunrise. Although the excrement gets washed away by the tide later in the morning, the bacterial content of the water is likely to be high. Thus, while the beach may look clean and unspoiled, this is actually deceptive.
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