Munroe Island – Weekend Getaway

Munroe Island is a great weekend getaway for those looking for a lovely, scenic location to hang out. Located in Kollam, and comprising of tiny 80 islands, the place is a dream. Here is a short guide on how you can travel to Munroe Island for the weekend and make the trip count. 

About Munroe Island

Munroe Island gives you dazzling views of the true beauty of Kerala and its backwaters. The island is named after Colonel Munroe, a former British resident who resided in Travancore. The beautiful island is surrounded by both Ashtamudi Lake and Kallad Lake. People who wish to have a quiet rendezvous with nature head here to get peace. 

Reaching Munroe


Image by Navaneeth Kishor via Flickr

To reach Munroe Island, you will have to reach Kollam. From there, it is 15 minutes to the island and along the way. The long forgotten tradition of coir making is still practiced here. This trade is mainly practiced by the women of the house. The locals also indulge in prawn cultivation and toddy tapping. 

Spending the Weekend at Munroe Island


Image by Navaneeth Kishor via Flickr

If you plan to spend the night at Munroe Island, you can discuss your stay with one of the locals helping with homestays. That way, you can relish the too-bad-if-you-miss glorious sunset on the island.

In the morning, you can enjoy another quiet morning, have a Kerala style breakfast. You can also listen to the call of the birds and insects, and other tiny beings. Then, your guide would take you around in a canoe, where you can marvel at the natural sights, see the birds, watch some of their antics, wave to the locals and just drift along.

Once you finish the canoe ride, you can walk along with the village, chat with the locals, learn their lifestyle and be camera happy. You will be thrilled to note how people enjoy seeing visitors and how they strive to make them feel at home.

Before you turn home, you must relish the typical Kerala lunch made special with freshly caught fried fish and various preparations of prawns. Lip-smacking!

Image by Saralstalin via Wikimedia


Visit Munroe Island if you want to enjoy true village life in Kerala. It offers more solitude and nature than Alleppey because the latter has a tingle of city life encroaching into it. The backwaters of the island can be best enjoyed in a canoe ride, and the calmness and serenity leave you wanting to be back for more. The peacefulness of the island grows on you, and you will soon be planning another trip back here once you go home. 

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  1. Roslia Santamaria on July 1, 2019 at 6:39 am

    It looks a wonderful place to visit there. Loved your pictures. Thanks a lot to share a nice post!!
    Amazing to be there. thanks a lot for sharing.

    • Sunu Philip on July 6, 2019 at 7:01 am

      Yes, Rosalia. It’s a wonderful place for a one day trip.

  2. Cordelia on July 11, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Hi Sunu.. Munroe Island does sound like the prefect relaxing getaway summarised with the village life feel. I think this place would be perfect if you need a peaceful weekend getaway.

    • Sunu Philip on July 17, 2019 at 4:48 am

      Yes Cordelia. It’s one of the best places for a perfect weekend getaway in Kerala.

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