The pristine beaches of Marari lie just a few kilometres north of the heavenly backwaters of Alleppey. Initially, what was considered as an alternative to the commercial and tourist beach of Kovalam in South Kerala, is today considered the go to destination to end a memorable holiday in Marari.
The beach is so clean and beautiful that, a few years ago, Marari was voted one of the 5 best Hammock beaches in the world by the National Geographic Survey. For the uninitiated, A hammock beach is a beach where you can tie a rope bed, between two palm trees and lounge outdoors gazing out to the sea. Marari’s excellent accessibility from other tourist destinations and major cities like Cochin make it one of Kerala’s most favored destinations
History and culture of Marari
There isn’t a lot of individual history to focus on when it comes to this serene hammock beach that is home to the fishermen community of the Mararikulam Village in Alappuzha district. The village is known for its warm locals and their simple sleepy way of life. What is truly amazing is that this serene vibe has been unaffected even after Marari’s transformation into a beach resort of sorts.
Marari’s culture is largely the same as the rest of the Malabar coastline. While the beach is known for its white sand, beautiful sunsets and coconut palm trees. This little waterfront village is also gaining popularity for its fledgling textile and weaving industry. For nature lovers, Marari’s ecology is as complex as it is fascinating. This pocket sized region is home to over 90 species of butterflies, close to 80 species of birds, 300 species of endemic plants, 3 varieties of turtles and over 10 different types of frogs. To simply summarize Marari is a nature lovers delight.
How to get to Marari
By Air – Marari’s excellent connectivity makes it an extremely popular destination among travelers. The closest airport is the Cochin International Airport. Cochin has excellent connectivity to other metros, tier 1 cities and tourist destinations. A cab to Marari from Cochin airport should set you back approximately by INR 1500 to INR 1800 and should take about an hour to get to.
By Rail – Alleppey is the closest railway station from Marari Beach, however, Kottayam Railway station and Ernakulam Junction in Cochin are not too far away either. Between these 3 railway stations an extensive network of trains connected to South India are covered. So based on where you’re coming from getting to any of these stations means you are only an hour away from the cozy waves of Marari
By Road – Kerala’s bus network (KSRTC) is one of the best bus networks in the country. This means Marari is also extremely well connected. Especially Alleppey which is 12 kilometres away and Cochin which is an odd 70 kilometres away.
Best time to visit Marari
The best time to visit Marari is definitely the winters. From November to March is when the weather is at its finest. Monsoons from July to October can be unpredictable and may restrict the number of beach days you have due to incessant rains. It’s a great time to visit Marari if attending an Ayurveda workshop is on your mind. Summer months from April to May are best avoided. The beach is too hot and humid and there’s little to do. On the upside. You are likely to get some great discounts during the summer.
Getting around Mararikulam
Exploring Marari and by extension other destinations in Mararikulam and largely the Alappuzha district by foot is the best way of going about things. For destinations around Alleppey, Ferry and Kerala State buses are the best options. Bus connectivity in the Alappuzha district is excellent and you can explore most of the district by just relying on the bus network.
Breaking stereotypes about Marari
Marari has turned into a beach resort and isn’t a hammock beach anymore – Again a stereotype that is true to an extent. Marari as a region has been transformed into a beach resort. However it has still not been negatively affected by the wave of tourists it welcomes. Marari remains a secluded Hammock beach and one of Kerala’s best places to vacation in.
Go Check Out
Since Marari is largely one beach area there isn’t much to check out in particular it is one of those beaches that are clean and safe for swimming. Ayurveda workshops are organized in the larger Mararikulam area. It is one of those destinations that you don’t go in with a list of things to check out but just spend your days lying at the beach and unwinding in.