Marari

Nestled in the Alappuzha District of Kerala, Marari Beach is a perfect location for holidaying with family or friends. This beach in Kerala is eternal with coconut palm trees and golden sands. The beach is quite beautiful and the name ‘Marari’ arises from ‘Mararikulum’, which is a local village on the Arabian Sea Coast. The serenity and tranquility of this beach take beach lovers backwards in time. The indolent pace of local life makes vacationing near the Marari beach a reviving experience. Marari beach is a peaceful place in Kerala where one can relax and rejuvenate. One can also take a short trip all around the area that includes traditional coir-making units, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kerala backwater canals, and many more.

Weather

March to May remains hot and dry in Marari. Humidity is at its peak during this period and too much of the outdoors can leave one dehydrated. Temperatures hover around 35°C.

From June to September, the monsoons and the slush that comes with it make the beach seem less inviting. The rains are torrential and may force the travelers to stay indoors and keep them away from swimming and water activities due to safety concerns.

The period of September to February when the temperatures are normal and chances of rain are scant is the most preferred time to visit Marari. December and January might be chilly from dusk to dawn; although, don’t expect any cold winters here. Expect occasionally showers during this time of year. The weather is favorable for lounging on the beach all day, swimming or rafting. The temperature ranges between 17°C and 32°C during these months.

How to Reach

Kochi is the nearest airport to reach Marari beach. The nearest railheads are at Alleppey (16 km), Kottayam (42 km), and Cochin (Ernakulam) (55 km). Cochin is easily accessible by road, which is at the distance of 60 km. NH 47 is situated at the distance of approx. 1 km from Marari village.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

Some of the famous attractions around Marari are:

Mararikulam Shiva Temple: It’s a temple of Lord Shiva and Parvathy, which is quite incomparable in its architecture grandeur.

Kokkamangalam Apostle St. Thomas Pilgrim Centre: Build by the Christian community, this is one of the famous pilgrim centre created by St. Thomas in Kerala.

Thumpolly Beach: It’s a beautiful beach and natural habitat for birds. Another attraction around the Marari is St. Thomas Church, which is dedicated to holy Virgin Mary.

Thiruvizha: Located 5 km towards the south-west of Cherthala, it is very famous for the Shiva temple that captivates large number of tourists from all across the world.

Aroor: It’s an industrial park especially highlighted for exporting sea food. Some of the popular landmarks are Kartyayani Devi Temple, St. Augustine’s Church, and Pavumpayil Sreekrishna Swamy Temple.

Arthunkal: It’s a major pilgrim center situated at the distance of around 8 km towards the south-west of Cherthala town from where one can view a beautiful beach.

Poochakkal: The major attractions of Poochakkal are Sreekandeswaram Mahadevar Temple, Nagari Sree Dharmasastha Temple, Thevarvattom Masjid, Elikkattu Sreedharmasastha Temple, and Manappuram St.Theresas church.

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