What to do in Munroe Island?
1. Just Relax:
First thing to do when you are at Green Chromide homestays is to drop your bags and just to relax living behind all your worries on the riverside. Just look at the river or take nap lying idle on the hammocks or just read a book which you have been trying to do for a long time.
2. Canoe tour:
Canoe tour is a popular activity on Munroe Island, offering a serene experience on local country wooden boats. The minimum tour duration is 2 hours, but it can be extended to suit your preferences. The tour begins at the lake side (Ashtamudi lake), passing through the iconic and Instagrammable mangrove arch curve before meandering through the village and fish farms in the narrow canals. For more details, check out the blog post on Canoe ride in Munroe Island.
3. S-Curve viewpoint:
The S-curve viewpoint offers a stunning view of Ashtamudi Lake and is a designated spot for canoe tours. Besides canoeing, you can enjoy activities like kayaking, paddle boating, and even take a ride on the coracle (a round basket boat). It’s a perfect place to witness both sunrise and sunset; just take a stroll along the cemented pathway. Additionally, there are local snack and tea shops nearby for your convenience.
4. Visit AD 1878 Dutch Church for capturing sunset:
This is one of the finest locations to capture the exquisite evening sun beauty. The Dutch church, situated on the western side of Munroe Island, rests gracefully on the banks of the Ashtamudi lake. Its construction dates back to 1878. The church boasts an aura of seclusion, with very few visitors finding their way to its premises. In fact, there is no direct route leading to the Dutch church. Upon reaching the main road, you’ll need to park your vehicle, take a short walk, traverse the railway line, and make your way through a field before reaching the church itself.
A harmonious blend of Dutch and Kerala architectural styles graces the scenic shores of Lake Ashtamudi. At the far end, you’ll discover a quaint shelter and a small boating dock platform. Standing there, you can take in the expanse of the magnificent lake, evoking the sensation of being beside the sea. Notably, regular church services are not held, yet the annual church festival thrives with the participation of the local community. This celebration stands as a shining example of communal harmony, much like numerous other regional institutions in Kerala.
5. Visit John Munroe Bungalow or Museum:
The John Munroe Bungalow, once the residence of Colonel John Munroe, now serves as a historical museum. The bungalow, over 200 years old, showcases colonial architecture with a spacious front veranda. Inside, you can explore photographs of John Munroe, his family, and descendants.
The main attraction of the bungalow is an Indian-style toilet seat, preserved under glass. It is said to have been specially shipped from Europe for John Munroe and is believed to be one of India’s earliest toilets. Today, the bungalow has been transformed into a rehabilitation center, adding to its historical significance.
6.Cycling through the Island:
Munroe Island is a cyclist’s paradise., Munroe Island offers an idyllic setting for a cycling adventure. As you pedal through the island’s winding paths and narrow lanes, you’ll be greeted by the soothing melodies of nature and the warm smiles of the friendly locals.
One of the highlights of cycling on Munroe Island is the chance to explore the local culture and lifestyle. You can stop at small tea stalls or toddy shops to savor traditional snacks and beverages. The island’s residents are known for their hospitality, and interactions with them can provide valuable insights into the region’s heritage.
Whether you’re a leisure cyclist or an avid explorer, Munroe Island’s cycling trails offer something for everyone. It’s an excellent way to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and cultural richness of this hidden gem in God’s Own Country. Don’t forget to catch a mesmerizing sunset over the backwaters to wrap up your cycling adventure on Munroe Island.