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Marari Beach, Alleppey Overview

One of the great delights of the Malabar Coast, the Marari Beach is an idyllic serene beach. About 11 km from the city of Alleppey, this beach is a hotspot for fishing activity, deriving its name from the local fishing village Mararikulam.

Visiting in August gives tourists the exclusive opportunity to view Snake Boat races across the waters. The serenity and quietude on the beach are beyond description, so much so that Marari Beach has been enlisted among the top five hammock beaches of the world by National Geographic Survey.

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Activities to Do at Marari Beach

1. The beach is a perfect spot to relax and unwind. Read a book, soak in the sun, laze in a hammock.
2. The extensive coastline with sunkissed sands make for an extremely relishable walk on the beach.
3. Try the water sports available in the area including sea surfing, parasailing, water skiing, deep sea fishing etc.
4. Buy prawns, fish and fresh seafood from the local fishermen and fall in love with the regional cuisine.
5. Taste the incredible local alcohol called ‘kallu’ from the toddy shops.

Tourist Attractions in and around Marari Beach

1. St. Francis Church, believed to be the oldest European Church in all of India is located here. Originally built by the Portuguese, the church is a venerated tourism spot.
2. Dutch Palace situated in Mattancherry is an ancient historical building, again built by the Portuguese as a gift to Vira Kerala Verma- the then ruler of the place.
3. Mararikulum Shiva Temple is famous for its architectural grandeur and is dedicated to the Hindu gods Shiva and Parvathi.

Best Time To Visit Marari Beach

The beach has hot and humid climate all through the year. June, July in the summers and late October to December in winters receive a heavy downpour; so we advise you against visiting the beach at the time. The ideal time to visit the beach is between late December and March when the weather is dry and pleasant. Late March onwards, the beach can get unbearably hot and sultry.

Stay Near Marari Beach

Marari beach is home to numerous resorts such as the Marari Beach Resort, Marari Austin Bech Villas, Marari Beach Paradise, etc. Those looking for a more personal and authentic beach vacation may opt for the wide variety of homestays available in the beach area such as the Flamingo Marari or the Marari Praise homestay.

Tips For Visiting Marari Beach

1. Do not forget to bring your favourite sun tan lotion to protect your skin while you bask in the sunlight.
2. Carry your favourite swimsuit as the beach will allow you to swim heartily (owing to the low tides).
3. Carry a book if you wish to just soak in the natural beauty and spend some quality time, all by yourself.

How To Reach Marari Beach

The beach is around 16 kms from the town of Alappuzha and can be reached in auto- rickshaws or private cabs. Alternatively, you can travel in one of the state-run buses. Also, the nearest railway station is Marari which is 5 kms from the beach (auto-rickshaws are available right outside).

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