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Pathiramanal, Alleppey Overview

Pathiramanal is a beautiful island in Alappuzha which was once the property of the Thaimattatil family until 1979. The island is covered with dense natural vegetation and offers a perfect climatic condition for regional flora and fauna to thrive. The attraction is also famous as a bird watcher's paradise and a favourite amongst nature lovers.

‘Pathiramanal’ meaning ‘sands of the night’ boasts of verdant wilderness, serene lakeside and a picturesque landscape. Sprawling over 10 acres of land, the islet is the ideal spot for bird watching expeditions as it is home to a large number of rare and endangered species. This haven of natural beauty is also believed to nurture plants which have medicinal qualities.

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History of Pathiramanal

Pathiramanal also known as Anantha Padmanabhan Thoppu, was under the private ownership of Thaimattathil family until the late seventies. It was purchased by Chevalier ACM Anthraper, from M/s Bheemji Devji Trust of Cochin. However, after the land reform acts of 1979, the island came under the government of India. Later, it came to be managed by the Tourism Department of India. Till late 70s, 14 families resided on the land but after government possession, they were relocated to the adjoining region of Muhamma panchayat. The island at present is uninhabited and only used for tourism purposes.

Bird Watching at Pathiramanal

The exquisite island is home to around 50 species of migratory birds and 91 species of local birds. A must visit spot for avid bird watchers; the island can also fascinate simple tourists with its wide variety. The exotic birds include Pintail Ducks, Common Teal, Night Heron, Cormorant, Darter, Indian Shag, Purple Heron, Cattle Egret, Indian Pond Heron, Little Egret, Bronze-winged Jacanas, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Whistling Duck, Cotton Pygmy-Goose, Little Cormorant, Whiskered Tern etc.

Best Time To Visit Pathiramanal

Keeping the hot and humid temperature of the place in mind, we suggest you to visit between the months of December and March as the weather is most pleasant at this time.

Tips For Visiting Pathiramanal

1. Remember to carry a pair of binoculars as you don't want to miss on spotting rare birds.
2. The island has no accomodation facilities; plan accordingly so you can return before dark.
3. We request you to not pollute the environment by dumping garbage. Carry handy medicines and a first-aid kit if possible.

How To Reach Pathiramanal

Pathiramanal is an island situated in the middle of Vembanad Lake. It is around 2 kms from Muhamma boat jetty and 13 kms from Alappuzha. It can be reached in a 30 minutes speed boat trip or a 2 hours motorboat ride. If you want to prolong your stay, you can hire one of the houseboats and spend the night next to the island in the waters.

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