Friday, 29 January 2016

Marari Beach

Little known Marari Beach, not far from Alleppey in Kerala, is perfect for those people exploring the Kerala backwaters who feel like some time at the beach as well. This beach is quiet and undeveloped. The name Marari is shortened from from Mararikulam, a small and sleepy fisherman's village. 
Kerala, a short distance from Alleppey and 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Kochi. 
Getting There 
The nearest train station is in Alleppey. 
Alternatively, the nearest airport is in Kochi. A non-air conditioned taxi from the airport to Marari will cost around 1,500 rupees. Travel time is approximately one and a half hours. 
Weather and Climate 
The weather at Marari is warm and humid throughout the year. Rain is received from both the southwest and northeast monsoons, which produce intensely heavy downpours. 
 The rain is at its worst from June to July, and late October to December. Late December to March are the best months to visit, when the weather is dry and sunny every day. During April and May, the heat and humidity quickly builds, and summer temperatures reach 36 degrees Celsius (97 degrees Fahrenheit). 
What to Do 
Marari isn't a tourist beach but rather a peaceful place to relax and unwind. Those who visit Marari look forward to the slow pace of life, and soaking up the serenity and tranquility on the deserted sandy beaches. A number of interesting day trips are possible around the area. These include the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, traditional coir-making units, and the Kerala backwater canals. 
If you're there during August, you can also check out the Snake Boat Races. 
Where to Stay 
Accommodations at Marari beach consist mainly of resorts and home stays. The earth conscious Marari Beach Resort is a big draw card. This luxurious resort, inspired by local fishing villages, aims to capture the heart and soul of the beach. 
It's set on a sprawling property filled with coconut groves and lotus ponds, and amongst other things offers Ayurveda treatments and yoga classes on the beach. Rooms cost from $280 per night for a double. 
A Beach Symphony, which consists of four cottages on the beach, is a hidden gem. Price starts from $200 per night, plus tax. Another recommended option in the same price range is the boutique Marari Villas. There are only three villas on the property. 
Alternatively, if you're looking for something cheaper, Marari Dreamz is a traditional homestay with rooms priced around 3,000 rupees ($50) a night. 
Warning About Swimming at the Beach 
Unfortunately, it's been reported that Marari Beach is a popular location for fishermen to defecate at sunrise. Although the excrement gets washed away by the tide later in the morning, the bacterial content of the water is likely to be high. Thus, while the beach may look clean and unspoiled, this is actually deceptive. 

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