Pathiramanal is a small island in Muhamma panchayat of Alappuzha
district. The name 'Pathiramanal' means 'Sands of night'. The scenic
beauty of both sides of the lake as well as that of the island is
mind blowing. It is home to many rare varieties of migratory birds
from different parts of the world.
The Pathiramanal Island is 28.505 ha. It is about 1.5 km from Muhamma
boat jetty and about 13 km from Alapuzha. From the jetty close by
Baker Bungalow the distance to the island is about 5 km and from
Kumarakom 4 km towards northwest.
length: 550m (SW to NE)
Maximum width: 450m (SE to NW)
Perimeter: 1800 m
Estimated Area: 19.6 ha
Distance to the nearest main land: 810m
The island (also known as Anantha Padmanabhan Thoppu) was purchased
by Chevalier ACM Anthraper, from M/s Bheemji Devji Trust of Cochin
and was under the private ownership until the late seventies. In
1979 after Land Reforms Acts were enforced in the State, the property
came under government ownership. The island was returned to the
government as a surplus land that crossed the land ceiling. It was
later transferred to the Tourism Department and the idea of leasing
it out to private enterprises was under consideration. The island
at present is uninhabited. Till late seventies of the 20th century
14 worker families resided in the island, who were later rehabilitated
on the mainland in the Muhamma panchayath.
The island is located in the Vembanad Lake. It is at 9°36'54?N
The island is an hour and half drive by motor boat or 30 minutes
by speed boat from Alappuzha town. One can also take the boats plying
in the Muhamma-Kumarakom water route. It takes around 30 minutes
from Muhamma to reach Pathiramanal. The journey through Vembanad
Lake is a marvellous experience.
Cochin International Airport
75 kms (approximately 90 minutes)
Alleppey railway station 19 kms (approximately 30 minutes)
The island is a Birdwatcher's paradise. It is home to around 91
local species of birds and 50 migratory birds. One can see Pintail
Ducks, Common Teal, Night Heron, Cormorant, Darter, Indian Shag,
Purple Heron, gulls, terns, large egrets, Intermediate Egret, Cattle
Egret, Indian Pond Heron, Little Egret, Pheasant-tailed and Bronze-winged
Jacanas, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Watercock, Whistling Duck, Cotton
Pygmy-Goose, Little Cormorant and Whiskered Tern. Some people have
even reported seeing the Monarch flycatcher.
Apart from the beautiful lake shore of the Vembanadu Lake the small
island Pathiramanal is the main tourist sport in muhamma. Pathiramanal
is an island in the Vembanadu Lake. It is an eco friendly tourist
center. It is accessable by boat from Alappuzha. Kayippuram jetty
is just about 2km east of the Kayippuram junction on the Alappuzha
- Thannirmukkam road.
This is an exquisite piece of land just a few kilometers off Alappuzha.
A trip to the place would be your chance to observe several exotic
species of birds that fly in from far and wide.