a houseboat on a lake

Pathiramanal Island: A Serene Oasis in Kumarakom's Backwaters

In the heart of Kerala's mesmerising backwaters lies a hidden gem that beckons nature enthusiasts and serenity seekers alike - Pathiramanal Island. Nestled in the pristine Vembanad Lake, this tranquil island is a paradise waiting to be explored. In this blog, we'll embark on a virtual journey to Pathiramanal Island, discover its serene beauty, activities to enjoy, and the adjacent Pathiramanal Bird Sanctuary, all within a stone's throw from the blissful Rhythm Kumarakom resort.

view of houseboats on kerala backwaters

How to Reach Pathiramanal Island:

The journey to Pathiramanal Island begins with a 30-minute drive from the Rhythm Kumarakom resort, offering a picturesque route through Kerala's lush landscapes. Upon arrival at the Alleppey Jetty, you'll board a traditional Kerala houseboat or speedboat to reach the island.

Pathiramanal, which translates to 'Sands of Night', is an embodiment of its name. This tranquil haven is covered with glistening sand, swaying coconut palms and lush foliage. As you step onto the island's shores, you'll be greeted by the soothing sound of chirping birds and the gentle rustle of leaves.

Activities to Enjoy:

  • Boating: Exploring Pathiramanal Island is best experienced by taking a boat ride around it. The backwaters surrounding the island are a haven for migratory birds, and Pathiramanal Island boating offers an excellent opportunity for birdwatching.
  • Birdwatching: Pathiramanal is a paradise for bird enthusiasts. The island is home to a variety of avian species, both native and migratory, making it a dream come true for birdwatchers.
  • Picnicking: The serene ambience of the island makes it the ideal spot for a picnic. You can bring your own food or opt for a delicious picnic lunch arranged by local vendors.

a group of tourists enjoying a boat ride in kerala backwaters
a group of herons resting on a water body

Pathiramanal Bird Sanctuary: A Feathered Paradise

Adjacent to Pathiramanal Island lies Pathiramanal Bird Sanctuary, which plays host to an impressive variety of birds. Here, you'll find resident species like kingfishers, herons and egrets, alongside migratory birds like Siberian cranes, teals and pintails. The sanctuary's pristine ecosystem is the perfect habitat for these feathered friends.  

As you wander through the sanctuary's lush greenery, you'll be surrounded by the sweet melodies of birdsong. The interconnected water channels and tranquil lagoons create a serene environment that's perfect for birdwatching and photography.  

Rhythm Kumarakom: Your Gateway to Paradise

After a day of exploring the natural wonders of Pathiramanal Island and its bird sanctuary, Rhythm Kumarakom offers a luxurious retreat where you can unwind in style. Here are some of the various unmissable facilities available at our resort:
  • Spacious Accommodations: Our rooms and villas are designed for maximum comfort, ensuring a peaceful night's rest.
  • Scenic Views: Enjoy stunning views of the backwaters and lush greenery from your room's private balcony.
  • Ayurvedic Spa: Rejuvenate your senses with traditional Ayurvedic treatments at our spa.
  • Delightful Dining: Savour a variety of culinary delights at our in-house restaurants, catering to a range of tastes.

bunch of cottages surrounded by a swimming pool - Rhythm Kumarakom

Pathiramanal Island and its neighbouring bird sanctuary are a testament to the natural beauty that Kerala's backwaters offer. To celebrate its natural beauty and to boost tourism, the local governing body conducted the Pathiramanal fest in April 2023. With serene landscapes and diverse birdlife, this island is a must-visit for nature lovers and adventurers. After your exploration, return to the tranquillity and luxury of Rhythm Kumarakom, where your journey through paradise continues.