The morning canoe ride was absolutely serene. Just the sound of the water as you float along on the country boat through the mangroves. Bird spotting, a random splash from a fish jump, and the occasional need to bend down as you pass by a low-lying branch. It's a beautiful experience.
MUNROE ISLANDMunroe island is situated in astamudi lake ,Kollam, kerala.The name Munroe island came from col.John Munroe , residential diwan of travancore .This island is flourished with backwaters,narrow canals and mangroove plants. it is  a group of small islets comprising a total area of about 13.4 sqkm.Coir retting process,Coir weaving, Coconut farms on lake shore,fishing ,prawn feeding ,mangroove plants and migratory bird watch are the main  observable things seen  here.About my experienceIn this trip,three of my friends was along with me. We started our journey at 7 am.We picked direct  bus from kundara bus stand to  Munroe island.It took 1.30 hour to get  there . Basically it was a sudden plan,so we didn't know how to reach and where we get a  boat to travel. We had very limited source of information regarding transporation ,food and stay  facilities.When we get off the bus ,there was a small tea shop next to bus stop.we had a kulukki surbath (lemon juice) from there. Luckily, The tea shop owner owns a country boat  and se we decided to explore the place in his boat.The boat charge was about 140 rupees per person for one hour and it  was comaparitively lesser  than other private boat services.The boat was shaking when we get into it.
Munroe island is hidden gem in backwater of Kerala. It is approximately 50 Km away from Varkala. I booked a private cab from Varkala and it did cost me Rs. 2500/- to reach Munroe. I rented a wooden row boat with boatman. He charged me Rs. 1500/- for two hours boat ride. I chose not to bargain. The main reason of the leniency from my end was Munroe island is not at all a popular and commercialised place. These boat ride services are mainly run by the local fishermen. There is no third party involved with hidden charges. So apart from fishing, this boat ride trips for tourists is the other major source of income for them. But if you feel to bargain you can and bring down the charge to Rs. 1000/- or so.
Say Kerala and everyone goes about Alleppy, Munnar, Kochi and so on. But I was on the quest to check out few offbeat destinations which aren't very crowded or famous. Thus ended in Munroe island, Kollam district.Imagine staying in a place at night where everything around you is pitch black, thus scaring oneself and fellow travelers, yet the beauty of the place can't be explained once you see it in the morning. Well, welcome to Munroe nest, a homestay with few cottages facing the canal. It's a view certainly so different from our busy city lives.Wake up early in the morning and you're headed for a sunrise cruise where one is taken in a vanji, read small boat in the canals and which later leads to Ashtamudi kaayal (lake). On the way one can see coir making, fishing, duck farms and so on, a regular village tour. Once you enter the Ashtamudi lake, there's the stillness that one looks forward to. The lake lies ahead, majestic yet calm. One tends to forget every other tension in life and enjoys being with nature. The sunrise point is reached where amongst the tall coconut trees, one sees the sun slowing arising from the horizon, such a spectacular sight. After which the cruise is headed to the famous mangrove spot where a natural Arch is formed and beautiful pictures can be clicked.The entire tour for us was scheduled for three hours. Definitely a much needed relaxing nature tour.And also do try the famous crabs and seafood here which is fresh.If you're a traveller, then add this to your bucket list.