Munroe Island

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Munroe Island
Mundrothuruthu, Manrothuruthu, Munroethuruth
village
Munroe Islandk.jpg
Munroe Island is located in Kerala
Munroe Island
Munroe Island
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 9°0′0″N 76°37′0″E / 9.00000°N 76.61667°E / 9.00000; 76.61667Coordinates: 9°0′0″N 76°37′0″E / 9.00000°N 76.61667°E / 9.00000; 76.61667
Country  India
State Kerala
District Kollam
Area
 • Total 13.4 km2 (5.2 sq mi)
Languages
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 691502
Telephone code 0474
Nearest city Kollam - 16 km (By Rail)
Website www.munroethuruthu.com

Munroe Island is located at the confluence of Ashtamudi Lake and the Kallada River, in Kollam district, Kerala, South India. The island, accessible by road, rail and inland water navigation, is about 25 kilometres (16 mi) from Kollam by road, 38 kilometres (24 mi) north from Paravur, 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) west from Kundara and about 25 kilometres (16 mi) from Karunagapally. As of 2011 India census data, the administrative village of Mundrothuruth (which includes near by small villages as well) has a total population of 9599, consisting of 4636 males and 4963 females.

The place is named in honour of Resident Colonel John Munro of the former Princely State of Travancore. The island measures 13.4 square kilometres (5.2 sq mi) in area.

History[edit]

In 1795 the British established their supremacy in South India and princely state of Travancore came under their governance. From 1800 onwards, a Resident was appointed by East India Company as Administrative head of Travancore. The First Resident was Colonel Collin Macaulay, followed by Colonel John Munro. During his tenure Munro has overseen the land reclamation efforts in the delta were Kallada river joins Ashtamudi lake and the reclaimed island was named after him as Munroe Island.

Tourism[edit]

Uninhabited Island in Munroe

The island village is a tourism destination where one can watch coir retting process, coir weaving, fishing, prawns feeding, migratory bird watch, narrow canals and waterways, coconut farms on the lake shore, lagoons, mangrove plants and the beautiful tiny islands of Pathupara.

Kallada Boat Race, which is one of the famous boat races in Kerala, is at Karuvathrakadavu- Muthiraparambu nettayam in Munroethuruth.

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