Munroe Island or Mundrothuruth is an island village located in Kollam district, known as the Prince of Arabian Sea, in Kerala. Present at the confluence of Ashtamudi lake and the Kallada river, it is a group of eight small islets. The place is named after Resident Colonel John Munroe of the former princely state of Travancore. He is thereby honoured for his part in integrating several back water regions by digging canals.
The major attractions around this place are Ashtamudi lake (most visited backwater and lake in the state), Sasthamkotta lake (Kerala’s largest fresh water lake), Pezhumthuruth, Kakkathuruth, and Kovilthottam lighthouse. The Dutch Church in Munroe island, built in 1878 by the Dutch, is one of the ancient churches in Kerala. This island village is a destination where one can experience activities like coir retting process, coir weaving, fishing, prawn feeding while enjoying the narrow canals and waterways. One of the famous boat races in Kerala, Kallada Boat Race, is held here during Onam season. This spot is ideal for canal cruises, boat tours, and cultural tours. Canyoning and rappelling are other activities available here.
The resorts and homestays in Munroe island are equipped with backwater canoe tours, cultural tours and spa facilities while also providing lakeside views. This place is perfect for a quick getaway from the mundane life of a common man.