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Marari
  • Overview
  • Hotels
  • Sight Seeing
  • Things to do
  • Directions
  • Travel Tools
  • The sleepy fishing village of " Mararikulam", now shortened to "MARARI" welcomes you to discover one of Kerala's undiscovered beaches. Marari originates from "Mararikulam ", a local fishing village, tucked away behind palm trees. Marari offers endless miles of sandy beaches backed by swaying palms, virgin territory where you can experience the local charm and traditional Kerala hospitality at its best. Explore the marvelous backwaters, where the tranquility, the stunning scenery and the feeling of being transported back in time, make it a superbly relaxing and inspiring experience. The scintillating experience of the tranquil Kerala backwaters moving around the stunning scenery makes it a perfect tourist paradise. The sound of the sea waves hitting the shores of the beach is a lovely sight for the tourists who can experience it in its natural surroundings. The palm trees look like a wall coloured green from a distance with the expanding Arabian sea to the front.
  • Marari Beach
  • The Marari beach has endless miles of sandy beaches sheltered by the swaying palm trees. Completely new as a tourist beach destination, its virgin territory offers a silent holidaying in full pleasure of being isolated from the rest of the world. The white sandy beach attracts lots of tourists. This pristine beach got importance when Fort Cochin beach submerged in the water.
  • Arthunkal Church
  • Arthumkal Church is famous for the St. Sebastian's church which is situated south west of Cherthala town. The famous Arthumkal Perunal is held in January every year. Catholics from all parts of the state participate in the feast of St. Sebastian.
  • Fishing
  • Marari is a great centre of fisheries. 'Chakara' a rare marine phenomenon in which a large number of fish throng together in the early days of May to August is a peculiarity of this area, one of the main fishing centres on the coast of the Arabian Sea.
  • Coir
  • The district is the major centre of coir and allied products. There are about 4000 production units including a few big factories with mechanized looms. Alappuzha district retains monopoly in coir production and exports.
  • Bird Watching
  • Take a trip to Kumarakom on the banks of Vembanad Lake. It is a favourite stopping point of migratory birds and you can spot some which you have never seen.
  • Houseboat Ride
  • The traditional Kerala rice boat called Kattuvallam cruise is another which you can not miss. Cruises can be tailored to your needs from hourly basis to overnight cruises. These boats are up to 100 feet long and equipped with all modern amenities like bedroom, attached toilet, kitchen, sitting area etc. Enjoy the Kerala villages when these boats cruise through small canals and an unforgettable local cuisine from its kitchen. Houseboat cruise available at Alleppey and Kumarakom
  • Walk on the Beach
  • The white sandy beach attracts lots of tourists. This pristine beach got importance when Fort Cochin beach submerged in the water. Mararikulam fishing village is nearby.
  • Visit a Coir Factory
  • Its famous coirs are exported to almost all countries. You can experience the real craft of these people. The uniqueness is that the Alleppey coir is made from coconut husks which are beaten and woven in to ropes and then yarn it.
  • Business Hours
  • Offices: 10:00 to 17:00, Monday to Saturday
    Banks: 10:00 to 14:00, Monday to Friday; 10:00 to 12:00, Saturday
    Post offices: 10:00 to 19:00, Monday to Friday
    Shops: 10:00 to 20:00, Monday to Saturday
  • Electricity
  • 240 volts AC, 50Hz.
  • Health
  • One of the main health problems that visitors to India often encounter is upset stomachs. Visitors are advised to seek the appropriate vaccinations and/or medication to avoid any health dangers before arrival to India. There are no specific vaccinations needed for India.
  • Emergency services
  • Police control room: 100
    Fire station: 101
    Ambulance: 102
  • Language
  • Malayalam is the dominant language in Kannur. English is widely spoken, particularly by those working in the tourist industry.
  • Currency
  • The Indian rupee is the currency of choice here. The lowest denomination is 1 rupee with 5, 10, 20 and 100 rupee notes the most commonly used. Changing larger sums like the 500 or 1000 rupee notes often proves difficult.
  • Currency Exchange
  • Few banks in Kannur will be able to change international currency. Travellers should make the US dollar the currency of choice when visiting the city, the next best being euros and British sterling. There are ATMs in Kannur and this is the best way to get rupees, with a good exchange rate. Just be sure your ATM card is accepted in India.
  • Customs
  • There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can bring. Adults 18 years and over can import 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco; 2 litres of alcohol; and 60ml of perfume.
  • Electronic equipment such as laptop and camera or video equipment requires filling out a Tourist Baggage Re-Export form. This is to protect you, as you may be asked to show the form when you leave India. Bringing in any livestock or pork products, live plants, or gold and silver bullion, is not permitted.
    • Visitors are expected to abide by local laws, customs and etiquettes.
    • Visitors to most Kerala houses leave their footwear outside before entering the house.
    • Behaviour demonstrating affection in public like hugging or kissing is not an accepted practice in Kerala.
    • Nudity is not allowed in Kerala
    • Footwear inside the temple and entry into the sanctum sanctorum is banned in all the temples.
    • Other customs and codes of conduct and dress in temples across the State vary from each other.
    • Some temples do not permit entry to non-Hindus, while some do. Shirts for men and pants are banned from some temples and allowed in some others. Where they are banned, men have to be in mundus and women, in saris, half-saris or long skirts.
    • At the table, main dishes are served in the middle, while each person takes individual spoons from each plate to their own dish in front of them. Eating is done with the right hand only, as the left is used for personal hygiene. Average tipping is 10%.
  • Visa and Passports
  • For entry into India, you must apply for a visa from your local Indian consulate or embassy before leaving home. You won’t even make it onto the airplane without a visa, so be sure to arrange one beforehand.
  • The majority of Western tourists will be eligible for a 6-month visa for visiting India, which is activated from the moment it is placed inside your passport.
  • Make sure you have at least one passport page free to receive the visa stamp and that your travel document is valid for at least 6 months after your intended departure from India.
  • Carry your visa for entry to India/Kerala on your holiday.
    For further clarifications, contact the Indian High Commission.
    For visa extension, contact Office of the Commissioner of Police,
    Thiruvananthapuram. Ph: 0471-2320579.
  • Tourist Information Offices
  • The Free Travel Information Service is one of the best in town for personal service and trustworthy advice on the area. The District Tourism Office and DTPC Information Centre also offer good services for various matters in Marari. Ask at your hotel for contact details.
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