Sands of Night
The small island of Pathiramanal, on the Backwaters is a favorite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from unlike parts of the land.
This island lies between Thaneermukkom and Kumarakom and is accessible by boat only. bounded by the Vembanad Lake, stretching from Alappuzha to Kochi and the Kayamkulam Lake.
The green island thus forms an ideal place for a break in the trip while on a backwater cruise. The mainland Alappuzha has a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers criss-crossing it and is a district of immense natural beauty.
According to mythology, a young brahmin dived into the Vembanad Lake to perform his evening ablutions and the water made way for land to rise from below, thus creating this enchanting island of Pathiramanal (sands of night).
HOW TO GET THERE
Air : The Nearest airports are the Cochin International Airport, about 85 km north of Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram, about 150 km towards the south.
Rail: Alappuzha is the nearest railway station