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Mararikulam

The little known Mararikulam lies 14km north of Alappuzha town in Kerala, and is one of the most beautiful place in Alappuzha. Mararikulam also known as Marari is known for its still undeveloped but wonderful beach. A beautiful place for lazing around and relaxing. Come here to relax and unwind. Late December to March are the best months to visit, when the weather is dry and sun shines everyday. The area is full of coconut and palm trees, traditional fishing villages which have their own charm and lets one enjoy the simplicity of this place.

Marari was rated as having one of the world's top five hammock beaches by the National Geographic survey. It’s a paradise for nature lover's and a stroll along the beach is a fine way to explore Malabar coast's unique ecosystem. You can expect to find different species of butterflies, endemic plants, turtles, and birds.

Mararikulam has the famous and ancient Mahadevar temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva (also called Marari by the locals.) which is known to have special sculptures of lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. This is also the only temple where Lord Shiva and Parvati sit facing each other. Another place of interest is Arthunkal church - the largest shrine in the world of St Sebastian, it was constructed by Portuguese missionaries in the 16th century. A statue of St. Sebastian, struck with arrows all over his bleeding body sculptured in Milan, was brought and placed in the Arthunkal church.

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