Arthunkal Beach is calm, and a quiet place to unwind. Situated in the village with sea waters on the side, it is also an approved tourist destination by the government. This is an ideal place for those who want to spend time alone and in a state of serenity.
The best time to come to the beach is around 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm when the sun is still out making the sand glitter like gold. An endless stretch of palm trees covers the beach, with the fishing boats out and normal humdrum of rural life going on.
The beach also hosts devotees who come to visit the Arthunkal Church as the church is a huge attraction for many Christian and Hindu pilgrims. The beach and the church form an indispensable part of attractions of Arthunkal. Arthunkal is also known for its market for beef, chicken and various varieties of fish and prawns. So the horizon of exploration widens!
Mararikulam Beach is an unexplored and virgin beach with clean surroundings. The beauty of the beach is enhanced by the many palm trees lined up all around making it a beautiful scenery. It is considered to be one of the calmest and cleanest beaches on the Kerala coastline.
The beach is not crowded and can be explored barefoot with the serenity of nature and a peaceful ambience. Exploring the white sands can itself be a rejuvenating experience with solitude and the golden sun. The temples and the shrines all add to the beauty of this beach village. Y
ou can soak up the sun, spend your whole day leisurely lazing around, or meeting up the locals which will help you in getting to know their culture. Trying various ayurvedic treatments too is a good idea. Playing a variety of games like volley ball, parasailing, swimming and other water sport activities can just spice up your beach stroll.
Arthunkal is a small village located about 22 km away from the town of Alappuza. It is one of the most important pilgrimage centres for hundreds of Hindus and Christians. Arthunkal derives its name from Arthunkalagra which was later modified into Arthunkal.
The Arthunkal Church, officially called the Arthunkal St Forane’s Church, was constructed in the sixteenth century by the Portuguese. Arthunkal Church was again rebuilt in 1638 in memory of the then Vicar Fr Jacoma Fenicio, who devotees thought possessed magical healing powers.
In 1647, a statue of St Sebastian was brought, sculpted in Milan and installed in the Church. The Arthunkal St Forane Church became the first Parish of Alleppey to be bestowed the status of Basilica. It is the first church to appear in the Alleppey Diocese, the seventh Basilica in the state and the third Latin Catholic Church of Kerala.