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Ponnumthuruthu Island

| Shiva Parvathi Temple, Kerala, Varkala, India
+91 98868 16417
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Peaceful and beautiful.

I read about Golden Island, as it's also known, in Lonely Planet guide, and arranged to visit it... read more

Reviewed 4 December 2017
Pretty view

We paid 600 rupees for a boat to take us to the island for 4 adults as my uncle's were scared to go... read more

Reviewed 26 November 2017
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Ponnumthuruthu is an island which is situated about 12km south of Varkala. You can board a country boat from Nedunganda and take a tour through the backwaters for about 30 minutes to reach Ponnumthuruthu. This lush island is a perfect getaway for those who seek a break from the hustle and bustle of the urban life. This island is known for the Shiva Parvathi temple, which is also called `Thuruthu kshethram’ by the natives. The temple is situated amidst thick coconut groves, which has grown over the entire stretch. The temple is more than 100 years old and the entire island is Valiyapurackal family property. The temple was in ruins for a long time but about a decade ago, it was rebuilt.Valiyapurackal family owns the island and the temple. The island is a must see, thanks to the enchanting ambience. Even the jetty at Nedunganda village from where the journey to Ponnumthuruthu starts is peculiar. It is a makeshift jetty and the walkway to the ferry is made up of coconut husk, mud and the waste from coir. A view of the island from the ferry during evening will surely soothe any nature-lover’s mind. The greenery of the island will have a distinctive glow when the evening rays of the sun caress it. The island is also a haven of different types of flora and fauna. It will surely be a bird watcher’s delight to visit the island, thanks to the cormorants, egrets and herons seen in this area. Eagles and gulls too can be found here. Various water birds too can be seen here. The mainland on the other side of Ponnumthuruthu is a coir village. There is a small coir-making unit near the ferry. Travellers can visit the unit. It is delighting to view the boats carrying husks waving through the backwaters to reach the island. Sivarathri festival Sivarathri is a major festival celebrated at the Siva Parvathi temple at Ponnumthuruthu. It is the festival that makes alive the otherwise less frequented island. Many devotees spend the night on the island during Sivarathri and the place lit with lights is an enchanting sight.
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| Shiva Parvathi Temple, Kerala, Varkala, India
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Reviewed 4 December 2017

I read about Golden Island, as it's also known, in Lonely Planet guide, and arranged to visit it with local rickshaw driver Sabeer, who drives for guests at Paradise Beach Resort. The drive itself was lovely as we went along the road by the sea,...More

Thank smallspender
Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

We paid 600 rupees for a boat to take us to the island for 4 adults as my uncle's were scared to go on the rowing boat. The views of the lake is stunning. The Island has an old temple which local Hindus visit. If...More

1  Thank JollyRungay
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

14 km from Varkala bus stand. Auto costly. Gone by two wheeler. Even localites unable to guide. Tks to google map. It is a back water with a 6 acre island. A temple in the island. Boat cost 400 per person. No hotel shop it...More

Thank Ganehvenkat
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Visited this place during a bike trip south of Varkala to cover Anjengo fort and ponnumthuruthu island. Both the places are not much to see. The entire area is very secluded and local canoe trip charges 400 plus for trip around island with pit stop...More

1  Thank ArthyKa
Reviewed 30 August 2017

When it comes to backwaters, Kerala has many more places which can be visited. This place is waste of time & money and totally not worth going. should be thought off only if you don't have any other backwaters place to see or you are...More

1  Thank AmanKartikeya
Reviewed 5 August 2017

It's India. It's serene, spiritual, warm and also sad. Because as wonderful as the scenery and nature and temple and water are, as real are the fishermen and kids burning away the hair of their scalps searching for clams and small fish, the skinny old...More

1  Thank Charlie E
Ponnumthuruthu, Owner at Ponnumthuruthu Island, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2017

Hi Charlie, Thanks for the honest feedback.There is definitely scope to improve the work environment. Thanks, Sarath S

Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

This was far from what I expected, the boat ride was extremely expensive considering short journey it takes you to the most uninspiring island. The tour of the island was pitiful, small temple and a couple boring sacred status. Save your time and money and...More

Thank blanketsmoke
Ponnumthuruthu, Owner at Ponnumthuruthu Island, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2017

Dear Traveler, Thank you very much for your review . Your feedback is extremely valuable to us, as we strive to improve with island experience . It is a pleasure to announce that we will be implementing many upgrades to the property in next few...More

Reviewed 25 February 2017

This is a very nice place to visit, the main attraction is the backwater boat ride. A lot of birds of prey and fish. The visit to the island with temple including boat rides takes approximately 1,5-2 hours. The entry fee to the island is...More

Thank soler5
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

This is very a beautiful place, where the sea connects to the back waters. Though Alleppy is the most popular backwater tourism destination, Ponnumturuthhu is unique in a way that a thin strip of land separates the sea on one side and the estuary on...More

3  Thank Ramesh R
Reviewed 1 February 2017

We went to the island by a boat. It took about an hour to go and come back. The entry fees to the temple is Rs. 50/-. The temple surroundings can be maintained, maybe a garden can be made, so that it looks more beautiful....More

Thank Kamalika0505
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28 September 2017|
Response from Ponnumthuruthu | Property representative |
Sure, temple is open from 6 am to 6 pm. Please contact me @9886816417
13 December 2015|
Response from sssajin | Reviewed this property |
This island is known for the Shiva Parvathi temple and it is an more than 100 years old. The temple have the free boat services to land and to island. One option is you can use this service from Nedunganda kadavu or you can... More