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Ponnumthuruthu Island

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Address: Shiva Parvathi Temple, Varkala, India
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Ponnumthuruthu is an island which is situated about 12km south of Varkala....

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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have to go via a boat - the thrill is in that rather than the actual temple. tought can be expensive

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Ravin K
Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
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Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

have to go via a boat - the thrill is in that rather than the actual temple. tought can be expensive

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Ponnumthuruthu, Owner at Ponnumthuruthu Island, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting Ponnumthuruthu island. Hope you had fun !! More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

the ride on the boat is nice but the island itself doesn't have much to offer apart if the temples and the guide gives you the blessing in font of the statues of the gods

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Ponnumthuruthu, Owner at Ponnumthuruthu Island, responded to this review

Hope you have enjoyed the tour. Thanks for your visit! -Team Ponnumthuruthu (Gloden Isle) More 

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Surroundings nice: Lake, tropical forests,sailing with boat to island.And finish..Temples without vibe.Variuos sculptures not real.And they take a lot of money for ticket.Its must be free of charge.But private island doing business

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Ponnumthuruthu, Owner at Ponnumthuruthu Island, responded to this review

We are very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy visiting Ponnumthuruthu. Can you tell me how much were you charged for island entry? -Sarath S More 

Seattle, Washington
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Unless you have religious inclinations - the island is a gross waste of time with unfriendly priests. The lake and getting to/from the temple is fantastically slow and pleasurable. Skip the island and enjoy the boat ride instead!

Thank appyrae
Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

A little hard to find the route to this place. We were charged 350 per head for the boat ride. It is boat ride on the backwaters to this Island. The Island is very small. There's a temple in the centre of this Island. Nothing else here. The boat ride is enjoyable.The surrounding is very tranquil. And please carry water... More 

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Mangalore, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

I rented a bike to visit a couple of places around Varkala. I had a tough time finding this place as my malayalam pronunciation is horrible. Just ask people how to go to 'thuruthu'(island) and they will guide you. Once I reached this place, I was guided to the boatman's house. I reached the island by means of a country... More 

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Kerala, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

this place is for the people in search of the offbeaten tracks, there is nothing much to do other than immersing in the local beauty

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

The boat ride is costly (Rs 200 per person) even though we went off season but the ride is beautiful! the temple has nice payasam (kerala sweet) and don't forget to take swim at the temple side!

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Coimbatore, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Nearly 10 kms from Varkala, a small road leads to this place. From there we went to the island temple by boat - Its just 10 minutes ride - reached beautiful temple for Siva Parvathi. This island is really exciting and beautiful, can hear sound of birds all the time and blessed place for nature lovers. You can go boating... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

If you are in varkala and dont have the time to go to alleppey to see the vast backwater beauty, just go to the ponnum thuruthu Island, which is a beautiful small backwater Island just around 10 kilometers from varkala...highly recommended

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