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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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Where the river joins the sea..

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 February 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 50 rs/person and non-hindus cannot enter the temple.

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 the other side. The place is rich in bird population of various kind. The thick... More 

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 bubbles 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. The loud speakers blaring bhajans can be done without, in such a calm atmosphere, so... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

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 

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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!

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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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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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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