LOCATION:It is 5 KM away from Varkala railway station and 42.7 KM from Thiruvananthapuram city.
HOW TO GET THERE:It is accessible by boat from the makeshift jetty at the nearby Nedunganda Village. For reaching up to Nedunganda, bus or cab can take.
ENTRY FEE:You have to pay for boat as well as island entry at once. It’s around rupees in between 200 to 500.
TIME:All days of the week from 5:30 AM – 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. 1 to 2 hours will take for the visit.
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. Ponnumthuruthu, the name literally means Golden Island. Legends say that the queens of Travancore Royal Family used to hide their cache of gold and ornaments on the island in order to keep it safe and hence it obtained the name, Ponnumthuruthu.
This island is known for the Shiva Parvathi temple, which is also called `Thuruthu kshethram’ by the natives. The temple is more than 100 years old and the entire island is temple 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.Sivarathri is a major festival celebrated at the Siva Parvathi temple at Ponnumthuruthu. 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. 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.
TIPS AND GUIDANCE: Avoid rainy season for the visit. Local boat is cheaper. Motor boat’s charge is too high. Local boat conveyance is not provided all the time.
NEAR BY:Small shops are available to get refreshments. There is no nearby tourist places for the visit.Varkala Beach issituated in a distance of 10.4 KM from this place.