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Ponnumthuruthu Island

The Ponnumthuruthu Island, is located in a serene location, at about 20km from Varkala, is one of the most beautiful uninhabited islands in Kerala. Within the dense greenery, a surprise element in the form of a century-old Shiva Parvati temple welcomes the tourists at this island. This island is found in the midst of Anjenjo backwaters. This place is visited by tourists who have an eye for natural beauty. Sunset viewing is most enjoyable from this place. Varkala, which is 35km from Thiruvananthapuram city, is the main place where you need to get down toreach this island. From Varkala, you can take the Kadakkavur Road and reach Onnampalam. From this place, a beautiful cruise ride takes you to this island. You will be surprised to find the expansive tree growth here that cuts you off from the rest of the world completely. You feel you are in a completely different world as you travel through the scenic Anjenjo backwaters. There are quite a few ducks here that greet you along the way.

In terms of fame and tourism potential, the beach at Ponnumthuruthu Island in Varkala is definitely a few notches lesser than the Kovalam beach. However, in terms of beauty, this beach is surely on par with the Kovalam Beach. The island is also the place where some Hindu devotees conduct the last rites of their near and dear ones. There are many houseboats that from Nedungada village, in which you can travel to this island in complete harmony with nature.

How to Reach

By Air – Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, at a distance of 30km from Ponnumthuruthu Island, is the nearest to this place.

By Rail – Varkala railway station, at a distance of 5km away from this island, is the nearest junction.

By road – Varkala is a big tourist destination in Kerala. Therefore, it is well connected to all the places by buses that are operated by the state government and private sector.

Climatic Conditions and Best time to Visit

Since this island is virtually within the safe cover of sprawling trees, the climate remains pleasant all through the year here. This area receives abundant rainfall due its geographical topography. The period between October and March is the most apt time for visiting this island.

Cruises from Ponnumthuruthu Island

The cruise ride into the island is one of the most unforgettable experiences for tourists coming here. The gentle movement of the fishing boat that you travel in makes your experience extremely pleasurable. Eagles, ducks and egrets and ducks are found in plenty all over your ride. There are many boat cruises from the island to the famous Shiva Parvathy temple. This boat ride costs around 300INR and is a huge favourite among Indian and international tourists.

Prime Attractions

A century old Shiva Parvati temple that was recently renovated is one of the major attractions of this island. Boats are available in plenty to ferry the tourists between the island and the temple. Some of the other must-see places here are:

Varkala Lighthouse

This 18th century structure boasts of impressive British style architecture and is visited by a large number of tourists. You can climb on top of this lighthouse to get an excellent view of the neighbouring beach and island.

Janardhanaswami Temple

This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is situated near the Papasnanam Beach. This temple was constructed at least 2000 years ago by a famous Pandyan ruler and still continues to be a hot spot in this vicinity.

KaduvayilJama Masjid

This is also known as KaduvayilPalli and is dedicated to the famous saint of Islam, KaduvayilThangal. It is one of the most important shrines for people following the Sunni faith and people of other religions too come here.

Kappil Lake

Kappil Lake is beautiful place covered with a dense growth of coconut groves. This beach is covered a lot of hillocks and rocks, making it look all the more beautiful. This lake is situated at just about 8km from Varkala. The Kappil Boat Club operates many pedal and motor boats that can be hired by the tourists.

Varkala Tunnel

This tunnel was built during the 18th century by the British for improving trade relations between Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam. This tunnel runs to a length of 924feet.

Varkala Beach

This is a very calm and serene beach and is one of the most beautiful in the state of Kerala. This beach is comparatively less-crowded and hence the beauty of this beach remains unspoilt even today.

Papasnanam Beach

This is one of the traditional beaches in this area and is relatively quite small in size. Many Hindus perform last rites for their near and dear ones here.