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Ponnumthuruthu Island

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Local boatman, magical location, island full of temples

Gently poled across the lake by our Indian boatman, we were shown round the island’s treasures by a... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2018
Rothesay, United Kingdom
Beautiful island and Temple

A boat trip around the island and a very helpful guide on the island who took us to the temple and... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2018
Worthing, United Kingdom
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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...more
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| Shiva Parvathi Temple, Kerala, Varkala, India
+91 98868 16417
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Reviewed 18 June 2018

Gently poled across the lake by our Indian boatman, we were shown round the island’s treasures by a knowledgable guide. Well worth the visit

Thank mwspear
Reviewed 7 May 2018

A boat trip around the island and a very helpful guide on the island who took us to the temple and explained clearly the history.

Thank kAREN l
Reviewed 19 February 2018

We went on Feb 18, the place looks good. But the boat persons asking 250 Rs per head, its too costly for a short trip and we cancelled it.

Thank abilashkp87
Reviewed 18 January 2018

Taking the ferry was most enjoyable part of the trip. The Temple was very quiet, but you are not allowed to go inside unless you are worshiper. Beautiful trees and surroundings. Bathroom facility could be improved.

3  Thank YoginiXC
Ponnumthuruthu, Owner at Ponnumthuruthu Island, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2018

Thanks for the review !

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

1  Thank Gin B
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

2  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

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10 August 2018|
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Response from kAREN l | Reviewed this property |
The guide will take you around the island and explain,certain parts of the temple are not accessible but you are able to view them enjoy your trip 😃
Martha G
2 July 2018|
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Response from Ponnumthuruthu | Property representative |
Hi Martha, Yes it is definitely safe to travel alone to the island.Please follow the below steps 1.Please visit in the morning hours 2.Have contact of local hotel number(incase you want to call during an... More
29 September 2017|
Response from Ponnumthuruthu | Property representative |
Sure, temple is open from 6 am to 6 pm. Please contact me @9886816417