Location: One of the most dazzling islands of South India, Ponnumthuruthu is no more than 12 km south of Varkala.
Description: The most exciting thing about Ponnumthuruthu is that you can take an exhilarating ferry ride to reach this spot. Ponnumthuruthu has a beautiful hidden meaning, Golden Island. As the name suggests, the island is truly sparkling with the treasure of flora and fauna. In the olden times, the queens of Travancore used to hide their caches of gold and ornaments on this island to keep them safe from robberies. That is how the island obtained its name. Golden Island, thriving with scenic beauty, is a perfect destination for tourists and vacationers. Nestled amidst verdant coconut trees, Shiva Parvati Temple is the major attraction of this island, built about 100 years ago. While you are visiting this island, do watch the jetty created from materials, like husk, mud and waste from coir. Ferry ride to this isle is a refreshing treat for your mind and soul. Once you reach here, the isle welcomes you with the jewels of beautiful avifauna. You will be delighted to see birds, like Cormorants, egrets and herons, here.
Activities: Shivratri is the main festival celebrated on this island at Shiva Parvati Temple.