Ponnumthuruthu Shivaparvathi Vishnu Temple (Thuruthy Temple), Nedunganda
പൊന്നുംതുരുത്ത് ശിവപാര്വ്വതി വിഷ്ണു ക്ഷേത്രം (തുരുത്തി ക്ഷേത്രം), നെടുങ്ങണ്ട
പൊന്നുംതുരുത്ത് ശിവപാര്വ്വതി വിഷ്ണു ക്ഷേത്രം (തുരുത്തി ക്ഷേത്രം) തിരുവനന്തപുരം ജില്ലയില് അഞ്ചുതെങ്ങ് പഞ്ചായത്തില്പ്പെട്ട നെടുങ്ങണ്ടയില് അഞ്ചുതെങ്ങ് കായലിലെ പൊന്നുംതുരുത്ത് എന്ന ദ്വീപില് സ്ഥിതിചെയ്യുന്നു. ഈ ക്ഷേത്രം വര്ക്കലനിന്ന് 6.5 കിലോമീറ്റര് തെക്കും കടയ്ക്കാവൂരില് നിന്ന് 4.5 കിലോമീറ്റര് വടക്കുമാണ്.
|Nedunganda Ponnumthuruthu Shivaparvathi|
Vishnu Temple (Thuruthi Temple)
നെടുങ്ങണ്ടയിലെ കളരി ശ്രീ ഭദ്രകാളി ദേവി ക്ഷേത്രം പൊന്നുംതുരുത്ത് ശിവപാര്വ്വതി വിഷ്ണു ക്ഷേത്രവുമായി ബന്ധപ്പെട്ടതാണ്.
ദ്വീപിനെപ്പറ്റിയുള്ള ഐതിഹ്യവും ക്ഷേത്രത്തിന്റെ ചരിത്രവും
പത്തുമുന്നൂറു വര്ഷങ്ങള്ക്ക് മുന്പ് അന്നത്തെ രാജാവിന് പൊന്ന് സൂക്ഷിക്കാന് കൊട്ടാരത്തില് കഴിയാത്ത സാഹചര്യമുണ്ടായെന്നും രാജാവിന്റെ പൊന്ന് സൂക്ഷിക്കാന് അഞ്ചുതെങ്ങ് കായലില് ഒരു ദ്വീപ് ഉണ്ടാക്കിയെന്നും അവിടെ പൊന്ന് സൂക്ഷിച്ചെന്നും പൊന്ന് സൂക്ഷിച്ച തുരുത്തിന് പൊന്നുംതുരുത്തെന്നു പേരുണ്ടായെന്നും ഒരു വിശ്വാസം. ഹനുമാന് മരുത്വാമലയും കൊണ്ട് കായലിന് മുകളില്കൂടി പോകുമ്പോള് മലയില്നിന്നു ഒരു ഭാഗം അടര്ന്നു കായലില് വീണുണ്ടായതാണ് ഈ ദ്വീപെന്ന് മറ്റൊരു വിശ്വാസം.
ദ്വീപ് വിജനമായിരുന്നു. ചുറ്റുമുള്ള കരകളില്നിന്ന് ആളുകള് പുല്ലു ശേഖരിക്കാനും മറ്റും വള്ളത്തില് ദ്വീപില് എത്താറുണ്ടായിരുന്നു. ദ്വീപിന്റെ മദ്ധ്യത്തെ കാട്ടില് ഒരു വിഗ്രഹം പുല്ലു ശേഖരിക്കാനെത്തിയവര് കണ്ടെത്തി. ദ്വീപിന്റെ പടിഞ്ഞാറുള്ള കര ശ്രീനാരായണഗുരുദേവന് പതിവായി സഞ്ചരിക്കാറുള്ള കായിക്കര, നെടുങ്ങണ്ട, ഒന്നാംപാലം പ്രദേശങ്ങളാണ്. ത്രികാലജ്ഞാനിയായ ശ്രീനാരായണഗുരുദേവന്റെ അനുഗ്രഹാശിസ്സുകളോടെ പൊന്നുംതുരുത്തില് ഒരു ക്ഷേത്രം നിര്മ്മിക്കുകയും ഗുരുദേവതൃകൈകളാല് ശിവപ്രതിഷ്ഠാകര്മ്മം നിര്വ്വഹിക്കുകയും ചെയ്തു. ആ ക്ഷേത്രം തുരുത്തി ക്ഷേത്രം എന്ന പേരില് അറിയപ്പെട്ടു.
ശ്രീനാരായണഗുരുദേവന് ശിവപ്രതിഷ്ഠ നടത്തിയ തുരുത്തി ക്ഷേത്രത്തില് ഒരു നൂറ്റാണ്ടോളം ശിവഭഗവാന്റേതു മാത്രമായിരുന്നു പ്രധാന പ്രതിഷ്ഠ. ഈ ക്ഷേത്രത്തിലുണ്ടായിട്ടുള്ള ദേവപ്രശ്നങ്ങളില് ജ്യോതിഷപണ്ഡിതരുടെ നിര്ദ്ദേശങ്ങള്ക്ക് വലിയ പ്രാധാന്യം കൊടുത്തിരുന്നു. ആ കാലങ്ങളില് തുരുത്തി ക്ഷേത്രത്തില് വളരെ സമര്പ്പണ മനോഭാവവും ആത്മാര്ത്ഥതയുമുള്ള പ്രഗല്ഭരായ പൂജാരിമാര് പൂജ ചെയ്തിരുന്നു. ഈ കാരണങ്ങളാല് അവിടെ ശക്തമായ ഈശ്വരചെെതന്യം നിലനിന്നു. പോന്നുംതുരുത്തിനെ ഭക്തിയുടെ പൊന്ചിറകുകളിലേറ്റിയ, കുഞ്ചു ശാന്തി എന്ന പൂജാരി പൂജ ചെയ്തിരുന്ന, ദീര്ഘവും പ്രൌഡോജ്ജ്വലവുമായ ഒരു കാലഘട്ടം, ഭക്തജനങ്ങളുടെ മനസുകളില് നിറഞ്ഞുനില്ക്കുന്നതാണ്.
തുരുത്തി ക്ഷേത്രത്തില് പുനരുദ്ധാരണം നടത്താന് ശ്രമിച്ചപ്പോഴൊക്കെ തടസ്സപ്പെടുകയാണുണ്ടായത്. അതുമായി ബന്ധപ്പെട്ടു നടന്നിട്ടുള്ള ദേവപ്രശ്നങ്ങളിലെല്ലാം നെടുങ്ങണ്ട മുന്പുണ്ടായിരുന്ന കളരി ദേവി ക്ഷേത്രം പുനര്നിര്മ്മിച്ചു പ്രതിഷ്ഠ നടത്തിയതിനു ശേഷമേ തുരുത്തി ക്ഷേത്രത്തില് പുനരുദ്ധാരണം നടത്തുവാന് പാടുള്ളു എന്നു തെളിഞ്ഞു. അതു പ്രകാരം 1979-81 കാലഘട്ടത്തിലാണ് കളരി ദേവി ക്ഷേത്രം പുനര്നിര്മ്മിച്ചു പ്രതിഷ്ഠ നടത്തിയത്. ശ്രീ ഭദ്രകാളി ദേവിയാണ് കളരി ദേവി ക്ഷേത്രത്തിലെ പ്രതിഷ്ഠ.
കളരി ശ്രീ ഭദ്രകാളി ദേവി ക്ഷേത്രം
നെടുങ്ങണ്ടയിലെ കളരി ശ്രീ ഭദ്രകാളി ദേവി ക്ഷേത്രത്തിനു ഭക്തജനങ്ങളും പൊന്നും തുരുത്തിലെ ക്ഷേത്ര ഭാരവാഹികളും പ്രാധാന്യം കൊടുക്കേണ്ടതാണെന്ന് പൊന്നുംതുരുത്ത് ശിവപാര്വ്വതി വിഷ്ണു ക്ഷേത്രവുമായി ബന്ധപ്പെട്ടു നടന്നിട്ടുള്ള എല്ലാ ദേവപ്രശ്നങ്ങളിലും പ്രഗല്ഭരായ ജ്യോതിഷപണ്ഡിതര് അഭിപ്രായപ്പെട്ടിട്ടുണ്ട്.
ക്ഷേത്രട്രസ്റ്റിന്റെ കീഴിലാണ് പൊന്നുംതുരുത്ത് ശിവപാര്വ്വതി വിഷ്ണു ക്ഷേത്രം ഇപ്പോള് പ്രവര്ത്തിക്കുന്നത്. പോന്നുംതുരുത്തിലെ ഒരു ഏക്കര് അഞ്ച് സെന്റെ് സ്ഥലം ഈ ക്ഷേത്ര ട്രസ്റ്റിന്റെ പേരിലാണുള്ളത്. ഈ ദ്വീപിലെ മറ്റുള്ള സ്ഥലങ്ങള് നെടുങ്ങണ്ടയിലെ വലിയപുരയ്ക്കല് കുടുംബാംഗങ്ങളുടേതാണ്. ക്ഷേത്രം ട്രസ്റ്റിന് പോന്നുംതുരുത്തില് ഇപ്പോഴുള്ള സ്ഥലം നല്കിയത് ഈ കുടുംബമാണ്.
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വള്ളം കയറാൻ ഈ
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Ponnumthuruthu Shivaparvathi Vishnu Temple (Thuruthy Temple), Nedunganda
Ponnumthuruthu Sivaparvathi Vishnu Temple (Thuruthi Temple) is located in Ponnum Thuruthu Island at Nedunganda in Thiruvananthapuram District of Kerala. Nedunganda is a village located in Anjuthengu Panchayath on Kadakkavoor – Varkala road. About 5.2 km south of Varkala and 4 km north of Kadakkavoor, Ponnumthuruthu island in the middle of a Anjengo backwater lake is home to the Ponnumthuruthu Shivaparvati Vishnu Temple, also known as the Thuruthy Temple. The main reason to venture down here is the scenic punt-powered boat ride to and around the island.
The Temple enshrines Lord Siva, Goddess Parvathi and Lord Mahavishnu are main Deities, Lord Ganapathy, Nagaraja, Nagayakshi are the other Deities worshipped in the temple complex. Sivaratri is a major festival celebrated at the Ponnumthuruthu Sivaparvathy Vishnu Temple at Ponnumthuruthu. A large number of devotees flock this place to spend a night on the island during this festival. The nearest Airport is Trivandrum International Airport. The nearest Railway Stations are Kadakkavoor Railway Station (4 km) and Varkala Railway Station (5.2 km).
Location of Thuruthy Temple (Satellite view)
Kalari Devi Temple, Nedunganda
|കളരി ശ്രീഭദ്രകാളി ദേവി ക്ഷേത്രം|
Kalari Devi Temple is located at Nedunganda in Thiruvananthapuram District of Kerala. The Temple enshrines Goddess Sree Bhadra Kali is main Deity. The nearest Airport is Trivandrum International Airport. The nearest Railway Stations are Kadakkavoor Railway Station (4 km) and Varkala Railway Station (5.2 km).
ponnumthuruthu golden island, Varkala, ponnumthuruthu island, Varkala-kadakkavur road: Ponnumthuruthu. Ponnumthuruth Island: 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, 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 lush island is a perfect getaway for those who seek a break from the hustle and bustle of the urban life. Temple in the island: 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 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.Ambience at the island : 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. 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!Nearly 10 kms from Varkala, a small road leads to this place. From there we went to the island temple by boat - Its just 10 minutes ride - reached beautiful temple for Siva Parvathi. This island is really exciting and beautiful, can hear sound of birds all the time and blessed place for nature lovers. You can go boating...Ponnumthuruthu, also known as Golden Island is located 20 km from Varkala. It is popular for its 100 year old Shiva Parvathi temple situated amidst thick coconut groves stretched over the sandy beaches.Boats from Nedunganda can be taken through a 30 minute backwater ride to Ponnumthuruthu which offers a perfect getaway from the bustle of city life.A very beautiful and tremendous getaway encircled by the Anjengo backwaters, Ponnumthuruthu Island is easily reachable by boat from the makeshift jetty at the Nedunganda Village which is located at the close proximity to this place. Located at the distance of 10 km away from Varkala town, this delightful getaway is an ideal option for sunset view. A long stretch sandy beach towering red laterite cliffs and pleasant mineral springs make Varkala a must visit place in Kerala. It's a peaceful place from where one can view the sunset and natural beauty of surroundings. Besides, the island is also a haven of flora and fauna that would surely be a birder's delight to visit here.Temple in the Island:Ponnumthuruthu Island is popular for Shiva Parvati Temple which is also known as 'Thuruthu Kshethram' by local residents. It's situated amongst thick coconut groves. It's a 100 years old temple which was ruined but later on it was rebuilt again. The island and the temple are owned by Valiyapurackal family.Sivaratri Festival: Sivaratri is a famous festival that is celebrated at the Siva Parvati temple at Ponnumthuruthu. A large number of devotees flock this place to spend a night on the island during this festival.Ponnumthuruthu island:Ponnumthuruthu island, located a few kilometers from Varkala, is a tiny island full of serenity. It is a beautiful getaway surrounded by the Anjengo backwaters. Ponnumthuruthu literally means the golden island. According to legends, the Queens of Travancore Royal family used to hide their gold on the island to keep it safe, and hence the name. A 100-year old Shiva-Parvathi temple, which was rebuilt a decade ago is also located on this isle.Opening hours of Ponnumthuruthu island: January to December: Open all days 05:30 am to 12:00 pm. January to December: 04:00 pm to 07:00 pm Ponnumthuruthu Island: About 10km south of Varkala, this island in the middle of a backwater lake is home to the Shiva-Parvati Hindu Temple, also known as the Golden Temple. The main reason to venture down here is the scenic punt-powered boat ride to and around the island. Ponnumthuruthu (Golden Island) , Varkala: 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.Shivaparvathy Temple,Ponnumthuruthu-An ideal picnic Spot in Kerala: his attempt is for the benefit of those on vacation in Kerala about a Temple in a beautiful small island of Kerala accidently I came across on the Net I thought it is worth writing for the benefit of tourists on vacation seeking beautiful natural picnic spots in Kerala which are not widely known. The name of this island in Malayalam suggests it has something to do with Gold( Ponnu means Gold& Thuruthu means a small island) .in other words if one wants to call it a Golden Island ,he/she is at liberty to do so. There is also a story or rather a legend in support of calling it a Golden Island. The Legend goes like this: It is said that the Travancore Royal Family Queens had plenty of Gold jewellery& ornaments .In order to keep them Safe they selected this small Island where ,perhaps,they buried it & kept a mark to retrieve it later when they Desired to have them back.They might have indeed taken them back also at the most appropriate& auspicious occasion they needed them . So at the moment there does not appear to have any treasure of gold there but the place is so Picturesque& fascinating sightseeing experience with the beautiful scenerio to remember for ever. The place is also to be considered as as spot which presents total tranquility,quietness & imperturbability& peace to those suffer from the ear breaking Noise & disturbances in any modern city. This Golden Island ( let us call it so to keep it modern & more respectable) called Ponnumthuruthu is around 12 KM away from the Town of Varkala in Trivandrum District of Kerala. This golden Island ,as one might imagine to Be thickly populated,is in fact not so.There is absolutely near nil Population here. The just one way to reach the Island is by Boats. There are Motor Boats& well as manually driven boats available in the area to reach this Island.But it is most ideal to hire a traditional Canoe driven by an Oarsman with a lengthy bamboo pole which he uses to take the canoe ahead.This way one could avoid disturbing the Calm& serene atmosphere prevailing in the river & surrounding area . Ponnumthuruthu is such a naturally gifted beautiful greenery place with glittering bluish green water in the Morning sun.It is always advice able to avoid rainy days to escape from getting wet & also with a view to avoiding The absence of variety of strange & beautiful Birds in the surroundings.This is especially so if one is also a Birdwatcher.A canoe or a boat can be arranged from the nearby village called Nedunganda near Varkala Town. Those who are nature lovers and interested in quite& peaceful atmosphere would find this island a haVen here. The traditional big white Herons with lengthy lean legs is a very common sight here together with other birds like Eagle,Cormorants,Gulls and many more water birds. The most interesting sight in this Golden Island worth visiting is a Temple of Shivaparvathy&Vishnu. The Island is virtually changed into a colorful place on the days of Shivaratri a traditional celebration time for Hindus.But the does not appear to have any restriction for people from all community to visit the place on these days.The island is lighted up extremely beautifully on these days. The Ponnumthuruth Island is ,in fact ,a place of Temple property.This Temple a rare one with Shiva, Parvathy&Vishnu is stated to be around 100 years Old.The Temple was almost at the point of Ruin 10 years back when it was renovated to the present form. It is more beneficial& ideal to visit this Temple on Shivaratri day as devotees come over there on the previous day and light up the Island & stay there the whole night of Shivaratri.The glittering view on this night is not only considered to be a Devine experience for those who have belief in Temples but virtually a glorious sight of beauty on this Night as well. The surroundings of this small island is also rich in Fish population.The Tauna& Flora varieties of Fish are available in plenty apart from small fish.So one could find a lot of multicolored King Fishers also here.This also is a tourist attraction to watch the beauty & quickness of the bird to ounce upon it' prey. There are plenty of fishermen also in the surroundings to fetch fish as much as possible using their boats& nets. yet another speciality here is the Jetty available here to anchor the boats.One could see makeshift Jetty which is made of Coir waste,coconut Husk& Mud.This seems to be a Unique feature here. Once you enter the island & cross over to the other side of the island ,there is one Coir factory also there. This itself is yet another worth seeing spot. So next time you plan to visit Kerala include this place Ponnumthuruth or to be modern the Golden Island near Varkala also in your list of places.you won't have to regret doing it One more hint or rather a Tip to the travelers to this island.Please do not forget to carry your Digital Camera When you visit this beautiful Picturesque Island. PONNUMTHURUTHU ISLAND - VARKALA: A delightful getaway surrounded by the Anjengo backwaters, this uninhabited isle is accessible by boat from the makeshift jetty at the nearby Nedunganda Village. A 100-year-old Shiva-Parvathi Temple, rebuilt a decade ago, is also situated here.PONNUMTHURUTHU ISLAND NEAR VARKALA: A delightful getaway surrounded by the Anjengo backwaters, this uninhabited isle is accessible by boat from the makeshift jetty at the nearby Nedunganda Village. A 100-year-old Shiva-Parvathi Temple, rebuilt a decade ago, is also situated here. Ponnumthuruthu Island is just 10 km away from Varkala, the famous tourist destination in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Ponnumthuruthu Island near Varkala: A delightful getaway surrounded by the Anjengo backwaters, this uninhabited isle is accessible by boat from the makeshift jetty at the nearby Nedunganda Village. A 100-year-old Shiva-Parvathi Temple, rebuilt a decade ago, is also situated here. Ponnumthuruthu Island is just 10 km away from Varkala, the famous tourist destination in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Getting there: Nearest railway station: Varkala, about 5 km away. Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 30 km away. Location: Lattitude:8.67267, Longitude: 76.756468. 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: We have been to Varkala umpteen times. But never heard of Golden Isle. One of our family friends suggested this place. On google search and local enquiry found that this is an island which has a temple inside. But more details were unavailable. Anyway it being near to our home we decided to explore this place on a weekend.After getting up "early" in the morning we got ready for the journey by about 11am. The party consisted of two families hiruvananthapuram -> Kazhakkoottam (NH 47) -> Attingal (NH 47) -> Turn left to Kadakkavur -> Golden Isle The local name of "Golden Isle" is Thuruth. Any route queries to locals should be about "Thuruth Temple".Just before a newly constructed bridge amidst a lot of trees we saw a small board - Golden Isle. The "smallevity" of the board made us little apprehensive about the place.Anyway got inside.The place looked deserted. But we could see the lake. On enquiring with the only soul marching in that yard, found out that we could get a boat from there to the thuruth and that we are in for a lunchless outing. Anyway we waited for the boat here. The weather was little cloudy. But the lake was slowly growing upon us.The boat arrived. The Golden Island is also called the "Thuruthu" by the local community. The island is just a few minutes by country boat from the main land and about half an hour drive from Varkala, in the same direction as Anjengo. The centre-piece of attraction in the island is an old Shiva and Parvathy temple which is very famous. A ride on the country boat itself is amusing. On the way back you can see a lot of coir weaving centers. Some places even display very interesting and innovative products made of coir and take orders to your specifications. The coir weaving process as such is very interesting to see the process from raw material to the finished product.Ponnumthuruthu (Golden Island) , Varkala: 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. Ponnumthuruthu, Varkala: Ponnumthuruthu, also known as Golden Island is located 20 km from Varkala. It is popular for its 100 year old Shiva Parvathi temple situated amidst thick coconut groves stretched over the sandy beaches.Boats from Nedunganda can be taken through a 30 minute backwater ride to Ponnumthuruthu which offers a perfect getaway from the bustle of city life.Golden Island:Golden Island is a small island located in Anjengo lake, which is connecting three historically important places Varkala, Anjengo & Vakkom. If an imaginary line drawn between these three places in a birds eye view, just like a Triangle, Golden Island seems to be located at the center of the TriangleGolden Island Holistic Health Destination (GIHHD) is an initiative to incorporate comfort, health and spirituality into a project led by a group of people who prefer genuine and best service. The project is divided into three different zones – Health Zone, Leisure Zone & Spiritual Zone respectively.Ponnumthuruthu Island: Ponnumthuruthu, also known as Golden Island, is an enchanting island 20 km from Varkala in Kerala. This verdant spot is famous for its century-old Shiva Parvathi Temple that nestles amidst luxuriant coconut groves.Even the boat ride to this pretty island is delightful as you make your way through lush palm-fringed backwaters. You can take a boat from Nedungada; the boat ride will take about half an hour. Ponnumthuruthu is rich in flora and fauna. This peaceful island with its stunning natural beauty and its spiritual aura is an idyllic getaway from urban chaos.Puthenchantha, vettoor, Vilabhagom, Plavazhikom, Nedunganda,Kaikkara / Kayikkara, Anchuthengu / Anjuthengu / Anjengo back water, Vennicode, Akathumuri,Cherunniyoor / Cherunniyur, Vakkom, kavalayoor, Nilakkamukku, Mananakku, Kollampozha,vadasserikonam, Attingal,Ponnumthuruthu Siva Parvathi Vishnu Temple in Ponnumthuruthu, ponnumthuruthu island.