Ponnumthuruth Island in Thiruvananthapuram

Long voyages and exploration parties have been commissioned in history to trace numerous mythical cities and find its hidden treasure. In Varkala, a simple boat ride is all you need to reach the resplendent Ponnumthuruth Island. The name itself translates to 'Golden Island' because it is rumoured that the queens of the Travancore Royal Family used to hide gold and other precious ornaments here.

People come here to escape the dull routine of daily life and embrace the languorous lifestyle of the locals. Located amidst coconut groves, over a century old and adored by all visitors, is the historic Shiva Parvathi Temple. Another fun fact is that the entire island is actually temple property, under the purview of the Valiyapurackal family. The greenery, the cuisine and even the boats that get you here are all reminders of the unique zone you have entered. People covet tranquillity here and the locals have ensured that its ancient ambience is maintained. The annual Sivarathri Festival is when the Island comes to life, and the dazzling lights on display make it worth waiting for, every single year.

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