Run Away To Ponnumthuruthu

The rain clouds continue to play hide and seek over the city. They refuse to deliver. Trivandrumites are seeking refuge in AC cars, low-floor buses, water melons, buttermilk and lots of water. Some douse the fire with beer. Many seek refuge in getaways around the city. Shankumugham beach in the evening is bursting at its seams filled to its brim with people.


Quo Vadis? Whither goes thou? Ask the people.



Come to Ponnumthuruthu, an uninhabited island in the Anjengo backwaters near the city to lie under the shades of sprawling trees. Try annoying the birds by whistling back to their sweet music. Or enjoy them. The breeze from the ocean cools down as it wafts over the backwaters and the gigantic trees in the island before it reaches you lying on the ground.


Hold on, this is too serene a place to sleep. The Siva-Parvathy temple, more than a century old, is the major surprise within the dense foliage in the island. The loudly painted temple building can be a bit of a visual noise against the ancient forest. You would desperately want a dilapidated building on its place. “It was like that until a few years ago,” says Muraleedharan, a member of Valiyapurakkal family which owns the island.


Yentha Ponnum 2
(A view of the Anjengo bakcwaters)
Watch your steps carefully as the marshy ground sometimes give in if you move to the margins of the verdant island.
How to get there.
You have to reach Varkala, which is 35 kms from the city. The delightful getaway is 20 kms from here on the Kadakkavur road. Ask for Onnampalam. From here it is a long walk to the kadavu, where a country boat is waiting for you. The long stretch of the path towards the kadavu offers you a delightful stretch of walk. You can see a paddle of ducks wading across the water. It is only a ten minutes journey left to reach the emerald island across.
The ducks quack in protest as we row past leaving them far behind to seek cover from the blazing sun.
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