Ponnumthuruthu (Golden) Island

Island in Varkala

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. It's closed to non-Hindus but the main reason to venture down here is the scenic punt-powered boat ride to and around the island. An autorickshaw from Varkala should cost ₹500 with waiting time.