Poovar is an unexplored destination engraved by the unflappable backwaters opening out into the azure expanse of the Arabian Sea. Poovar is famous for its gorgeous beach, lush exotic greenery, coconut groves, banana plantations and emerald backwaters. Poovar is located at the southern tip of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram this island paradise is an ideal venue to experience the pulse of bucolic coastal Kerala in all its pristine glory.
Poovar Island is counted amongst the most beautiful natural delights in the whole of peninsular India. The picturesque landscape of Poovar had once captured the heart of the erstwhile king of Travancore - Marthanda Varma. Legend has it that the place was named “poo-aar”, meaning a stream of flowers, by the king himself. The island is an ideal spot for those who love tranquility and solitude away from the buzz and clamor of towns. Relax and unwind in the unmatched peace and silence of this secluded paradise…
Places of interest:
Poovar Beach: This picture-postcard beach, fringed with coconut palms, is accessible via water-taxis alone. Poovar Beach is a gorgeous strip of golden sand lying sandwiched between the scenic River Neyyar and the Arabian Sea. Due to the presence of an active fishing population and strong currents, beach activities are not so developed here. In spite of it, the beach lures visitors with its serenity and beauty – an ideal ambience for relaxing and unwinding.
The Fishing Village: The village near Poovar is largely inhabited by fisher-folk. The fishermen here make a living by fishing in the old-traditional ways. They live a unique water-based lifestyle completely relying on the river and sea for everything from their daily livelihood to transportation. The village is ideal to experience the real-taste of a typical Kerala coastal village and their unique ways of living.
Thiruvananthapuram: Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum abounds with temples, age old palaces, museums and much more. The most famous among them would be the Padmanabha Swamy temple and the Padmanabhapuram palace. The Napier museum and the Sree Chitra Art Gallery attached to it are also well worth a visit. The city also has a zoo which houses a wide variety of rare species of animals and birds. There are quite a few spots of great scenic beauty around Thiruvananthapuram - Ponmudy, Meenmutty etc. The district also has a network of backwaters along which houseboat cruises can be arranged.
Things to do in Poovar
Cruises: Poovar gives an opportunity to understand the lives of the fisher-folks. A cruise to the neighboring fishing village is a must-do activity here. You can interact with the fishermen and get first hand information on the various fishing tactics. For the adventurous sort you can try out fishing yourself or better still participate in a fishing expedition. The fisher-folk here uses a wide range of traditional fishing tactics including using the Chinese fishing nets. Another option is to visit a century-old martial arts village to learn about the ancient martial art form of Kerala – Kalaripayattu.
Another important activity is enjoying a houseboat cruise along the serene backwaters of Poovar. Other popular activities here include water sports and water rafting. In addition, for couples we recommend a romantic sunset or sunrise cruise.
Boat Races: Kerala is famous for its high-adrenaline packed Snake Boat Races. The atmosphere is further charged-up by the festive and enthusiastic mood of the spectators. These boat races turn the otherwise serene backwaters into an exhilarating venue packed with action and adventure. Poovar is the site of many local boat races and one should not miss an opportunity to be a part of this exciting action-packed event.
Crocodile-watching Expeditions: Embark on an exciting crocodile watching expedition – a popular crowd-puller here. Watching the amphibians at a close range is sure to enthrall spectators. On a bright sunny day one can view crocodiles basking in the sun.
Ayurveda: The place offers a number of avenues and the perfect ambience to enjoy and get the benefits of a variety of Ayurvedic treatments. Opportunities galore for those who like to reap the benefits of Ayurveda.
Location: Poovar is located at a short distance from Thiruvananthapuram city; Kovalam lies at a distance of 3 km.
Climate: Pleasant tropical climate with temperate summers and mild winters.
Best Time To Visit: All year destination.
Eateries: There are a number of eating-out options available here. Do make it a point to savor the mouthwatering sea-food delights here. At Kovalam there are a number of beachside restaurants serving excellent sea-food including lobster and shrimp delicacies.
How to Reach Poovar?
By Air: The Trivandrum International Airport lies at a distance of 38 km from Poovar.
By Road: Poovar is well connected by an extensive network of roads to the rest of the country.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is located in Trivandrum at a distance of 38 km.
By Boat Ride: Poovar is easily accessible from Trivandrum by a fifteen-minute boat ride. Water- taxis are an excellent way to travel around the place. You can also avail the services of a house-boat, country boat, canoe or motor boat depending on your convenience and need.