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Best Time: Aug-Mar Read More

Ideal duration: 1 day

Nearest Airport: Trivandrum Check Flights

Poovar Tourism

Poovar is a small rustic town situated 27 kms from Thiruvananthapuram with unspoilt, unexplored golden sand beaches and beautiful backwaters of Kerala.

Also known as a fishing village, the tranquil Poovar island lies between the Arabian Sea and the Neyyar River. Hiring a boat, (especially during the sunset)that will take you through the mangrove forest of backwaters is a must-do activity. The boat ride costs around INR 3000- INR 4000. The town has some of the beautiful resorts and hotels that are known for the hospitality they offer.

Poovar beach is secluded and is only accessible by a boat. Swimming is allowed here throughout the year except for the monsoon months

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History of Poovar

There is an interesting story about how Poovar got its name. When Marthanda Varma Maharaja was declared as the successor of the King, Ettuveetil Pillamar, the other two sons with the help of Madampis tried to seize power. Therefore, the Maharaja had to run away and he ended up in Poovar. Moosa Marikar, a prosperous and noble businessman, provided him with a safe place. He also helped the Maharaja to regain his lost kingdom. During his stay at Poovar, Marthanda Varma was fascinated by the beautiful red flowers, from the Kovala trees which flanked the banks of the Neyyar River. The flowers floating in the river seemed like a red carpet. It is believed that the Maharaja described the river as 'Poo-aar' meaning 'a stream of flowers' and this was how Poovar got its name.

Restaurants and Local Food in Poovar

Visiting a coastal area gives you a chance to savor the mouth watering delicacies. Poovar being a fishing hub offers some of the most delicious fish dishes you ever tasted. In fact, the town houses several multi cuisine restaurants and road side shacks serving local, Chinese, Tamil and North Indian cuisine. You will find a liberal use of coconut in the dishes quite refreshing.
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One Day Itinerary

Day 1- From your hotel or resort you can head off to the famous Poovar Beach, after a late breakfast. You can have a good beach time here in solitude. It is not at all crowded and is very clean and beautifully landscaping, separating the Arabian Sea and River Neyyar. Leave the beach late afternoon and relax at the hotel.
Day 2- Next day can you can take a houseboat cruise to the Fishing Village. You can get to understand the lives of the fisher folks and typical coastal villages of Kerala. You can also engage in fishing. You could also visit a century-old martial arts village to learn about the ancient martial art form of Kerala - Kalaripayattu.
Day 3- This can be another beach day. However, with recreational activities like water sports. Kovalam Beach can be the place, which has 3 beautiful crescent-shaped beaches, Lighthouse, Hawwah, and Samudra Beach. Lighthouse being the most famous, however, all of these beaches are extremely beautiful. You can leave the beach late afternoon and visit the natural sea port, Vizhinjam. It is internationally acclaimed for its beach resorts and Ayurvedic treatment. After a long day, you can indulge in an Ayurvedic treatment or a massage, which is healing and relaxing at the same time - just what you need on a holiday.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Poovar is an isolated and unspoilt ecotourism spot in Kerela. Well-known for its clean and golden sandy beach with serene backwaters.

What's Not So Great?

Tropical weather characterised by high humidity due to the coastal area.

For Whom?

Poovar is perfect for travellers who look for unexplored places. It is equally suitable for a family holiday or getaway or a private time for a honeymoon.

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How To Reach Poovar

Being in the Trivandrum district of Kerala, Poovar is well-connected to the many cities in the country. Trivandrum International Airport lies at a distance of about 38 km, Trivandrum Railway Sation at around 35 km and has an extensive network of roads to the rest of the country.

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Q. How long a trip should I plan to fully enjoy Poovar?

Rohit Shroff 1 year ago
Poovar can be completed in just a day.

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Naman Sarawagi 1 year ago
About 40kms from the trivandrum airport. We selected this place over kovalam beach. Kovalam is very famous and that is a problem, makes it very crowded. Poovar is peaceful. Good resorts around the beach and lake.
Rohit Shroff 1 year ago
- Carry a pair of sport shoes for there will be a lot of walking and hiking around.
- Carry a camera to capture the charming beauty of the town.
- Plan your trip in winter season or summers but avoid monsoon due to heavy rainfall.
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