Poovar Tourism
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Poovar Tourism

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  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Waterfront
Poovar is a small coastal fishing island at the southern tip of Thiruvananthapuram district in Kerala. The village is embraced by a beautiful beach on one side and the backwaters on the other.

During high tides, an estuary links it to the sea.  It is very close to harbor of Vizhinjam and is a network of lagoons, lakes, canals, estuaries, deltas, interspersing forty-four rivers that join the Arabian Sea. Located 38km from the State capital, a fifteen-minute boat ride reaches you at Poovar.

Poovar has been a trading centre and port in ancient times where timber, sandalwood, ivory and spices were traded. According to legends the port Ophir where King Solomon's trading ships landed is said to be Poovar. Another legend describes this as the place as where Maharaja Marthanda Varma was given protection from his enemies by the powerful merchant, Moosa Marikkar. It is said that the picturesque sight of red kovala flowers floating in the Neyyar River led the Maharaja to describe the river as pu (flower) ar (river) or the river of flowers.     
 


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Swamykiranpaul  batlanki

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  • Lives in Macherla
  • 4 Reviews
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"A memorable trip" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Nice place to visit. The time spent there was very memorable and the boat trip through the mangroves is amazing. There is an Ayurvedic spa very close to the resort which run by a Gracious man named Dr. Gracious. The spa was reasonable and great. Besides one can go and visit Kovalam Beach and also Kanyakumari around 95 km from there.
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V G

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  • Lives in Mysore
  • 6 Reviews
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"Very good place for calm stay, not much to do" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
East beach is good and clean. Enjoyable. The backwater boat ride in the morning is an awesome experience. You will get to see a few bird species. Some boat clubs are also there. Other than that didnt notice much to do.

Can cover Kanyakumari from here. On the way, you will get to see old palace of Padmanabhapuram.

Thiruvananthapuram also has Shri Padmanabhaswamy temple, must visit.
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Asmita Pradhan

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  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 16 Reviews
  •  29 helpful votes
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"A place to enjoy the Backwaters and beach"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Apr 16, 2015
Poovar is an hour to 2 hours journey south from Trivandrum, the capital of the state. Hence, the transportation isn't an issue. You can take State Transport available from the East Fort in the Capital.

Poovar is a whole new experience for the backwater which is similar to Alapuzzah. Do take the boat ride which will cost Rs. 2500 for 1. 5 hours for 2 persons. If you can bargain then they'll give you 3 hours for the same price. They take you to atleast 5-6 places including Estuary Island which is a secluded beach.

You can stay back at Trivandrum and travel to Poovar as it isn't really far and backwater boat ride is the only thing you can do there.
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Dhanaraj Tirumale

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"Not a great place for family"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Jan 26, 2015
Poovar club Mahindra not a great place to stay as they charge to go for beach side. Temple in Trivandrum is a great experience and one should not miss it including the palace which is next to the temple.

Kanyakumari is great location which children and elders will enjoy and it is just 75 km from Trivandrum and on the way you have good temple and palace to see - do not miss it. Ponmudi hills which is 65 km from trivandrum is a great place to enjoy it is still not commercialized hence you can enjoy the freshness it still has.
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Giridhar Pai

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"Off beat location in Kerala worth a visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 26, 2014
We had been to a resort in vicinity of Poovar and had opportunity to visit this small town a couple of times during our stay at the Club Mahindra Resort. Poovar is a small town south of Trivandrum and has many resorts (some that can only be approached by boat) and is less crowded than other popular locations in the north of Trivandrum and also Kovalam, near Trivandrum. The main activity at Poovar is boating with the river and the backwaters offering different types of boat trips down the river or backwaters. There is also a beach is supposed to have rough waters and thus is not very popular. We got to Poovar to eat breakfast at the Annapoorna restaurant which seems to have been set up only for tourists. It adjoins the river and is the starting point for many boat rides. Poovar town is also a good place to board buses for other destinations and to buy supplies if one is any of the resorts outside Poovar. One can access Poovar town by auto from the resorts and also return to the resort by auto.
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Kaushik Mitra

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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"An exotic location"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Oct 18, 2014
Poovar is a must-see location situated between Kanyakumari and Kovalam. The Kerala backwaters, coconut trees, mangrove, birds, floating restaurants, estuary and of course, the golden beach with golden sands. You can take it as an entire holiday destination ( lots of resorts are there) or as a part of a tour in God's Own Country.
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Dhawal Dave

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  • Lives in Rajkot
  • 4 Reviews
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"The real south India"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 23, 2014
If you are travelling to south, Poovar is must to visit. Visit Varkala beach and kovalam beach is best place to visit. We also went to kanyakumari, which is a 3 hours journey from here. If you have time, spare one day for this destination. Keralian massage is must .. bargain within 1500 per person.. for 1.30 hours of massage.
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Uddhav mohan Mittal

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"Amazing place to visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Aug 22, 2014
During my trip you Kerala I chose not to visit Poovar Island. But then our driver insisted that we should and he was right. The boat took us to sunset point and the narrow passages surrounded by the palm trees. The trees were tilted as if they would fall on our head. It was like heaven on earth. Kerala is truly called God's own country.
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Mitin Machhi

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  • Lives in Surat
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"poovar the peace destination"

  • Posted May 4, 2013
Best place for having peace of mind as well as fun. we must visit at least once in a lifetime. Nice atmosphere in Nov Dec.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: food was good. Site seen is too costly, we dropped it. Because 80% locations we seen while we went to hotel.

Activities & things to do: boat riding.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: you can go easily from kovalam.
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Karthik Balraj

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"enjoy....."

  • Posted Mar 18, 2013
very nice atmosphere and u can watch the meeting place of sea water and back waters very near.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: they are good hosts.little expensive.no way for shopping

Activities & things to do: ayurvedic massage, swimming, and all sport activities

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: from tamil nadu way to trivandram.reaching kaliyakavilai have to take right to poovar
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