Poovar Tourism
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Poovar Tourism

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558 Ratings & 330 Reviews

Poovar Info

  • 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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Giridhar Pai
  • Giridhar Pai
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 photos
  • 24 Reviews

"Off beat location in Kerala worth a visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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
  • Kaushik Mitra
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 7 Reviews

"An exotic location"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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
  • Dhawal Dave
  • Lives in Rajkot
  • 4 Reviews

"The real south India"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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
  • Uddhav mohan Mittal
  • 1 Review

"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
  • Mitin Machhi
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Surat
  • 9 Reviews

"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
  • Karthik Balraj
  • Critic
  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 3 Reviews

"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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Pankaj Sarda
  • Pankaj Sarda
  • Lives in Surat
  • 2 Reviews

"Great place for honeymoon"

  • Posted Mar 7, 2013
It was a great place in between the waters. A place to stay for your honeymoon

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Sunset is awesome. Dont miss it. Its sometimes difficult to find a pure vegetarian restaurant

Activities & things to do: Boat trip, sunset, roaming around

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Nearest station is trivandrum for rail and airport connectivity
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Arnab Pande
  • Arnab Pande
  • Beachbum
  • 5 Reviews

"Excellent Place"

  • Posted Mar 5, 2013
Excellent place to enjoy the beauty of the nature, away from crowd, with backwater, beach, sea all are present.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Not specific

Activities & things to do: Boating in backwater.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From Trivandrum by road
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Naresh Balakrishnan
  • Naresh Balakrishnan
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews

"Fine trip"

  • Posted Mar 1, 2013
I enjoyed the trip to poovar it is a nice place to stay and enjoy our holiday. it has nice backwater sea shore. it has a small sea ride

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Nice sea food with fine spread for all three times a day

Activities & things to do: Swimming, carom, badminton, fishing, swing

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Near trivandram via kaliakavillai
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Sivaramalingam Ravi
  • Sivaramalingam Ravi
  • 2 Reviews

"Evergreen memorable Poovar"

  • Posted Feb 28, 2013
Poovar is just 1 town 60 km from my town tirunelveli which is 75km from kanyakumari. It comes in the high way from nagerkoil to trivadrum, in the kovalam road.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: We had dinner in High Way family restaurant which is literally run by a family, We really enjoyed the food served with real family touch.

Activities & things to do: You can play in the water. You will enjoy the beautiful clean beach. While you are in the cruise you may order for your lunch in one of the floating restaurant. By the time of your return your food will be ready.Sitting on the floating plateform, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the sea and eat.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: For all, who go from Tamilnadu, it is good that you plan to spend some time in cape.On your way you may visit Padmanaban Palace.You have to take a diversion in Kalyakavilai and take the road to Kovalam. Poovar comes about 18km before Kovalam. For others taking Trivandrum is the best way. By air or train, come to Trivandrum and take the Kovalam road.
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