Poovar Island


14.6/5(22 Ratings)

Poovar Island Overview

Ranked 4 of 39 sightseeing in Trivandrum(Thiruvananthapuram)
Poovar Island near Thiruvananthapuram is a much sought after tourist destination on the Arabian Sea coast. This island close to the natural harbor Viahinjam is a wonderful place which includes the sea, rivers, beaches and backwaters all in one location.
The beach at Poovar Island is neat and has golden sands. Swimming is not permitted here because of strong currents and there are no water sports due to heavy fishing activity. There are many coconut trees in the island and mangroves along the periphery which makes it suitable for bird watching. Pozhikkara beach 1 km away attracts many migratory birds.
There are three big resorts and a few small ones where tourists can stay. There are floating restaurants and Ayurvedic massage parlors in the island. A two hour boat ride through the backwaters will cost INR 3000/- .Tourists can walk down and explore the nearby fishing villages.
From Thiruvanathapuram a 45 minute drive will take tourists to the island or a boat ride from Thiruvananthapuram through the backwaters will take 15 minutes. Kovalam beach 12 km away is a nearby attraction.
October to May is the best time to visit Poovar Island. Nearest airport, bus station and railway station is in Thiruvananthapuram.

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Nilay parmar

Nilay parmar5.0/5

1 review

Kerala during onset of southwest monsoon

Though we three went during the off season to Kerela, the rains never appeared to be hindrance. Rains made our tour memorable, the backwaters, poovar beach all appeared dusky and cloudy. The view as compared to magazines travelogue pictures. The rains provided atmosphere which was cool and pleasant. The trains were not delayed and were perfectly on time. Truly, God helps in making it their own country.

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Siddhartha suman

Siddhartha suman4.3/5

2 reviews

Poovar Backwater

If you want to enjoy backwater. 2 advises . . Visit in morning or in evening. Visit during proper season, this will help you enjoy varieties of birds which visit there. Food in island is good. You may also try staying in island as there are several good resorts available

Anil sharma

Anil sharma5.0/5

2 reviews

Must visit place for every indian

If you are a Indian, then you better visit this place before you die. It was awesome experience, but needs to plan it at certain times usually better in rainy season as you can enjoy the rain drizzle and also mist at the same time.



2 reviews

Backwater boating

It is a bit far away from the city and public transport takes nearly three hours to reach. There are many boat operators running speed boats from various jetties. There is a short one hour trip and longish 3 hours trip. Per boat cost is Rs. 1000 and it can accommodate 6 persons. If you ask for per person rate, it is Rs. 2500. It appears to be too pricey and not worth the bother of going that far. Cruise closes by 5 pm.

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Kevin John

Kevin John4.6/5

43 reviews

Great holiday destination !!

This is a fantastic holiday destination for families. There are a lot of lovely resorts around here (including a floating one). It is quite far from the city and one will need a taxi to get here. A great place for a getaway.

Swapnil kamble

Swapnil kamble5.0/5

3 reviews

Must visit don't miss

If you are really seeking the original Kerala experience then move to Poovar Backwater.You will get 2 types of rides in a boat with awesome scenery experience move your camera any side with any angle but the pic will be fantastic one onlyPoovar Backwater cruise is nicely managed. It's clean place with real beauty of nature.You will get everything in affordable rates

Saurabh raj singh

Saurabh raj singh4.3/5

7 reviews

Based on floating/fixed boats

These is on floating/fixed boats. Cafe, restaurant and lodging available. Very beautiful in the day. However, I don't suggest for nights. Everybody should visit these place and see sangam i. e. The canal water released by the dam and the arabian sea.

Barun Mandal

Barun Mandal5.0/5

3 reviews

One of the best backwaters

It is the best place to visit in Kerala. The boating was amazing. The place was used for shooting Anaconda Film. The island was very beautiful. There were many birds and the beach was superb.

Kiran Bavimani

Kiran Bavimani4.3/5

95 reviews

Unique, rough yet beautiful and long beach

This beach is unique at one point of the beach, river, lake and backwater meet and it is a magnificent view. With no scope of swimming/playing, it is good for a long stroll with lingering sound of aggressive waves hitting the shore. May not be safe in the late evenings.

Chenchu Mareddy

Chenchu Mareddy3.9/5

116 reviews

Evening hour is nice

I went to this island and had a sunbath in the sea, there are number of restaurants and foreigners are more. The beach is very nice, evening hours I enjoyed here.

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Poovar Island, Trivandrum(Thiruvananthapuram)

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Nilay parmar

Kerala during onset of southwest monsoon
Poovar Island, Trivandrum(Thiruvananthapuram)

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Nilay parmar

Kerala during onset of southwest monsoon
Poovar Island, Trivandrum(Thiruvananthapuram)

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Kerala during onset of southwest monsoon
Poovar Island, Trivandrum(Thiruvananthapuram)

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Kerala during onset of southwest monsoon

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