Away from the madness of urban life, Poovar Island is a small island on the southern coast of India with a touch of heritage and beauty all around. It is here where you can witness the spectacular confluence of Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean.
One of the most scenic destinations in Kerala tourism, this romantic getaway is known for its mesmerising beauty and unspoiled beaches attract tourists from all across the world. A visual treat, Poovar Island has its own intriguing appeal among the places to visit in Kerala. Earlier known as ‘Pokkumoosapuram’, Marthanda Varma later renamed it to Poovar island, which locally means the ‘River of Flowers’.
A small coastal village, Poovar Island is connected to the southern tip of Trivandrum and is located just 20 kilometres from the tourist epicentre, Kovalam. Once a flourishing spice-trading port during the rule of King Solomon, this reclusive yet charming haven which is also an estuary, is now a prominent feature in Kerala tourism and offers exceptional options when it comes to accommodation with resorts in Poovar that will suit your needs. Poovar Island is quite close to the Arabian Sea near Kovalam and is considered to be one of the best seaside retreats in India. It is often referred to as a fishing town by the locals due to its interesting conglomeration of villages known for fishing and martial art that is native to the Kerala region.
Poovar Island also hosts a series of high adrenaline packed boat races. The placid maze of backwaters turns into an action-packed battlefield of long rows of snake boats. Make sure you don’t miss this exhilarating opportunity and be a part of this exciting atmosphere and festive mood.
Listen to the sound of the waves and embark on a historical journey to make your vacation in Poovar Island a relaxing and an intriguing experience that you will remember for years to come. Be it a family trip, or a romantic honeymoon, or a solo getaway, explore the irresistible charm of Poovar Island with the help of this exciting and informative guide.
Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Home of the renowned mugger crocs, make sure you visit the crocodile farm in this sanctuary. Inhabited by 39 species of mammals and around 176 species of birds, the Neyyar Sanctuary is a fascinating place for all wildlife lovers. Its child-friendly elephant and deer rehabilitation centres are also some of the top attractions of this sanctuary. People often indulge in bird watching here while cruising through the Poovar Island backwaters to catch sight of a handful of bright and colourful birds like kingfisher, night heron, black barter, brahminy kite and the Indian cormorant eagle.
Poovar Island is surrounded by canals and the Neyyar River that is rich in flora and fauna. The Neyyar Dam is a terrific location for sightseeing that offers incredible vistas of the scenery around it. You can enjoy boat rides in this gravity dam built on the Neyyar River. The picturesque mountains, lakes and waterfalls make this place a perfect family picnic spot.
The Poovar Beach is truly a beautiful sight and separates the Neyyar River from the Arabian Sea. This beach looks exquisite with swaying coconut palms and expansive banana groves that tourists can explore and is only accessible by water. Despite the lack of beach activities, this beach entices visitors with its mesmerising natural beauty. The secluded shores will seem perfect for someone looking for peace and solitude. The Poovar Beach separates the Neyyar River from the sea, and it is the perfect spot for those seeking a tranquil getaway.
One of the interesting activities to indulge in Poovar Island is to embark on an exciting crocodile-watching expedition. You can watch the crocodiles here very closely. This experience that is a major attraction in Poovar enthrals the visitors who cannot have enough of such expeditions.
The Great Elephant Race
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to experience the celebrated tradition of an elephant race? Become a part of such a colourful extravaganza with the Great Elephant Race organised by the Kerala tourism Department. This event takes place in the month of January and lasts for a period of four days and features a grand marching of around 101 elephants from Thrissur to Kovalam Beach amidst a lot of enthusiasm, splendour and merriments.
The Village Fair
If you are inquisitive by nature and love to explore unknown cultures and traditions of new places, Poovar Island has lots to offer. The Village Fair that takes place in Kovalam every year attracts travellers who get acquainted with the simplicity and this hidden cultural aspect of Kerala as they take in the rustic charm of a typical village. However, if you are a nature- enthusiast, head out on a boat ride and visit the mangroves of Poovar Island.
Best visited between the months of September to February, this magnificent waterfall in Kodai River is a much-loved spot among the tourists. Get drenched in the true essence of nature by enjoying a fun dip in the water while admiring its stunning beauty.
Madre de Deus Church
Visit the 500-year-old Vettukadu Church or the Madre de Deus Church near Trivandrum, which is the epitome of Christian faith in Kerala since the visit of St. Francis Xavier around the 16th century. To this day, the coastal suburb lights up to celebrate the annual feast of Christ the King in November. A special prayer by the devotees and a ceremonial procession of the idol of Christ are the highlights of the festival.
The Fishing Village
A small fishing hamlet, this scenic island in the southern end of Kerala welcomes tourists from all over the world. With fishing being the popular occupation here, this village in Poovar Island is largely populated by the people who earn a living by fishing in the old-traditional ways and completely rely on the sea for their daily livelihood. Take a walk through the coastal village to experience the authentic feel of a typical Kerala village and be introduced to a very unique lifestyle.
Arumanoor Koyikkavilakom Sree Bhadrakali Devi Temple
Apart from the idyllic beaches, Poovar Island is home to several religious spots that will thrill you while on your getaway to God’s own country. Situated in the Thiruvananthapuram district is one of the most revered temples, the legendary Arumanoor Koyikkavilakom Sree Bhadrakali Devi Temple. The incarnation of three supreme Goddesses, the powerful Arumanoor Koyikkavilakom Sree Bhadrakali is deemed as the protector of her devotees. Thronged by tourists from distant places, the Kaliyoot Festival is celebrated with unique rituals and the presence of the divine idols of the three goddesses.
Visit the Kalaripayattu Village
Among the several activities you could indulge in, do include a visit to Kalaripayattu, the martial art village. Talk to the villagers over a cup of coffee to get a glimpse into the glorious history of the oldest form of martial arts that has been one of the most popular attractions in Kerala tourism with family.
Vizhinjam International Seaport
Situated just 13 kilometres from the Poovar Island village, the Trivandrum International Seaport that is also known as the Vizhinjam International Seaport is a must-visit during your stay in the Poovar Island. A very popular tourist destination, this port sees a large number of ships from several national and international ports.
A place of historical significance, Vizhinjam was once the imperial capital of Ay dynasty and this region was once a battleground of Cholla and Chera dynasties. Also, home to the Kerala cave temples, Vizhinjam has a cave on a boulder that features unfinished statues of Siva and Parvati. Besides this, Vizhinjam is also famous for its pristine and untouched beaches and world-class Ayurvedic treatment centres.
Vizhinjam Cave Temple
For those holidaying in Poovar Island, visiting the pious Vizhinjam Cave Temple would end up as an exhilarating experience. Just 40 kilometres from the Poovar village, this place of worship considered sacred by the Hindus preserves sculptures and art skills from the 8th century as living proof of the devotion and rich history.
Relax in the serene and untouched Shankumugham Beach located on the western part of Trivandrum and just 30 kilometres from the Poovar Island. The beautifully designed idol of Matsyakanyaka (mermaid) is the major attraction at this beach. A sight to behold, this beach offers a wonderful setting as you enjoy on the sparkling sands while taking in the beauty of the sea.
A famous sandy retreat just 17 kilometres from the village, Kovalam is one of the top beach destinations in Kerala and is popular with kids and adults alike. Unravel the beauty of the three-striking crescent-shaped beaches in Kovalam – the Lighthouse Beach, Hawwah Beach and the Samudra Beach. Water sports and sun-bathing at the gorgeous Kovalam Beach offers the beach bums with great options for adventure sports such as speed boating, surfing, jet ski riding. Highly underrated, and yet one of the most stunning beaches in India, the calmness of the place will melt away all stress and soothe your soul.
Neyyattinkara Historical Tour
Sign up for a historical journey in the rural fishing village of Neyyattinkara in Thiruvananthapuram. Earlier known as the ‘Thenganad’, this township is the home of the pious Neyyattinkara Sree Krishna Swami Temple and is a prominent site that dates back to the Neolithic Age.
Kuthira Malika Palace
Among some of the most stunning places to visit near Poovar Island is the ‘Mansion of Horses’ or the Kuthira Malika Palace in Trivandrum. The stunning yet dipped in tradition, the architectural style of the palace, the delicate and exquisite wooden ceilings, carvings and the elegant floral motifs from the past will leave you transfixed as you just stand and stare at the magnificence.
Along with these tourist places, check out these things to do in Poovar to ensure that you have a memorable vacation with your family.
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Among other resorts in Poovar, Club Mahindra is an opulent property surrounded by beautiful lush greenery and charming exteriors. The guests are treated with warm hospitality and can make the most of an array of amenities and activities like a game room, talent shows, karaoke and ethnic dance performances. You can also indulge yourself diving into the swimming pool. Fitness enthusiasts can head to the fitness centre in the property while the state-of-the-art spa here is the place to be to try some of the most popular Ayurvedic treatments.
The spacious rooms are tastefully decorated and fitted with modern amenities and open up to a pleasing view of the amazing estuary and surroundings. Treat your taste buds to an unforgettable experience as you savour the traditional dishes of Kerala at the in-house restaurant here. You can also try a variety of delicious drinks, fruit juices and beverages at the well-stocked resort bars. After a long day of sightseeing, you can return to the Poovar Island resort and choose to unwind with a game of table tennis, chess, air hockey, carrom or billiards in the game room. If you love to read, there is a library in the resort that you can spend some time at.
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