Club Mahindra Poovar: Local Food and Festivals - Club Mahindra

About the resort

Nestled in this pristine world, streaked in shades of emerald and turquoise, is our Club Mahindra Poovar island resort, where you’ll lose yourself in a dreamy, luxuriant world. On either banks of the river, coconut trees bow down and play the role of sunblock for you. Little palm-fringed islands greet you as you go on a backwater cruise. And white sandy beaches lay out the perfect promenade for a balmy evening stroll. This is where you’ll bond with your family and let urban chaos fade away. This is one of those resorts in Poovar where you’ll float away into a tranquil zone. The Poovar Island resort is located at the southernmost tip of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) as Poovar is one of the last villages of Kerala. The closest town with a railway station is Neyanythakara at 10 kms. and the closest harbour is Vizhinjam at 18 kms.


Rooms and Amenities

The traditional architecture of the rooms in Poovar Island resort is completed with modern amenities to ensure a hassle-free stay for you. The windows gift stunning views of the entire property and open the gateway to a world of gardens, making Club Mahindra Poovar Island resort the most elegant of all Poovar resorts. And to keep you entertained at all times, the resort’s Activity Manager organises fun games and activities round the clock at #HappyHub! And to ensure the health of your loved ones, our chefs prepare healthy and warm local delicacies at Square Lagoon – in-house restaurant of Poovar Island resort, Kerala. After all, we are among the few resorts in Kerala that promise nothing but a happy and magical holiday. A blend of traditional architecture and modern amenities, our Club Mahindra Poovar island resort offers 71 beautiful rooms, which are further segregated into pool villas, studio cottages and hotel units. Scattered in a world of greenery, facing the azure waters, the rooms in Poovar Island resort are cosy and comfortable with vistas that open out into a natural dreamy empire of gardens.


Food in Poovar

Speciality cuisine, a theme a night and local food is offered at Square Lagoon, a restaurant in this resort. Every day the menu has a dish which is Kerala special – like avial or puttu ot aapam which are served. Chicken curry and fish curry, primarily karimeen is prepared here with all the local spices and ingredients. Food in Kerala is simple, tasty and delicious. Coconuts and spices are generously used in cooking. Rice is the staple diet here and sea food, especially fresh catch from any water body – river or sea – is the most sought after. Pearl fish or Karimeen is fried and cooked in a spicy curry and then served either with rice or appam. If you’re a fan of biryani, do try Thalassery Biryani with its blend of Mughlai and Malabar influences. For the vegetarians, rice with avial and thoran or appam with stew or parotta with curry is a good bet. One of the most famous dishes in Kerala is the yogurt-based kaalan cooked with vegetables like raw banana and elephant yam. Preparations with traditional fruits and vegetables include jack fruit, yam, tapioca, and banana among others. You must also try Sadhya – the royal Keralite vegetarian feast prepared on the tenth day of Onam. It comprises 26 traditional dishes served on a banana leaf. Don’t miss the special coconut water from the yellow tender coconut. Once you’ve quenched your thirst with it, you will never look at a soft drink again! Square Lagoon is one of the best restaurants in Poovar known for its flavoursome and aromatic food. So, when you holiday with us, there’s no way you’ll miss out on the famous food of Kerala. When needed, special food for your little ones will also be provided.


Festivals in Poovar

Keralites value their traditions and culture. Celebrating festivals with friends and families is essential for them. Onam – the harvest festival of Kerala – is welcomed with zeal and splendour in the midst of August and September. Vishu, the Malayalam New Year, is celebrated by seeing auspicious stuffs like rice, vegetables, beetle leaves, flowers, coins, a mirror and the likes on waking up in the morning. Another astonishing festival of Poovar is Attukal Pongala – the festival that won a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the only religious festival with the largest gathering of women. All the festivals of Kerala include fireworks, flowers, colours and loads of splendour. And we assure you that at our Poovar Island resort, you shall enjoy these events to the fullest. Another festival celebrated across the state is the Malayali New Year called Vishu which falls in April. It is also celebrated as the festival of lights. It is believed that it is auspicious to look at a medley of positive items the first thing in the morning that includes the Vishukkanni. The single largest gathering of women in the world happens once a year at Attukal Pongal Festival held in February every year. The legend of Kovalam and Kannaki is the main story behind the temple. The festival goes on for 10 days and Kannaki is worshipped as Parvati or Bhagavathy.


Places to Visit in Poovar

Spread across the Western Ghats, it is home to 39 species of mammals including tiger, elephant, leopard nilgiri tahr besides 176 species of birds. There is a crocodile farm set up here and is home to 20 mugger crocodiles. There is also a Elephant Rehabilitation Centre and one for deer as well. Located amidst the Western Ghats, Neyyar Dam is a gravity dam built on the river and is a picnic spot. Surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, lake, it is an idyllic getaway and a favourite among hikers. There is boating here as well. Kovalam with its many beaches – Lighthouse, Hawah and Samudra makes for a great destination from Poovar, If you want something more exclusive then visit Chowara beach and Azhimala Beach to explore the villages and temples around it. On the way to Kanyakumari from Tiruvananthapuram is the Padmanabhapuram palace, the old capital of the Travancore Maharaja before they shifted their capital to Tiruvanthapuram. One of the most beautiful and well preserved wooden palace, it is worth a visit. Most tourists plan a day trip from Tiruvananthapuram to Kanyakumari to see the early morning sunrise. But if you are planning a longer trip, then the town itself has much to offer. There are several temples in and around the town. The Devi Kanyakumari temple, Naga temple at Nagercoil and another ancient temple at Suchindram. An ancient old at Vattakottai is another attraction. The capital of God’s own country is the portal to Poovar and is a tourist destination in itself with temples, museums, markets, cathedrals and art galleries thrown in besides beaches surrounding it. The Padmanabha temple is a must see here. Art enthusiasts head to Shree Chitra Art Gallery to see Ravi Varma paintings. Other attractions in Poovar include Kanakannu Palace, Napier Museum and the Travancore Zoo.


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Club Mahindra Poovar Resort, Contact Details

Virali , Kakkoli, Pozhiyoor Post, Uchakkada,

Trivandrum, Kerala 695513.

Club Mahindra Holidays Review: Member Speak
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Poovar is good place for 3 to 4 days holiday. Club Mahindra has good properties at Poovar. The staff and cooking manager are very co-operative. The cook was making good pastry in short time.

- Dipen Vagadia

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