Poovar Island – Beach and Backwaters

Poovar island
Image source – Keralatourism/Poovar Beach, Thiruvananthapuram

Poovar in Kerala is an unspoilt and unexplored island for those who love nature and peace. A green and serene picture perfect destination known for its clean golden sandy beaches and calm backwaters.

Poovar Island is a small fishing village at the mouth Neyyar River and is  located at about 27 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram.

Special Attractions of Poovar

The clean and calm Poovar Beach which separates the Arabian Sea from the Neyyar River is an excellent place for all those who love solitude by the sea.The estuary here is a rare natural wonder where the Lake, River, Sea and Beach meet the land adjacent to Poovar Island.

Sailing along the pristine and charming Poovar Backwaters is a beautiful experience. The boat tours here takes you to lake Neyyar and picturesque canalways.

Poovar island
Image source – Poovarbackwatercruise

Visit the fishing village and get to know about the unique water-based lifestyle of Kerala. here has a well-preserved local flora and fauna and  the boat ride takes you through coconut grooves and submerged mangroves where you can spot many rare local and migratory birds.

You can also visit the here martial art village which is known as the birth place Kalaripayattu, the unique self defense system of Kerala.

The best time to visit Poovar Island is October to April .

Where to Stay

There are many accommodation options at Poovar Island that includes  resorts, floating cottages, home stays and lodges.

There are several multi-cuisine restaurants here that serve Indian, Chinese and Continental food. But while in here the best delicacy is the variety of freshly caught fish dishes served here in the restaurants as well as the road side shacks.

How to Reach Poovar

Poovar can be reached only by boat.

Poovar island
Image source – Wikipedia

Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport at 36 kilometers. The nearest railhead station for Poovar is Thiruvananthapuram,  located at a distance of 27 kms. A drive of around 40 minutes from  Thiruvananthapuram takes you to the nearest boat jetty to here. From there it is just a 15 minutes boat ride to  reach Poovar Island.

Be it a family holiday, a solo trip or a honeymoon trip– this is one island that will leave you stunned with its natural beauty. If tranquility is your choice , no need to look beyond here, as this is truly a reclusive haven by the sea.