Poovar – An exceptional holiday that is too good to miss
Have you ever dreamed of an exceptional holiday on a private island of your own? If yes, Poovar island could well be your choice. Located just 38km from Trivandrum, Poovar island can be reached by boat in just fifteen minutes. Feted as one of the '50 must visit' places in India by the 'National Geographic Traveler', this breathtakingly beautiful island can be well explored by making use of the Poovar vacation tours. Poovar takes credit for the rare congregation of lake, river, sea and the beach with the land, which makes it a natural wonder and a tourist destination of a different genre altogether.
Poovar in Trivandrum is unspoilt and unseen. From the beautiful backwaters to the sandy beach and the sea, Poovar island offers the best of everything you could ask for on your holiday! Originally a fishing village, Poovar can be reached only through water. The beach is clean and beautiful however, there are no water sports or beach leisure activities in Poovar because of the fishing activities.
There are many convenient accommodation options in this island including resorts, home stays and lodges to suit your needs and budget. Poovar vacation tours offer exceptional choices that ensure both fun and adventure. Set out on a cruise to one of the islands, learn about the martial arts of Kerala in one of the villages of Poovar, well known for its legacy in martial arts or enjoy a slow canoe ride through the wonderful maze of backwaters and lagoon to enjoy the beauty of rustic life upclose! Options are all yours while you are in Poovar.
Poovar was a trading post during the reign of King Solomon in Isreal where ships that carried timber, sandal wood and ivory landed. There are many ancient monuments and religious places in Poovar even today. The Central Mosque, which is thought to have built by Malik ibn Dinar around 1400 years ago is a popular tourist attraction in Poovar .
The unexplored beauty and the intriguing charm of Poovar, makes a favorite honey moon destination as well. Poovar is bestowed with more than its fair share of attractions considering its extremely small size.
The splendor of this little island is considerably enhanced by the elaborate networks of water bodies including estuaries, lakes, canals and rivers that run along the length and breadth of this island. On a high tide day, the island gets closer to the sea through the swollen estuary. It is the best possible destination to experience the mood changes of nature and the rhythm and harmony of nature.
Be it a family holiday, a honeymoon trip or just a weekend break with no particular agenda – no matter whatever you plan is there are various things to do in Poovar, the bottom-line reads that this island never stops to amuse you! If tranquility is your catchphrase this holiday, do not look beyond this stunningly beautiful island of Poovar because it is unlikely that you can spot another destination that can match the peace and quiet of this reclusive haven-.it is like holidaying on your own private island!
Poovar Beach is a gorgeous strip of golden sand lying sandwiched between the scenic River Neyyar and the Arabian Sea. This picture-postcard beach, fringed with coconut palms, is accessible via water-taxis alone. Due to the presence of an active fishing population and strong currents, beach activities are not so developed here. In spite of it, the beach lures visitors with its serenity and beauty – an ideal ambience for relaxing and unwinding.
Kovalam is one of the prime beach destinations in India. Kovalam beach, ideal for indulging in water sports, sun-bathing and swimming, is located at a few kilometers distance from Poovar. There are three beautiful crescent-shaped beaches in Kovalam videlicet the Lighthouse Beach, Hawwah Beach and the Samudra Beach. The most famous and popular of the three is the Lighthouse Beach with a sheltered bay and endowed with stunning beauty.
The Fishing Village:
The village near Poovar is largely inhabited by fisher-folk. The fishermen here make a living by fishing in the old-traditional ways. They live a unique water-based lifestyle completely relying on the river and sea for everything from their daily livelihood to transportation. The village is ideal to experience the real-taste of a typical Kerala coastal village and their unique ways of living.
Vizhinjam, located close to the Kovalam Beach, has a small sea port. There are a multitude of internationally acclaimed beach resorts and Ayurvedic treatment centers in and around Vizhinjam. The place also served as the imperial capital of the Ay rulers, who ruled Southern Kerala till the 10th century AD. A cave atop a boulder houses unfinished reliefs of Siva, Parvati and Kirata Murti bearing witness to ancient Pallava connections.
A cruise to the neighboring fishing village is a must-do activity here. This also gives one an opportunity to understand the lives of the fisher-folks. You can interact with the fishermen and get first hand information on the various fishing tactics. The fisher-folk here uses a wide range of traditional fishing tactics including using the Chinese fishing nets. For the adventurous sort you can try out fishing yourself or better still participate in a fishing expedition. Another option is to visit a century-old martial arts village to learn about the ancient martial art form of Kerala – Kalaripayattu.
Another not-to-be-missed activity is enjoying a houseboat cruise along the serene backwaters of Poovar. In addition, for couples we recommend a romantic sunset or sunrise cruise. Other popular activities here include water sports and water rafting.
Kerala is famous for its high-adrenaline packed Snake Boat Races. These boat races turn the otherwise serene backwaters into an exhilarating venue packed with action and adventure. The atmosphere is further charged-up by the festive and enthusiastic mood of the spectators. Poovar is the site of many local boat races and one should not miss an opportunity to be a part of this exciting action-packed event.
Embark on an exciting crocodile watching expedition – a popular crowd-puller here. Watching the amphibians at a close range is sure to enthrall spectators. On a bright sunny day one can view crocodiles basking in the sun.
Opportunities galore for those who like to reap the benefits of Ayurveda. The place offers a number of avenues and the perfect ambience to enjoy and get the benefits of a variety of Ayurvedic treatments.
The city of Thiruvananthapuram lies in close proximity to Poovar. The city offers a number of attractions for tourists.
The Great Elephant Race:
The Great Elephant Race organized by the Tourism Department of Kerala is a colorful extravaganza starting on January 17th and lasting for a period of four days. In this race around 101 fully caparisoned elephants are marched from Thrissur to Kovalam. This grand march concludes at the Kovalam beach amidst a lot of fervor and festivities.
The Village Fair:
An exciting village fair is conducted in Kovalam during mid-January every year. The fair recreates the bucolic simplicity and rustic charms, offering visitors a glimpse of the rich heritage of Kerala’s bygone past. An entire traditional Kerala village is re-created showcasing the real essence of Kerala’s culture and heritage.
The annual food festival organized in Kovalam showcases a wide range of ethnic Indian and Kerala cuisines offering one an opportunity to savor the lip smacking delicacies of the region. This culinary extravaganza conducted by the Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology attracts a number of connoisseurs of fine food.
Feast of Christ the King:
The feast of Christ the king is celebrated with much fervor and enthusiasm at the ‘Madre De Deus’ Church near the city of Trivandrum. The festival is celebrated on the last Sunday of the liturgical year. On the feast day the image of Christ the king is taken out in a colorful procession followed by a traditional High Mass, Eucharistic procession and benediction.
Nishagandhi Dance and Music Festival:
The annual Nishagandhi Dance and Music Festival is held from February 22nd to 27th at the Kanakakannu Palace in Thiruvananthapuram. The palace once served as the cultural venue for the erstwhile Maharajas of Thiruvananthapuram. Ethnic dance and music performances by artists from all over India are held during the festival.
At Kovalam make it a point to check-out some of the excellent beachside shacks selling exquisite handicrafts, antiques, modern jewellery and cloths. At Poovar you can buy an exciting range of footwear, carpets, dhurries and attractive jewellery.
Poovar is easily accessible from Trivandrum by a fifteen-minute boat ride. Water- taxis are an excellent way to travel around the place. You can also avail the services of a house-boat, country boat, canoe or motor boat depending on your convenience and need.
There are a number of eating-out options available here. Do make it a point to savor the mouthwatering sea-food delights here. At Kovalam there are a number of beachside restaurants serving excellent sea-food including lobster and shrimp delicacies.
The Trivandrum International Airport lies at a distance of 38 km from Poovar
Poovar is well connected by an extensive network of roads to the rest of the country.
The nearest railway station is located in Trivandrum at a distance of 38 km.