Poovar is a small coastal, fisherman village located 35 km from Trivandrum and 20 km from Kovalam. Poovar Island is surrounded by a river called Neyyar. Neyyar River – It originates from Agastyarkoodam Hills near Trivandrum and after 56 Kms of flowing its long journey ends at the Arabian Sea. During heavy monsoon, it carries sand and mud and an estuary is formed which becomes the present form of Poovar.
The river, which ends its flow at the Arabian Sea, becomes wider and it appears to be a lake. There are only a few resorts located on the banks of the river Neyyar. One can see the lake first, and then the beach and the Arabian Sea. The main attraction of Poovar Island is – the backwater river, lake, and Arabian sea joining together, which, one will not get to see anywhere in Kerala. Poovar beach starts where the backwater ends.
The below photo is taken from a famous resort in Poovar. One can see the river first, then the sandy beach and the sea. Likewise one needs to have a motorboat or country boat to reach the beach.
All the resorts are located on beautiful natural surroundings, a very good view of the river and to the Arabian Sea. The place is so calm those who looking for yoga, meditation, or some sort of relaxation then Poovar is the idle location to spend.
Best Time to Visit Poovar
Kerala generally has monsoons in the month of June and July and sometimes it extends to Aug also. During monsoon, the water flow of rivers in Poovar is very high, and transferring boats from Jetty to resorts is sometimes very risky or dangerous. Considering the monsoon in Kerala – the best time to visit Poovar is from Aug to May.
The major attraction of Poovar Beach is its cleanliness. Since accessibility to the beach is difficult, local crowds and fishermen from local villages used to avoid this beach. This is the only beach in Kerala where the local crowd does not come making it very peaceful.
The authentic views of this beach attract a large number of visitors from all over the world. It is an ideal destination for relaxing and cherishing the exotic beauty of the beach.
Activities in the Beach:
The main attraction of Poovar beach is its golden colored sand. The beach is idle for swimming only. Surfing and other beach activities are not conducted by either private parties or Govt. Therefore, those looking for more beach activities than relaxing, this place is not idle for them.
Swimming is allowed from Oct to May. The beach is not idle for any activities from Jun to Aug due to monsoon and heavy undercurrents.
Paragliding in Poovar Beach – As part of starting adventure activities, the Govt has a proposal to make paragliding in the Poovar Beach. But it has not yet started.
Poovar Island is surrounded by small canals and the Neyyar river. These rivers and backwaters are rich in flora and fauna. While cruising though the Poovar backwaters one can easily spot water birds like Kingfisher, Brahminy Kite, Night Heron, Sea Egret, Black Darter, Indian Cormorant eagle and many more.
Poovar Tour Packages:
As mentioned earlier, Poovar is being surrounded by Neyyar River which makes, Poovar an amazing island, and all the resorts are located on the banks of Neyyar River. The other side of the river has a sandy beach and those who want to visit the beach from the resort need any means of water transport which is generally called Speed boat or wooden motorboat.
The main thing to see in Poovar is – Poovar Beach and a trip in a speed boat or wooden boat through the Backwaters of Poovar. The speed boat will take approximately 1.5 / 2 hours to cover the backwater trip.
Poovar is located in between Kovalam and Kanyakumari. Part of the Kerala Tour Package, those who are visiting Kanyakumari from Kovalam can also easily visit Poovar. All the resorts (except Isola Di Cocco) do not have road access to the resort from the main road. For those who have a booking in Poovar resorts will get a free motorboat to pick up from the riverside boarding point till the resort by respective resorts. The resorts are also providing free of cost speed boat or wooden motorboats to visit Poovar beach whenever demanded by guests who have a booking in the resorts.
Visit Poovar if not booked in Resorts:
Everything is fine with those staying in Poovar Resorts. But what about those who want to visit Poovar but do not have an intention to stay in Poovar resort. Srees Tours suggests below one day tour for those who do not have a booking in the resort and want to visit Poovar beach and the backwaters.
Isola Di Cocco, a resort which is located in Poovar, offers special packages for those coming for a short duration. They can reach the resort by road and on reaching they can visit the backwater and beach. The arrangements are being done by the resort with prior booking. The resort will charge approx Rs 750-1000 per person.
Speed Boat or Wooden Motorboat – which can accommodate 6 – 7 adults, is available for hire from private parties in Poovar. The average cost of these privately operated boats is Rs 2000 for 4 adults. Since it is being operated by private parties, does not have a fixed price and one can negotiate the price. If the demand is high, the rates also go up.
For those who love nature and peace, Srees Tours recommends at least a stay in Poovar Resort. One can also stay one night in Kovalam to experience the beach and then Poovar.
Attractions of Poovar
Poovar is one of the famous tourist destinations of Kerala. The best part of Poovar is its backwaters because tourists will meet Poovar beach and lake during the backwaters journey. During this journey, they will also find beautiful birds and some amazing nature views which is picture-perfect.
Activities in Poovar:
- Backwater Canal Cruise
- Bird Watching
Other Local Poovar Information:
- Poovar Local Taxi
- Bank & ATM in Aleppey
- Veg & Non-Veg Restaurants in Poovar
- Wine Shops in Poovar
- Night clubs, Bars and Discotheque
Poovar Local Taxi:
The only taxi stand available at Poovar town which is 1 Km away from the resorts. It is always recommended to book a taxi online or contact the resort front office for reliability. Or contact us at 8129497390 or 8129497991.
Bank and ATM in Poovar:
ATM counters of various banks are available in Poovar town.
Nonveg – Vegetarian Restaurants in Poovar:
There is no option of Veg restaurants in Poovar. It is always advisable to stick to the hotel for lunch or dinner purposes.
There are 3 to 4 floating NON-vegetarian restaurants available which is docked in the river in front of the resorts. In case one likes to have food, the restaurant management will provide a local boat facility for lunch or dinner. Due to hygiene and sanitation, it is always recommended not to go to these kinds of restaurants.
Wine Shops in Poovar:
The nearest Govt wine shops are located 5 km away from the resort’s location. But it is advisable not to go to this place as it has been crowded with local fisherman and one need to stand in the queue for a long time to get the required items. It is also possible that no good brand of wine is available in these kinds of shops.
Night clubs, Bars, and Discotheque:
No such facilities are available in any of the resorts in Poovar or on our side the resorts.