Located 12 km south of Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala, Poovar is an isolated but spectacular beach. It is situated close to the Neyyar River estuary.
A trading port in its early days, it is today an important tourist destination. Poovar is a tourist town in the Trivandrum district of Kerala state, South India. This village is almost at the southern tip of Trivandrum while the next village, Pozhiyoor, marks the end of Kerala. This village beach attracts tourists. Geography Poovar lies very close to Vizhinjam, a natural harbor. Poovar has an estuary which connects with the sea during high tides. The 56 km Neyyar River passes through Neyyattinkara taluka into the Arabian Sea near Poovar. Its natural environment enables it to be a tourist spot.
Estury: Where rivers meet the sea and fresh water mixes with salt water, the mixture is called brackish water. Some estuaries are very large. They may be large ocean bays that have more than one river flowing into them. For example, Chesapeake Bay is a large estuary, and several different rivers meet the Atlantic Ocean there.
History: Poovar was a trading center of timber, sandalwood, ivory and spices. In around 1,000 BCE, it is believed that ships owned by King Solomon of Israel landed in Ophir, which is identified by some sources as Poovar, while the village was one of the ancient Muslim settlements along the western coast of India. The origin of the name “Poovar” has a story related to Marthanda Varma. Before that it was called Pokkumoosapuram. During internal riots in Travancore and while escaping from the Ettuveetil Pillamar (Lords of the Eight Houses), the king reached Poovar. It was a spring season and the trees on either sides of the Neyyar were full of flowers. These flowers fell into the river making it more attractive. On seeing this pleasant scenery, Marthanda Varma commented that this was poo-var, a conjunction of the Malayalam words for “flower” and “river”.
Best Time to Visit Poovar With pleasant tropical climatic conditions, Poovar offers mildly warm summers. The winter season in the town is comparatively cooler and pleasant. Gentle evening breeze is an added bonus for those travelling in winters. Monsoon receives heavy rainfall but refreshes every nook and corner of the town.
It is best to visit the town between the months of August and March.
Summer (March – May) Summertime, March to May, is extremely hot and humid. The temperature ranges from 28 to 37 degrees Celsius and is not recommended for travelling to Poovar. Monsoon (June – October) June marks the beginning of the monsoon season in Poovar and lasts till September. October brings fall. Monsoon is the time when everything is greener and it brings a freshness. However, rainfall is very often and weather becomes very humid.
Winters (November – February) Winters start from November and last up to February. It is pleasant in Poovar during this time with temperature ranging from 19 to 34 degrees Celsius. It is the best time to visit this paradise.
What To See And Do
A stunning beach with golden sand and gentle breeze nestled between the gorgeous River Neyyar and Arabian Sea. The swaying coconut palms add to the beauty of this picture perfect beach which is only accessible via a water taxi alone.
Offering perfect environs for relaxing and unwinding, the beach does not indulge in water sports due to the active fishing population.
Where To Stay
Poovar Island offers several accommodation options when it comes to tourism. It houses from moderate and budget hotels to deluxe resorts which offers all kind of luxury amenities possible. Poovar Island resort, Club Mahindra, Geethu International Hotel and Isola Di Cocco Beach Resort are few of the luxurious accommodations in the town.
How To Get Around
Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthpuram, about 23 km away
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 25 km away
To reach Poovar by road you have to first travel till Thiruvananthapuram by regular bus services. Both private, as well as state-owned buses, connect the capital city from other major cities and states. From Trivandrum, you cannot approach the town by road but only through water. Boats or houseboats are available from Trivandrum till Poovar.