A vacation in Kerala is synonymous with Alleppey, Munnar, Wayanad, Kovalam and Varkala for most travelers. But have you heard of this beautiful rustic town called Poovar? If not, we would love to give you all the information about it. It is a small rustic island town situated about 27 kms from Trivandrum (between the Arabian Sea and the Neyyar River) with unexplored beaches, river beds and beautiful backwaters. It is an abode of natural beauty. Since the place is known for its pristine charm, the island gets visitors who leave tranquility and peace.
Flanked by the Arabian Sea, Neyyar River and Kerala backwaters, the island abounds in swaying coconut trees, banana groves, exotic species of birds and a lot of other examples of flora and fauna. Poovar has golden sands along its beaches and the sunset here becomes a perfect background for a romantic date with your loved one.
One of the biggest attractions of Poovar is its floating resort called Poovar Floating Resort. Built on 25 acres of lush green coconut gardens alongside the beach, the resort is considered unique in India as it offers floating cottages and villas, which are afloat on the backwaters and face the sea. It also has a floating restaurant in its premises, that attracts a lot of tourists.
Poovar has its strong ties with the legendary King of the erstwhile Princely State of Travancore, the great Marthanda Varma Maharaja. When he had to save his life from usurpers of his throne, the Maharaja had to leave his kingdom and landed up in Poovar. It was Moosa Marikar, a rich and aristocratic businessman in Poovar, who gave asylum to the Maharaja. Eventually the businessman also helped the Maharaja to regain his kingdom.
Poovar is now mainly inhabited by the fishing community. You can spend some time exploring the intriguing culture and traditions of the locals. An estuary located adjacent to the island is a natural wonder, which is so quiet that the only sound you can hear is of the birds chirping and waves roaring.
If you are looking for a quiet getaway replete with stunning natural beauty where one can bask in peaceful solitude, Poovam is the perfect choice.
The nearest airport to Poovar is Trivandrum International Airport, located at an hour’s drive.