Poovar is an exotic island with breathtaking surroundings located 27 kilometers from Trivandrum, with unspoiled, unexplored golden sand beaches and beautiful backwaters of Kerala. The golden sands are home to some of the best picnic spots in the area. Also known as a fishing village, the tranquil Poovar island lies between the Arabian Sea and the Neyyar River. Hiring a boat that will take you through the mangrove forest of backwaters is a must-do activity. The town has some of the beautiful resorts and hotels that are known for the hospitality they offer. Poovar is listed as one of the 50 must-visit places in India by National Geographic Traveller. The charm of this tourist place is quite unlike any other, given the sheer serenity and peace the environment exudes.

A vacation in Poovar is unlike other as the place doesn’t only offer a serene beach to relish but opportunities for thrilling watersports, backwater tours, and Ayurveda treatments. This top tourist attraction is ideal for a relaxing holiday and an ecotourism tour. A delight for both nature and adventure lovers, Poovar is one place were planning a vacation is a must. You can trust us with crafting the best itineraries for the Poovar travel packages and offering incredible holiday deals from time to time.

Places to Visit in Poovar

Poovar Beach

Poovar Beach is truly a beautiful sight with golden sand and gentle breeze nestled between the gorgeous River Neyyar and the Arabian Sea. The swaying coconut palms add to the beauty of this picture-perfect beach which is only accessible by water. Despite the lack of beach activities, this beach entices visitors with its mesmerizing natural beauty. The secluded shores will seem perfect for someone looking for peace and solitude. The Poovar Beach separates the Neyyar River from the sea, and it is the perfect spot for those seeking a tranquil getaway.


Vizhinjam is a popular fishing village located only 17 km from the city center of Thiruvananthapuram. You can witness a rare and curious sight of hundreds of fishing boats lined across the fishing harbor as they cruise in perfect harmony without colliding into each other! Its geographical setting makes it a natural port and quite an important one. Vizhinjam is a very popular tourist attraction and one of the favorite getaways of the south. The Vizhinjam village is blessed with spectacular scenic beaches that lend a peaceful and tranquil aura to the town. Apart from its enthralling beaches, the Rock Cut cave is another famous attraction of Vizhinjam which is a one-celled shrine dedicated to Vinadhara Dakshinamurti. The Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium draws hundreds of tourists every year and provides one with the opportunity to meet and witness a wide variety of colorful fish and gorgeous aquatic creatures in all their glory. Vizhinjam is a picturesque and charming little village that provides an all-in-one vacation for people looking for a peaceful excursion, a religious trip or a curious exploration of marine animals.

Thirparappu Falls

Thirparappu Falls is located at a distance of 55 km away from Kanyakumari, the cascading waters of the Thirparappu Falls make up for an enchanting sight. Thirparappu waterfall is a manmade one and falls from a height of 50 ft. The water collects in a quaint pool below which is an ideal place to frolic around, especially for children. These falls are surrounded by thick green foliage and indigenous fauna, which make it a nature lover's paradise. These waterfalls are a unique combination of streams that flow together to form a magnificent waterfall. The entrance of this destination has a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is highly revered by the locals. Enjoy a boat ride at Thirparappu and let the surrounding natural beauty consume you.

The Fishing Village

A small fishing hamlet, this scenic island in the southern end of Kerala welcomes tourists from all over the world. With fishing being the popular occupation here, this village in Poovar Island is largely populated by the people who earn a living by fishing in the old-traditional ways and completely rely on the sea for their daily livelihood.

Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary covers more than 128 km area, is famous for its lion safari park. Here tourists can see rare Asian lions. This sanctuary is the home for hundreds of species of flora and fauna. This repository is situated in the southeast corner of the Western ghats in the state of Kerala. Home of the renowned mugger crocs, make sure you visit the crocodile farm in this sanctuary. Inhabited by 39 species of mammals and around 176 species of birds, the Neyyar Sanctuary is a fascinating place for all wildlife lovers. Its child-friendly elephant and deer rehabilitation centers are also some of the top attractions of this sanctuary. Neyyar wildlife sanctuary is becoming very popular among tourists because of its well-preserved wildlife, dense forests, and high peaks.

Major Attractions in Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Neyyar Dam

Lion Park

Jungle Safari

Crocodile Farm

Kovalam Beach

It is one of the top beach destinations in Kerala and is popular with kids and adults alike. Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent-shaped beaches like Lighthouse Beach, Samudra Beach and Hawa beach/Eve's Beach form the highlight of this town. Kovalam essentially means a ‘grove of coconut trees', and the little town is filled with these palms. Water sports and sun-bathing at the gorgeous Kovalam Beach offers the beach bums with great options for adventure sports such as speed boating, surfing, jet ski riding. Highly underrated, and yet one of the most stunning beaches in India, the calmness of the place will melt away all stress and soothe your soul.

Accommodation facilities for tourists at Kovalam beach range from five-star hotels to budget hotels and the choice of food available at restaurants and cafeterias range from Continental varieties to South Indian delicacies.

Shankumugham Beach

Shankumugham beach is located at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. It is a quaint location with the wonderful white sands, pearl waves gushing around and a scenic atmosphere to lure with. The beautifully designed idol of Matsyakanyaka (mermaid) is the major attraction at this beach. A sight to behold, this beach offers a wonderful setting as you enjoy on the sparkling sands while taking in the beauty of the sea. Fishing is a major activity that can be seen in this Beach. The beach is well known for its breathtaking sunset view which is such a memorable moment whose beauty will refresh one’s mind.

Things to do

Unlimited fun at Various Beaches

Vizhinjam Harbour

Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium

Kovalam Surf Club

Famous Museums and Galleries

Enjoy the day Boating in Poovar

Take a trip to the Poovar

Go for a picnic of the Neyyar Dam

Spend some time at Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Best time to Visit

Winter is the best season to visit Poovar. The temperature remains comfortable and also apt for visiting the places of interest. The best months to visit Poovar are October, November, December, January, and February.

Winter (September - March)

This is the best time to visit Kovalam because the climate will be pleasant, and the temperature ranges from 19°C to 34°C.

Summer (April - May)

The summers in Kerala are very hot and it'll make you tired. Since Kovalam is a coastal town, it'll become very hot and humid during these months.

Monsoon (June - August)

Kerala experiences heavy rainfall. It is not advisable to go to Kerala during these months as the mobility is highly affected during the monsoon months.

How to Reach Poovar

By Flight

The nearest airport is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport that is 15 km away from Kovalam. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or an auto-rickshaw or travel by the KSRTC bus/private bus to Kovalam.

By Train

The nearest railway station is the Thiruvananthapuram Central that is about 16 km away from Kovalam.

By Road

Kovalam is well connected to Thiruvananthapuram city by road. You can travel by bus, taxi or auto-rickshaw from there. Thiruvananthapuram can be reached easily from any city by road.

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