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Poovar Backwaters, Thiruvananthapuram - Of Beach, Backwaters and Boating
With swaying coconut palms, endless golden sands, shimmering sea, crimson sunsets and lush green vegetation it always welcomes tourists with open arms. Irrespective of the season or the budget, it has something to lift the spirits of any traveller. Welcome to the southern tip of Thiruvananthapuram district, Poovar.
Located about 35 km from Thiruvananthapuram, Poovar drains Neyyar River into Arabian Sea. During monsoon, Neyyar River carries sand and mud and mineral deposits to Poovar, resulting in the formation of an estuary.
The crowning glory of Poovar is its serene backwaters and the mangroves flourishing in them. Dotted with islands, the backwaters are rich in flora and fauna. Apart from witnessing a slice of life in a coastal village, the cruise through the backwaters can bring you the sightings of a variety of birds such as Kingfisher, Brahminy Kite, Night Heron, Sea Egret, Black Darter and Indian Cormorant eagle. The friendly fishing community residing in the village is unique from the rest because of its customs, cultures and traditions.
With its golden-coloured sand, the Poovar beach will excite the travellers who ferry by boat to reach there. Due to its limited accessibility, the beach is not crowded and it is a perfect place to relax amid a serene environment. Taking a stroll through the golden sands, you can experience the mesmerizing charm of sunrise and sunset.
Aazhimala Siva Temple, Vizhinjam harbour and Kovalam beach are some of the nearby attractions in Poovar.
One of the must-visit destinations in the district, Poovar has always attracted tourists round the year.
Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram, about 23 km away
Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 25 km away
District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC)
Phone : +91 471 2315397