About Poovar

Poovar Backwaters- Golden Sand Beach, Backwaters and Boating

With swaying coconut palms, endless golden sands, shimmering seas, 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 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram, Poovar drains the Neyyar River into the Arabian Sea. During monsoon, Neyyar River carries sand, 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 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 in a serene environment. Taking a stroll through the golden sands, you can experience the mesmerizing charm of sunrise and sunset.

Poovar, one of the must-visit destinations in the district, has always attracted tourists throughout the year.

Popular Place to visit In Poovar

  • Aazhimala Siva Temple
  • Vizhinjam harbour
  • Kovalam beach
  • are some of the nearby attractions in Poovar.

1. Aazhimala Siva Temple

In the picturesque hamlet of Azhimala in Vizhinjam, there is a surreal blend of divinity and nature. While the gorgeous beach and green surroundings invite travellers, the much-respected Azhimala Shiva Temple adds a mystic touch to the place. The temple, which is perched on the cliff adjoining the sea, is an ancient one that envelops the whole region in a pious aura. The temple is noted for its 58-foot-tall statue of Lord Shiva in the Gangadhareswara form, all made of concrete. The massive structure with Shiva's hair flowing in the wind and holding Goddess Ganga has a charm of its own and lends a magnificent appeal to the temple. The sculpture was created by a 29-year-old artist, P. S. Devadathan, who is a native of Azhimala.


Enveloped in serene Kerala backwaters, flanked by the Arabian Sea on the east and the majestic towering ghats to the west, opening out to the ocean and a dream golden beach, Poovar Island Resort is a tropical paradise. Swaying coconut palms, endless golden sands, the ultramarine of the ocean, emerald backwaters, crimson sunsets, and lush green vegetation create a magical ambience around you.

3. Vizhinjam Beach

Vizhinjam Beach is located in the Thiruvananthapuram district. One of the main attractions of this beach is the rock-cut temples that were built in the 8th century. This temple has carvings of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi, which are not completed. This is a fishing village and is a beautiful sight to see the fishermen engaging in various fishing methods, repairing their nets, etc. There is also a natural port here. Plans have been proposed to set up an international container port at this place. In older times, this was considered a commercial center for Europeans and other foreign countries that came for trade with India.


It is located at a distance of 16 km from Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station and about 10 km from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. It has a long coastline with substantial palm, a lighthouse, and clear waters, which makes it the main attraction of tourists in Trivandrum.

There are three beaches separated by rocky projection in its 17 KM long coastline, known as Light House Beach, Hawah Beach, and Samudra Beach. These three beaches together make famous semi-circular Kovalam Beach.