I had been to Kerala and done the complete touristy trail, but somehow some corners are still left. Hence I was super excited when earlier this year I found myself in Kovalam, Kerala for a quick 2 day office offsite. Since we had some free time on the first day, we all went for a half a day backwater cruise to Poovar. Now, Poovar is a small coastal fishing village situated at southern tip of Trivandrum, and is still a relatively unknown and unspoilt island. It is particularly known for its serene backwaters, pristine golden beaches, beautiful estuaries and some resorts. It is just in Poovar that you see a river, a lake, the sea and the gold sand beaches all converging in an estuary. While I have traveled extensively within Kerala, I found this boat ride to be a completely different and a fantastic experience. I am sharing the same with you today through a photo essay.
We started a trip with a short ride from Kovalam to Poovar (about 17 kms) and reached the boat station. From here we boarded our boat (in groups of 6) and set out for the journey.
We first cruised through the river with tall coconut trees, some other wild trees, shrubs, mangroves, etc on either side. We saw some wild varieties of fruits that are inedible, as they are poisonous.
We then took a detour and turned into the narrow dark canals that gave an impression of being lost in the Amazon. There was utter silence / stillness all around and just mangrove trees for company. Some were quite dark too and tt was quite an eerie feeling.
Once we emerged out of these narrow dark canals we saw a few birds, local kids playing in the river water and some fishermen fishing on their narrow boats. It was quite mesmerizing.
Cruising along the river we finally reached the breathtakingly beautiful island of Poovar where the river finally joined the sea, forming a beautiful estuary. I couldn’t quite decipher the river or the sea and to me it all looked like a big lake and the boundary between the river and the sea looked like a two-sided sandy beach.
We first hung around the quite deserted beach for a bit and then went to a floating restaurant across the beach to see the beautiful sunset. Just the beautiful sunset alone made the whole trip worthwhile.
Tips for the trip –
- Poovar has some resorts as well but if you are short on time then you can do this as a quick half day trip from Trivandrum or Kovalam.
- Do visit around the sunset time for some amazing views.