29 Sep Trivandrum Diaries: Day Trip to Poovar!
We took a day trip to Poovar on one of the weekends, which is a coastal area about 35 km from Trivandrum. It is an estuary formed by the sea. The best part about the place is its backwaters. You can see Neyyar river, lake, and Arabian sea joining together. Many resorts like Club Mahindra, Sarovar Portico etc. are located near Poovar. The place is so serene and peaceful. It is a great place to unwind and de-stress. The place has a lagoon from where you need to hire a motorboat or country boat to reach the beach. The boat trip lasts from one hour to 1.5 hours. The charges seemed a bit high post Covid scenario. We paid Rs. 1000 per head for one hour ride of five people in a motor boat.
There is a golden sand beach. We noticed that Security personnel are deployed to ensure people don’t dive into waters beyond the limits. The beach is clean but not suitable for swimming or any sports as the waves are extremely fierce and high. Boating on the Poovar Lake through the mangrove forests was a memorable experience. The ambience is magical and the whole location is picturesque. What I enjoyed the most is the swaying coconut palms, emerald backwaters, migratory birds and lush green vegetation . We spotted a few birds including a Kingfisher.
If you go around the evening time, you can watch crimson sunsets. We took the boat around noon time. There are floating restaurants in this area but the charges are slightly expensive. Even the packed foods are sold twice their MRP. There are Floating cottages too which reminded me of my trip to Kanchanaburi. The golden sand beach is a perfect picnic spot where you can spend some quality time with your family.
On the way back to home, we stopped by Azhimala Mahadeva Temple. There is a huge Lord Shiva statue and the place is divine. There is a small beach beside the temple. One could plan this along with Poovar visit.
We also visited the famous Padmanabha Swamy Temple in the Morning. It is one of the richest temples in the world. We were awestruck at its architecture and decadence.