Poovar Island | Estuary | Boating | Golden Beach

This weekend we decided to explore the beauty of Poovar Island by opting for the boating. The not so expensive(for locals) Poovar Island boating was a memorable experience. The boat ride through the small pathways and mangrove forests made the ride a breath taking one. The boat took us to various sight seeing points as well as the Golden Beach for a stop of around 15 minutes. Overall the boat ride and the time spent at the Golden beach was nice. Poovar Island is a good, calm and quiet place for families during weekends. Good place for tourists also. The area is surrounded by many resorts which can be used for accomodation if you want to stay there and enjoy the beauty. The floating huts and restaurants are a plus. Must visit place in Trivandrum!

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About Poovar :

Poovar Beach offers one a wonderful view of the formation of the backwaters. The golden sands are home to some of the best picnic spots in the area. This area is located at the juncture of the Neyyar River joining with the Arabian Sea. Boating trips in the area are exquisite and can be arranged at nominal rates. Located 12 km from Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram, here one gets to see a slice of life in a coastal village. It is a beautiful location that is garnering more attention with each passing year.

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Poovar is a tourist town in Neyyattinkara (tehsil) in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala state, South India. This village is almost at the southern tip of Thiruvananthapuram while the next village, Pozhiyoor, marks the end of Kerala. This village beach attracts tourists throughout the year. The beach is very magnificent that is has many 5 star hotels and Island hotels to attract more and more tourists. This will eventually contribute more development of the region.

Poovar was a trading centre of timber, sandalwood, ivory and spices. In around 1,000 B.C.E, it is believed that ships owned by King Solomon of Israel landed in Ophir, which is identified by some sources as Poovar, while the village was one of the ancient Muslim settlements along the western coast of India. The central mosque in Poovar was built by Malik Deenar, an eighth century Muslim preacher. During the reign of the Chola dynasty, Poovar was a major port. The explorer Megasthenes, Roman writer Pliny the Elder and Venetian traveller Marco Polo mention connections with Greece and Rome.

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There were a merchant named Pokku Moosa Maraikkar who lived in Poovar during the 18th century in a house called Kallaraickal Tharavad, which many times gave shelter to Marthanda Varma (1706–58), king of Travancore from his enemies. Poovar also had trade relations with international markets at this time as well as a well trained army and some ships. At the Battle of Colachel and Battle of Kayamkulam these forces assisted the Travancore army against the Dutch East India Company during the Travancore–Dutch War.

The origin of the name “Poovar” has a story related to Marthanda Varma. Before that it was called Pokkumoosapuram. During internal riots in Travancore and while escaping from the Ettuveetil Pillamar (Lords of the Eight Houses), the king reached Poovar. It was a spring season and the trees on either sides of the Neyyar were full of flowers. These flowers fell into the river making it more attractive. On seeing this pleasant scenery, Marthanda Varma commented that this was poo-var, a conjunction of the Malayalam words for “flower” and “river”.

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