Poovar is a small village in the southern tip of Kerala which has abundance of natural beauty. A rare combination of lake, river, sea and beach make Poovar a favorite destination for every visitor.

River Cruise starting point

River Neyyar

Go through the scenic canals of the river

…through the dense green trees

River Neyyar originates from Agastyarkoodam Hills near Thiruvananthapuram, and joins Arabian Sea at Poovar. The river becomes wider as it joins Arabian Sea, and the water gets accumulated forming still backwaters, which looks like a huge lake very next to the sea! During monsoon, the river carries a lot of mud and sand, which gets piled up at Poovar. The small hills of sand which have formed over a period of time is now the most unspoiled beach of Kerala, Poovar Beach. The access to the absolutely pristine golden sand Poovar Beach is only by water. From the beach, you can see Neyyar River on one side, and Arabian Sea on the other.


Poovar Beach separates River Neyyar with Arabian Sea

Poovar Beach

River Neyyar Joining Arabian Sea.. Poovar Beach takes a break! 🙂

The banks of Neyyar River around Poovar has rich local plantation, exotic flowers, supported by coconut and banana plantations. The abundance of natural beauty also attracts rich bird life. Poovar is basically a fishing village, and access to the village is only through water! Poovar Beach does not have the usual beach activities like speed boat, paragliding or any other activities. Thus this beach is enjoyed by visitors who want to just come and relax!


Another variant of kingfisher (red beak)

Poovar River Cruise is an extremely famous activity among the visitors. You can choose either a small row boat, or a shaded Shikara, and the guide will row you through the canals of River Neyyar. Apart from the tranquility of nature, you can also spot several birds like kingfishers, eagles, herons, egrets and so on. The two hour boat trip is an absolute bliss and the most memorable part of visiting Poovar.

Resort on the banks of River Neyyar

Church on a rocky island

Other side of the church

Cruise continues after the visit to Poover Beach

Coconut grove canal


On Map

River Cruise Starting Point

Where to stay?

  • Few resorts and hotels at Poovar
  • Kovalam (17 km)
  • Thiruvananthapuram/Trivandrum
  • Kanyakumari (Day Trip)

Distance Chart

From Distance (in km)
Thiruvananthapuram 30
Kanyakumari 70
Kochi 220
Madhurai 300
Coimbatore 415