Poovar Boating

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Backwater Cruise in Poovar

Boating in Poovar is one of the most popular activities in Thiruvananthapuram. Poovar is easily accessible from Thiruvananthapuram and Kanyakumari and is a must-visit location if your are visiting Kerala. A cruise through the mangrove forests, Neyyar river, and the narrow canals is a refreshing experience. If you are visiting Kerala, Poovar is a must-visit location. There are two types of boats in Poovar, Motor boats and Shikara. Both types of boats can accommodate up to seven people.  The normal cruise duration in Poovar is 1.5 hours..

Poovar Boating in Motorboat

Poovar boating in a motor boat enables you to ride through the narrow rivers and interior parts of the mangrove forests. Click the button below to book Poovar backwater cruise in a motor boat. One boat can accommodate only seven people. When you book, please select One boat per Seven guests.

Book Exclusive Motorboat Cruise Poovar

The price mentioned is per boat.
A boat can accommodate up to 7 guests

Motorboat Cruise 1.5 Hrs

Motorboat Cruise 2 Hrs

Sunrise Cruise  Motorboat

Rs. 1200

Rs. 1500

Rs. 2000

Poovar Boating in Shikara

Shikara Poovar

Shikaras look like Kashmiri Gondolas. There are a few shikaras in Poovar. Please book online to make sure your shikara is available on arrival.  When you book, please select One boat per Seven guests. Book your Poovar boating in a shikara for a luxury cruise in Poovar.

Book Exclusive Shikara Cruise Poovar

The price mentioned is per Shikara.
A boat can accommodate up to 7 guests

Shikara Cruise  1.5 Hrs

Shikara Cruise  2 Hrs

Sunrise Cruise Shikara

Rs. 2000

Rs. 2500

Rs. 2500

Luxury Shikara Cruise Poovar

Luxury Shikara Poovar

Enhance your cruise experience with a touch of luxury. Our spacious luxury shikaras feature cushioned seats and a comfortable seating arrangement, allowing you to relax and enjoy your ride in style.

Book Exclusive Luxury Shikara Cruise Poovar

The price mentioned is per boat.
A boat can accommodate up to 7 guests

Luxury Shikara 1.5 Hrs

Luxury Shikara 2 Hrs

Sunset Cruise Luxury Shikara

Rs. 3500

Rs. 4000

Rs. 4500

Pickup Services and One Day Tours

Make your boating experience in Poovar even more convenient with our pickup service. You can combine your Poovar boating trip with a one-day tour of Thiruvananthapuram as well. Currently, we offer pickup service from Trivandrum city, but if you need pickup from another location, please let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate your request.

Book a Pickup service Or One day tour

Rates for Pickup from Thiruvananthapuram city. For other locations, please contact us

Swift Dezire or similar

Innova or similar

Rs. 2300

Rs. 3500

Sunrise cruise Poovar

Usually boating at Poovar starts at 8am. But if any guests need an early ride, we will arrange it. Sunrise cruise is a very refreshing activity to start a day. Our sunrise cruise starts at 6am and will take you through the main river and you will be stopped in a place where you can see the sunrise. After the sunrise you can visit golden sand beach and finish the Poovar boating by 8 am and proceed for your breakfast.

Sunset Cruise Poovar

Sunset cruise in the most popular activity in Poovar. You can enjoy the boating in the evening and during the sunset time we will take you to the Poovar beach and you can see the sunset from the beach. Usually the boats are parked near the Poovar Estuary where the Neyyar river meets the Arabian sea.

Poovar Boating Points We Cover

  • Neyyar River
  • AVM Canal
  • Narrow canals
  • Mangrove Forest
  • Estuary
  • Mother Mary Shrine
  • Elephant Rock
  • Fishermen Village
  • Bird watching points
  • Floating restaurants
  • Golden sand beach

Our boats and facilities

  • Motor boats with roof
  • Shikara with roof
  • Life jacket for all passengers
  • Sanitizes after every trip
  • All boats are Govt. certified
  • All drivers have Govt. License
  • Boat club has washrooms
  • Dress changing room
  • Parking area
  • Pickup and drop off

Bird Watching at Poovar

If you are a wildlife photography enthusiast, Poovar is an ideal location to capture some nice photos of birds.  Carry a binocular with you if you want to have a closer look of the birds. During the boating at Poovar, our boat drivers will stop in places where you can watch birds and take photographs. You can see migratory shorebirds such as Gulls, Waders, Terns, Plovers, Shanks, Herons, and Sanderlings and many more. There five different variety of Kingfishers in Poovar.

Precautions to be taken in Poovar

  1. The estuary is a dangerous spot. The water from the Neyyar River will flow heavily to the Arabian Sea, and going near the estuary may cause accidents.

  2. The sand formation on the beach is sometimes in the shape of a cliff, which is very dangerous to visit the beach during that time.

  3. Generally, during heavy rains and windy times, going near the estuary and boating in the main river can be very dangerous.

  4. Avoid late-night outings. Poovar is not a place for nightlife.

  5. Eat from good restaurants only. Check reviews before going to any restaurant.

It’s important to note that these potential dangers do not mean that Poovar is an unsafe destination overall. By being aware of these risks and taking necessary precautions, tourists can still have a safe and enjoyable trip to Poovar.

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Important Contact Numbers

Kerala Tourism Govt Dept: +91 471 2321132

Police Emergency: 112

Fire and Rescue : 101

Poovar Police Station: 0471 221 1100

Alleppey Police Station: 0477 225 1331

Munnar Police Station: 04865 230 321

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One-day Trips you can do with Poovar Boating

There are many great one day trips you can take with poovar boating. The most popular trip is to Kanyakumari. This trip takes you to the southernmost tip of India, where you can see the confluence of the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal, and Arabian Sea. Another popular trip is to Kovalam, where you can relax on the beach or try some of the Ayurvedic treatments that are available. You can also visit the Padmanabhaswamy temple, which is one of the most sacred Hindu temples in India.

Distance to Nearby destinations from Poovar

  • Kanyakumari – Poovar : 66 km
  • Kovalam – Poovar : 15 km
  • Padmanabhaswamy Temple – Poovar: 30 km
  • Kumarakom – poovar: 190 km
  • Kochi – Poovar: 24 km
  • Allleppey – Poovar: 190 km
  • Ashtamudi – Poovar: 120 km
  • Varkala – Poovar 70 km
  • Munnar – Poovar: 300 km
  • Wayanad – Poovar: 650 km
  • Thekkady – Poovar: 230 km
  • Ponmudi – Poovar: 70 km

Google Reviews

Ciprian TomoiagaCiprian Tomoiaga
05:31 07 Feb 23
Great tour at sunset, at a fair price of 1200 rupees.We were coming back from a day tour to Kanyakumari and decided to stop by poovar to do the backwater boating. I contacted Gaviya on WhatsApp and booked for that evening. I was a bit surprised that they sent me super precise location and pictures of their house, but I understood later why.I didn't tell my driver I had booked, so initially he took me to his "recommendation", which was 2500 rupees for only 1 hour tour. The people there were hawkers and tried really hard to convince us to go with them, even lying that companies who book online cannot go everywhere.I insisted and got to Kingfisher club (operated by Gaviya), where mister Robert gave us the boat. I had to use the pictures I got on WhatsApp to make sure I was at the right place.We were lucky to have a silent boat, which our driver, Lula, was skillful in maneuvering. He got us really close to birds, and he had good eyes, showing us ones that we didn't notice. We were often stopped at birds that he observed, while other boats were just speeding past us. And as you can see from the pictures, we saw all parts, not just the beach like the lier before was claiming.So I'm really glad we got to the real club, a good price, a silent boat and a skillful driver.
12:04 19 Nov 22
We took this trip on Saturday.Enquired about the trip same day morning, got all the adequate response on time. Reached by 12, had a boat ready. It was clean, maintained and the driver was polite. Ride was fun, halted for lunch on the way which was delicious and not heavy on the pocket. Overall the experience was good and prove charged was nominal. Would go for this again and recommend the same who's interested for some good times in poovar.
04:47 09 Oct 22
Good ride at affordable prices1200 for 1.5 hours and 1500 for2 hours.While boating we can have tea and snacks in the floating hotels. we can spend 20 minutes on the beach. There we can have camel rides and horse rides at cheap prices. We have to bargain to get the price lower below 200 for 2 person ride. Azhimala is another beautiful location 10km away from Poovar.one should visit that place if you are coming to Poovar.Plan the trip accordingly so you could reach aazhimala by 6pm
Sumit SenSumit Sen
07:02 19 Aug 22
If you are looking for a boat ride on Poovar Backwater, I would highly recommend Gaviya Tours. It was a great experience for me. It's pocket friendly (if going in a groups), the skipper of the boat was very polite and did decent guiding throughout the ride. I would recommend to take the Sunset ride. Last thing, pre book (half the amount) your ride to save the hassle of getting overpriced on spot rides.
Amit KananiAmit Kanani
14:34 22 Nov 20
We were in a group of 6 in one boat and we paid about INR-300 , for tow hour tour.The backwater cruise was simply spectacular and worth every rupee paid. Its scenic beauty in its natural unpolluted form was mesmerising. We were lucky to spot the golden eagle, cormorant, Kingfisher and some other migratory birds.Some of the scenic spots included the Elephant Rock, Mangrove forest, Divine Place,canal area,the floating restaurants and the golden sand beach lapping the Arabian Sea. I would strongly recommend this tour as missing it is a sin. You will surly love it i m uploading some picture for you

Frequently Asked Questions

Answer: Poovar is located approximately 30 kilometers away from Thiruvananthapuram city.

Poovar can be reached by taxi or bus from Thiruvananthapuram city. The nearest airport and railway station are also located in Thiruvananthapuram.

Poovar is generally considered to be a safe destination for tourists. However, like any other place, it is important to take necessary precautions and be aware of potential risks.

Different types of boats are available in Poovar, including country boats, motor boats, and shikaras.

No, there aren’t any houseboats in Poovar

The cost of boating in Poovar varies depending on the type of boat and duration of the ride. Our price starts from Rs. 1200 per boat.

Yes, there are several good restaurants in Poovar serving a variety of cuisines, including traditional Kerala dishes.

While the winter season, from October to February, is considered the best time to visit Poovar due to pleasant weather, it is possible to visit Poovar in all seasons. The boats used for touring the backwaters and estuary in Poovar have roofs, which provide shade during hot summer months. However, it is important to note that during the monsoon season, which occurs from June to September, heavy rains can make it difficult to engage in outdoor activities. Therefore, while the winter season is the most ideal time to visit Poovar, it is still possible to enjoy the beauty of Poovar in all seasons.

Yes, there are pickup services available for tourists who want to go boating in Poovar. Please contact us for pickup arrangements.