This resort is in an island, about 1 hour car drive away from Trivandrum. The pre-paid taxi ride from airport to the resort is Rs 600. You get off the Taxi at a ferry pick-up point and the resort provides a free boat ride from there onwards (provided you spend more than Rs 450/day in their premises). We went to this resort during off-season (season is between November and March). This was a risk, it could have rained and made things messy, but it didn't and that was extremely lucky for me. It rained there the minute I flew back to Madras. Poovar is a very comfortable, luxurious resort bordering on 5 star quality. I would tell you the details on room rate etc, but I went there as a Club Mahindra guest, so I have no clue. However, I can safely say it should be bloody expensive.
There is a massage center there, which I will describe in great detail in my next post. There is an excellent swimming pool. Very neat and the water doesn't reek chlorine. We spent most of our time floating around in a near empty swimming pool, sitting idly in the beach and going for those ferry rides into back waters. As much as it is the purpose of the place, that is all that is there to do in Poovar. Things get remarkably slow in Poovar. I was told that there would be variety entertainment and other fun stuff during season time. The most awesome thing in this place was a carom board. I hadn't touched this for many years and relished playing it for hours together. The resort staff also play beach volley ball, literally 5 meters from the beach. They invite you to join them and that is fun. On the how-to-spend-time part, although I was a bit negative about it - is not to be under estimated. The Beach and the ferry rides around the island are a dream. The sights and settings are awesome. On the whole this may not be as awesome as Kumarkom, but it has its moments. Its a good place to go as a couple. The batteries are recharged. When you start getting cold stares and sharp rebukes for eating junk food, watching too much TV, burping loudly, sleeping 3 hours in the afternoon and in general venturing to her parents house in shorts - its time to go to a resort like Poovar. It immunizes you from cold stares and angry words for at least 100 junk food outings, 70 burps and for the next four years you can watch so much cricket that you don't need to shut off the TV until every expert commentator in the post game show shuts up. You could even visit your in-laws in komanam and its all forgiven. Of course, Kumarakom gets you more mileage in the same way being a real 'chamathu' husband will get you mileage. Okay I digress.
If you had noticed I mentioned the word island a few times. Poovar, is an interesting resort which is located in an island on the backwaters of Kerala. On three sides, the island is covered by backwaters that flow around it like a river. However, the side facing the sea, is most interesting. There is the sea and then some shore-sand sort of thing that makes up for a superb beach. Behind the sand flows the back water and then the behind the back water is the island. So, if you are standing on the beach, you have water on your front and on your back, which is quite awesome. The resort has a swimming pool (bar attached) and its own restaurant. The resort has about 200 rooms and many boat houses. When I went there only 20 odd rooms were occupied. 99% of the rooms had a hammock. I love hammocks. If you know what the title of this blog means, you'd know if mine had one or not. The restaurant is very expensive. Breakfast is 150/person and the other two food sessions cost 300/person. The variety is not awesome and sometimes you wonder if there is a cheaper restaurant somewhere in the middle of the sea.
Not that I wrote this post to make some sort of a conclusion, but just to put things in perspective - there are many positive points to this resort. But treat it for what it essentially is. A getaway place. Having said that, I also have to say that it needn't be a complete getaway place. Given the availability of cell phone towers, it is connected. There was evidence of it with some people, overly engrossed in their office work, were struggling to disconnect. They were 'arey yaar'-ing into their mobiles to find out if their yaars had 'file bhej diya kya?". Its not the best sight seeing, scenic place in Kerala. We planned it for 3 days. Its optimal. Anything more and you might start plucking strands of hair from your head to pass time.