Poovar made it to the list over Marari, Cherai and other places because Poovar is a pristine, unexplored, not commercialized place enveloped by the calm backwaters and opening out to the sea to an island of almost indescribable beauty. So an ideal place if you wish to have some “me time” in solitude.
The area is abundant in well-preserved local flora, with hundreds of species of spices, exotic flowers, complete with banana and coconut groves. Cruising along the waters we could enjoy having a look at the floating resorts on one side and restaurants on the other. It was an absolutely breathtaking island, a place where the Neyyar river, Poovar Lake and Viraly lake joins the Arabian sea forming a beautiful estuary. The rustling leaves from the coconut groves, the singing birds and sight of rare birds made the experience unbelievable.
We enjoyed some incredibly sweet coconut water and banana chips on the beach!!
Padmanabhapuram Palace…Day 4
The next day was to pay a visit to the Padmanabhapuram Palace. A magnificent wooden palace of the 16th century, Padmanabhapuram Palace lies at the land's end of mainland India - Kanyakumari. This old palace of the Rajas of the erstwhile Travancore (1550 to 1750 AD) is a fine specimen of Kerala's indigenous style of architecture. The antique interiors are replete with intricate rosewood carvings and sculptured decor.
We were overwhelmed by the royal splendor of erstwhile Travancore. Though the palace is situated in Kanyakumari district of Tamilnadu State, it comes under the Government of Kerala's administration.
Our own resort…Day 5
We had saved the last day to enjoy the awesome facilities at our own resort.
Surrounded by lush greenery, by the Arabian Sea, there were 31 heritage cottages built like traditional Keralite heritage homes. They were an amazing blend of weathered wood with contemporary luxury thereby offering a perfect balance between old world charm and modern day comfort.
It rained the whole day. We sat in our verandah and watch the waves gently kiss the shore. Soon we were tempted to head down to the beach with our cups of tea and some hot fritters. Oh it was an experience totally unmatchable!
Kerala is famous for its Ayurvedic massages and so how could we miss that. Our resort had a spa infused with timeless therapeutic traditions from across the world: including Ayurveda. The session was totally relaxing and I was absolutely refreshed.
To top it all the chef had prepared a delicious Italian meal especially for us!
The vacations came to an end as is said that all good things must. We returned rejuvenated…body, mind and soul!!
What else could one wish for!!