Kerala’s most attractive beaches Poovar and Kovalam

Poovar or Kovalam both are beautiful, where to stay? This is a very common question which arises, when you are planning a trip to Kerala. Well, the answer is very simple, if you are looking for a relaxing stay, away from the crowd close to nature Poovar is your choice and if you wish to enjoy the liveliness of the beach surrounded by tourists, shopping, markets, restaurants Kovalam is the right option. What did I do? I took the stay at Poovar and did a one day trip to Kovalam and enjoyed both.

Poovar Beach Kerala

This was the best experience in my entire Kerala trip, Poovar beach is also known as the island of coconuts as it is surrounded by these lush green trees adding to the tranquility of this place. You can have a short tour by clicking on the video link below to see the gorgeous place.

Choosing a good  place to stay at Poovar is the most important thing to have an enriching experience. We chose Isola de Cocco resort for our stay at Poovar and it came out to be a great decision.

Isola de Cocco resort

The resort is spread out in 30 acres of land and is incredibly gorgeous. Starting from the entrance to the backyard its surrounded by nature. Looks like they own a mini forest and a river bank of there own. The backwaters adds a star to scenic location of this resort. You can choose your preferred option to stay from a suite room to a tree house or a pool villa they have it all. Food and service are equally great. Let’s have a quick sneak peek in the resort.

The splendid entrance…

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Needless to say Isola de Cocco is great a choice but what you can do here apart from relaxing. There are few good activities you can do at this place.

Activities

Mangrove forest tour

Sightseeing the mangrove forest was really an amazing experience. Click on the video below to have a slight feel of how it was.

We also saw some birds during our tour, I wish I had those high resolution cameras at that point to capture the pictures even better.

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How long you want the tour depends on how much you wish to pay to the boat guy, ask and negotiate the time and money on the first day when you arrive at the resort so you can check out the place at your convenience.

Watching sunset at the beach

Nothing can be compared to watch a sunset on a beach where there is so much tranquility.

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Arabian sea is quite rough, the waves are massive and the sound is gigantic. Water is milky white and the sand is soft. I can’t dare to swim was happy watching.

Kathakali show arranged by Isola de Cocco

The resort guys organised a Kathakali show for us in the evening, reach early to occupy the front seats. The show was performed under a tree surrounded by a stone stage adding to the feel of it.

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Kathakali is a dance form all about expressions and performers dressed up in colourful costumes. It was a magnificent show and kudos to all the performers. Its a must watch if you love art and culture.

Kovalam Beach Kerela

Kovalam is situated around 17 kms from Poovar beach, its very lively and beautiful as well. It took us close to 45 mins by car to reach there, we tried different kinds of food and enjoyed the view.

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The beach is quite crowded as its not visible in pictures but it is, the location is touristy surrounded by live fish counters and shopping streets.

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There is a lighthouse as well near the beach which is open for tourists to visit, the place is scenic and has a tinge of Kerala’s culture.

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We spent less time at Kovalam compared to Poovar but its definitely worth a visit. If you are a foodie and wish to try the south Indian cuisine this place is a paradise for you. There are lot of open cafes where you can sit and enjoy the sunset.

I loved both the beaches and time spent here is worth cherishing. Kerela trip is incomplete without these two places.

Best place to stay in Nusa Dua Bali The Grand Mirage – Review

IMG_7859The Grand Mirage is the most exotic holiday destination in Bali. It’s a beach facing resort with all modern amenities and world-class service.
I will give you a review as well as virtual tour of this resort. So let’s get started.

 

Amazing service

” The Grand Mirage” as the name suggests has a grand decorated entrance.IMG_7770

The entrance decoration is changed periodically which gives a beautiful feeling when you enter this resort.
They have a 24 hour front desk office, which would assist you with your bookings.
The staff is very courteous. Your luggage will be escorted without any hassle.
We booked the Ocean View room, which entitled us for a special welcome with a fresh flower garland and coconut water. It was a sweet surprise for us.

Facilities on offer with the booking

  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Free Parking
  • Private beach area
  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness center

 Incredible Rooms

The room was extremely clean and well-arranged. We were staying in the ocean facing room on the top floor which is one of the best rooms of the resort.

Have a look yourself…

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Perfect Jacuzzi to relax…

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Spacious passages…

In fact the corridors were nice, clicked some hilarious pictures and wonderful memories to carry.

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Spectacular view from the balcony, you will not feel like leaving the room…

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Superb dining area

The dining area was huge with lot of spots to sit and enjoy food.
You can choose the pool view or sit inside, where you can see the beautiful statues in the center of the resort.

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Great swimming pool

Swimming pool is a significant criteria, when I look for booking a resort.
The Grand Mirage not only has a good swimming pool but it also has a separate children pool.

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They also have a seating arrangement near the pool, where you can enjoy your breakfast, with the pool view.

Private Beach area

The beach is extremely clean and calm. You will only find resort guests around, making it less crowded and a great place to relax.

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Sea is so compelling, swim, take a sun bath enjoy the great view.

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Delicious food

Nusa Dua was the last leg of our Bali trip and I was craving for Indian food, The Grand Mirage was a blessing in disguise for me.
They have a dedicated Indian restaurant called Bumbu Delhi with incredible food and live music arrangement. I was in love with this resort.

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The resort has multiple restaurants theme buffets, beach facing cafes, central dining area.

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Offers a huge variety of multi cuisine eating options, select your pick and enjoy it to fullest.

Water Sports destination

Perfect destination for water sports, get your booking done at their counter.
They’ll even make CDs for your sea walking experiences.

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Water sports can only be done in morning due to tide conditions. We suggest you to book in advance and be on time to enjoy the sport you pick.

Exotic views

The Grand Mirage is spread out in a huge area, you can take a walk on the beach, click pictures and play around.
It looks gorgeous at any point of time whether it is day or night.

Morning view

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Afternoon view

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Evening view

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Night view

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Extras

They have a free shuttle service for the Nusa Dua shopping center Galleria mall, child care facilities, amazing spa facilities, one of the best in Nusa Dua.

What more can you get?
There is more, they have small shops inside the resort, selling cultural articles.
They also organize dance shows along with buffet dinners.

They also have a personal photography desk, couples often complain they have no one to click pictures on their holiday, all they have is just selfies.
Grand Mirage offers the solution, you can get your private album done from their personal photography desk.

It’s a full entertainment, relaxing and fun place to be on a holiday. Its a personal and honest review for this incredible place.

Where is “The Grand Mirage”?

Right here…

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Official Site: http://www.grandmirage.com

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