Edayar island, very near to the state capital Trivandrum, is the ideal get away of holiday-makers. What makes it so special is that this island, near Thiruvallom, a few kilometres from Trivandrum, is wholly unspoiled - yet so near to the city. No wonder many city dwellers are now discovering the pleasures of heading for this isle to escape from the hustle and bustle of the overcrowded city.
Moreover, for the discerning cultural tourist, this destination provides the unique opportunity to have a feel of the old world charm of a Kerala village.
Edayar, situated at about 7 kms from the city en route to the international beach resort of Kovalam, the Edayar island is inhabited by just under 500 people. No concrete buildings, and absolutely no blaring of horns of vehicles - just pure salubrious fresh air and silence.
The tea stalls, reminiscent of rural Kerala, dots the island.
The island, spread over two square kilometres in length and a width of half-a-kilometre, is complete with a temple, "kavu" and church. The festivals at these places of worship can also be witnessed by the tourist.
For the spiritually bend, the ancient Parasurama temple situated on the bank of Karamana river at Thiruvallom can be an attraction. Edayar is just a five minute walk from Thiruvallom near the Trivandrum-Kovalam bypass.
Visitors can either ferry to the island or can opt to use the narrow iron bridge near Thiruvallom to walk into the island.