A destination that fluctuates in dream only, Kovalam is the best kept secret of Kerala. Lies just 16 km away from Trivandrum, the beach draws thousands of tourists weekly. Defined by three crescent-shaped beaches, this sun-and-sand destination offers a lot to engage you. Create the sand castles, enjoy a catamaran ride, experience the blissful Ayurveda or savour the best seafood, the choice is unlimited. Tourists can discover the heritage, which they will not find anywhere else. The term “Kovalam” means a grove of coconut trees and the village justifies the title by offering limitless sight of coconut trees. Light house beach is the most popular southern beach. Visit Kovalam to enjoy the Kathakali dance performance that takes place in the evening on the shores.
Kovalam used to be a traditional fishing village. It was known for fish, toddy (coconut bear) and fruits. Sri Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma (the king of Travancore) brought this fishing village in notice. It was developed as a tourist destination after 1930s.
Major Tourist Attractions in Kovalam
Referred to as “Eve's Beach”, the Hawa beach is perfect for those, looking for secluded and calm stretches of sandy shores. Edakallu foreland separates Hawa and Kovalam beach. From this headland, tourists can also enjoy the charm of sunset. It is the second largest beach in Kovalam.
It lies in the extreme south of Kovalam. Constructed on a rocky headland, there lies the towering lighthouse. Tourists are not allowed to go inside but the memorials of Ayyanappilla Asan and Ayyippilla Asan around the beach can be seen. While illuminated in evening, the lighthouse becomes more spectacular.
The beach is located to the north most part of the beach. It is another scenic jewel of Kovalam. Tourists can enjoy the amazing view of fishing vessels and ships. It is also a good spot for swimming and bathing.
Other Places to See
You can visit several places around Kovalam that are the popular tourist attractions. Padmanabhapuram Palace, Napier Museum, Veli Tourist Village, Kuthiramalika Palace Museum, Vizhinjam Village, Valiyathura Pier, Anchuthengu Fort and Shanghumugham are to name a few.
Water Sports and Activities
Kovalam serves as a perfect place to enjoy water sports. Tourists can enjoy swimming, kayaking, skiing and surfing.
Kovalam is also well-known as Ayurvedic Treatment Spot. Tourists can find different Ayurvedic Centres, Spas and Massage Centres alongside the beaches.
Best Time to Visit
September to March
Kovalam is delight for seafood lovers. There are beach front restaurants offering fresh fish, crab, lobster, tiger prawns and mussels. However, the traditional Kerala cuisine is also available for vegetarians.
Being a popular beach in Kerala, Kovalam is famous for sea items. The best shopping picks of the beach include pearls, shells and gems.
Kovalam has numerous hotels that serve as perfect accommodation options. These include from budget to high-end hotels and beach resorts as well.
How to Reach
Lies 16 km from Kovalam, Trivandrum Airport operates direct flights to all the main cities of India.
Trivandrum Central Station serves as the nearest railway station, which is well-linked to all the main rail junctions in the country.
An excellent network of roads links Kovalam with the major cities of Kerala. State and Inter State buses also have the regular services.