Kovalam, Kerala’s Most Famous Beach Destination
Kovalam is the most popular beach destination among tourists visiting Kerala. Located by the Arabian the beach town is just 16 km away from Thiruvananthapuram the capital city of Kerala. In the 1930s Kovalam was a hot spot for Europeans. Today the world comes to Kovalam. Littered with coconut trees, coral reefs and rocky beach terrains, its much more a getaway spot than the more popular beaches in Goa. Much like Goa, Kovalm is popular among backpackers.
Kovalam Beaches & Activities
There are 3 beaches in Kovalam in the order of popularity are Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach and Samudra Beach. Tourist engage themselves in various leisure activities like swimming, sunbathing, special cultural programmes in and around the beaches, handmade catamaran cruising, etc. Beach life starts late afternoon and goes late into the night.
Ayurvedic massage is a popular attraction among tourists. Ayurveda is synchronization of body, mind and soul. Kerala is the land of Ayurveda and you should not miss this opportunity if you are in Kovalam.
Where to Stay in Kovalam: Many accommodation facilities that suits every taste and budget is available. It has budget cottages, home-stays ayurvedic resorts, Yoga and ayurvedic body toning massage centers, swimming pools, shopping zones and meeting places.
Vizhinjam sea port famous for its special varieties of fish, is a mere 3 Kms away. Defenitely check this out to get a feel of the local fishing community and see a selection of the finest ffresh catch. There are old Hindu temples, big churches and a mosque as well, that will make it a complete worthwhile visit.
How to Reach Kovalam?
Easiest way to reach Kovalam is via Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram in Malayalam). The capital city of Kerala is just 16 km away. While you are in Trivandrum there are a few interesting places you should see - the Sri Chitra Art Gallery, the Napier Museum, Ponmudi hill station, the Padmanabhaswamy Temple etc. A State owned handicrafts emporium SMSM Institute is worth a visit. It the best place to pick up ethnic curios, souvenirs, artefacts and other articles.
Nearest railway station ;Thiruvananthapuram Central about 16 km away.
Nearest airport; Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 10 km away