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Kovalam beach is one of the most popular beach retreats in India. If you are looking forward to visual awesomeness, hypnotizing crystal clear waters, and mouth-watering seaside dishes dancing on your taste buds, Kovalam presents you even more than just an unforgettable holiday. Along with the fun activities like boating, swimming, and water surfing, you can sit and relax on the rooftop of a Kovalam beach resort. You can also enjoy a yoga session and spend your time on Ayurvedic centers to solely enjoy nature's bliss and gain medical benefits from ayurvedic massages.
Planning for a luxurious holiday with your loved one? Other than the surreal Beaches of Kovalam, Taj Kovalam and The Leela Kovalam offers guests unparalleled customized services to make a vacation special, offering utmost Indian hospitality draped with graciousness. Other than the jaw-dropping sight of sparkling sandy beaches and thrilling beach activities, Kovalam also provides you the opportunity to explore an extraordinary architecture of age-old castles, art, churches & temples. A trip to Thiruvananthapuram/Trivandrum as well as Kanyakumari from Kovalam takes no more than a day, therefore, as a destination for a honeymoon, family trip, or a solo exploring trip, Kovalam is considered the best place for pampering yourself with a dash of adventure as well.
Nearest Airport: Trivandrum
How to reach: by air/train/road
Famous for: Beaches
Sunrise & Sunset views over the sea
Best time to visit: September to March
The Lighthouse, Beaches, Padmanabhaswamy Temple (16 Kms from Kovalam), Karamana River & Boating - at the Karamana Lake
Vellayani Lake - The largest freshwater lake, Edakallu - Popular sunset point, Valiyathura Pier - The almost 60 year old Big Port, Vizhinjam Rock Cut Temple - Containing the 18th century rock sculptures
The vibrant history of Kovalam can be found in the temples and local cuisines, other than the beauty of theKovalam beach. By visiting the Vizhinjam temple that was built in the 18th century, window-shopping on the Curio shops, beachwear shops, hawkers of Kashmiri and Tibetan products, tourists can understand the diversity of Kovalam undoubtedly.
The richness of art and culture in Kovalam can be experienced through the various fairs and festivals starting from January to the end of March. From buying village costumes, handcrafted pieces of stuff or drinking native drinks in a village fair, to music, food, and elephant festivals, tourists can dive deep into the Kovalam culture closely.
Place of interest
The lighthouse: Climb up 450 steps in the cylindrical shaped lighthouse right along the beach and be enthralled. The 30 meters tall lighthouse on Kurumsal Hill is apt for enjoying a sunrise or sunset. Besides, enjoying the view ofKovalam beachand feeling the slow breeze from the top of the lighthouse is one of a kind experience.
Kovalam art gallery: The best place for art lovers, Kovalam art gallery is the abode of inspirational artwork, paintings, and art effects. Displaying the artwork of notable painters, it gives a glimpse of ancient traditions, Sanskrit, and heritage culture, Rajput era, Mughal era as well as some artifacts from Japan, Tibet, and China.
Beaches of Kovalam: There is no doubt that Kovalam is mostly popular because of its fascinating beaches and adventure sports.From water diving to parasailing, lighthouse beach, Hawah Beach, and Samudra beach offer tourists every kind of fun activity they are looking for. Moreover, the crystal clear water compels tourists to dive into the water just for swimming or going for a Para Sailing Windsurfing, water skiing, boat sailing. Further, all these water sports are assisted by the professional and a concerned crew who make sure that these water adventure sports are done with safety. While Samudra beach is a paradise for tourists who love isolation and tranquillity, surrounded by an abundance of palms and coconut trees in this beach, Varkala beach is for those with religious and spiritual types with famous Janardhana Swami Temple and Sarkara Devi Temple.
Trivandrum: Self-drive or book a cab to reach Trivandrum from Kovalam within 35 mins as it is only 12 km away from Kovalam. The scenic beauty along the way and the Thriuvallam Parashurama temple on the bank of the Karmana river is worth a watch. Tourists can also enjoy canoeing and kayaking on the Karmana river along the way.
Kanyakumari: 90km away from Kovalam, with major attractions like Kanyakumari Temple, Vivekananda Rock, and the Gandhi Smarak Mandir, Kanyakumari is a must on the destination list of tourists visiting Kovalam beaches in Kerala. Moreover, the sight of the meeting of three oceans namely Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean is what attracts tourists to Kanyakumari.
Where to stay
With a variety of homestays and luxurious hotels and resorts like The Raviz,Taj Kovalam(Taj green cove resort),Leela Kovalam Beach resort,Niramaya Surya Samudra resort,Halcyon resort, andTravancore heritageexperience best hospitality and uncountable leisure facilities that guarantee only excellence.