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Kovalam

Overview

Location - Kerala

Area -

Nearest Railhead: Trivandrum Central railway station

Nearest Airport: Trivandrum Airport

How to reach: 18 km south of the Thiruvananthapuram city centre

Famous for: Beaches

Months open: All year

Best time to visit: November to February



Introduction

Kovalam is a place full of beaches and coconut trees. The word ‘Kovalam’ literally means a ‘grove of Coconut Trees’ in the local language. The town is located in the southern part of Kerala, a beautiful state in Southern India. Kovalam is also a popular tourist destination for foreigners visiting India. The town is lined with the coast on the west of the Arabian Sea and is filled with palm and coconut trees. Ayurveda is a popular practice in Kovalam. The town experiences a pleasant climate and is ideal to visit from September – May.




What to see

Samudra Beach Park, LightHouse Beach Road, Halcyon Castle, LightHouse Road




Details

Culture

Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam are dominant in Kerala. Each of them demonstrates their culture without any hesitation. Kerala is well known for its dance, music, arts, craft and also food. The Kathakali form of dance is the classical dance form of Kerala which dates back more than 200 yrs ago. Other forms of dance include Mohiniyattam, Thullal, Krishnattam, Oppanna, and others. Kalaripayattu is a famous form of martial arts of Kerala. Kerala is very popular for carvings on metal, sandalwood, rosewood granite, etc. there are several sculptures and monuments spread all across the state.

Where to go

Lighthouse beach is named so because of the lighthouse there. The beach is the most visited beach of Kovalam. The lighthouse is constructed on the top of the Kurumkal Hillock and is named Vizhinjam Lighthouse. The lighthouse is accessible to the public. There are several palm trees around the beach. There are places on the beach where people can eat and stay. Also, the locals here carry out various water sports for the tourists. Samudra Beach is the one that separated the beaches of the north and the south. The beach has a mosque on it. Here is also a fish market. Hawah beach is another famous tourist beach in Kovalam. In terms of size, it is the second-largest beach in the town. The beach is also known as Eve’s beach. The public is allowed to go in the water. The artificial coral reef is a major attraction in Kovalam. It was created by the government in order to control pollution and marine life. It is the first offshore coral reef in India. Here people can have beautiful diving experience. The facility is available throughout the year. It is a must-visit place. Thiruvananthapuram is today known as Trivandrum. The city is the capital of the state of Kerala. The city has coasts as well as hills. The city was called the Evergreen city by Mahatma Gandhi. The city is known not just for its beaches but also for its temples, and monuments. Thiru-anantha-puram is where the city gets its name from. It means the city of Lord Ananta. Vellayani Lake is situated in the Trivandrum, Kerala. The lake is spread across an area of 7.5 acres. The water from the lake is used for drinking as well as irrigation. Walking around the lake is a memorable experience. The lake is surrounded by green hills, a scene you won’t want to miss. You will hear interesting stories about the lake from the locals there. There are other beaches and a few temples and mosques that are good to visit and see. Along with these, there are dams and lakes and rivers and not to mention museums.

What to do

Water sports on the beaches of Kovalam are something you don’t want to miss. The experience is pretty good. Also since the sea is not as fierce as the Bay of Bengal it is really fun to engage yourself in. Massage in the ayurvedic centers of Kerala is truly relaxing experience.

What to eat

Kerala is known for its Malabar cuisine. The Malabar biryani, made of gently cooked rice is a must-eat dish in Kerala. The food here is very different in preparation, presentation and taste from elsewhere in India. Seafood of Kerala is very popular but vegetarian food is equally good. The spice mix of Kerala is quite different from other places making it unique. Dishes like idly, Dosa, Vada, Biryani, congee, pidiyan, rice meals, etc are popular here. Coconut water is a popular drink in Kerala. In fact, Ibn Batuta who saw a coconut for the first time here wrote an entire article describing it. Coffee and tea in Kerala are also very famous.

how to reach

Trivandrum is the nearest International Airport. The airport receives regular flights from cities like Chennai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad, etc. International flights include the Middle East and others. The airport is around 20kms from the town. Trivandrum has a railway station which is around 20kms from the town of Kovalam. The city is well connected to rest of India via rail. There are regular to and fro trains from Chennai, Kochi, Kovalam, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai, etc. Kovalam is well connected to the cities and towns all over India via road. The city is easily accessible by road. There are frequent buses running from Bangalore, Coimbatore, Thiruvananthapuram and other places. Even taxi or cab is available from nearby towns and cities




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