A beach town in southern India, Kovalam is home to spectacular and pristine looking beaches. The idyllic village features three main beaches among which Lighthouse Beach is the most popular and the largest. The three beaches namely, the Lighthouse beach, Samudra beach, and Hawa beach are connected together and they together form a rocky crescent. The beach is named after the 30-metre lighthouse that rests at this place. Kovalam means a ‘grove of coconut trees’ and the village does complete justification to its title as it is filled with coconut palms.
The small little village is famous for the Kovalam tourism packages that it offers. The options to spend your days are plenty. Travellers usually enjoy fun activities like surfing in the low tidal waves, sun bathing, swimming, and motorboat riding. The tropical sun is great that you would see your skin turn a shade of cobalt within a few minutes. An additional option to spend your time at Kovalam includes Ayurvedic treatments along with yoga.
Places to visit
This is the most crowded and popular tourist spot in Kovalam. The 30 m tall Lighthouse with a view of the whole village on one side and deep blue sea on the other gave the beach its name.
If you are on a Honeymoon tour to Kovalam, you might prefer a calm and cool beach atmosphere which is more romantic. This beach surrounded by long coconut trees is mostly less crowded.
This is another popular and less crowded beach in Kovalam. It is also called Eve’s beach. The sunset and sunrise on this beach is said to be fascinating and it is advised not to swim in the sea as the waves are strong here.
This is a picnic spot loved by the travelers who enjoy boating. The river flows from the Sahyadri range and is surrounded by different plantations with making the boat ride memorable.
At a distance of 7 km from the city, lies a large freshwater lake in Kerala with its water as clear that it looks almost transparent.
This was once a summer retreat palace of king Sri. Ramavarma Thampuran. The castle also is known as Napier Museum is now a 5-star luxury resort. It remains as a perfect example of Kerala’s architectural brilliance.
Kovalam art gallery which is locally known as Sree Chithra art gallery is a paradise for art and painting lovers. Ancient, traditional and paintings by most of the famous artists are displayed here.
As the name means it is a big port with a length of 214 m, with a view of Malabar Coast and the Arabian Sea. You can spend some time relaxing and walking through the place.
The Dam, which is formed as a lake has turned into a tourist attraction place. You can go for boating in the Dam. The forest surrounding the lake is home to various wild animals, including elephants, deer, and bears.
Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple
It is an 18th-century temple, cut on a rock. If you’re religious, or interested in the history of Kerala, you should visit this place.
Things Not To Miss
The most famous beach of Kovalam which is the Lighthouse beach, has arranged various water sports for the adventure enthusiasts. You can engage in paragliding, swimming, surfing, parasailing along with enjoying the beautiful sunrise and sunset.
When you get tired after a long sports time on the beach, or if you are not interested in energy draining sports activities, just take a stroll through the beach and a refreshing sunbath.
Kovalam offers you the facilities for kayaking, Canoe riding and houseboat cruises in its backwaters depending on the season.
Best Time to Visit
Winter (November- February)This time the temperature is cool and perfect for beach sports and a long walk. There is no other time best for honeymoon couples to visit Kovalam.
Summer (March-May) summer’s in the beach are considerably hot and exhausting. The cool wind from the sea will soothe you from while to while. If you are not used with high temperatures, you should avoid this season.
Monsoon (June- September) The June and September are ideal for a Kovalam tour for the ones who love light monsoon showers. For the couples who think raining is romantic, this is a good time for a honeymoon trip.
How To Reach
Air Kovalam is just 20 km away from the Trivandrum International Airport. And in a Taxi or bus, you can reach your destination in no time.
Train In a 16 km distance from Kovalam there is the Trivandrum Central Railway station from where you can hire a taxi or catch a bus to your destination.
Road This tourist destination has a good connectivity from all major cities of Kerala. You can easily get a cab, private or a state transport bus to reach Kovalam.