With amazing beaches which make Kovalam a paradise city in Thiruvananthapuram, one is sure to feel the essence of purity here. A city not discovered by many, one can witness the four beaches including the Samudra Beach, Kovalam Beach, Hawa Beach and the Light House Beach. These beaches are separated from each other by rocks. Tourists come here to enjoy the ayurvedic massages and stay at the yoga resorts. Rejuvenate yourself with herbal body toning and meditation. One can also indulge in shopping and buy the local handicrafts and spices. This city must definitely be explored as it has a lot more to offer to its tourists.
Places To SeeAnalothbhava Matha Church
This ancient church is located along the coast of a fishing village near Kovalam. Set amidst dense forests, it is only 6 km away from the Kovalam beaches and offers stunning view of the area. A short walk leads you to the white sand beaches and small villages where fishing is the only means of livelihood. Tip
: The best time to visit is during the monsoons when the church has a fairytale-like quality about it. Chowara
This fishing village is just six kilometers away from the Kovalam Beach, on the southern side of Vizhinjam. It is famous for its pristine white sand beaches that stretch for many kilometers. One can also elope to the nearby Azhimalathura Beach which is again a long scenic stretch. The village is also a home to the famous Ayyappa temple that is built on the top of a hill. Tip
: You can rent gearless scooters and also explore the nearby villages. Halcyon Castle
The castle was designed and constructed by M. R. Rv Sri Rama Varma, the consort of Her Royal Highness the Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi in 1932. It acted as a beach resort for the entire royal family. In 1964, the palace was sold by the royal family to the Government of Kerala. Today, the palace is the only deluxe and luxury hotel of its kind in the entire area. The Leela Group of Hotels now run the place as a 5 star hotel. Vizhinjam Rock Cut Caves
These caves are located about 17 km away from Thiruvananthapuram in the village of Vizhinjam. They consist of sculptures cut from the rocks, prominent among them being the sculptures from the eighteenth century. The cave temple incorporates a sculpture of Vinandhra Dakshinamurthi, which has been carved from a single rock. Tip
: The temple is open for visitors between 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. On Mondays the temple remains closed. Aruvikkara
Located only 15 km from Thiruvananthapuram, the village attracts those who wish to rejuvenate in the lap of nature. The river Karamana flows through it. There is also a reservoir and garden where you can take in the fresh air and enjoy some family time. There is a temple of Goddess Durga with a small stream running at the entrance. The Aruvikara dam is also located here.
Things To DoThe Hawah Beach
The beach is also referred to as the Eve’s Beach. It is given this name because the European women used to bathe topless here till some time ago. However, this is now banned. The beach is especially magical at night when the moon casts its spell on the water and sand. Tip
: Visit the beach if you wish to be away from the crowds of the Lighthouse Beach. The Lighthouse Beach
The beach is located at the southernmost tip of the Kovalam coastline. It enjoys great tourist attention because of its proximity to the town. In the days of yore, the hillock next to the beach had a lighthouse, called the Vizhinjam Lighthouse. The beach gets its name from the lighthouse. The lighthouse is still functional and at night, its flashing beam lights up the beach. The clear waters remain warm even in January. The Vellayani Lake
The lake flows through the district of Thiruvananthapuram and is the largest fresh water lake of the district. It is also referred to as ‘Vellayani Kayal’ by the locals. The lake is a great picnic spot and is at a distance of only 9 km from the main bus station of Thiruvananthapuram. Tip
: If you are visiting Kovalam during Onam, you can witness boat races that take place on the lake. The Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium
Located in Thiruvananthapuram, this aquarium houses an impressive collection of marine life. You will find some delightful sea creatures like moon wrasses, crabs, clownfish, lionfish, giant turtles, triggerfish, surgeonfish, squirrelfish, butterfly fish, sharks as well as piranhas. The aquarium is also famous for its Image Pearl Production Technique. Using this technique, a mould, prepared from shell cement, is introduced into the pearl oyster. After a couple of months the pearl acquires the shape of the mould and is extracted from the oyster. If you have kids with you then this aquarium should be a ‘must visit’ on your agenda. Tip
: The aquarium is managed by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute or CMFRI and is open to public on all seven days from nine in the morning to six in the evening. Valiathura Pier
The famous pier is located in the suburbs of Thiruvananthapuram. It takes its name from the suburb Valiathura where it is located. It is the only port in Kerala along the South Coast. However, Valiathura lost its prominence when Kochi became the hub of all maritime activity. Today, the place is only a fishing village but its old-world charm remains, which makes the visitors nostalgic. Tip
: Visitors are not allowed to visit the pier because of safety reasons.