Kovalam, once a peaceful fishing village is a famous resort town in Kerala today and also one of the most visited places in the state. Hotels and restaurants today adorn the crescent beaches of this town and what was once a calm town of beautiful beaches and tall palms, is today a hub for surfing, yoga, and Ayurveda. All three together attract quite a number of tourists to Kovalam in December, a resort town located 18 km south of the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram. Winter is the best time to visit the resort town and listed below are some things to do here. Have a look at what this charming seaside town has in store for you before you plan your New Year holiday!
Weather Of Kovalam In December
Winter is the best season to visit the state of Kerala and the town of Kovalam, and the season lasts from November to February, making December automatically a great time to explore the enthralling seaside town. The weather in Kovalam in December is relatively dry and it is easy for one to explore the place. The temperature in Kovalam in December ranges from 16 °C to 34 °C. Overall it is a good time to go beach hopping and surfing!
Things To Do In Kovalam In December
Kovalam has some beautiful beaches to explore on the western coastline of India. Have a look at some of these to visit in Kovalam in December.
1. Beach Hopping
Known for its crescent shaped beaches, Kovalam has some really beautiful beaches. The famous ones are Lighthouse beach, Hawah Beach, and Samudra beach which is also known as Grow beach. Go beach hopping and explore all these beaches on your trip to Kovalam in December. One can explore all these beaches on foot as they are quite close to one another or hire a bike or scooter and visit these beautiful beaches in Kovalam.
Beaches to visit: Lighthouse, Hawah, Samudra
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If adventure is your idea of a vacation, then Kovalam is one of the best places to enjoy surfing in India. The beaches in Kovalam are perfect places for one to go surfing. If one is a beginner then they can also take classes at Kovalam Surf Club. The instructors are both skilled and patient and it is fun to try surfing here which is both safe and adventurous. Also December is the perfect time to enjoy this thrilling water activity.
Where to try: Lighthouse Beach
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3. Eat At German Bakery
One might want to try local cuisine when in Kovalam, but it often happens that one does not find anything of their taste or preference, especially if one is a vegetarian. German Bakery which is a beachfront cafe is a great place at Lighthouse Beach which has a variety of cuisines. One can enjoy authentic food here, while there are some interesting vegetarian options too. And the best part is that one can enjoy clear views of the beautiful lighthouse and the beach from here. There is a small library kind of place too where one can find some interesting books in languages other than English as well. They also have ‘Sacred Games’ book in the house!
Location: Light House Beach Rd, Kovalam, Kerala 695527
Timings: 7.30am to 11.00pm
Must try items: Tuna sandwich and waffles
4. Visit Vizhinjam Lighthouse
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One of the most iconic structures in Kovalam is the Vizhinjam Lighthouse. This red and white lighthouse is also one of the Instagrammable structures here including the beautiful beaches of the town. The lighthouse began functioning in 1972 when it guided the water vessels and Vizhinjam was a busy seaport. One can visit this amazing lighthouse during their trip to Kovalam in December.
Location: Light house Junction, Near Kovalam, Vizhinjam Thiruvananthapuram Kovalam, Kerala
Timings: 10am to 12:45pm, 2 to 5:45pm (Monday closed)
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5. Stay At A Beachfront Hotel
Kovalam beach in December looks lovely and to have an amazing time in Kovalam one can choose to stay at a beachfront hotel. Leela in Kovalam is a great option too. With green environs, it has its own beach space. Wake up to beautiful views of the sea and enjoy breakfast by the sea. The best part of staying at a beachfront hotel in Kovalam is that one does not need to travel to get to the beach, as it is right there! One can find a lot of beachfront hotels and resorts in Kovalam according to their budget.
Where to stay: Leela Kovalam
6. Go On Scooty Rides
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One of the best things to do in Kovalam in December is to explore the town on a scooty. One can hire a scooty or bike for a minimal amount of INR 300 or 400 per day and have a great time exploring the town. One can ride to Trivandrum too, which is a close 18 km away from Kovalam. The palms on both sides of the roads make for amazing scooty rides here. The roads though are a bit steep here, so one needs to be a bit cautious. Avoid speeding at any time!
Price: INR 30 to 35/hour on weekdays and INR 40 to 50/hours on weekends
7. Get An Ayurvedic Massage
Though monsoon or rainy season is known as the best time to get an ayurvedic massage but no time is bad to get one anyway. So whenever you are visiting Kovalam head to a massage centre and enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating massage. There are different treatments and massages available at the centres. Choose the one that suits you the best and let your boy, mind, and soul relax.
Timings: Usually open on all days of the week
Price: INR 2000 to INR 2500
How To Reach Kovalam
Here is how one can reach Kovalam in Kerala.
By Air: The nearest airport is at Trivandrum which is at a distance of around 18 km from Kovalam. One can hire a private taxi or Uber from the airport to the town. They would charge around INR 400 to 500 minimum. A better option is to hire an auto which one can find right outside the airport. Autos usually charge INR 200 – INR 250 to go to Kovalam from Trivandrum. Alternatively one can also take a flight to Kochi and further take a cab to reach Kovalam.
By Road: Kovalam is well connected to other cities of Kerala by roads and one can hire a taxi from other major cities or take the local bus to reach Kovalam.
These were few of the things that one can enjoy in Kovalam in December. Book a trip to Kerala this December with TravelTriangle and have a great time exploring the charming seaside town of Kovalam! Have a great vacay!
Frequently Asked Questions About Kovalam In December
A. If you are planning to visit Kovalam, December is a great time to do so as you can enjoy a pleasant climate and ideal for various beach activities and sightseeing.
A. Here are a few of the things to do in Kovalam in December
1. Spend a night in the houseboat
5. Jet skiing
7. Enjoy a relaxing Ayurvedic massage
A. The weather in Kovalam is quite dry and pleasant during December and varies between 16 °C and 34 °C. Cooling sea breezes make it even cozier.
A. Kovalam experiences a tropical climate and does not receive any snowfall.
A. As Kovalam has a mild cold during winters, a thin jacket with full-sleeved trousers, t-shirts, a sweater or a pullover would be quite sufficient to keep you comfortable during the day. Evenings can be a bit cold so a windcheater could be quite handy for outdoor excursions at night. For water activities, make sure you pack a set of waterproof jackets and trousers as well.
A. Yes, Kovalam beach is quite safe. The locals here ensure a safe and comfortable environment for visitors. However, there are chances of higher tides at the beach and it is advised to check the weather forecast before heading to your destination.
A. Kovalam has three beautiful beaches that are separated by rocky cliffs. These beaches are:
1. Lighthouse Beach
2. Hawah Beach
3. Samudra Beach
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