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Tourism in Kovalam, Kerala

A full-fledged guide to help you enjoy a rejuvenating retreat at the city of crescent shaped beaches, blue aquamarine waters & swaying palms
Kovalam Tourism

Rated 4.1/5 (based on 7481 reviews)

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Best time to visit:

Sep - Feb



Ideal Duration:

4-5 Days

Ideal for families Ideal for Couples Backwaters

Kovalam Tourism Guide

A detailed guide to the 'Paradise of the South' based on real traveler experiences

Kovalam is a coastal town, which is known as the ‘Paradise of the South’. Kovalam tourism and all well-planned Kovalam tour packages are all about its beaches and exquisite monuments. In fact, tourists often find themselves getting hypnotized by its beauty. Not only the tourists but also people from around Kovalam go there to rejuvenate themselves. It is especially known for its crescent-shaped beaches, namely the Hawa Beach, the Lighthouse Beach and the Samudra Beach, which are only some of the Kovalam India points of interest. It is located close to Thiruvananthapuram, which is the capital of Kerala. It would be easily accessible to those traversing by sea as it is located on the southwest coast of India facing the Arabian Sea, which explains the abundant number of beaches. All the beaches are lined with coconut and palm trees. One can also enjoy water sports in Kovalam. In fact, when here, make sure to enjoy some shopping in Kovalam as well. There isn’t much of a nightlife in Kovalam, but there are some splendid places to sit and watch the sun go down.

Tourism in Kovalam is growing at a fast pace, with more and more people going there every year. The rich culture and the way some of the festivals there are celebrated are matters of interest to people. You will be overwhelmed by the diversity they see in this town and the harmony that surrounds the people.

A place bustling with activity, Kovalam will never make you feel lonely. Kovalam tourism is boosted during the months from November to February. That is the best time to visit Kovalam. You do not particularly need a guide there, as all the places are easily accessible and people extremely approachable. Kovalam travel guides are available on the internet, so you prepare one on your own too. When making you itinerary, make sure to include all places to visit in Kovalam and Poovar.


How To Reach Kovalam

Read about the best & quickest routes to save time & money, as suggested by our travelers

By Air

A lot of people prefer traveling by air as it feels more hassle-free and less time-consuming. Car, train or bus journeys can get really tiring, rendering one without energy for the whole day. When you have to reach Kovalam by air,...

By Train

On how to reach Kovalam by train, here are some tips that will act as a guide for you. The railway station that is the closest to Kovalam is the Trivandrum Central Railway Station. From there, you can take a cab or hop on a bus to...

By Road

You can also reach Kovalam by bus or by driving on your own. You will be able to find buses from all nearby cities like Bangalore, Madurai, Chennai, and Nagercoil, to mention a few. A bus journey with friends, family, or even a so...

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FAQ's of Kovalam

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Where to stay in Kovalam?

Beaches being the major tourist attractions, Kovalam offers a number of beachside budget resorts which are preferred by tourists from all over the world. Moreover, the city does have plenty of hotels and guest houses as well.

How do I get to Kovalam?

Kovalam is about 16 km (20 minutes in a taxi) from Trivandrum which is the nearest railway station and airport to Kovalam. Both taxis and buses are available from there.

Where and what to eat while in Kovalam?

There are many restaurants along the beachfront at Lighthouse Beach. The days catch is usually laid in front of them in the evening for those who like fish. The specialty of the area is Chicken Fry. Fried chicken in a red masala paste with freshly cut chillis. Vegetable sambal, paratha (a richer version of roti), beef fry and fish fry are commonly available.

What all activities can be done in Kovalam?

Surfing, wooden boat rides and motor boat rides are some of the activities that can be done. Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes and catamaran cruising are also some of the activities people go for.

Where can I avail Ayurveda and Yoga in Kovalam?

Ayurveda and Yoga should probably be available at your place of stay itself. If not, there are a number of Ayurvedic and Yogic centres on and off the beach. Only go for centres recognised by the Department of Tourism.

Tourism in Kovalam

Some of the main attractions for tourism in Kovalam, besides the beaches, are the ayurvedic and yoga retreats. They help a person connect with oneself and nature. It is truly an enriching experience. The Velliyani lake in Kovalam is particularly famous for the being the venue of the world-renowned Onam festival. This festival is essentially about boat racing. The waters of this lake can be extremely calming and soothing to look at. Kovalam was once and still remains a haven for hippies and every year, there is an influx of backpackers from Europe and Israel. The number of visitors from European countries increased as the Halcyon Castle was built on the orders of Queen Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi, who entertained people from Europe. The Europeans discovered the underlying beauty of the town and thereafter, started visiting it more often. They come in search of a new culture and heritage.