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Kovalam Tourism, Kerala

Here's a rejuvenating retreat amidst the crescent shaped beaches & swaying palms

Tourism in Kovalam

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Best time to visit
Sep - Feb
Ideal Duration
4-5 Days
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  • Ideal for families
  • Ideal for Couples
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About Kovalam Tourism

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 is all about its beaches and exquisite monuments. In fact, tourists often find themselves getting hypnotized by its beauty. Not only 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 best points of interest.

Being close to Thiruvananthapuram, which is the capital of Kerala, it is 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.

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 are celebrated there, you will be overwhelmed by the diversity in this town and the harmony that surrounds people. Here, one can also get a chance to enjoy water sports and shopping. Though, there isn’t much of a nightlife in Kovalam, but there are some splendid places to sit and watch the sun go down.

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.

Top Beaches in Kovalam

Being one of the best places for people who are in quest of tranquility, leisure and sun bathing, Kovalam is famed as an international beach destination among tourists.

Head to the crescent shaped Kovalam Beach for plenty of activities, including sunbathing, body massages, swimming, and to attend some cultural programs. While, cherish the picturesque beauty and verdant environs along the coastline of Pozhikkara Beach. Vizhinjam Beach, Hawa Beach and Chowara Beach are best places to indulge in fishing. Other than that, one can always visit Grove Beach, Lighthouse Beach and more for some breathtaking views.

Ayurvedic Massages in Kovalam

Some of the main attractions for tourism in Kovalam, besides the beaches, are the ayurvedic and yoga retreats. On an excursion to Kovalam, one can make a visit to a few of the best ayurvedic massage centres, like: Divya The Health Spa, Amritha Ayurvedic Centre, and more. A perfect place to connect with oneself and nature, a visit to these therapeutic centres is truly an enriching experience.

Honeymoon in Kovalam

A perfect mix of misty hills, dreamy beaches, and luxury honeymoon resorts, Kovalam is really a treat for newlyweds. Being a coastal town in the Arabian Sea, one can visit to Kovalam for honeymoon during the months of winter.

Choose to savour some peaceful moments with your love partner along the Lighthouse Beach- famous for the blue waters and swaying palms, Kovalam Beach- for its sublime beauty and mesmerizing sunset views, Vellayani Lake for tranquility, and the list goes on.  

Water Sports in Kovalam

Crammed with a bounty of splendid beaches, Kovalam let tourists enjoy some adventure activities, besides breathtaking views and blissful moments to cherish. Here is a chance to let your heart pound and satiate that inherent adrenaline junkie in you while partaking in activities like: parasailing, windsurfing, snorkelling, and whatnot!

Nightlife in Kovalam

The spellbinding town of Kovalam has got some hip and swanky nightclubs and bars where you can enjoy the electrifying nightlife. The most popular places are The Sky Bar in Leela Kempinski, Neera Bar in the Taj, and The Bar. Get grooving to the best music and a great atmosphere with a variety of drinks. Get pampered with delicious and delectable food. Loosen yourself and surrender to the soothing and soft music with drinks and lip-smacking food. The nightlife in Kovalam is not a showy affair rather it is subtle and easy-going. So, visit Kovalam and enjoy the subtlety of the place with a great and cozy ambiance. 

Places to Eat in Kovalam

Brimming with plethora of cafes and restaurants, an excursion to this place is meant to treat your taste buds to scrumptious cuisines, like: Puttu, Kappa, Karimeen, and some other famous food in Kovalam. Take our recommendation, and visit famous places, such as German Bakery and Waves Restaurant, Suprabhatam, Malabar Cafe and more which serve a range of South Indian and European dishes that are mouth-watering.  

Places to Stay in Kovalam

No excursion can be best enjoyed had the accommodation offered monotonous views and lacked basic facilities. So, go through our recommendation list, and try to book a stay in places like: Poovar Island Resort, The Leela Kovalam Beach, Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Resort, or any other resort located near Kovalam.  

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.

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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, you must take a flight to the Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram, which is the nearest airport to Kovalam. The airport is just about twelve kilometers away from mainland Kovalam. From Chennai, it will take you an hour to reach Kovalam, from Bangalore too, it takes about just an hour and from Mumbai, it takes about two hours and 10 minutes.

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 Kovalam. The Station is just fifteen kilometers away from Kovalam, so it will take you about half an hour to forty minutes (depending on the traffic) to reach the main city. This Station has trains plying from all major cities in India, which makes it easier for a person to reach the beautiful city of Kovalam. There are direct trains to Trivandrum Railway Station from cities like Bombay (almost 18 hours), Chennai (11 hours), and Bangalore (16 hours). For those wondering how to reach Kovalam, the duration via train may seem long, but it is an inexpensive mode of transport.

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 solo trip can really make one retrospect on their lives while simultaneously enjoying the landscape. You can always rent a car to reach Kovalam from nearby places. Some companies even offer cab services, but those may not always be a good option to opt for. It will surely feel more independent to rent a car and have the freedom of taking it anywhere you want. There is no binding in that but on the other hand, you can save up on other costs such as those of a taxi or buses within Kovalam.

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    Vijay Vuyyuri

    Hyderabad

    Vijay's 5 days trip to Kovalam

    Mr. Vikas is always available over phone throughout our trip in spite of poor network Local partner is not upto the mark... As this is our first trip with tours & travels I would like to highlight few points Places visited during our trip: Cochin-Guruvayur-Munnar-Alleppey-Cochin No .of days: 5 days-4 Nights Pros - In current COVID-19 scenario, its safe to travel by your own private cab - Helps you to cover more places* ( *Note: Driver should be also on same page with you for this) - Able to halt at few places on route for capturing the scenic views of location - You always have a person who is familiar with routes, language and places - We even covered few tourist activities which we might have missed if we go without tours & travels Cons - The Driver is not so rigid, so we not able to cover places based on itinerary shared. - We had spent addition money for autos, bike rentals as we the driver is rigid to take us around the city and we want to explore more in available time. Overall Rating: Tours & travels: 3/5 Local partner (driver): 2.5/5 coverage based on itinerary: 3/5 Value for money: 3/5

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    Gaurav Agrawal

    Hyderabad

    Gaurav's 6 days trip to Kovalam

    Dear Kerala Expedition, Cab and driver were very good. satisfied with the selection of hotels at munnar and Thekkady. Houseboat at Alepuza were good. Arrangements was good. Thanks kerala expedition for Amazing trip. Regards, Gaurav Agrawal Dear Kerala Expedition, Cab and driver were very good. satisfied with the selection of hotels at munnar and Thekkady. Houseboat at Alepuza were good. Arrangements was good. Thanks kerala expedition for Amazing trip. Regards, Gaurav Agrawal

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    Nithin Nithu

    Panoor

    Nithin's 6 days trip to Kovalam

    Hotel booking and vouchers were good and Comfort destination did a great work.

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    Ravimbm

    Delhi

    Ravimbm's 7 days trip to Kovalam

    overall good experience expect cab driver response.

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    Mani Mozhi Vetrivel

    Vellore

    Mani's 4 days trip to Kovalam

    It was a good experience this 2020 . Whatever the word made was kept by them in time managing . Allepey resort

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    Sunandu Kumar

    Hyderabad

    Sunandu's 6 days trip to Kovalam

    The trip was fantastic and the Arha holidays traveller caring like family and their arrangements also good what we expected the same they arranged This is first time stay at Kerala tree house it's awesome experience New couple should feel the experience

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    Chetan Aladi

    Bengaluru

    Chetan's 3 days trip to Kovalam

    . Munnar was good. Activities like kathakali etc. were interesting to watch.

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    Chandra Kant

    Pune

    Chandra's 5 days trip to Kovalam

    Thank you Travel Unbounded and Travel triangle for arranging the Trip. Travel unbounded is very professionalise and stick to the commitments. Thank you for managing the trip and everything so well and making it memorable. Will love to plan more in future.

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    Ranjeet Singh

    Delhi

    Ranjeet's 6 days trip to Kovalam

    Hi Dawn, The Honeymoon trip was amazing! The travel was very beautiful. The hotel was beautiful. Everyone there was so friendly. Kovalam beach and boat house were absolutely amazing! The best time we had on Kovalam and house boat.mhmmar is very beautiful and full of greenery wonderland tea museum all were so good It was awesome. We liked that one the best. We will definilty be using you in the future. We would love to do another trip in a year for our one year anniversary, just don;t know where yet! :) Thanks for all your traveling tips and suggestions. We felt very safe and it was very nice. Jungle saffari In thekkady , mattupatty dam and most beautiful house boat in Kerala backwaters Marari beach more peaceful than Kovalam

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    SHIVANGI BHATTACHARYA

    Lucknow

    Shivangi's 4 days trip to Kovalam

    Trip was awesome no doubt we've enjoyed it alot. Still wants to share some hotel trip experience -: 1-The first hotel wasn't satisfied (Dew Drops) at Munnar. As we want a hotel/resort with tea garden view/farm view but the hotel isn't that promising much. There is a damp smell in the room,food isn't that much good,water problem is there, even some of the staff aren't helpful too. 2- The second hotel ( Arcadia Regency)at Alleppey is quite good. As it is in the main city, food was okay but prices is little bit Higher,room is also good. 3- The cab driver which is provide by your end Mr.Abu,he is quite good, helpful and cooperative too,he didn't speak hindi but yes he do understand hindi. 4-The boat riding at Alleppey was Higher, we didn't expect that much. 5- We have done the Jeep Safari as well,that was not in the trIp still we did it. In total we ignored some things which was not expected and enjoyed our trip.

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    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.

    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.

    The Kovalam Beach is famous for pristine surroundings consisting of soft sand, clear waters, and fringed palms. The beach is also known to have low tidal waves which makes it perfect for swimming. The beach is also known for spellbinding sunsets. 

     

    The color of the sand in Kovalam is black due to the existence of Ilmenite and Monazite. Also due to the black color, the sand heats up quickly and making it difficult to walk on the beach on a sunny day.

     

    The popular things one can buy from Kovalam are books, sarongs, spices such as saffron, cardamom, coriander, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Other things to buy are Tibetan handicrafts, shells, local handlooms, and handicrafts. 

     

    The famous beaches in Kovalam are Kovalam Beach, Pozhikkara Beach, Vizhinjam Beach, Samudra Beach, Ashoka Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Hawa Beach, Grove Beach, and Shanghumukham Beach. 

     

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