Kovalam Tourism, Kerala
Here's a rejuvenating retreat amidst the crescent shaped beaches & swaying palms
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Best time to visit
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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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Places To Visit In Kovalam
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Lighthouse Beach In Kovalam
Lighthouse beach in Kerala is a beautiful sandy beach with a lighthouse. In a state that offers so much to travelers like dense forests, picturesque hill stations, lush green plantations, and serene backwaters, the hawa beach in Kovalam is a breath of fresh air. Tourists and locals alike flock to the lighthouse beach koval...
- Ideal for friends
- Ideal for families
Samudra Beach In Kovalam
Kovalam is Kerala’s prime location for tourists to enjoy beaches. There is an abundance of beaches in this tiny surf town, each one of them as beautiful as the last. Along with them all being aesthetically pleasing, each beach also has something unique to offer those visiting it. Samudra beach is no exception to this with i...
- Beach Walk
- Ideal for friends
- Family Trip
Hawa Beach In Kovalam
Kovalam is a tiny beach town in the beautiful state of Kerala, often called God’s Own Country. The most well known beach in Kovalam may be the Lighthouse beach but the most beautiful beach is Hawa beach. Hawa Beach in Kovalam is one of the most well known tourist spots in Kovalam, and is also the state’s primary destination...
- Beach Walk
- Water Sports
- Beach Tour
- Adventure Activities
- Beach Holiday
Karmana River In Kovalam
The Karamana river area in Kovalam plays host to a number of activities for visitors to indulge in. The Thiruvallam boat club on the banks of the river offers a number of options from boat cruises down the river to canoeing and kayaking on the river. The banks of the Karamana river are beautifully green with plants and tre...
- Ideal for families
Halcyon Castle In Kovalam
Halcyon Castle, Kovalam also referred to as the Kovalam Palace more often than not by the locals, is a castle converted into a deluxe hotel in Kovalam. One of the few attractions apart from the beaches in this quaint little beach town, Halcyon castle is an imposing structure with a very strong, colonial flavour to the arch...
- Historical Sites
- Beautiful scenery
- Scenic views
Things To Do In Kovalam
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Water Sports in Kovalam
If you are an adventure junkie, then visit Kovalam - a coastal town where there is an abundance of water sports to let you engage in. While going to a coastal town, one always looks forward to several activities such as water sports in Kovalam. So, let the adventurer in you indulge in water sports in Kovalam for a thrillin...
- Water Sports
Wooden Boat Ride in Kovalam
Wooden boat rides in Kovalam are a common activity and it is what people visualize when they think about Kerala. There are pictures of families sitting in a wooden boat, somewhere amidst the serene backwaters of Kovalam on all websites. Wooden boat rides are extremely popular and almost every tourist goes on this ride. It i...
Snorkeling In Kovalam
Snorkeling in Kovalam is an activity which is best experienced during the months when the sea is calm; these months are from December to March. The best thing about this experience is that you do not need to be so worried about the dangers of the sea. The professionals ensure that everything proceeds smoothly and there is n...
- Undersea Walk
How To Reach Kovalam
Read about the best & quickest routes to save time & money, as suggested by our travelers
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Why is Kovalam beach famous?
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.
Why is Kovalam sand black?
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.
What can I buy in Kovalam?
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.
How many beaches are there in Kovalam?
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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