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Essential Information About Kovalam

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

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  • Backwaters

Kovalam Tourist Information

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Kovalam is a beautiful and peaceful town in Kerala.Tourism in Kovalam has increased considerably over the years as people find that it is a place for relaxation. You can come here for a solo as well as a family trip. Kovalam tourism is boosting as the place offers great facilities in terms of transportation, sightseeing, adventure-filled activities, and much more.

Swimming, sunbathing, beach and water sports, herbal and ayurvedic body massages etc. are some things that you should definitely try when touring in Kovalam. It is just 16 kilometers away from the capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram. It is not a hassle getting to the capital from Kovalam. This city has some specialties that you should know about, hence, here are some facts about Kovalam. Besides all this, Kovalam is world famous for its backwaters and many tourists take advantage of that by going surfing there.

Stay in Kovalam:

Kovalam is famous for its crescent shaped beaches. Along these beaches, there are many cottages and other sorts of accommodations available for tourists. There are Ayurvedic health resorts, budget cottages, and small hotels. You can even opt to stay in a 5-star hotel in Kovalam. The best time to visit Kovalam is from September to March, so if you want to avoid the high prices, you can go during the off season. Pre-booking hotels will save you a lot of money, so it is advisable to do that. However, on spot booking for a night is also possible. In Kovalam, you can even opt for homestays during which you will have the privilege of staying with a local family.

Food in Kovalam:

Kovalam offers a variety of cuisine. The food at restaurants ranges from continental to authentic South Indian. We would advise you to try out puttu. It is a breakfast dish and is very common in Kovalam. Its ingredients include rice or wheat with grated coconut. Appam is another popular dish there. It is usually served with meat and other non-vegetarian dishes. Kappa is a spicy but a unique dish. It is a herb that is garnished and cooked to create an exquisite dish. You will often be served your food on clean palm leaves. Seafood is found in abundance in the south. You will, however, be able to taste plenty of South India spices in your food.

Language and Festivals in Kovalam:

People in Kovalam converse mainly in Malayalam which is their mother tongue. English is also widely spoken in the city. The Kovalites are generous and welcoming people. Do not hesitate to pass a smile to a local, they will reciprocate.

People in Kovalam like to celebrate their festivals with grandeur and pompousness. The Elephant Race is a popular festival celebrated in the month of January. Elephants can be seen marching the streets of Kovalam. The Kerala Village Festival is a 10-day long celebration in a village near Kovalam, where the locals display their music and folk dances with great enthusiasm.

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    Sanchita Ghosh

    Sakore nagar

    Sanchita's 6 days trip to Kerala

    Quality of hotel and food at Kovalam was average. House boat at Alleppy and Spice Jungle Resort at Munnar were of very good quality. Driver Ruben, was a real star of this tour. Throughout tour he was disciplined, polite and professional.

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    Saurabhchikara

    Delhi

    Saurabhchikara's 7 days trip to Kerala

    Overall experience is great. Nice hotel and locations. A wonderful experience in kerala. The only thing i faced that is a doctor because my wife is suffering from UTI during last two of trip and i don't know any good doctor. Second in kovalam two separate bed is provided for us which is quite uncomfortable for us. Rest is ok I really enjoy and like munnar and varkala beach most.

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    Malaya Pradhan

    Cochin

    Malaya's 7 days trip to Kerala

    One of the best tour n travel .. driver is experienced and honest.. i have given 4 star to hotel because hotel given at kovalam is not upto mark...

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    Malaya Pradhan

    Cochin

    Malaya's 7 days trip to Kerala

    One of the best tour n travel .. driver is experienced and honest.. i have given 4 star to hotel because hotel given at kovalam is not upto mark...

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    Malaya Pradhan

    Cochin

    Malaya's 7 days trip to Kerala

    One of the best tour n travel .. driver is experienced and honest.. i have given 4 star to hotel because hotel given at kovalam is not upto mark...

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    Chetangowda

    Bengaluru

    Chetangowda's 4 days trip to Kerala

    Trip to Munnar and Kovalam was best in my view. Travel agent was excellent and cab driver was good too. Mr. Ranjan from Raisoone Travels, the travel agent always follow up with us regularly about the schedule. Special thanks to him. Entire ride was fabulous. We enjoy a lot of local Kerala food, loved banana pakoda too much. Overall Kerala is too beautiful, its really God's own country and you choose an expert to plan you trip, it will be like cherry on the cake..

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    Shikha Gupta

    Pune

    Shikha's 6 days trip to Kerala

    Hotels - Kovalam Hotel Ocean Bay was the bad experience. It was too unhygienic , unhygienic breakfast and washrooms , not good breakfast. Allepey Houseboat - House experience was worst. The only good part was our cook otherwise nothing was happening their. Firstly we were picked up late by 30 mins after waiting , cruise driver was so irresponsible he stopped the cruise at dot 5 PM and left for his home ,we hardly enjoyed cruise ride, TV was not working , washrooms were dirty, rooms were suffocating and stinking .In the morning we checked out early and have to pay auto charges on our own to have drop at the drivers pick up point as cruise driver was unavailable. Ideally drop should have been arranged by cruise team. As per the itinerary, we were supposed to have candle light dinner but no arrangements were done for it. We just spent one day their without any memories and enjoyment. Kochi, Munnar and Tekkady hotels were good and as per our expectations. We will rate them 4* as per the services and hospitality provided. Ocean Bay Resort will be rated as 2* and Butterfly Cruise which was arranged for us as 1*. Driver friendliness and proper guidance and support throughout the trip. He made our journey happening.

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    Amandeep Kaur

    New delhi

    Amandeep's 7 days trip to Kerala

    I had a wonderful experience in Kerala in terms of place , travels but just want to add one suggestion. Please book hotels more carefully even if package includes 3 star hotels but there were much better hotels in Kovalam and Thekkady which were 3-star on same price with a slight variation. Because I have faced little issue with hotels only specially in Kovalam that they had only 10% of things which were mentioned in their menu and food taste service was below average. Rest all of the hotels we're good and our driver was very cooperative and sweet. Also Jipson coordinated very well during travel whenever required. Only bad part was Kovalam stay, I am disappointed with that. Houseboat was an awesome experience for me. I loved the service by all of the 3 staff on houseboat, they were really cooperative and sweet. Had a great time in Munnar stay i.e. lake n hills resort - their staff is also good and food was awesome. Overall had a great time in Kerala. Will try to come again for sure

    AK

    Amandeep Kaur

    New delhi

    Amandeep's 7 days trip to Kerala

    I had a wonderful experience in Kerala in terms of place , travels but just want to add one suggestion. Please book hotels more carefully even if package includes 3 star hotels but there were much better hotels in Kovalam and Thekkady which were 3-star on same price with a slight variation. Because I have faced little issue with hotels only specially in Kovalam that they had only 10% of things which were mentioned in their menu and food taste service was below average. Rest all of the hotels we're good and our driver was very cooperative and sweet. Also Jipson coordinated very well during travel whenever required. Only bad part was Kovalam stay, I am disappointed with that. Houseboat was an awesome experience for me. I loved the service by all of the 3 staff on houseboat, they were really cooperative and sweet. Had a great time in Munnar stay i.e. lake n hills resort - their staff is also good and food was awesome. Overall had a great time in Kerala. Will try to come again for sure

    AK

    Amandeep Kaur

    New delhi

    Amandeep's 7 days trip to Kerala

    I had a wonderful experience in Kerala in terms of place , travels but just want to add one suggestion. Please book hotels more carefully even if package includes 3 star hotels but there were much better hotels in Kovalam and Thekkady which were 3-star on same price with a slight variation. Because I have faced little issue with hotels only specially in Kovalam that they had only 10% of things which were mentioned in their menu and food taste service was below average. Rest all of the hotels we're good and our driver was very cooperative and sweet. Also Jipson coordinated very well during travel whenever required. Only bad part was Kovalam stay, I am disappointed with that. Houseboat was an awesome experience for me. I loved the service by all of the 3 staff on houseboat, they were really cooperative and sweet. Had a great time in Munnar stay i.e. lake n hills resort - their staff is also good and food was awesome. Overall had a great time in Kerala. Will try to come again for sure

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    FAQ's of Kovalam

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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.

    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.

    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.

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

    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. 

     

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