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Places To Visit In Kovalam

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

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Best Places To Visit In Kovalam

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In spite of its small size, there are plenty of places to visit in Kovalam. It offers alluring views and is one of the must-visit places in Kerala. There are plenty of tourist spots in Kovalam, which will treat the eyes of every traveler.

The most celebrated and well-known tourist place in Kovalam is the Lighthouse Beach. It has a mesmerizing view and an abundance of things to offer. Many a time, tourists end up revisiting this beach area because of the wholesome experience that it offers. Not only can you engage in water sports like swimming and surfing, you can also play sports like volleyball and football on the beach. People can be seen all around the beach sunbathing or feasting their eyes to the impeccable view around. Food stalls, which offer mouth-watering sea food, are lined up on the beach. After a good swim, you can enjoy an appetizing meal here.

When it comes to beaches and places to see in Kovalam, the Hawa Beach is not far behind. It is quieter in comparison to the Lighthouse beach, but the views are almost just as beautiful. The shores are lined up with numerous trees and the water, running up to the beach, looks serene and calming. The fishermen around that area are generous enough to offer short rides in their boats for those who wish to enjoy the sunset or the sunrise. This beach is definitely worth a visit.

A third beach which is often talked about besides the Lighthouse Beach and the Hawa Beach, is the Samudra beach. These three beaches combined form the Kovalam Beach. If you still want to quench your desire for beaches, there’s the Chowara Beach and the Shanghumukham Beach that you can add to you list of places to visit in Kovalam. There is also a resort, which is very close to the beach and offers ayurvedic healing.


The incredible lighthouse beach in Kovalam
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Lighthouse Beach In Kovalam


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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 ...

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Visit The Samudra Beach In kovalam
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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...

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Enjoy the sun, surf and sand at Hawah Beach
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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 beachHawa Beach in Kovalam is one of the most well known tourist spots in Kovalam, and is also the state’s primary destination...

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Karmana River In Kovalam
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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...

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Admire the architectural marvel of Halcyon Castle in Kovalam
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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...

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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.

Best Places To Visit In Kovalam

The Velli Tourist Village, seems from its name, that it is an ideal location for the tourists. It is located close to the airport, which makes it easily accessible and often one of the first few places that one visits during their trip. It is a famous picnic spot, so pack your lunches and spend a few hours connecting with nature in this Village. The famous backwaters of Kovalam, that is, Karamana River must also be visited.

Some well-known dams are Arruvikara and the Neyyar Dams. The German Bakery in Kovalam is a place where you can go for some affordable and delicious breakfast before you set out on your day’s journey. The famous Onam festival in Kerala takes place on a lake called the Velliyali Lake, where during off seasons, you can experience the true beauty of the lake. If you have a penchant for history, you must visit the Padmanabhapuram Palace in Kovalam. It is located at the foot of Veli hills and looks grand from a distance. Imagine the delight of seeing it from up-close!

For those interested in art and culture, must visit Shri Chittra Art Gallery, and the Napier Art Museum and Gallery. You will find some exquisite art pieces there. For the devout Hindus, a visit to the Padmanabhaswamy Temple will prove to be extremely worthwhile. For animal lovers, there is The Zoological Park in Thiruvananthapuram, which is just forty minutes away from Kovalam. Sightseeing in Kovalam will take more than two days, so be sure to plan your visit to this beautiful place accordingly.