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Things To Do 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 time to visit:

Sep - Feb



Ideal Duration:

4-5 Days

Ideal for families Ideal for Couples Backwaters

Top Things To Do In Kovalam

Your list of the best things to do, compiled on the basis of actual traveler experiences

Going to a coastal town, one always looks forward to several activities. Things to do in Kovalam can range from thrilling water sports to a relaxing yoga session. The plethora of activities in Kovalam will leave you surprised. With the number of beaches in Kovalam, you can always choose to go for a swim on a pleasant day. Thereafter, you can plan what to do in Kovalam based on your own liking.

Water sports like surfing on the wild waters surrounding the beaches. You can learn how to surf and paddle board in one day under guidance from a professional at the Kovalam Surf Club. It is cheap and affordable, and will surely be your money’s worth. Other water sports are parasailing, boat sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and water skiing.

Sometimes, the fishermen at some beaches will take you on their boats to observe the sunset in the evening. You can also go see the artificial off-shore coral reef at the Lighthouse Beach and just sit there to admire the beauty. However, there are so many other things to do in Kovalam that you will have to prioritize. You can also sunbathe or just simply sit down for a picnic at the beach. The Lighthouse Beach, the Hawa Beach and the Samudra Beach are the three most visited beaches in Kovalam.

Sightseeing is one of the activities that any tourist would want to do. You can go visit the Halcyon Castle, which was earlier a castle but now has been converted into a 5-star resort. You can also spend the night there and avail the opportunity to live with grandeur for one night or maybe more if you really like the experience. If you are religiously inclined, visiting the temples, churches and mosques can another be another thing to do in Kovalam. Some famous places of worship are Thiruvallam Parasurma Temple, Kovalam Jama Masjid, and Analothbhava Matha Church.


Get that adrenaline rush by snorkeling on the Kovalam beaches.
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Water Sports in Kovalam

Kovalam is a coastal town where there is an abundance of water sports that you can engage in. Going to a coastal town, one always looks forward to several activities such as water sports in Kovalam.  The water sports in Kovalam are a thrilling adventure. With the number of beaches in Kovalam, you can always choose to go f...

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Boating is one of the fun activities to enjoy in Kovalam
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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...

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 Explore life underwater while enjoying snorkeling in Kovalam
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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...

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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.

Top Things To Do In Kovalam

Dine in the best of the restaurants and eateries in Kovalam. Pamper yourself with the indigenous cuisine. This includes seafood by the beach. German Bakery is a famous bakery where you can find delicious European food, besides the local cuisine.

Kovalam’s visit will be incomplete without meeting the locals. You can do this by going to the Vizhinjam Village. Here the locals are very welcoming and you can get to know about their lifestyle. One of the best things about Kovalam is that there are several Ayurvedic retreats there. You can devote your time to relaxing and unwinding by enrolling in yoga classes. The Soji Yoga day classes are an example of those. They are a great pastime activity and can also help you to develop a healthy being. You can also get a massage at these retreats and feel revitalized.

Boating in the backwaters of Kovalam is an enriching experience because of the beauty of the surroundings and also because you will be sailing across the calm waters. Now the shopping aspect of Kovalam isn’t something that should be forgotten. Handicrafts and authentic seashells available only in Kovalam will always remind you of your wonderful time in Kovalam. If you are willing to explore, Kovalam will not disappoint you at all.