Located 16 km away from the state capital Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), Kovalam is awesomely beautiful and a haven of serenity. It's a pleasant tourist spot in 'God's Own Country'. It's a magnificent beach supported by sharply mounting headlands and enclosed by fertile coconut palms. Placed snugly in the southern part of Kerala, Kovalam has created its presence fingered on the worldwide tourist map, due to its clean and bizarre beaches lined with glittering sand and tall light houses. The privy coves, sun kissed beaches, and the coastal towns of Kovalam enliven with its freshening up nature and the pristine atmosphere. It's divided into two main beaches namely the Eve's beach and the Lighthouse beach. It offers the best facilities to its beach lovers like swimming, Ayurvedic massages, sunbathing, and many other options.
The history and culture of this place are rooted in countryside that captivates large number of tourists to sightsee and revel in its mystical charm. The staggering blue waters of the Arabian Sea and the rocky headlands, makes this beautiful beach paradise. Honeymoon couples and beach lovers extremely love this beach as it offers romantic moments all along with plenty of activities for adventure and fun. You can feel the pleasure of boat sail with your loved ones and discover the popular sights all around the beach. For the one looking for a fun adventure, Kovalam is the perfect holiday destination to hang up one's boots. The romantic and natural ambience of this beach not only adds spirit and lustre, but also makes the journey of life fascinating and memorable. So, come here and rejuvenate yourself and feel refreshed once again. Sunset of Kovalam is really heart-taking anuone could fall for it.
In Kerala, whether you want to focus on knowing the rich culture, spend time in the wildlife or serene nature, stay at a luxury private retreat or resorts or take spa & ayurvedic treatments, every experience will give you the joy of connectedness with the nature.
Bliss of the Kerala can be enjoyed at the backwaters and at the beaches. Names of some of the beaches are Kovalam, Varkala, Fort Kochi, Kappad and Bekal.
Kovalam Beach is a great option if you are looking for a beach vacation at Kerala. Located about 16 - 17 Km from Thiruvananthapuram it is the famous traveler spot in South India.
Many specialties of this place have made it a favorite tourist destination. The word Kovalam also stands for "groove of coconut trees". The place is also called as "paradise of South India". Well known for its beauty it is also renowned for spa and Ayurvedic treatment services in the hotels and private resorts. One of the attractions is its beautiful sunset. Every sunset experience is new and different. The photographers from all around the world are drawn to capture the amazing view of sunset.
Kovalam has three beautiful adjacent crescent beaches which makes diverse activities possible such as swimming, sunbathing, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programs, Catamaran cruising etc.
The three beaches of Kovalam-
1. Lighthouse Beach- The largest beach and is situated southernmost. A lighthouse of British era is situated at this beach so the name.
2. Hawah Beach - This is situated in the middle part of beach and famous for calm bay of blue waters. This is in a semi circular shape. It is a place for fun filled family vacations.
3. Samudra beach - Northern most part of the Kovalam beach. This is a quiet beach and ideal for sunbathing and lazing out.
The facilities for tourists are managed very well. There are many private luxury beach resorts in and around Kovalam. They provide 5 star luxury accommodations, elegant sea view rooms, Ayurveda wellness therapies, Yoga, martial arts etc.
Some of the main attractions in and around Kovalam are -
Karamana River and Boating - Twelve kilometers from Kovalam, this river offers spectacular views of backwaters and greenery. The Thiruvallam boat club on the bank of this river offers cruises, kayaking, canoe rides and houseboat cruises.
Vellayani Lake - This freshwater lake looks enchanting during the moonlight. World famous annual boat race during Onam festival gets organized here.
Valiyathura Pier - It literally means "Big Fort" and presents excellent views of setting sun.
Edakallu - Popular sunset viewing point between Lighthouse & Hawah beaches.
Kovalam Art Gallery - The famous Kovalam art Gallery displays artifacts, paintings and artworks of ancient Indian culture. Art lovers from around the world visit here.
Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple - This temple has rock cut sculptures of 18th century. Incomplete sculptures of Lord Shiva and Parvathy are major attractions of this temple.
Aruvikkara Dam - Located at ten kilometers from Kovalam, it is one of the famous picnic spots.
With such diverse options of exploring Kovalam, without any doubt your visit will be a blessed experience.