The Perfect Beach Destination
Kovalam is a beach town offering immense pleasure and excitement to its tourists. The town is located on the western coast of India, about 16 km from Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala. Kovalam means 'a grove of coconut trees'. A spate of coconut trees swirling on the rhythm of wind, the invincible waves rising from the womb of the sea, the blue sky, local fishermen casting net and houseboats floating on the waters describe the beauty of Kovalam. The town attracts a lot of Indian and foreign tourists. Tourists come here for indulging in Ayurvedic massages which are truly blissful.
Maharaja of Travancore made remarkable contribution in making Kovalam a famous tourist place by bringing its beauty to public notice. It is famous for its three beaches which entices travellers from across the globe. They are the Light House beach, the Hawa beach and the Samudra beach. Apart from participating in the water sports(angling, kayaking, swimming, surfing) at these beaches, you can also go on a shopping spree here. The local people fix up their stalls at the beaches and offer beautiful items such as sea shells, jewellery and other items. Be a part of its cultural programmes which are held at the beaches in the evening. Kathakali is the famous dance form of Kerala which can be best seen in the blissful ambiance of the beaches. Yoga and meditation centres are the other highlights here.
Kovalam flaunts its three bow-shaped beaches which are separated by rocky area. The beaches offer panoramic views filling hearts with sheer happiness. Some tourists capture these views in their cameras and some capture them in their heart. In any case, the memories have their own life. The beaches are lined up with small shops selling snacks, jewellery and sea shells. The sand at the beaches is blackish in colour because of the presence of ilmenite and thorazite in it. Enjoy several water sports at the beaches. Some of them are Kayaking, Swimming, Surfing and Angling. The evenings at the beaches are marked by impressive Kathakali performances. Also enjoy the rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage here. The beach resorts in Kovalam offer houseboats on rent. You like sea food? Relish it at the restaurants near the beaches.
The culture here is a perfect blend of the culture of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
From luxury to budget hotels, all are available in Kovalam to cater to different needs of different tourists. All the well known hotels located here offer great facilities. The room facilities, dining facilities, recreational facilities and other facilities coupled with hospitality manage to impress the guests. They have well stocked bars and their kitchens serve national and international cuisine.
The climate is warm and humid throughout the year. It becomes a little pleasant in the months from October to January.
You can buy amazing handicrafts in the markets of Kovalam. Enchanting rosewood and teak wood statues, carpets, silk fabric, jewellery and exotic spices. Rajasthani, Kashmiri and Tibetan items are also available at some shops in the markets.
How To Reach Kovalam
Air: The nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport.
Rail: The nearest railway station is Trivendrum Central.
Road: Good bus services connect Kovalam with Trivandrum.