Kovalam literally means "Grove of Coconut Trees" . The picturesque town is situated on Malabar Coast along Kerala's shoreline. The sheltered natural bay of Kovalam is fringed by three internationally renowned pristine beaches and rocky headlands. Three beautiful beaches (Samudra, Hawah, and Light House) of Kovalam make a crescent shaped geological formation. The town lies 16 km off Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. This beach paradise is famous of its moonlit aquarelle ambience of world famous beaches where you can caress its serenity and charm lying on your white sand-bed during Kovalam tour.
Azure sea waters and comfortable climate make Kovalam a year round favorite destination for swimming, water sports and sun bathing. Underwater view of marine life and shallow sea bed during snookering provides a marvelous experience to the enthusiasts. One can walk into the sea at Kovalam beach for 100 m without losing hold on ground. You can enjoy surfing here on the water waves which are gently fiddled by cool breezes. Tourists from all over the world come to enjoy the hearty ambience of Kovalam beaches and Kovalam tourist places, some of whom reach here by their private charter planes.
Kovalam Tourist Attractions :
The Lighthouse : The 35 m tall light house is situated on Kurumkal hillock and the southern beach of Kovalam is named after it as Lighthouse Beach. It offers a spectacular view to the tourists of the roaring sea waves.
Boating in Karamana River : Houseboat cruises, canoe rides and kayaking facilities are available for tourists at Karamana. Admire breathtaking view of the backwaters and lush greenery of the surrounding region.
Vellayani Lake : Vellayani Lake is 7 km from Kovalam and you can reach here by boat. World famous Snake Boat Race is organized in the lake during Onam festivities and you can enjoy during Kovalam tour.
Other Kovalam Tourist Places :
Activities to do:
Catamaran Cruises : Enjoy sail into the shallow sea waters in a country raft. Marine angling facilities are also available near Vizhinjam fishing harbor during Kovalam tour, 4 km off Kovalam beach.
Ayurvedic Massage : There are plenty of Ayurveda massage centers in resorts and sea-side beaches where you can have the rejuvenating massage done on your body in centuries old traditional Indian style.
Private Beaches : There are some very clean beaches and resorts like Ashok Beach and Coconut Bay Beach Resort which are popular for their secluded location. Most of them are in Vizhinjam, 8 km off Kovalam.
Onam Festival is a harvest festival which is celebrated throughout Kerala with much pomp and show to mark the retreat of Monsoon and the advent of a New Year. The grand fiesta is characterized with its passionate water carnivals (world famous Snake Boat Race), beautiful fireworks, colorful dance performances, grand feasts, traditional games and massive street processions. Onam festival falls during the months of August-September when Kerala Government organizes its Tourism Week festivities for the travelers. Whole of Kerala is beautifully decked during the festival and there is jubilation all around. It is the best time to visit Kerala.
Thiruvananthapuram : 16 km. Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple located here is among the richest shrines in the world.
Padmanabhapuram Palace : 54 km. The ancient seat of Travencore rulers is known for its elaborate woodwork and relics of historical importance.
Ponmudi Hill Resort : 60 km. Famous for serpentine jungle streams and green tea plantations.
Kanyakumari: 90 km. Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Padmnabhpuram Palace and Kanyakumari Temple are main Kovalam tourist places for tourists here.
Getting There :
By Air : Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is 10 km away which connects Kovalam with the rest of the world.
By Train : Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station connects the city with the rest of India.
By Bus : Kovalam is well connected with Thurvananthapuram and other neighboring cities with a network of bus routes and private taxis. .