Kovalam Travel Guide

The groove of coconut trees, Kovalam with its four sandy beaches, is an idyllic tourist spot. The picturesque environ, pristine beaches and rock-strewn headlands attract thousands of tourists each year to unleash themselves in its awe-inspiring charm.


The city of Kovalam, before independence was a cluster of small fishing villages. During 1930s, in the realm of the Maharaja (Emperor) Travancore, Kovalam came into limelight. It was the grace and the beauty of this town that made Maharaja Travancore its admirer and he began to spend his leisured hours on the shimmering shorelines of Kovalam. He even invited his European associates to enjoy its unmatched beauty and hence it became a center of attraction.

During 1970s when the city witnessed heavy influx of hippies, it shot to fame. Since 1970 it became eminent among international visitors. Some of fishing villages of those earlier days still exist, which are located at a remoteness of 4 km from the beachfront.

Climate Conditions

Summer Temp.: 20 to 36
Winter Temp.: 16 to 34C
Best time to get in: September to March

How to reach?

By Rail: The nearest railway station is Trivandrum Central, which is 13 kms away. Cabs and other local means of transports are also available to reach Kovalam from the railway station.

By Air: The closest airport is Trivandrum, which is 16 kms away from this city. You can hire a private taxi to reach there.

By Road: The city of Kovalam is situated at a distance of 16 kms from Thiruvananthapuram. You can rent a private vehicle or can move out in a taxi. Buses are also available to reach there at hourly interval.

Major Attractions

Hawa Beach: It is also termed as Eve's Beach that is perfect for those seeking virgin, isolated and unruffled stretches of seashores. From its headland one can grasp the outstanding beauty of sunset.

Samudra Beach: It is another picturesque jewel sited in the north side of Kovalam beach. The sight of a small number of ships and fishing tools on the horizon is an excellent view to observe.

Lighthouse Beach: The Lighthouse beach is positioned in Kovalam's extreme south. It got its name after Vizhinjam lighthouse that has been constructed over a stony headland. Visitors are not allowed to enter this ancient lighthouse; however the memorials of Ayyippilla Asan and Ayyanappilla Asan around it are worth to get around.

Some more attractions:

  • Valliathura Pier
  • Vellayani Lake
  • Shri Dharmasastha Temple
  • Chowra fishing village
  • Sankhumugham Beach
  • Napier Museum, Kuthiramalika Palace Museum (Open From: 10 am to 4.45 pm (Tuesday-Sunday)
  • Anchuthengu Fort
  • Kaudiar Palace
  • Veli Tourist Village (Open From 8.00 am-6.00 pm)
  • Koyikkal Palace (Open From: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (Monday Closed)
  • Padmanabhapuram Palace (Open From: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm)

Shopping Alternatives:

While being at Kovalam, travelers can indulge in shopping of carpets, paintings, wood as well as sandalwood artifacts, metal crafts and souvenirs along with locally made jewelries.

Food: Kovalam is considered a food lover's delight, particularly seafood lovers. Almost all eating points and restaurants offer seafood epicure including lobster, fresh fish, mussels, crab, tiger prawns and many others. As the city is flocked by international travelers, one can come across numerous foodie delights from traditional Kerala style restaurants to German bakeries. There is something special for every palette. Vegetarians also have various options to choose from.

Accommodations and Hotels:

There are number of staying points including:

  • Sherley Home Stay
  • Bakers Home Stay
  • Kadaloram Beach Resort
  • Sea Rock Hotel
  • Hotel Samudra
  • Coconut Bay Beach Resort
  • Fortune Hotel South Park
  • Kadaltheeram Beach Resort & Ayurvedic Spa

Besides you can also find out various budgeted accommodation centers but ensure booking your hotels in advance for a comfortable stay.

Festive Celebrations and Activities:

  • Fandango or Food Festival
  • The Great Elephant Race
  • Nishagandhi Dance Festival

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