Last Updated: July 11, 2018 Tour My India
Everybody loves to take a break from their hectic work schedule and plan for a family vacation to a beautiful place. Even though it may be a little difficult to manage kids during your holidays, traveling is certainly a best tool for them to learn. Family vacation helps your children to learn about different cultures, food, environment, climate, geography, history and festivals. If you are planning for a Kerala tour and looking for a fantastic destination that offers several kids’ friendly activities, then Kovalam is an outstanding choice for you. No doubt, your trip to this marvelous beach destination offers so many beautiful and lasting memories especially for your children.
Kovalam – A Scenic Beach Destination
Kovalam is an internationally acclaimed beach destination in Kerala and one of the most hot tourist spots in India. This beautiful place fascinates travelers with its three crescent beaches. Located by the Arabian Sea, this marvelous spot is also known for its large rows of coconut trees. Beside its panoramic natural beauty, Kovalam offers plenty of leisure options to travelers. It is a favorite beach destination for many foreigners where they love to enjoy swimming, sunbathing and other water activities. Just plan your family vacation to Kovalam because it offers so many activities for kids.
Here are some of the top places to visit and things to do in Kovalam during your family vacation:
Lighthouse Beach is the main beach in Kovalam characterized by a tall 35 meter Lighthouse. It is among the most popular tourist attractions in this beach paradise. There are 3 main beaches in this destination and it is the largest one. Since it’s more developed than other two beaches, it is mostly frequented by foreigners. Visitors can enjoy the shiny sand, blue aquamarine waters, rocking waves and swaying palm fringes at this beach. Besides, they can taste mouth-watering seafood at the stalls on the shore. Remember to enjoy surfing, sunbathing, swimming, beach volleyball and of course long walks by the charming shoreline during your trip to the lovely Lighthouse Beach in Kovalam.
Each visitor shall appreciate the natural beauty of this beach. Hawah Beach is located just opposite to the marvelous Lighthouse Beach and got the credit of the first and only topless beach in the country. It is a favorite beach for many European women who visit there for sunbathing to obtain the perfect tan. Although topless bathing is banned, many people visit this beach because of its matchless beauty. The mass of palm grooves enhances the beauty of this beach. The small restaurants and eateries along the beachside serve many delectable cuisines including seafood.
Samudra beach attracts travelers with Azure Arabian Sea, sun-kissed sand and clear blue skies. All these beautiful attractions beckon many beach lovers to this spectacular destination. Unlike other two beaches, this beach is slightly less populated and perfect for people who prefer to spend some time away from the crowd. Since the shore of this beach is a bit rocky and often vacant, it is advisable to avoid bathing alone. If you plan a trip to Kovalam, it is among the must-visit places for a memorable family vacation.
Artificial Off-Shore Coral Reef
The artificial coral reef is certainly a wonderful project for protecting and improving the ecology at the Lighthouse beach by the Government of Kerala in collaboration with the Department of Harbor Engineering. The materials that used to create this reef can improve fishing and marine habitat. The surfing opportunities at this man-made reef increase tourism in this region. Don’t forget to visit this off-shore artificial reef if you plan some Kovalam holidays.
The German Bakery
Traveling is always fun and it provides numerous opportunities to taste varieties of delicious dishes. If you love to enjoy lip-smacking cuisines, then visit the German Bakery at Kovalam. Located on the Lighthouse beach, one can enjoy a wide range of dishes at affordable prices at this place. Each traveler shall appreciate its wonderful breakfast menu. They will never forget the taste of shakes and pancakes that they enjoyed at the German Bakery. In fact, it is among the top places to visit in Kovalam to spend a beautiful evening with your family or friends. Don’t miss the opportunity to try out creamy milkshakes, aromatic coffee, delectable pastries, finger-licking cheesy quiche, spicy pizza and excellent pancakes.
Vizhinjam Village is a suitable choice for people who look for some rejuvenating family holidays in Kovalam. People who visit the southern Indian state of Kerala love to undergo different Ayurvedic massages and treatments as the state is famous for Ayurvedic tourism. Vizhinjam is an ideal destination for people who search for Ayurvedic resorts and spas to revitalize their body and mind. Besides, the scenic village is also famous for its fishing harbors and fabulous beaches. A rock-cut cave temple is another must-visit attraction of this port destination.
Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple
The Parasurama Temple located at Thiruvallam is a 2000-year old temple. It is interesting to know that this is the only temple in the state dedicated to the mythological originator of Kerala, Lord Parasurama. This temple is located on the panoramic banks of Karamana River. Plan your family vacation to Kovalam during the time of Bali Tharpanam festival in this temple so that you can offer tribute to your ancestors. This festival is celebrated in the Thiruvallam temple with grandeur. Watching the rituals can be a wonderful experience for each visitor.
Boating in the gorgeous Aruvikkara Dam shall be a beautiful experience for your family. Being one of the best travel places in Kovalam, this picnic spot is located on the banks of the Karamana River. It is easy to spot a large number of fish come near the surface of the water. The locals consider them as sacred and they feed them in order to recover from some ailments like skin allergies. There is a small coffee shop cum eatery run by the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) at this Dam. Add Aruvikkara dam in your Kovalam itinerary in order to enjoy boating and explore the scenic nature.
Boating charges: Rs.100-120 per person.
Your Kovalam holidays shall be more interesting and unforgettable if you visit the eye-catching Neyyar Dam. Located along the base of the Western Ghats, this gravity dam is a popular picnic spot in Kovalam. Surrounded by thick forests, both the lake and dam are home to so many wild animals. You can spot wild elephants, Nilgiri Tahr, Nilgiri langurs, gaur, deer and sloth bears during your trip to this lovely picnic spot. The beauty of nature at this destination is mind-blowing. Neyyar Dam is also the yoga capital of Kovalam. The well known Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwanthari Ashram for Yoga and Meditation practices is located adjacent to this famous dam.
Boating charges: Rs.100-150 per person
Opening hours: 9 am to 4 pm (Except on Monday)
Enjoy some quiet and peaceful time by visiting the Valiyathura Pier, a 214 meters long jetty almost 12 kilometers away from Kovalam. In the local language, Valiyathura means a big port and visitors can enjoy mind-blowing vistas of the Arabian Sea and Malabar Coast at this Pier. It shall be amazing for the visitors to spend some leisure time or take a small walk with your better half at this place. Tourism places like Valiyathira Pier are located away from the hustle and bustle of the city and ideal to spend some relaxed time. Take photos of the rising tides and panoramic setting sun on your camera to get long lasting memories of your Kovalam holidays.
Kovalam Art Gallery
Kovalam Art Gallery, also known as Sree Chithra Art Gallery, is a must-visit place for people who have a taste for art work and paintings. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of paintings of the popular painters of the state at this gallery. In addition to such valuable paintings, this art gallery displays artifacts and paintings of Rajput Era, Mughal Era and related items from China, Tibet and Japan. This is an ideal picnic spot to watch the remnants of the rich ancient culture and heritage of the state. Simply watch the beauty of paintings of some of the prominent painters like Raja Ravi Varma and Nicholas Roerich at the Kovalam Art Gallery.
Entry fee: Rs.10 per head and Rs. 20 for a family of 4
Opening hours: 10 am to 4.45 pm every day except on Mondays
Also known as Napier Museum, Halcyon Castle is a palace turned into 5-star resort is worth visiting during your family vacation in Kovalam. Built by Sri Rama Varma Valiya Koi Thampuran in the year 1932 as a summer retreat, it may be exciting for travelers to spend a night at the lovely castle. You will also love to laze simply in the large green courtyard and enjoy the world class amenities. Although there are many famous tourist destinations in Kovalam to explore, visiting Halcyon Castle shall be a unique experience because of its matchless Kerala style architecture.
With a wide range of flora and fauna, planning a sightseeing tour to Vellayani Lake shall be an exciting thing to do while you are holidaying in Kovalam. Located only 7 kilometers away from this beach destination, this lake is a large freshwater body where you can indulge in boating. Don’t forget to enjoy the beauty of the crystal clear water of the lake on a moonlight night. There is a lot to enjoy in this picturesque tourist spot such as its suburban landscape, unique ecosystem and the fishing methods that locals used.
Boating charges: Rs. 500 for a half an hour trip. It can accommodate 4 people in one go.
Enjoy houseboat cruising in the sparkling waters of Karamana River during your trip to Kovalam. This broad and gentle lovely river originates from the southern area of Sahyadri Range and flows through the outskirts of Kovalam. Dotted with rich plantations of coconut, pepper and tapioca, the serene beauty of the banks of Karamana River is outstanding. It is among the best places in Kovalam where travelers can relax and have leisure. The Thiruvallam Boat Club at Karamana offers houseboat cruising, kayaking and canoe riding for the visitors. The charges may vary based on the time of the day and season. Even though backwater cruising is available day and night, it is wise to choose any time between 10 am to 6 pm for a boat ride.
Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple
One cannot leave Kovalam without enjoying the unique architecture of the Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, one of the most visited temples in the state. Padmanabhaswamy is another name of Lord Vishnu and this temple is one of the 108 holy shrines of this Hindu God. Visitors need to follow traditional dress code to enter the temple. Women need to wear sari or churidar while men are required to wear dhoti. Remember, only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple is certainly one of the top places to visit in Kovalam.
Top Things to Do in Kovalam
Kovalam is not just a spectacular beach destination but it also offers many interesting activities to enjoy. Holidaymakers can find plenty of things to do in Kovalam. Check the list of interesting activities that you can do during your holidays in this beach paradise:
Exciting water activities: The clear water forces the visitors to Kovalam to jump in to enjoy a bit of swimming. Even though it has shallow waters, it is wise to choose a safe zone for family to enjoy swimming. Other activities that you can indulge during your Kovalam holidays include Wind surfing, Para sailing, boat sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving and water skiing. In order to enjoy these activities, you must be medically fit.
Enjoy delicious dishes: With so many restaurants and eateries, Kovalam is an excellent place to taste varieties of dishes with your family. Many beachside eateries serve finger-licking seafood. Don’t forget to visit the German Bakery in order to taste delectable German breakfast and other European dishes.
A soothing massage at an Ayurveda resort: Get a traditional massage in one of the popular Ayurvedic resort at Kovalam. The massages by professional masseurs will certainly make your body, mind and soul rejuvenated.
Houseboat cruising: Don’t forget to enjoy houseboat cruising with your family in the sparkling waters of Karamana River during your trip to Kovalam.
Boating: Boating facilities are available at many places at Kovalam. You can enjoy boating with your family at Neyyar Dam, Vellayani Lake and Aruvikkara Dam.
Shopping: With so many beachside shops, shopping is truly an exciting thing to do at Kovalam. There are many shops in this destination that sells handicrafts and beautiful jewelry made of seashells. You can buy wonderful souvenirs for your memorable family vacation in Kovalam.
Kovalam is one of the best places to visit in South India for many reasons. Since it offers several beautiful tourist attractions and plenty of activities to do, you can choose this beach destination for a fantastic family vacation. There are many budget and luxury hotels and resorts to find accommodation at this place. The state capital, Thiruvanathapuram City is around 16 kilometers away from this beach destination. Try to check the Kovalam travel guide of Tour My India before you plan the trip to this beach paradise. Choose an attractive travel package from us to make your family vacation to Kovalam memorable and hassle-free.
Nearest Airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (14 km)
Nearest Railway Station: Thiruvananthapuram (14 km)
Published: 27 Feb, 2017