Altitude: 16 ft (4.9 m) above sea level
Area: 17 km long coastline
Location: South - Western Coast
Language: Malayalam, English, Tamil, Hindu
STD Code: 0471
Winters (October to March): 16°C- 34°C
Summer (April to September): 20°C- 30°C
Best Time to Visit: October to December & January to March
Close your eyes and imagine a place where the sand meets the sun, a panorama where the sun sets in paradise. Welcome to Kovalam. Perhaps the home of the brightest and the shiniest beaches in India and has left its footprints on the international frontier as well. With such a scenic beauty, the Kovalam is a surprise setting for people who are looking for a quaint time with their loved ones. Here tourists can find something or the other to keep people of every age busy. Snorkelling, kayaking, boat excursions and coastal walks keep everyone buzzing.
Spread over an area of 17 km long coastline, Kovalam is a set of three adjacent beaches, sharing shores with each other- Lighthouse, Hawah, and Samudra. All these beaches together form a crescent shape. The most spectacular and the show stealers amongst the three beaches is the lighthouse. The beach side is a rich amalgamation of breezy air, rocky waves, swaying palm fringes and aquamarine water which best suitable for watersports activities.
Second and the most dramatic amongst the Kovalam beach is the Hawa alias Eve's beach. The limelight of the beach is the palm fringes that are covering the seashores. The calmness and tranquillity of this beach make it an ideal place to get some moments of relaxation away from the humdrum of the city life. Samudra is the third major beach of Kovalam. Here everything is simply pristine and untouched as it is least explored. Beach activities in Kovalam include camping at the beach, sunbathing, canoeing, kayaking, etc.
Term 'Kovalam' is derived from the Malayalam language that means 'corpse of coconut grows.' The name is very apt for the town since it has an abundance of groves of coconut trees. Kovalam beach has been a favorite haunt for tourists since 1930. It was Britons who founded this peaceful land to indulge in some quaint time. The beach was constructed by Sethu Lakshmi Bayi of Travancore as a private holiday destination. The beach rose to popularity in 1950's when people from major neighboring continents started coming here to indulge in leisure. Thiruvanthampuram, the capital city of Kerala, is just a stone throw from Kovalam. A scenic trip to Kovalam from Thiruvanthampuram is a journey worth remembering.
Other than indulging in beach activities, there are many places to explore in Kovalam. Ashoka Beach, Halcyon Castle, Rock Cut Cave Temple, Vellayani Lake, Neyyar Dam, Karamana River, Vellayani Lake, Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium, Shri Chitra Art Gallery, Napier Art Museum & Gallery are prominent spots worth a see on a trip to Kovalam.
Unrivalled luxury, stunning white-sand beaches and an amazing underwater world, makes it the obvious choice for tourists to come here for vacation. Life at Kovalam beach is very laid back. Soothing aura oozes in every nook and corner of the beaches. Relax, Rejuvenate and refresh after enjoying an amazing ayurvedic spa session on the bank of Kovalam beach. For those who are seeking a break from the rigorous metropolitan lifestyle, Kovalam beach is the place to be. The beach offers the perfect backdrop for yoga as well.
Bestowed with everything picturesque and delightful, no doubt Kovalam is a popular beach with golden sand and a gentle slope. Kovalam radiates golden hues that lure tourists in large number.
Things to Do in Kovalam:
Where to Stay: When it comes to accommodation, there are multiple options in Kovalam. Mostly resorts in Kovalam are sea facing and offers a beautiful view of sunset and sunrise. There are in-house Ayurveda massage centers, swimming pools, restaurants, etc. All the resorts and hotels in Kovalam reflect Kerala culture with Balinese influences. Luxury hotels are located near Chowara and Light House Beach. They offer excellent facilities like pick-up and drop from the airport, spa, laundry services and many others.
Shopping Shopping in Kovalam is something tourists can just afford to miss. Handicrafts, seashells, junk jewelry, and garments are available everywhere at affordable prices. People can visit the Varkala Beach near Kovalam which is the heaven for shopaholics. Whether it's puppet from Rajasthan or jewelry from Bhutan, each and everything tourists can purchase from beaches of Kovalam.
Lighthouse Beach-Flea or street market
Address: Kovalam, Kerala- 695527
Things to Purchase: Sarongs, Souvenirs, Handicrafts, Handlooms
Kovalam Fish Market
Address: Kovalam, Kerala-695527
Things to Purchase: Sea food-Fish Market. Fresh prawn, lobster and crab,
Tibetan Market- Varkala Beach
Address: Northcliff, Varkala 695141
Things to Purchase: Jewellery Made of Seashells. Tibetan Junk Jewellery
How to Reach
By Railways: Trivandrum Central Railway is the nearest railway head and is located at a distance of 15 km from the city. The Railway Station is connected perfectly with all the major cities of Kerala.
By Airways: Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram is the nearest airport and is around 15 km away from the main city. From here, tourists can take a cab or taxi to reach destination comfortably.
By Roadways: Courtesy Kerala Tourism transportation service, there are many buses and Volvos available from different parts of Kerala. Luxurious as well as other buses can be easily available at a very reasonable rate. Driving to Kovalam gives tourists the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty along the way.