Kovalam is a beach town, situated on the shoreline of the Arabian Sea at a distance of 16 kilometers from the Thiruvananthapuram city. The meaning of Kovalam is grove of coconut trees and this pristine village offers countless sight of coconut trees. It is truly paradise of the south India. It was noticed by regent queen Sethu Laxmi Bayi of Travancore kingdom in the 1920 and later was brought to public notice by Maharaja of Travancore. The city offers excellent diversity to suit all occasions and desires. The place is well known for its peace and tranquility. The tourists can enjoy spectacular view of curved shaped beaches, backed by sharply mounting headlands as well as covered by fertile coconut palms. Tourists can do here so many leisure activities like swimming, sunbathing or take walk along the shoreline.
This beach resort is full of luxurious hotels and offers excellent infrastructure to the tourists. The beach complex includes convention facility, budget cottages, health resorts, shopping zones and massage centers. The place is also famous for Ayurvedic massages as well as many yoga resorts. The place is host of many international events and cultural programs. The town is very popular among the international tourists because of its sandy beaches, low tidal waves and shallow waters. It is also shopper’s paradise and tourists can purchase here handicrafts as well as spices. Teak wood and rose wood statues are very popular here. Tourists can see number of shopping shacks along the beach. The life of this beach town begins late in the morning and carries on to late night.
Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam
Major tourist’s attraction at Kovalam
The Hawa beach is ideal for tourists looking for secluded, virgin and clam stretches of sandy shores. Tourists can enjoy sunset in all its beauty here. The variation of colors like orange, red and yellow in the sun as well as sky draw new piece of art works in the sky. It is ideal place to capture different patterns of sky on the sunset.
Lighthouse beach is one of the magnificent beaches of India and named because of towering lighthouse built on a rocky headland. The memorials of Ayyippilla Asan and Ayyanappilla Asan here are worth to visit. It is a long sandy strip. This place is also famous for fresh and delicious sea foods.
Samudra beach is the jewel of the town and famous for its scenic beauty. Tourists can enjoy beautiful sight of fishing vessels and ships on the horizons here. Art gallery displays many artifacts, art works and paintings. The paintings of this art gallery are very old and related to the Sanskrit culture.
Tourist’s activities at Kovalam
Surfing – this place is famous for wind surfing in deep sea. Tourists can take help of experts to do safe surfing.
Wooden boat ride is doing with ancient boat. This boat is rowed with a bamboo paddle by experienced local fishermen. The best time to go for this ride is in the early morning Sunset cruise ride take you in the deep sea. Tourists can enjoy sunset from the deck with music and delicious foods.
Motor boat ride is also memorable experience to surf sea with the help of life jacket.
The town has a tropical dry climate. Winter is pleasant here with moderate temperature. Temperature varies from16 to 32 centigrade in winter. Summers are hot and humid here with average 35 centigrade temperature. Monsoons are accompanied by abundant and thunderstorms rain falls. Monsoon season is good for Ayurvedic treatments.
Best time to visit
Tourists can visit this place except summers. Best time to visit this place is from September to march because of favorable climatic conditions.
How to reach
By road – the town is situated at a distance of 16 kilometers from the capital city of Thrivanadpuram. The capital city is well connected by daily bus services with all cities of the state of the Kerala.
By rail- Thiruvanadpuram is nearest railway station to reach this town by train, at a distance of 16 kilometers. Thiruvanadpuram is important railway station of the south India and well connected by wide network of daily trains with rest of the nation.
By air – Thiruvanadpuram is nearest airport to reach the town by flight, at a distance of 16 kilometers. Thiruvanadpuram is international airport, well connected by domestic and international cities with regular flights.