Kovalam beach is known as the “Paradise of the South“.
“Kovalam” means a grove of coconut trees and true to its name the village offers an endless sight of coconut trees. Situated on the Malabar Coast along the Kerala shoreline is a small village of Kovalam. This quiet town of Kovalam came on the tourist map, when its beautiful and secluded beaches were discovered.
Thirty years ago, Kovalam was a hippy idyll a picture perfect tropical beach, a traditional fishing village providing fresh fish, fruits and toddy. Today this tiny beach is the focus of a multi-million dollar business, drawing thousands of tourists for a week dose of ozone, UV and a refreshing Indian Experience. Kovalam was brought to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore. Over the past three decades, the place has been well developed, and now figures prominently on the world tourism map. Kovalam is just 16 kms away from Trivandrum.
Kovalam has everything that a tourist can ask for and much more. There is the sun, silver sands, calm blue waters and coconut groves which look as if they were created only for you.
One of the most popular beaches of Kerala – in fact, it has been a pleasure haunt of foreigners since the 1930s – Kovalam and its three adjacent beaches provide the ideal locale for sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, catamaran cruises and even special cultural programmes. A massive rock formation on the beach has created an almost secluded and calm bay, which is perfect for swimming and bathing in the sea. The Kovalam beach resort also doubles up as an Ayurvedic, Yoga and health centre, where you can avail of rejuvenating massages and learn meditation from experts.
The palm-fringed bays of Kovalam in secluded coconut groves, promise a relaxed stay. The unforgettable image of Kovalam is that of the coconut-palms-lined high rock promontory that cuddles the calm and wide expanse of the blue waters.One can swim in the shallow blue water and have a sunbath in the exotic tropical sun can adorn you with a good suntan. The coast at many places is lined with beautiful patches of coral reefs or you can crest the waves on logs of lashed woods on catamarans. This marvellous beach is a tourist’s dream come true.
The most popular of Kovalam’s three beaches is the Lighthouse or southern beach. From the beach you can see the Vizhinzam mosque. Unfortunately, the fantastic sight cannot be photographed because of government restrictions. So, look long and hard to etch the sight in your memory. The middle beach, aptly named Hawah, is used by the local fisherfolk to go out every morning to the sea for their daily catch. The last and the northern beach is Samudra or the sea and is hardly affected by the weather. The number of wooden boats on the beach signals the fact that this spot too is also used as a base by the fishermen. Whichever the beach you are on, take care to use protective lotions for your skin since the sun can give you a tan in a few minutes.
When you are tired of aquatics, swimming or sunbathing, you can explore the handicrafts, jewellery and cloth shops spread along the waterfront. Not to speak of the delightful seafood fare including lobsters available at the beach-side restaurants of Kovalam.
From Kovalam, you can go for a backwater cruise to the beautiful countryside of Kerala paddling country boats, enjoying its lush greenery. A few hotels even offer houseboats, country boats and catamarans for the tourists at reasonable rates.
So, spend your leisure time in Kovalam as joyful as ever making every wave cast a lasting impression.
Air : The Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is barely 10 km from the Kovalam beaches and the Thiruvananthapuram.
Rail : Central railway station is 16 km away. You can make your base in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala’s state capital, and go to Kovalam for a day of fun on the sands and the blue waters. But if you are on holiday it is infinitely better to stay at one of the beach hotels in Kovalam and visit the capital city once in a while