In Kerala, whether you want to focus on knowing the rich culture, spend time in the wildlife or serene nature, stay at a luxury private retreat or resorts or take spa & ayurvedic treatments, every experience will give you the joy of connectedness with nature.
The bliss of Kerala can be enjoyed at the backwaters and at the beaches. Names of some of the beaches are Kovalam, Varkala, Fort Kochi, Kappad and Bekal.
Kovalam Beach is a great option if you are looking for a beach vacation in Kerala. Located about 16 – 17 Km from Thiruvananthapuram it is the famous traveller spot in South India.
Many specialities of this place have made it a favourite tourist destination. The word Kovalam also stands for “groove of coconut trees”. The place is also called as “paradise of South India”. Well known for its beauty it is also renowned for spa and Ayurvedic treatment services in the hotels and private resorts. One of the attractions is its beautiful sunset. Every sunset experience is new and different. The photographers from all around the world are drawn to capture the amazing view of the sunset.
Kovalam has three beautiful adjacent crescent beaches which makes diverse activities possible such as swimming, sunbathing, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programs, Catamaran cruising etc.
The three beaches of Kovalam
1. Lighthouse Beach– The largest beach and is situated southernmost. A lighthouse of British era is situated at this beach so the name.
2. Hawah Beach – This is situated in the middle part of the beach and famous for the calm bay of blue waters. This is in a semi-circular shape. It is a place for fun-filled family vacations.
3. Samudra beach – Northernmost part of the Kovalam beach. This is a quiet beach and ideal for sunbathing and lazing out.
The facilities for tourists are managed very well. There are many private luxury beach resorts in and around Kovalam. They provide 5-star luxury accommodations, elegant sea view rooms, Ayurveda wellness therapies, Yoga, martial arts etc.
Some of the Best Kovalam places to visit in and around
Karamana River and Boating
Twelve kilometres from Kovalam, this river offers spectacular views of backwaters and greenery. The Thiruvallam boat club on the bank of this river offers cruises, kayaking, canoe rides and houseboat cruises.
This freshwater lake looks enchanting during the moonlight. World famous annual boat race during Onam festival gets organized here.
It literally means “Big Fort” and presents excellent views of setting sun.
Edakallu- Best Kovalam places to visit
Popular sunset viewing point between Lighthouse & Hawah beaches.
Kovalam Art Gallery
The famous Kovalam art Gallery displays artefacts, paintings and artworks of ancient Indian culture. Art lovers from around the world visit here.
Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple – Best Kovalam places to visit
This temple has rock cut sculptures of the 18th century. Incomplete sculptures of Lord Shiva and Parvathy are major attractions of this temple.
Located at ten kilometres from Kovalam, it is one of the famous picnic spots.
With such diverse options of exploring Kovalam, without any doubt, your visit will be a blessed experience.