If your idea of a holiday is to laze on a beach chair on clear sand with clear sky above and clear blue waters ahead of you with coconut trees lining the horizon on your side, then you could be dreaming of Kovalam. Just an hour’s drive from the hustle-bustle of the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram leads to this paradise beach. One of the most beautiful beaches in South India, Kovalam is a must-see on the list of beach lovers. Kovalam locally translates into a grove of coconut trees, and there are numerous coconut trees lining the beaches.
Ideal time to visit : September to March
Peak season: Mid-December to Mid-January
Places to visit/Recreation: The famous Lighthouse Beach has a lighthouse built during the British era and is surrounded by a beautiful bay with calm waters created by a massive rocky promontory. It is an ideal location for swimming, sunbathing, surfing, herbal body toning, catamaran cruising during sunrise and sunset. The Hawah and Samudra beaches are also popular among tourists.
For the culturally inclined, there are theatres which stage live performances of traditional Kerala art forms like Kathakali and Kalaripayattu. Shopping options range from colourful silk scarves, handicrafts, Kerala spices, cashews, coconut artefacts, etc.
Kovalam is also haven to a variety of Ayurvedic treatments, Panchakarma treatments, Yoga therapy, and other natural remedies.
Kovalam is best enjoyed in its natural form, at the beaches. One could spend endless hours at the waters and still not be satiated. Sunrise and sunset views are simply superb, and few scenes can be more musical and beautiful than watching a full moon with the waves roaring.
Places to Stay: At Kovalam there are budget range accommodations with shacks along the beaches and 5-star hotels alike. Many hotels offer attractive packages combining different treatments with the stay. Food for different palates and wallets is available, with seafood being the most popular. Some hotels which have live sea-forms where people can select what they want to be cooked.
Nearest Airport: Trivandrum (16 kilometres from Kovalam)
Near railway station: Trivandrum
Road accessibility: Easily accessible by road.