is a beach town by the Arabian Sea in the Thiruvananthpuram city, Kerala, located around 16 km from the city center. Kovalam consists of three successive small crescent beaches; the southern most known as Lighthouse Beach, is where most of the visitors spend their time. The beach is bordered with low cost lodging houses, and restaurants which offer adequate facilities, at affordable tariffs - ideal for a long stay. The light house on the promontory at the southern end of the beach, offers a spectacular view across to the Vizhinjam mosque.
Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and true to its name the village offers an endless sight of coconut trees. It is also known as the paradise of the south. Along the 600 kilometre length of the Kerala coast, there are many sandy beaches, rocky promontories and coconut palms. The fishing village of Kovalam lies 10 kilometres south of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. Kovalam is the only beach resort of Kerala, and is very popular with the Indian as well as international tourists. Industry is relatively small scale in this area and the prices low. The beach is just a few minutes walk from the village.
It is an enchanting strip of golden sands laced with the rich greenery of coconut palms. Kovalam is a former fishing village, it is just 16kms away from Trivandrum, Kerala's capital city. Kovalam is an evergreen and pleasant climatic beach resort. It is a dreamy place for tourists all over the world. Today Kovalam beach is known as the "Paradise of the South".
It is warm and clean by the coconut trees and the white sand bed as the sea breeze gently plays with the waves. Swimming and bathing are very refreshing and exhilarating in the waves. This cove is the safest place for swimming.
Its scenic beauty and serenity is supplemented by the availability of excellent accommodation. There are a lot of restaurants, which provide western style, food, as well as Indian, which is delicious. Kovalam was brought to the public eye by the maharaja of Travancore.
There are a large number of beach resorts in and around Kovalam. The sea port of Vizhinjam is about 3 km away and famous for its special varieties of fish, old Hindu temples, big churches and a mosque. The Proposed International Trans shipment Terminal at Vizhinjam is also close to Kovalam.
Places to see in Kovalam
Kovalam consists of three successive crescent beaches, the most popular being the Lighthouse Beach. The middle beach is called Hawah, while the northern beach is Samudra.
This sprawling palace houses paintings of Lord Krishna and his cowherds. Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple: This imposing seven-storied tower is an excellent example of the Dravidian style of architecture.
Veli Lagoon (Tourist Village):
This wonderful waterfront park is an ideal picnic spot where the lake merges with sea.
The Govt. Art Museum:
Formally known as Napier Museum , the museum blends traditional Kerala styles with Chinese and Mughal architecture.
Sree Chithra Art Gallery:
The gallery has a rich collection of paintings of Raja Ravi Varma and Roerich.
One of the best maintained zoos in Asia, it has beautiful expansive lawns. Science and Technology Museum: This museum is of high educative value for students of science and technology.Kovalam
Akkulam Boat Club:
This Lake has boating facilities and has the largest children's park in Kerala.
A picnic spot with boating facilities, there is a lion safari park and crocodile farm here.
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary:
This sanctuary with its rich fauna and birds is dotted with large hills with forests and eucalyptus plantations.
Kovalam is an ideal place for kayaking, swimming, surfing and skiing.
You can shop items like handicrafts, jewelry and clothes at the shops spread along the waterfront of the beach.