About Kovalam

Kovalam - The Crescent Beach.

A region in Trivandrum, popular for its pristine beaches, Kovalam is a wonderland for spending a relaxing vacation. In the native language, Kovalam means ‘coconut,’ which is found in abundance here and that’s why the place is named so. An internationally acclaimed region, Kovalam is a famous holiday destination in India among tourists across the world. The place has become renowned for its diverse beaches, tropical villages, ayurvedic health resorts, enticing activities, ancient temples, churches and old castles over the years.

Kovalam, located at a distance of around 18 kilometres from the capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, has been a favourite beach holiday destination since 1930. It received attention when Her Highness The Queen of Travancore Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bai built her beach resort, Halcyon Castle. In 1936, Prince GV Raja brought this place to the people. He found immense tourist potential in Kovalam and thus invited Thomas Cook & Sons (UK) to develop the place. He started inviting European families living in Madras (now Chennai) and Bombay (now Mumbai) and promoted Kovalam as a top-notch travel destination.

Getting into Kovalam is hassle-free. Travellers can opt for a flight to Trivandrum International Airport, which is just 15 kilometres away from Kovalam city. Moreover, Kovalam is connected to the main cities of India by railways connectivity and several on-road options. Upon reaching this amazing beach city, you can find plenty and diverse options for staying. There are several places from budget hotels to five-star boutique hotels where you can stay for days at reasonable rates and plan to visit top tourist attractions in Kovalam according to your choice.

Popular Places In Kovalam

There are several popular points of tourist interest in Kovalam. But, a perfect Kovalam Beach tour needs a perfect itinerary. So, if you need help in planning to decide the best places to visit in Kovalam, read this article to the end and make your beach holiday plan.

1. Lighthouse Beach

Lighthouse Beach is one of the top tourism places in Kovalam. This pristine beach on the coast of the Arabian Sea is famed for its 35 metres-tall Lighthouse on the southern end, which offers a spectacular panoramic view of the surroundings. The lighthouse is completely made of stones and coloured in white and red bands. It is situated on the top of a hill, called Kurumkal hill. There is also an observation platform from which you can get a glimpse of Poovar on one side and Beemapalli mosque on the other.

Being one of the active beaches in Kovalam, Lighthouse Beach is an ideal spot to experience several water activities. The place is also popular among photographers for perfect beach landscapes that include blue water, palm fringes, rocking waves, glistening sand and a lighthouse.

2. Hawa Beach

Hawa Beach is a top tourist destination in Kerala, as well as in Kovalam. The beach is famed as a natural wonder shaped like a boundary between the sea and the other parts of Kovalam. The wide stretch of sand glistens when sun rays fall on them from the clear blue sky and create a contrast between the blue water and green dotted palm trees.

It is just about 1.5 kilometres from the lighthouse beach and is renowned for being one of the untouched beaches in India. However, it is suggested to avoid swimming here as the water current is strong here.

3. Samudra Beach

Samudra Beach is one of the three famous beaches in Kovalam (the other two are Lighthouse Beach and Hawa Beach). It is located to the north of Kovalam and isolated by a massive promontory from the other two beaches. Famous for its serenity and other attractive features, Samudra Beach draws tourists all through the year who want to spend some relaxing time on their Kerala Holidays trip.

The beach has remained unnoticed because of the presence of a ridge between the north and south coastline. The privacy, serenity and natural beauty of this beach have made it one of the perfect spots for a honeymoon destination. Samudra Beach has been getting famous in the tourism industry for another reason. Homestays run by local people that offer authentic Kerala vibes have been flourishing in this place. You can get a comfortable stay in a home-like ambience at affordable rates in the homestays on Samudra Beach.

4. Veli Tourist Village

Veli Tourist Village is a spot for spending some time amidst nature. It is a renowned picnic and boating spot situated in the connecting place between the Arabian Sea and the Veli Lake. This unique place is well maintained and located at a distance of 12 kilometres from Kovalam City. People can spend some amazing time amidst nature and opt for several boating activities at their convenience.

5. Kovalam Art Gallery

Traveling to Kovalam cannot be completed without visiting Kovalam Art Gallery. This beautiful art gallery houses age-old artefacts, paintings and sculptures. Most of the artworks represent the ancient traditions of India. Visiting the art gallery is the best thing to do for people who wish to explore traditional Indian art.

Some of the artworks in this gallery are of Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicolas Roerich. The pieces of work feature an ancient collection of fresco artworks.