Kovalam Beach

Kovalam Beach, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
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Kovalam was quite unknown to the rest of the world until Regent Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi of Travancore took an interest in it.

Kovalam was quite unknown to the rest of the world until Regent Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi of Travancore took an interest in it.

Kovalam is one of the worldwide renowed beach with three adjoining cresent beaches. It has been a most loved frequent for sightseers since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has made an excellent sound of quiet waters beliefs for sea bathing.

The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse. Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes and catamaran cruising are some of them. The tropical sun acts so fast that one can see the faint blush of coppery tan on the skin in a matter of minutes. Life on the beach starts late in the day and carries on well into the night. The beach complex includes a string of budget cottages, Ayurvedic health resorts, convention facilities, shopping zones, swimming pools, Yoga and Ayurvedic massage centers.

Accommodation facilities for tourists at Kovalam range from five-star hotels to budget hotels and the choice of food available at restaurants and cafeterias range from Continental varieties to South Indian delicacies.

Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, is only 16 km far from Kovalam and arriving is no issue. In any case, But if you are on Holiday it is better to stay in Kovalam and visit the city. The city of Thiruvananthapuram has many interesting places to see like the Napier Museum, the Sri Chitra Art Gallery, and the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. The SMSM Institute, a State-owned emporium, is the ideal place to get ethnic curios and other articles.

Places to visit in Kovalam:-

  • Lighthouse Beach
  •  Hawah Beach
  • Samudra Beach
  • Karamana River
  • Vellayani Lake
  • Halcyon Castle
  • Kovalam Art Gallery
  • Valiyathura Pier
  • Neyyar Dam
  • Aruvikkara Dam
  • Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple
  • Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple

For Accommodation:-

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  • There are regular buses available from Trivandrum to reach Kovalam and the bus fares are quite low.
  • The closest railhead to reach Kovalam is the Trivandrum Central Railway Station. This railhead connects Kovalam to several major cities of India.
  • The closest airport to reach Kovalam Beach is at Trivandrum which is popular as Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. It is at the distance of 20 km from the beach and one of the easiest ways to reach Kovalam by air.
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Kovalam was quite unknown to the rest of the world until Regent Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi of Travancore took an interest in it. She constructed Halcyon Castle, a beach resort, in the late 1920s. Her nephew, the Maharaja of Travancore, took a keen interest in Kovalam with all its beauty and liked to visit Kovalam for leisure. His affection for this interesting little town soon reached the ears of his European guest and they soon realized the potential of Kovalam, with its beautiful beach, as a tourist destiny.

However, Kovalam’s reputation for being a great tourist destination grew in popularity mainly in the early seventies, which saw the arrival of several hippiest. The hippies stopped at Kovalam on their way to Ceylon. This was when Kovalam transformed from a simple fishing village into a well-known tourist destination. Maybe the oldest part of Kovalam is its cave temple, which dates back to the eighth century. The temple has idols of the Hindu deity Shasta. Close by is another ancient temple that contains idols of seven deities.

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