Kovalam Beach

This southern beauty is only a half-an-hour’s ride from Trivandrum. The most striking feature is the Kovalam Beach. The European guests of the then Travancore kingdom discovered the potentiality of Kovalam beach as a tourist destination in the 1930s. But the real fame as an ideal beach resort was won later for the Kovalam beach in the early seventies with arrivals of the masses of hippies. It has now become one of India’s top-most tourist destinations.


There are hotels, resorts and beachside shacks at Kovalam. Some shops that line the beach will cook the fish you’ve freshly bought from the market or the fish stalls near the beach. You can enjoy seafood such as lobster, king prawns and calamari at Kovalam. Ayurvedic massage parlours, yoga centres and water sport facilities are plenty here. Major three-star and five-star resorts have massage centres and efficient staff.


The crescent-shaped Kovalam beach can be divided into three. The southern most beach, and the most popular, is lighthouse beach. It offers an amazing view of the Vizhinjam mosque. The northern Samudra is a laidback one. The middle, Hawah (Eve’s) beach, in the early part of the day, is a beehive of activities with fishermen setting out for sea. As they are all shallow, it is good for swimming.

Some of the most popular activities here include the Catamaran cruises and rides on country rafts. Agencies offer packages for deep-sea fishing and boating. The Vizhinjam fishing harbour, at hardly four km to the east of Kovalam Beach, is the place for it.. Water sports lovers can make good use of surfboards and boogie boards that are available on rent at the beach.


Besides the beaches, you can visit the Marine Aquarium, Pulinkudi Azhimala temple and Vizhinjam cave temple. A village fair called Gramam is held annually at Kovalam from in January, where an entire typical Kerala village is constructed on the beach. The evenings will be lit up with traditional performances of kathakali, mohiniyattom, oppana and ottamthullal..


Private beaches are operated by Kovalam Ashok Beach Resort, Somatheeram, Coconut Bay Beach Resort, Niki’s Nest, Uday Samudra Beach Resort, Surya Samudra Beach Garden, and Hotel Samudra. They are some of the most frequented beach holiday resorts in India.



  • “Want a relaxing beach holiday? Head to Kovalam.”Simi Kuntawallah
  • “The Vizhinjam beach and Poovar Island are close to the Kovalam Beach. It is just a couple of kilometres south. You’ll enjoy the privacy.”Wichsyi Patriska


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