Kovalam – of tourism and beaches
Kovalam for a Malayali is all about nostalgia. It holds the distinction of being one of those places that put Kerala on the world tourism map. And it is one of those places he will suggest you visit on your first trip to ‘God’s Own Country. So, what does Kovalam have to offer you? A lovely beach, amazing seafood, and of course Ayurveda. This globally renowned beach offers an endless sight of beautiful coconut trees and lovely beaches around. The massive rocky promontory on the beach creates a beautiful bay of calm waters that’s why this destination is ideal for sea bathing. There are plenty and diverse leisure options like swimming, sunbathing, herbal body toning massages, and many others. Kovalam is not only famous for its extraordinary beauty, but also for various entertainment programs and sports. We bring you Kovalam and what you can do here. But before that a bit of history.
Kovalam Beach in Tamil Nadu, India, recently received the "Blue Flag", an international eco-label, which brings the total number of such beaches in the country to 10. It is also seen as another step in our journey to a clean and green India led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Way back in the 1920s the queen regent of the princely state of Travancore, the present Thiruvananthapuram, decided to set up a resort by the beach at Kovalam, about 15 km away from the city. And once it became functional the king started bringing his European visitors to this place for the official meetings. Word spread. And by the 1970s it was one of the popular joints on the ‘hippie trail.’
On the Kovalam beach
The pristine beach was what attracted many to Kovalam. And still, it holds the charm, despite all the new developments. People throng this beach to frolic with the waves. To get their feet wet, to write their names in the sand and wait for the next wave to wipe it off.
There are two main beaches in Kovalam – the Lighthouse beach, where all the major action is and Eve’s beach – a little away and not very crowded. And unless you mention which, you end up at the Lighthouse beach where most visitors go in Kovalam. There is a lighthouse and a lovely promenade with shops and various eating joints here. And it is here that you will be spoilt for choices about the places you can stay on a budget. If you do not have a prior booking, you can try your luck here. You can experience the water sports on this popular beach of Kovalam and can also go for a long walk around.
The not so crowded Kovalam
The Eve’s beach is close to Lighthouse beach but less commercial and therefore more peaceful. If you want to hear the sound of waves away from crowd, Eve’s beach can be your best choice in Kovalam. You just need to ask your driver about this beach and he will brings you to this less crowd beach in Kovalam. As this is beach is not that much commercialized, bring water and some food with you.
What more can you do?
So other than the beach, what is there to do in Kovalam? You can try your hand at Scuba diving and Surfing depending on the weather condition and availability.
Visit below website for more information about Scuba diving and surfing in Kovalam.
Where to stay?
Looking for a place to stay at Kovalam? The options are endless. You have budget options like Vedanta Wake up which offers you basic amenities. And if you are in a mood to splurge you have Taj, Leela or UDS which have beautiful properties in Kovalam.
What to eat?
It is a seafood paradise. But there are enough options for vegetarians too. You should try traditional Keralian food if you are visiting Kerala for the first time.
Where to eat?
German Bakery on the Light House beach for burgers and breakfast dishes. Beatles Café offers a decent spread. And there are various eat outs along the promenade that offers a multitude of food from typical Kerala delicacies to dishes from all over the world.
If you are game for dishing out a little extra for the food you can venture into the restaurants at Leela and Vivanta By Taj.
- Vizinjam: There is a new port coming up here
- Poovar: A lovely ride through the backwaters is a must.
Kovalam is about 12kms from the Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station. And about 13 kms from the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. You can easily get local transportation or can hire a taxi to reach Kovalam from Trivendrum airport or railway station. Road condition is very good and can be reached within half an hour if the traffic is normal.
Mode of transport
There are frequent buses that pass through Kovalam. You can hire a taxi or an autorickshaw. Mango cabs are the best option when it comes to cab services.
Best time to visit
Due to sea surroundings, all seasons are quite pleasant as well as alluring at Kovalam but the best time to visit Kovalam would be September to May.