Kovalam Tourism
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Kovalam Tourism

Kovalam Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Beach
The town of Kovalam is situated along the Malabar Coast in the state of Kerala in South India. Kovalam is a famous beach destination visited by Indian and international tourists all round the year. It is 15 km from the capital city, Thiruvananthapuram.

History of Kovalam

The word ‘Kovalam’ in Malayalam stands for ‘a groove of coconut trees’. Kovalam was a cluster of small fishing villages during the pre-Independence era that belonged to the state of Travancore. The earlier history of Kovalam is very obscure. The town of Kovalam came to the lime light during the reign of the Maharaja of Travancore in the 1930s. The Maharaja of Travancore was so impressed by the beauty of the place that he spent a lot of his leisure time on the beaches of Kovalam. He also invited his European friends over to this place and they made the place popular.

People & Culture of Kovalam

Kovalam shot to fame during the 1970s, during the era of the hippies. The town witnessed a heavy influx of hippies taken in by the beauty of the place. Since then, Kovalam became famous among international tourists. Some small fishing villages still exist in Kovalam which are at a distance of 4 km from the beachfront. Kovalam enjoys a languid lifestyle. Characterised by beaches, it has a huge population of fishermen and locals whose culture is regarded as susegad. Also, tourists visiting the destination tend to relax on beaches, eat and make merry, which is why Kovalam attracts a large number of international tourists till date.

Things to do in Kovalam

Kovalam consists of crescent shaped sandy beaches. The three beaches of Kovalam – Lighthouse Beach, Samudra Beach, and Hawa Beach (Eve's beach) – are separated from each other by rocky shores. A shallow-water-stretch that extends to about 1 km from the land makes it ideal for swimming. All the beaches have steep coconut-palm fringed highlands and shining sandy beaches that contain a great amount of minerals like ilmenite and thoracite.

With the rise in tourism, there has been a great development in the infrastructure and hospitality industry at Kovalam. The healthcare industry has also greatly flourished in the region with special reference to a branch in natural therapy, Ayurveda. Visiting Ayurvedic clinics and hospitals for relaxation, rejuvenation and treatments has become a popular activity in Kovalam.

Tourists visiting Kovalam can opt for sunbathing, swimming and other marine activities or just sign up for Kovalam holiday packages that provide travellers a chance to explore the beach town in a more organised fashion. Also, visitors can also take excursions to nearby destinations like Ponmudi, Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin), Vizhinjam, etc.

Food & Shopping in Kovalam

Kovalam is a food lover’s delight, especially seafood lovers. Almost all restaurants have a generous offering of seafood. The beach front restaurants on Lighthouse Beach have displays of fresh fish, lobster, crab, mussels, tiger prawns and others. Depending upon the customer’s selection, the fish is weighed and then cooked according to the desired style. However, service can be slow and the food a bit pricey.

Since Kovalam sees a lot of international tourists, the food menu in the restaurants is also quite varied. From German bakeries to the traditional Kerala-style restaurants, there’s something for every palette. There are some good options for vegetarians as well.  There is not much to shop for in Kovalam. The main beaches in the town have street shops that sell hats, sarongs and other beachwear. Tourists can also buy souvenirs from local shops or jewellery made by locals. A few bookstores in the main town sell international editions of books in various languages.

Travelling to Kovalam

Kovalam is at a distance of about 14 km from Thiruvananthapuram. Buses, taxis and auto rickshaws are available from Thiruvananthapuram to Kovalam. Taxis can cost around INR 400-500 for the 20 minute journey while auto rickshaws may charge anywhere between INR 150-170. Buses, on the other hand, take nearly 30-40 minutes. If staying at Hawah Beach, passengers need to get down at the promontory, which separates Hawah and Kovalam beaches.

The nearest airport to Kovalam is Trivandrum International Airport which is connected to many cities in India as well abroad. Taxis and buses are available from the airport to reach Kovalam. The nearest rail station is Trivandrum Central railway station, which is about 15 km away from Kovalam. This railway station is well connected to major cities in India.

Travelling within Kovalam

Tourists visiting Kovalam can hire bikes or bicycles, either from Thiruvananthapuram or from Kovalam itself. These modes of transport make it easy for travellers to explore the town at their own pace. However, there is also the more expensive option of hiring a private taxi where the drivers, sometimes, also double up as guides and take tourists to visit all attractions of the town.

Accommodation options in Kovalam

There are numerous hotel options in Kovalam for tourists, which range from budget to high-end, which even include staying options on the beach. The beach town also has a few resorts that offer traditional Ayurvedic massages.  

Summers in Kovalam are hot with temperatures going over 30⁰ Celsius. The rainy months of June, July and August see a lot of heavy downpours and thunderstorms. However, the festival of Onam is held during August and is a great time to witness the festivities and cultural events associated with it. The Snake Boat Race is also held during this time.

The best time to visit Kovalam is from September to March. The beaches of Kovalam also deck up for Christmas and New Year, which is another reason to visit Kovalam during this time of the year.

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Jay Raval
  • Jay Raval
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 17 photos
  • 4 Reviews

"Excellent place for beach lovers" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Kovalam is excellent place for beach lovers and specially who loves clean beaches. December and January is best season for kerala trip. Sea food is awesome in Kovalam.
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Ved prakash
  • Ved prakash
  • Lives in Adoor
  • 3 Reviews

"A nice city" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It is nice place and one must be visit to Kovalam once in its life for beautiful beaches, sightseeing like poovar canal and sea beach is very beautiful. It was very exciting boating in canal of kerala, to see the spice garden and water falls was very amazing experience of our life.
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Mandar Karandikar
  • Mandar Karandikar
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 8 Reviews

"Good destination for weekends" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was nice short trip in Kovalam. The Samudra Beach resort is really a nice destination. The hotel is situated on the beach of the Kovalam. The beach is nice for site seeing. The food in Kovalam is really nice especially for non-vegers. The ample choice for hotels in all ranges is available here. For the week ends it is really an ideal destination.
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Rajib kumar Dutta
  • Rajib kumar Dutta
  • Lives in Chinsurah
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  • 1 Review

"Truly amazing place with backwaters & beaches"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kovalam is a beautiful place. Must visit Poovar backwaters & Poovar beach on the way from Trivandrum to Kovalam & then Varkala beach. Stay in Hotel Samudra of KTDC. It's different from other sea beaches. There is huge crowd of travellers in the month of December & January.
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Jayesh Khatsuriya
  • Jayesh Khatsuriya
  • Lives in Rawatbhata
  • 11 Reviews

"Once to visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is very neat, clean & at least once to be visited beach. You can not desist your self longer to take bath when you are at beach. There are life guard, security for your safety. Enjoy speed boat drive. Eat coconut, banana & drink coconut water. My overall experience of kovalam beach was excellent.
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Drvijendra Garg
  • Drvijendra Garg
  • 1 Review

"A great place to visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Beaches are very clean. One must visit lighthouse. Vegetarian foods are also available easily. Must stay outdoor at the time of sunset. Motor boat ride is awesome. Perfect place for honeymoon trip. When you go to Kovalam also visit Poovar which is at short distance.
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Mahesh Talmale
  • Mahesh Talmale
  • Lives in Nagpur
  • 2 Reviews

"Must visit place in Kerala"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Awesome view should visit at least one time. Had very nice market place with reasonable prices of things. Water rides were nice; beach had security and life savers if something goes wrong. Must visit the Pothys Mall a very big nicely furnished mall with things u will buy, In Kovalam must eat the tuna and go for street shopping, speed boat is a very essential thing if you visit there.
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Manoj Prakash
  • Manoj Prakash
  • Lives in Jaipur
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  • 9 Reviews

"Good place to see and enjoy beach"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Nov 3, 2014
Beaches at Kovalam are clean and blue. It was very nice panoramic view at beach. But there is problem for vegetarian. If your non-veg than you can enjoy see food served there. But if you are veg than need to search for food out of that beach. About 2-3 Km from there towards Trivendrum you can find Punjabi dhaba and restaurant for veg food which is having good north Indian food.
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Malini
  • Malini
  • Lives in Udhagamandalam
  • 3 Reviews

"A good place to enjoy the beach"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Oct 10, 2014
Kovalam and its Beaches is supposed to be most beautiful and clean. Though could not visit the beach due to tight schedule, but we enjoyed the beach at the back of the resort. We loved the Banana chips and also the tapioca chips though the latter were a bit hard. Mainly enjoyed at the beach, Pool and temple.
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Ajay Sahay
  • Ajay Sahay
  • Lives in Noida
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  • 3 Reviews

"Excellent trip"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 7, 2014
The overall trip was fantastic. I visited Kochi, Munnar, Thedakky, Alleppy and Kovalam. All the places visited are beautiful and has nice accommodation arrangements. The weather was the start of monsoon hence it was fantastic. The best place I liked was Poovar, 40 Km from Kovalam. Its very calm and clean. The backwaters and the small river falling in sea is a fantastic view. I was quite upset to sea the Kovalam beach. It has become dirty and lot of construction all around. It was quite depressing the state of Kovalam beach. The overall trip was fantastic.
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