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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Manjeet Yadav
  • Manjeet Yadav
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews

"Perfect for peaceful holiday" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
A serene place devoid of busy city life which gives relief and freedom from your moribund city life. Best time to enjoy is in the evening and night. One can spend hours on the beach just to tell you Kovalam beach is one of the cleanest beach in India and one should go to Kovalam if looking for a neat and clean beach with fine sand. In the night its very good to sit in the restaurants and have seafood watching the ocean.
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Hm Khan
  • Hm Khan
  • 1 Review

"Must visit" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It's one of the best destination. One should visit atleast once in life time, so called god' s own country. The beach and the resorts nearby were really good. I enjoyed watching the waves strike the shore. Scenic beauty was marvellous. Cleanly maintained. Sea food was tasty.
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Tarun
  • Tarun
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews

"Overall good with one serious shortcoming"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Beach is awesome. Swimming in beach side is good experience. There is one shortcoming- the shacks at Kovalam beach are not for Indians. I really felt disgusted. The shack persons will treat you like a second-class passenger. It happened 3 times to me in a single day. They will always offer you a back table, not the one at beach-front, even if it is non-occupied. You have to call them for taking order, your order will be served late and foreigners order will be served at priority. They talk to foreigners for making them comfortable but they will hardly attend you. I don't think I will again visit them EVER.
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Girika mahajan
  • Girika mahajan
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Must visit once"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is a good place to visit. One must visit this place if you are in Kerela. There are good Beaches to visit and there are places in which you have to travel by boats only like backwater which are having beautiful routes with beautiful birds you may encounter with.
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Suresh Ramaswamy
  • Suresh Ramaswamy
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 83 Reviews

"Superb holiday or offsite conference location"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Great place for a very memorable holiday, or for an equally memorable offsite official conference. The beaches are great and not overly crowded. Cleaner than most beaches in the country. Plenty of eating and shopping establishments available in the vicinity. Fairly close to the airport. Lots of hotels around to suit varying budgets. Can be combined with a visit to the charming city of Trivandrum, the capital city of the state of Kerala.
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Dinesh Kumar
  • Dinesh Kumar
  • Lives in Faridabad
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  • 4 Reviews

"Clean beach with good water activities"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I do not want to come back home. The beautiful Arabian sea is totally seduced me by its waves. Nice, clean and happening beach. I love to swim and there are water activities. One can swim whole day here and even in night, the place in very secure for women. Nice people and nice place.
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Rohit Ranjan
  • Rohit Ranjan
  • Lives in Patna
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  • 9 Reviews

"Nice memorable trip"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is an amazing place with a natural beauty. Amazing poover island tour through backwaters was an awesome experience, hard to explain. Place is really calm with a lot of activities to do and a perfect for relaxing. Poover island, lighthouse beach and a lot more places is must to visit.
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Suman
  • Suman
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews

"Nice place to relax"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We just went to the light house beach and enjoyed there. We went there both in the evening and next morning. My entire family had a fabulous time at the light house beach. Keep at least few sets of cloths to enjoy in the beach. Overall very good experience and i definitely recommend all the beach lovers to visit this place
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Dheeraj  J k
  • Dheeraj J k
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 3 Reviews

"Perfect for a relaxed holidays and adventurous too !"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The kovalam always attracts the travellers due to its serene sea beauty, clear water and cleanliness on the beaches. As it is near to Trivandrum, you can see the other good temples like Padmanabha swamy temple, attukal bhagvathy temple, national zoo and other good places.

The food is excellent especially sea food and stay arrangement is also good in nearby hotels. A good resorts were also nearby in vinzam which will be having spa facilities. A homestay is also welcome trend !

A must stay for relaxation and honeymooners, enjoy the trip !

The kovalam always attracts the travellers due to its serene sea beauty, clear water and cleanliness on the beaches. As it is near to Trivandrum, you can see the other good temples like Padmanabha swamy temple, attukal bhagvathy temple, national zoo and other good places.

The food is excellent especially sea food and stay arrangement is also good in nearby hotels. A good resorts were also nearby in vinzam which will be having spa facilities. A homestay is also welcome trend !

A must stay for relaxation and honeymooners, enjoy the trip !
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Kumar Anand
  • Kumar Anand
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"A good place to have fun"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was a great experince. I would like to visit this place again. Sea food was very awesome. Prawn, fish, breakfast was so delicious. We played a lot with sea waves and went for motor boating in sea. It was a thrilling experience. Even night life was very good. People are very friendly and simple. Overall, it was a great trip, I advise to everybody to visit this place and enjoy the "GODESS on home ".
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