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Kovalam Tourism

Kovalam Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • District: Thiruvananthapuram
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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Ashish Shukla

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"Best beach ever seen" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Kovalam beach in Trivandrum is the best beach ever I saw in my entire life. It's neat, clean, beautiful and has 3 way beautiful views. The water is very neat and clean and the whole ambience is just too good. This place is highly popular among foreigners. There are many beautiful resorts and hotels near this beach providing stay.

Don't miss the fish curry and banana chips if you are a non-veg person.
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Pravin Kamat

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  • Pravin Kamat
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Overrated Beach Destination" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I feel Kovalam as a beach destination is overrated. The beaches are rocky and not safe for a swim. The beaches tend to be overcrowded as they are small in length and area. The beaches in Goa or Alibag are much better. I would not go out of the way to visit this destination again.
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Jeetendra jain

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"Overall satisfactory stay"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Nice location. Beach side is clean and easily accessible. 3 pools add to the experience. Room service has to improve. Even hygiene in the room has to improve. Over priced. But overall it is satisfactory. We were given a upgraded rooom. Breakfast was excellent.
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Mansi vaish

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"Off seasons you may get black sand"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Who doesn't like beaches! But I'd recommend to plan your visit to Kovalam between November to February. I went to Kovalam in August, obviously I enjoyed but what I didn't liked was black sand in this season. Beaches always do look cool and serene when sand is golden. Otherwise Kovalam is a good place. More than Kovalam, I liked Poovar Beach.
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Ashwini Dabbe

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"Clean green waters"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 13, 2016
Kovalam is a must visit beach when in Kerala. The waters are very clear and has got shallow end. There are lot of resorts and hotels of all price range. Some have sea view as well. Sea food is one of the major part of the cuisine. There is lot of scope for shopping.
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Gowtham Sundararajan

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"Awesome place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 21, 2016
Very close to resort hardly 3mt. Variety of fresh sea foods at its traditional Kerala style is available. A excellent place to spend with family. Atmosphere was electric and could hear the lapping of sea waves. During the night it was incredible. Need to feel it to enjoy.
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"Weekend Getaway"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 29, 2016
We started our journey from Salem, Tamil Nadu on 24th June for a weekend and didn't have a perfect plan as we were travelling to a new location never been so we didn't not have any choice. We first drove down to Thenmala a beautiful landmark of God's own country. After seeing that we did not have another option but to find another place close enough to get so we found Ponmudi an hill station this is another landmark of God's own country. A beautiful creation now after visiting two places in a day we had to a break for our journey so finding the nearest and good location we started our journey to the most talk able beaches of Kerala. We reached Kovalam and took a resort very close to the beach. The rooms are good, has a vegetarian restaurant, no room service but still good and has a beautiful swimming pool. The cottages were reasonable and affordable we spent our Saturday evening went to the beach on Sunday morning spent our day till after noon before heading to Salem.
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Niju Nichuzz

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"Its a amazing place of peace and beauty"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 27, 2016
We all have go to many beaches in India and other nations. But one of the best in the world is Kovalam beach. Its have a amazing factor. Their have lot of facilities. When ever anybody want a full day of enjoyment should come to Kovalam. Because its a good and amazing place
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Deve kumar

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"Family holiday destination"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 25, 2016
Kovalam is calm and hustle free beach. All kind of hotels available on the beach. Room rent having a wide range starting from Rs. 800 per day for two people. Various sea food is good to try around the beach area. Local veg-food is also good, but it's better to try on off beach area. Ayurvedic massage must try for relaxing after long traveling. Nearby place to visit is Poovar, best known for backwaters. It's good for boating activities and watching golden sand beach. Best time to visit here in mid December to mid January.
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"Relaxing place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 14, 2016
Kovalam beach is really nice. Clean water and beach is clean. Eating outlets even though very expensive, are neatly organised but was unable to locate any stall for light snacks. You can relax at Kovalam beach in the evening or go in morning but month of March is not suitable to visit this location.
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