Kovalam Tourism

Kovalam Tourism

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Kovalam Beach is one of the main tourist destinations in India, which has its good and bad sides. The main bad side is inflated prices and tourist scams. Here is one concrete experience and warning.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: In general, I found the dining experience quite good. You can get anything in Kovalam Beach (except McDonald's, thank God!). Shopping was a little less satisfying because of high pressure sales effort. Yet, we found a very nice, if expensive bedcover which reminds us now nightly about our trip to India... Still, I do recommend that you do your shopping somewhere else than Kovalam Beach, if you want to the value for your money.

Activities & things to do: For Kovalam, the main thing is the beach. The waves are just right and the beach is just perfect, even for small children. And it still looks great, although a little overdeveloped. On the other hand, you are left in peace and do not need to defend yourself against too aggressive salesmen or little children who ask for 'child money'.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: I was asked by a friend to have silk sari blouses made. I chose the tailor's shop in front of Soma Palmshore hotel, thinking that it will surely be reliable. I had three nice blouses made, and the owner assured me that the material was genuine silk. The blouses were made and I brought them back to Finland to my friend. He was a specialist and could tell immediately that the material was not silk, but viscose. I had thus been badly cheated. So, my warning: avoid the tailor's shop in front of Soma Plamshore hotel at Lighthouse road! Or take a specialist with you who can see the difference between viscose and silk!
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Kovalam Traveller Reviews

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Dr vallish Bn
  • Dr vallish Bn
  • Lives in Madurai
  • 2 Reviews

"Came back totally rejuvenated and refreshed" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
This place has it all: few well-maintained clean beaches, backwaters, forest, boating, city etc. The lion safari was the most memorable of all the experiences. We got to see three lions resting, at a stone throw distance! The boating in the....... More
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Tarang Vasa
  • Tarang Vasa
  • 3 Reviews

"Visit here once and you will forget the beaches of Goa!" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Kovalam is one of the exotic locations I have visited till today. I feel travellers who are crazy for Goa beaches should once visit Kovalam beach, they will surely forget Goa beaches. The beach is very clean, the sea water is also very clean,....... More
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  • Chandan
  • 3 Reviews

"Kovalam is nice place to relax"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kovalam is nice place to relax with soothing sound of sea, cool breeze and coconut palm. Very nice beaches and overall a good relaxing place to beat the fatigue of daily life. When we walk on beaches with bare foot and with nothing to worry in....... More
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Pavan  s

"Fantastic Experience"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Yes, I was planning to have a budget trip for a international beach and this is really it is. You have to visit this place if you want to really get relaxed and want to enjoy your honeymoon near a clean and tidy beach. Ofcourse there are....... More
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Sudandra chakravarthi
  • Sudandra chakravarthi
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  • 9 Reviews

"Simply Beautiful!"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Why this destination? - My co passenger recommended it. The right time or season to holiday is Sept to March. Those who love water, in pleasant environment will enjoy.. To speak about local food, its fish of many kinds. In the Light house....... More
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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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Kovalam by the Sea 2950 Per Person 2 days & 1 night VIEW DETAILS
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