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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Abhi Singh

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"Excellent place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Nice clean beaches one should go to povar also. Sand beach is just beyond the words. Motor boats are managed by some goons type of people so better get the deal fixed by the hotel or localities otherwise they will cheat you. One should visit all 5 beaches and motor boat experience in kovalam was just amazing.
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Mrunal Shah

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  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Overall, a nice city" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Kovalam city is very big & clean. The famous temple of padma swami is very nice. The murti is very big & just catched our heart. I could also see many big jewellery showroom there. I like the city very much. The traffic maintenance is good. Some of areas are not so good. But overall city is nice.
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Manorajan

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"Just an awesome place" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Nice place with lots of foreigners hooping around. Very friendly people. Scenic beauty is loveable. And for honeymoon couple it is one of the best place in India with not so much of gathering crowds. The disadvantage of this place is that after spending some time you will understand that India has lost its adored culture and its flying to the hands of new generation. Nice place to stay.
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Aswin  Jerose

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"A Song Shoot at Kovalam Beach"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Me & My Old school met up in Easter holiday this year; First week of April. We came up with a plan of shooting a tamil album video song. We finalized Kovalam beach and we planned to shoot near seashore. But after reaching there we got various ideas.

First we shot in hawa beach shores and then for a main sequence we went to lighthouse top and shot. The View is Awesome!!

Also we shot in a small guest house palace, River boating etc. The Kovalam visit gives a lot of new locations and credits to our album. Happy :)

We completed the entire Song in 1 day..!
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Vasu Brahmbhatt

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"A new experience with black sand"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
After the exhausting journey, sea is the 1st thing that you will want to visit. The beach will make you forget about everything else. Specially the fine black sand and waves. The view from the lighthouse is breathtaking with awesome restaurants and beautiful shops.
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Dhiman Samanta

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"Amazing Kovalam!"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The nearest airport and Rail station to Kovalam is Thiruvananthapuram/Trivandrum. The place is famous for its beaches. Light house beach, Hawa beach and Samudra beach. Light house beach and Hawah beach are adjacent and preferred by tourists who love lots of activities on the beach. I visited there in May which is considered as off season. Due to comparatively hot weather.

It took me around 25 minutes to reach lighthouse beach by auto from Trivandrum station. My booking was in hotel Neelkanth at lighthouse beach. There are two auto/taxi stand, one is on lighthouse beach side and another on hawa beach side. Vehicles drop passengers up to those points. If you stay in any hotel on beach you have to cover the remaining distance by foot. In most cases hotel send their staff with a trolley to carry luggage of their guest. Light house beach is comparatively bigger among the two and derived its name from the adjacent light house.

Both the beach are picturesque but the colour of sand is black. Light house beach is almost clean but Hawa beach where local travellers other than outsiders throng around looks somewhat dirty with packets of food lying here and there. There are hotels, eateries, souvenir shops just after the beach. There are variety of options of delicious sea food but price is steep compared to eateries in the market just behind the beach hotels and restaurants. I didn't notice lot of water sport option, thin population of tourists at that time might be the reason. Other than spending mme on beach, which I enjoyed a lot, I visited the lighthouse. Tourists are allowed to enter there between 9 amto 5 pm.
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Purna

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"A paradise for beach lovers"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Sun and sand. What to expect more!!! A perfect place to spend your holiday laying down on the shore letting the waves wash your feet. The beach is quite neat and clean and the hotels provide a great view of the sea from most of their rooms. The view from the light house is amazing. Just heavenly, surrounded by coconut trees. The light house is the main attraction on the beach, however the beach itself is the main attraction with nice surrounding view. Varkala beach nearby is another must visit.
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"A beautiful place to visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This is one of the best beaches in India. Along the beach lot of resorts were available. Sea food lovers will really enjoy. Even vegetarian food was available. Speed boat is a memorable experience. Light house has a very good view of the beach and sea. Fishing by the local fishermen is a very good to see. All the shops and other business establishments behave very decently with the tourists.
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Manjeet Yadav

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"Perfect for peaceful holiday"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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"Must visit"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months 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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