travel information, Kerala
Kovalam, meaning "a
groove of coconut trees," is just 10 km from the state capital of
Kerala- Thiruvananthapuram. Kovalam is actually a combination of three
small beaches. Among these, the southernmost beach, named Lighthouse Beach,
is the most frequented beach in Kovalam. Earlier this beach of Kovalam
was an anglers' paradise. It still has some small villages, just a few
kilometer away, which belong to the fishing community. Gradually, this
beach of Kovalam has been transformed to a tourist spot of great interest.
Kovalam is an ideal place for a sunbath during the winter. Tourists to
Kovalam can also experience the typical Kerala massage from the parlor
available a few kilometers away along the Kovalam beaches.
September to March
is the best time to visit Kovalam. In winter the average temperature of
Kovalam is 30 - 32 degree Celsius whereas the summer temperature of Kovalam
is 30- 35 degree Celsius. The monsoons in Kovalam start at the beginning
of June, which lasts till the beginning of August. The second turn of
monsoons in Kovalam start at the end of October and lasts for the next
Tourist Attractions in Kovalam
Apart from the usual
sunbath and surfing, many marine activities are possible at Kovalam. The
local fishermen provide sunrise and sun set cruises in fishing boats.
The Catamaran cruises,
on the country raft is very popular here. Very recently an innovative
tour operating company of Trivandrum has introduced a new package for
marine Angling for deep-sea fishing. This new project is concentrated
near Vizhinjam fishing harbor, just 4 km away east of Kovalam beach. Surfboards
and boogie boards can also be hired on the beach.
At Kovalam many hotels
and resorts offers the Ayurvedic massage and treatment. Yoga (Indian way
of meditation) centers are also plenty in Kovalam. Some theaters perform
the traditional Kerala art form, Kathakali and ethnic martial art, Kalarippayattu.
beach holiday resorts Kovalam Ashok Beach Resort, Surya Samudra Beach
Garden, Somatheeram, Niki's Nest, Cocunut Bay Beach Resort, Uday Samudra
Beach Resort, Hotel Samudra etc own private beaches famous for their cleanliness
and secluded location. Most of these private beaches are located near
Vizhinjam at least 8 km far from Kovalam
Excursions Around Kovalam
The holy city of Anantha,
Thiruvananthapuram City is located just sixteen kilometers north of Kovalam.
Sri Padmnabhaswamy Temple is the major landmark of the city. Though non-Hindus
are not entitled to enter inside the temple one can visit the premises,
which is an architectural marvel. Puthan malika or Horse Palace is a wooden
palace, situated very near to the Temple. The belongings of the Royal
Family and the very construction of the palace make the visitors amazing.
The Chalai Market is a big market just meters away to the temple is a
fine example of the typical market of Kerala. The Napier Museum is a building
in Indo-Saracenic Style, situated just 3 km away is yet another site to
The hill resort, Ponmudi
is located 60 km away from Thiruvananthapurm city. The resort is famous
for its tea plantations and jungle streams.
site to be visited is Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin), the Southern most tip
of Indian subcontinent. Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu state is 90 km East
of Kovalam is the place where three oceans meet together. A visit to Vivekananda
Rock located exactly on the sea is worth full. Kanyakumari is famous for
sunrise and sun set watching. Padmnabhapuram palace, the second largest
wooden palace in Asia is on the way to Kanyakumari, which is a major center
of tourist attraction.
How to Reach
By Air: The Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is just 14
km away from Kovalam. Indian Airlines and Jet airways link Kovalam with
New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Banglore.
By Rail: Thiruvananthapuram
Central Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Kovalam. From
here trains are available to all major parts of India.
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