Hugging the Arabian Sea coast, Kovalam lies around 12 km from Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram, and is Kerala’s most popular beachside destination. Three crescent sandscapes separated by rocky headlands are the biggest draws here. Kovalam’s most famous and most sought-after beach is the southernmost Lighthouse Beach – named after the beautiful old Vizhinjam Lighthouse here. It stands on a rocky promontory and its distinctive intermittent beams at night only add to the charm of the beach. Hawa Beach and Ashok Beach are also popular with tourists.
Go adventuring on a catamaran or surfboard, return to shore for a fabulous seafood snack at one of the many restaurants that line the beach; or simply sunbathe on the sands, then return to the hotel for a 27-course sadhya (traditional Kerala course meal served on banana leaves) for lunch!
No less enticing are the many Ayurveda centres and beach resorts in and around Kovalam. This is an ideal destination if you want to enjoy a sun-kissed beach getaway and experience the rejuvenating and healing therapies of Ayurveda. The highland areas near Kovalam offer an option for travellers to visit rubber plantations, a crocodile breeding centre, superb vantage points etc.
If you’re holidaying in Kovalam, be sure to drive down to lovely Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu. This is the southern edge of India where the Bay of Bengal, Arabian sea, and Indian Ocean converge.
Holxo Tours in Kovalam