About Kovalam

Country: India | State: Kerala

Ideal Trip Duration: 4 Hours/Half Day

Nearest City to Kovalam: Trivandrum (13 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Kovalam: October to March

Peak Season: December to January

At a distance of 13 km from Trivandrum, 67 km from Nagarcoil, 78 km from Kollam, 83 km from Kanyakumari, 159 km from Alleppey, and 212 km from Kochi, Kovalam is a coastal town on the shores of the Arabian Sea in Kerala. It is also one of the most famous places to visit as part of Kerala tour packages.

Often called the 'Paradise of the South', Kovalam is one of the wonderful Kerala beach destinations. Kovalam means 'A grove of coconut trees and the whole area beyond the shores around Kovalam is filled with the endless sight of coconut trees offering magnificent views while approaching the beach. Kovalam gained importance when Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bai, the Queen of Travancore, built a palace, the Halcyon Castle on the top of a rock near the beach in the 1930s. Thereafter the place was brought to the public eye by her nephew the Maharaja of Travancore. After Independence, Kovalam was relatively unknown but it gained popularity in the 1970s when hippies arrived here and changed this fishing village into a tourist destination with their wild parties.

Light House Beach, Samudra Beach, Eve's Beach, and Poovar are the most prominent places to visit in Kovalam. The most popular beach is the Light House Beach and offers an amazing sight of the Vizhinjam Mosque. Lighthouse Beach got its name due to the old Vizhinjam Lighthouse located on top of the Kurumkal hillock. Samudra Beach on the northern side is a nice place to hang out despite less commercial activity. The middle one is called Eve's Beach, which was earlier famous with European Tourists. Eve's Beach is ideal to spend a quiet evening. Kovalam is ideal for relaxing and spending time leisurely. There are several activities for tourists like sunbathing, swimming, catamaran cruising, herbal body massage, and cultural programs. Water sports like kayaking, surfing, fishing, and water skiing are some of the activities that can be enjoyed as part of Kovalam tour packages. Kovalam is also famous for its Ayurvedic massages and many yoga resorts.

The nearest airport to Kovalam is Trivandrum airport, which is 14 km away. The nearest rail junction is also at Trivandrum and there are direct trains from Thiruvananthapuram to all the major cities in Kerala and the rest of India like Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Kochi, Alleppey, Kanyakumari, etc. Tourists can reach Kovalam by bus from Trivandrum. Bikes and bicycles are available on hire for tourists at Thiruvananthapuram and Kovalam.

Kovalam is visited by Indian and international tourists throughout the year. However, the best time to visit Kovalam is from November to March. Better to avoid visiting Kovalam during the monsoon season which starts from June to October when the tides are high and the shores are not safe for swimmers.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 0471
Languages Spoken: Tamil,Malayalam , Hindi & English
Major Festivals: Details Not Available

How to Reach Kovalam

By Air

Nearest Airport: Trivandrum - Trivandrum International Airport (14 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Trivandrum Central Railway Station (14 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Kovalam Bus Station (0 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Kovalam


#1 of 7 Places to Visit in Kovalam

At a distance of 1 km from Kovalam Bus Stand, Samudra Beach is the main beach of Kovalam. Situated near Kuma Masjid, it is one of the must-include places in Kovalam holiday packages.

Samudra Beach is located towards the northmost region of Kovalam, and is one of the famous beaches near Trivandrum. The beach is separated from other beaches by disjointed crevices and a giant promontory. The main highlight of the beach is its soothing ambiance and the feel of serenity it offers. Compared to Light House Beach and Eve's Beach, this beach is less crowded and has less business activity.

Visitors can enjoy complete privacy here and thus this beach is an absolute paradise for the newly-wed. You can simply sit on the sea wall and appreciate the majestic view from there. The abundance of coconut trees and palms in this beach augments the beauty and regulates the climate perfectly .....

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#2 of 7 Places to Visit in Kovalam

At a distance of 1.5 km from Kovalam Bus Stand, the Light House Beach is a pristine beach on the coast of Arabian Sea in Kovalam. It is one of the top beaches in Kerala and among the most romantic places to visit during your honeymoon in Kerala.

Adjacent to Eve's Beach, the Light House Beach is the largest of the three beaches in Kovalam. The beach is named after the 30 m high Lighthouse located towards the southern end of the beach. Tourists are not allowed inside the Light House. Tourists can climb the hillock on which the lighthouse is located, for a spectacular view of the Sunset. There is an observation platform from which you can see Poovar in one direction and the famous Beemapalli mosque in the other. One can reach this platform by climbing a total of 142 steps.

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#3 of 7 Places to Visit in Kovalam

At a distance of 0.5 Kms from Kovalam Bus Stand, Eve's Beach, adjacent to Light House Beach is a charming white sand beach. It is one of the best beaches in Kovalam, among the popular tourist places in Kerala.

This beach is located between Kovalam Main Beach and Light House Beach. It was the first topless beach in India. Top free bathing is banned now except in private owned resorts. The sunset in its entire splendor can be viewed from this beach.

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#4 of 7 Places to Visit in Kovalam

At a distance of 18 km from Kovalam and 27 km from Trivandrum, Poovar is a small coastal town at the southern tip of Thiruvananthapuram district in Kerala. Encompassed by a beautiful beach on one side and the backwaters on the other, it is one of the major Kovalam places to visit.

Situated close to the Neyyar River estuary, Poovar is one among the natural wonders where the Lake, River, Sea, and Beach meet the land. Poovar is a lovely island with long stretches of glowing sand, serene surroundings, and a refreshing gentle breeze. Poovar has been a trading center and port in ancient times where timber, sandalwood, ivory, and spices were traded. According to legends the port Ophir where King Solomon's trading ships landed is said to be Poovar. Another legend describes this as the place where Maharaja Marthanda Varma was given protection from his enemies by the powerful merchant, Moosa Marikkar.

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#5 of 7 Places to Visit in Kovalam

At a distance of 15 Kms from Trivandrum Central Railway Station & 4 kms from Kovalam, Vizhinjam is a small coastal town located near the Kovalam Beach.

Vizhinjam is famous for the 18th century rock-cut caves. This granite cave is a one-celled shrine with sculptures of Vinandhara Dakshinamurthi (Lord Shiva).The outer wall of the cave depicts half complete reliefs of the Hindu God Shiva with Goddess Parvathi. Vizhinjam was earlier the capital of the Ay chieftains who ruled the southern parts of Kerala in the 8th century AD.

The Cave is very close to the Vizhinjam Bus Station. Vizhinjam also has a nice beach at a distance of around 1 Km from Bus Station.

Vizhinjam is connected by frequent buses from Trivandrum City.

Distance (From Kovalam Bus Station): 4 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kovalam Bus Station - Including Travel): 1 Hour

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#6 of 7 Places to Visit in Kovalam

At a distance of 85 km from Kanyakumari, 204 km from Kochi, 266 km from Madurai, 385 km from Coimbatore, 400 km from Trichy, 770 km from Chennai, 622 km from Mangalore, and 746 km from Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram, also known as Trivandrum, is the capital of the state of Kerala and the headquarters of Thiruvananthapuram district. It is one of the must-include places in Kerala tour packages.

Situated between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, Thiruvananthapuram means the City of Lord Anantha in Sanskrit and Malayalam. The name derives from the deity of Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple, one of the must-visit places as part of Trivandrum tour packages. Trivandrum is located on the west coast of India near the extreme south of the mainland.

The city once formed a part of the kingdom of Travancore, which had its capital at Padmanabhapuram. Even now most of the buildings .....

Distance (From Kovalam Bus Station): 14 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kovalam Bus Station - Including Travel): 1-2 Days

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#7 of 7 Places to Visit in Kovalam

At a distance of 25 km from Kollam, 44 km from Trivandrum, 51 km from Kovalam, 107 km from Alleppey, 118 km from Kottayam, 127 km from Kanyakumari, 158 km fro Tirunelveli, 174 km from Kochi, and 156 km from Kanyakumari, Varkala is a calm and quiet coastal hamlet situated on the Arabian Sea coast in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. It is one of the oldest municipalities in Kerala, and among the must include places in Kerala tour packages.

Varkala is the suburban city of Trivandrum. Varkala is a lesser-known yet absolutely paradisiacal destination that houses relatively untouched and clean beaches, historical forts, religious sites, natural springs, backwaters, and more. This quaint town in the southern part of Kerala is known for the unique sedimentary rocks belonging to the Cenozoic age, popularly known as the Warkalli Formation, one of the must-include places in Varkala tour packages. The .....

Distance (From Kovalam): 51 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kovalam - Including Travel): Full Day

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