Ideal Trip Duration: 4 Hours/Half Day

Base Station: Kovalam, Trivandrum (13 Kms)

Nearest City to Kovalam: Trivandrum (13 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Kovalam: November to February

Peak Season: November to February

State: Kerala | District: Trivandrum

Kovalam Weather: Maximum: 30°C
Minimum: 20°C

At a distance of 13 km from Trivandrum, 63 km from Kochi, 67 km from Nagarcoil, 212 km from Kochi, 159 km from Alleppey and 83 km from Kanyakumari, Kovalam, on the shores of Arabian Sea, is one of the most famous Beaches in Kerala. It is also one of the most famous places to visit in Kerala state.

The beautiful Kovalam Beach resort is also known as the 'Paradise of the South'. Kovalam means 'A grove of coconut trees' and the whole area beyond the shores around Kovalam is literally filled with 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 rock near the beach in 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.

There are three beaches in Kovalam. The most popular beach is the Light House Beach and offers an amazing sight of Vizhinjam Mosque. Lighthouse Beach got its name due to the old Vizhinjam Lighthouse located on top of the Kurumkal hillock. Samudra Beach on northern side is a nice place to hangout despite of 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 sun bathing, 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 in Kovalam. 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 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 but avoid monsoon season which starts from June to October. The tides are high and the shores are not safe for swimmers. The best time to visit Kovalam is from November to March. It usually takes half day to visit Kovalam, Kerala.

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Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 0471
Languages Spoken: Tamil,Malayalam , Hindi & English
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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)

5 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN KOVALAM


Beach

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.

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.


Beach

At a distance of 1 Km from Kovalam Bus Stand, Samudra Beach is the main beach of Kovalam near Kuma Masjid.

This beach offers spectacular sunset views, like all other beach of Kovalam. This is a safe and good place to swim. The hillocks near the Juma Masjid are full of coconut trees offering cool breeze to the visitors.

Compared to Light House Beach and Eve's Beach, this beach is less crowded and has less business activity. The See View Leela Cottages are located on a hillock on southern end of the beach. There are several resorts with private beaches to the north of this main beach.


Beach

At a distance of 1.5 Kms from Kovalam Bus Stand, the Light House Beach is the largest of the three beaches of Kovalam. A 30 meter high light house is situated at the southern end of the beach, upon which the beach is named. Adjacent to Eve's Beach, this beach can be reached by foot from Eve's Beach.

Tourists are not allowed inside the Light House. Tourists can climb the hillock on which the light house is located, for a spectacular view of the Sunset. There are several resorts of all ranges located close to the beach for accommodation. The light house hillock is full of coconut trees.

This is the most active of all the beaches in Kovalam. Water sports like swimming, para cycling, para gliding are available at this beach.


Historical & Heritage

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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City

At a distance of 85 km from Kanyakumari, 385 km from Coimbatore, 204 km from Kochi, 400 km from Trichy, 266 km from Madurai, 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 also one of the popular Kerala places to visit. The city and the suburbs cover an area of about 250 sq. km, situated between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea.

Thiruvananthapuram means City of Lord Anantha in Sanskrit and Malayalam. The name derives from the deity of Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple situated in the city. 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. .....

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