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Location : Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), in the South Indian state of Kerala.
Popular For : The Most Popular Beach in Kerala
Highlights : Yoga and Other Health Related Activities
Best Time To Visit : September-April

Kovalam Beach - Making Waves In Water, Ripples In Your Heart

Kovalam Beach - Kerala
Kovalam Beach - Kerala

Novelty Factor : One of the cleanest and safest beaches in the country, Kovalam is just 16 km away from the capital city of Kerala.
Beach Attractions : Open Sea, Beaches, Vast Stretch of Land, Vizhinjam Village.
Around Kovalam : Poovar – 18 km, 15 kms from Mahabalipuram, 36 kms from Mahabalipuram.
To Shop : Sea Shells, Handicraft Items made from Seashells, Paintings, Carpets, Metal Work, Woodwork Articles.
Getting There : Nearest Airport - Trivendrum International Airport, Thiruvananthapuram – 16 km.
Rail – Nearest Station – Trivendrum Central – 13 km.
Road – Kovalam is off the N-H-47 Bypass.
Don't Miss : Stay in the Ashrams and Experiencing Ayurvedic Treatments.
Inside Tip : While Staying in the Ashrams do abide by the rules and regulations of the Ashram.
Activities : Ideal for Kayaking, Swimming, Surfing and Skiing.
Must Watch : The Palm Trees and Ebullient Waves of the Arabian Sea.
Where to Eat : Sea Face Dosa Camp, Lonely Planet, Garcia, Swiss Cafe, German Bakery.
Staying Options : Le Meridien, Raja Hotel, Hotel Samundra, Uday Samundra Leisurew Beach, Hotel Sea Face, Kadaloram Beach Resort, The Ttravancore Heritage, Somatheeram Ayurvedic Beach Resort.

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Three crescent-shaped beaches separated by rocky headlands. To the right are barracked coconut plantations. Below little spits of white sands race against the azure waters of the Arabian Sea. To the left is a sprawl of restaurants, holding hands with the sun-kissed sands of the beach, continuing their journey through the passage of time. No less fascinating are the ayurveda centres that have swelled around the beach, promising solutions for all ailments. Welcome to Kovalam, the undisputed capital of Kerala's rhapsody scene. Interestingly, there is a fairytale realm that envelopes Kovalam. Anything goes here and all kinds of people cluster here - from megalomaniac millionaires to bums on the dole, from world-renowned identities to anonymous human heads. Kovalam is a junction that cannot be described successfully. It has to be experienced, preferably on a full moon night, at a hopping beach party.

Days of Yore

Looking around this sun-and-sand paradise, it's difficult to imagine that Kovalam was once just a pretty fishing village with a prettier beach. In Kovalam, as the hippies discovered this hidden jewel long ago, the tourists - and the locales - inhabit different universes. The day-trippers from Thiruvananthapuram almost always climb the rocky promontory to Halcyon Castle, striding carefully for spectacular views of the sea, whereas trotters prefer to jaunt around the crescents, looking for an opportunity to cheer up a romantic evening. An added advantage for them are the seaside eating joints serving Italian food and signboards in German. Unfortunately, the rustic charm of the yore is missing, but there is no ways to complain. The sunny beaches will see to that.

Cool Waters And Hot Holidays

Kovalam Beach - Kerala
Kovalam Beach - Kerala

Try to have a memorable experience of soaring high in the air, the wind kicking on your face. Indeed, this pleasure can only be felt by parasailing, where the excitement really gushes down your spine. The beach landing can be tricky and requires good coordination and expertise on the part of the ground staff and the powerboat operator. If parasailing can add a ruby, water skiing will add a diamond to the necklace. The horrendous game requires both strength and skill. While learning be prepared for repeated tumbles and resulting soreness. The operators in Alappuzha will train you until you become good enough, or give up. Either way this sport is definitely worth a try.

Drive Your way

A drive to the shores would be the best idea for a well planned holiday vacation in Kovalam. Smooth, straight roads lead to Kovalam, 13 km from Thiruvananthapuram. From Kovalam Junction, you have to take a right turn to reach the three main beaches. This road forks into two; the left turn takes you to Hawa Beach and Lighthouse Beach, whereas the straight road takes you to Ashok Beach, the main Kovalam beach. Kovalam's KSRTC Bus Stand is near Vizhinjam Church on the Vizhinjam-Poovar Road. It has services in every 15 min to Trivandrum. If you want to come by air, land at Trivandrum International Airport, and get a taxi to cover the rest 16 km to reach Kovalam.

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Top 5 Reasons To Visit Kovalam Beach

Kovalam Beach

A Walk With Kovalam
Spend a few days of your holiday vacation amidst the sun-kissed golden sands of Kovalam. Fringed by palm trees, the most popular beach of Kerala offer an unique opportunity to watch the ebullient waves of the Arabian Sea from a close proximity.

Listen To Your Heart
The best thing about Kovalam is that you can do whatever you want. The day-trippers from Thiruvananthapuram almost always climb the rocky promontory to Halcyon Castle, striding carefully for spectacular views of the sea, whereas trotters prefer to jaunt around the crescents, looking for an opportunity to cheer up a romantic evening.

Taste A Rush of Adrenaline
Indulge into a lot of water sports according to your interests and budget. Try to have a memorable experience of soaring high in the air, the wind kicking on your face with parasailing. You can also enjoy water skiing, pulsating with every beats of the waves.

Taste A Teesria
Buy a plate of ‘Teesria’ (juicy mussel) prepared deliciously in coconut milk. The spicy preparation is a good company with fenny and often makes a good evening for the locals.

Savour The Water Of Life
Kerala is often renamed as the Land of Coconuts, for this ubiquitous plant offers every part of itself for some essential household need. Refresh yourself with a sip of cool tender coconut - nature's rejuvenating nectar - and a scoop of its soft white flesh.

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