Kovalam Beach is an incredible and enchanting beach destination in the Indian state of Kerala. This tropical beach of Kerala is characterised by tall coconut groves that extends from one end of the sandy coast to the other. The pleasant climate and clear blue waters makes Kovalam Beach a world class beach destination of today. Besides the stunning beaches, Kovalam is also renowned for its numerous Ayurvedic massages and yoga resorts. This splendid destination is crowded by tourists from all over India and different parts of the world. The natural beauty of Kovalam Beach has crowned it with the title of the ‘Paradise of the South’.
Location : State/District
Kovalam Beach is located in the state of Kerala in the district of Thiruvananthapuram. The latitude of Kovalam Beach is 8.4020⁰ N while the longitude of the beach is 76.9784⁰ E.
Kovalam Beach is among the most spectacular beach destinations of Southern India.
A perfect place to holiday with families and friends, Kovalam Beach has always remained a chosen destination for holiday makers. Multitude of beach side activities and wonderful sightseeing options attracts both domestic and International tourists to this sea side heaven. Kovalam Beach is also an ideal destination for honeymooners. The serene and calm environment makes it a perfect hideout for love birds.
Owing to its geographical location, Kovalam Beach experiences moderate climate all year round. Summers starts from March and continues till May. The weather during this time is extremely hot and humid with temperature ranging between 30⁰C to 37⁰C. The heat makes it unbearable to enjoy sightseeing at the beach side. Monsoon season lasts from June till September. During this time the place receives heavy torrential rainfall. Tourists must avoid visiting Kovalam Beach during this time as rain will dampen all your plans. The month of December marks the arrival of winters at Kovalam Beach that prevails till the end of February. The place is moderately cold and the weather is enjoyable in this season. Mornings remain pleasant while the temperature slightly drops at night during winters. You will need cotton clothes for day and light woollens for night. The best time to vacation in Kovalam Beach is from October to February.
Indian citizens can travel anytime of the year to Kovalam Beach. The beach is a popular destination among International tourists. They however need to take visa permission from the government of India before visiting the place.
Kovalam Beach is a crescent shaped beach with three distinctive parts namely the Lighthouse Beach, Samudra Beach and Hawah Beach. Of all the three beaches, Lighthouse Beach is the most popular and occupies the southernmost end of the beach. The Samudra Beach located at the northern end is a quieter beach that is a perfect hideout for tourists will to spend some time in solitude as well as honeymooners. The Hawah Beach located in the centre is the hub of fishing activities at the Kovalam Beach. Fishermen setting out in their boats are a common sight here.
Kovalam Beach is bestowed with calm and clear waters that make it an ideal and safe for bathing, swimming and enjoying leisure activities at the beachside. Visitors especially foreign tourists can be spotted idly sunbathing and enjoying the beach side fun. The soft sandy shores are crowded by tourists taking long leisure walks from one end of the beach to the other.
Kovalam Beach is world renowned for it’s under water spectacles and enchanting coral reefs. The beach is therefore a chosen destination for snorkelling and draws adventure enthusiast from all over the world to this place. Some of the other water sports that can be availed at the beach side include kayaking, windsurfing, parasailing, water-skiing and beach-volley.
Holidaying in Kovalam is incomplete without indulging in refreshing Ayurvedic massage. The holistic therapies here will leave you completely refreshed and is the biggest catch for International tourists. There are plentiful of Ayurvedic spas in and around Kovalam Beach that heals both the mind and the body. Besides Ayurvedic treatment, Kovalam Beach also has good meditation and yoga centres. These centres are operated by trained professionals who take you on a spiritual journey while you holiday in this stunning beach.
Places to Visit
As you reach the Lighthouse Beach, the sight of the Vizhinjam Lighthouse will captivate you, especially during the night time when the lighthouse glows at regular intervals amidst the stark darkness. The magical effect created by the light is very enchanting and mesmerising. Tourists however are not allowed to enter the Vizhinjam Lighthouse.
Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala that is located at a distance of 16 kms from Kovalam. The word Thiruvananthapuram in Malayalam means ‘City of Lord Anantha’ and is a popular destination with enchanting picnic spots, historic monuments, wonderful beaches and backwater stretches.
The Napier Museum is a remarkable place built during the 19th century. The museum holds rare collection of historic and archaeological artefacts ancient ornaments, ivory carvings, a temple chariot and bronze idols.
Padmanabha Swamy Temple is an important religious destination located close to the Kovalam Beach. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the architecture of the temple is an ideal blend of Dravidian and Kerala style of architecture. The Padmanabha Swamy Temple is particularly renowned for its stone carvings and mural paintings.
Food and Accommodation
There are plethoras of eateries lined across the Kovalam Beach that serve tangy and spicy flavours of sea food. The small fish kiosks at the beach that offer fresh and delectable fish preparations are a must try for non-vegetarians. There are also countless restaurants around Kovalam Beach that offers guests s delightful eating experience. Some of the top picks are Oyster Restaurant, Sanjeevini Restaurant, Bait, 3rd Rock, Fusion, Waves Restaurant and Suprabhatham. While at Kovalam Beach you must not miss out on drinking the tender coconut water, a speciality of the place.
Staying at Kovalam Beach is not a problem as it a prime tourist destination. There are wonderful accommodation options in all budget range. If you are looking for plush restaurants and resorts to get a luxurious staying experience, checkout the Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel and Spa, Poovar Island Resort, The Leela Kovalam Beach, The Travancore Heritage and the Manaltheeram Ayurveda Beach Village. These accommodations have room/night chargeable at INR 7000 onwards and reach up to INR 13,000. Some mid-range hotels around Kovalam Beach are Hotel Samudra KTDC, Swagath Holiday Resorts, Isola Di Cocco Beach Resort, Over the Hill and Tom’s Inn Premium. These hotels have room rent ranging between INR 3000 – INR 6000 for a night. Kovalam Beach has few low-cost staying options with room tariffs below INR 2500. The names under this category include Jeevan Ayurvedic Beach Resort, Park International, Hotel Thushara and Cosmic Leisure Resort.
Safety and Security
While swimming, watch for sign boats to avoid areas with strong undertow. Also while performing water sports, follow the instructions carefully and these activities should be performed in the presence of lifeguards around.