One of the most popular beaches of kerala. Kovalam Beach is made of three adjoining beaches forming a crescent coastline. It is home to Halcyon Castle, considered one of India’s first beach resorts builthere in the 1920s by the Maharani of Travancore. During the 1930’s her son invited his European friends for beach breaks, making it popular spot. Later it came in to the limelight with the arrival of hippies in the 1970’s. Perfect for sunbathing and swimming, you will still find the beach packed withEuropeans looking for a quick tan. You can go for catamaran cruises deep in to the ocean and enjoy cultural performances near the beach every evening.
The tropical sun acts so fast that one can see the faint blush of coppery tan on the skin in a matter of minutes. Life on the beach begins late in the day and carries on well into the night. The beach complex includes a string of budget cottages, Ayurvedic health resorts, convention facilities, shopping zones, swimming pools, Yoga and Ayurvedic massage centres.
Accommodation facilities for tourists at Kovalam range from five star hotels to budget hotels and the choice of food available at restaurants and cafeterias range from Continental varieties to South Indian delicacies.
Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, is just 16 km away from Kovalam and getting there is no hassle. But if you are on holiday it is better to stay in Kovalam and visit the city. The city of Thiruvananthapuram has many interesting places to see like the Napier Museum, the Sri Chitra Art Gallery and the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. The SMSM Institute, a State owned handicrafts emporium, is the ideal place to pick up ethnic curios and other articles.
Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central, about 16 km
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 10 km
Best time to visit: September to March
Nearby Places To Visit: Poovar, Varkala, Ponmudi, Kanyakumari