Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse. Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes and catamaran cruising are some of them. Kovalam is a beach town by the Arabian Sea in Thiruvananthapuram city, Kerala.
A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. Kovalam shot into limelight in the early seventies with arrivals of the masses of hippies. That started the transformation of a casual fishing village of Kerala into one of the most important tourist destinations in all India- the Kovalam beach.
Kovalam was brought to the public eye by Her Highness The Queen of Travancore Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bai decided to build a palace for herself at a rock top near the beach, as her private residence better known as Haylcon Castle.Kovalam has 3 major beaches in its 17 km coastline.
The southernmost beach, the Lighthouse Beach is the one most frequented by tourists, Lighthouse Beach got its name due to the old Vizhinjam Lighthouse located on a rocky promontory here. Its intermittent beams at night render the beach with an unearthly charm. See some images of Kovalam here.
Eve’s Beach, more commonly known as Hawa Beach, ranks second, in the early day, is a beehive of activities with fishermen setting out for sea. With a high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights.
A large promontory separates this part from the southern side. Samudra Beach doesn't have tourists thronging there or hectic business. The local fishermen ply their trade on this part.Today Kovalam has become one of the most popular beach hangouts in India.
Nearest Tourist Places in Trivandrum
Thiruvanathapuram International Airport
From Airport to spot(12.5 km, 21 mins )
1. Head north-west on International Airport Rd
2. Take the 1st right
to stay on International Airport Rd
3. Continue onto Thiruvananthapuram Airport Exit Rd
4. Turn right onto NH Bypass Service Rd
Pass by Ananthapuri Hospital
(on the right in 350 m)
5. Take the 1st left
toward NH 47 Bypass Rd
6. Take the 1st right
onto NH 47 Bypass Rd
Go through 2 roundabouts
Pass by Lekshmy Opticals
(on the left in 1.0 km)
7. Turn right
Nearest Railway station:
Thiruvanathapuram Central Railway Station
From Thiruvanathapuram Central Railway Station to spot(11.6 km, 20 mins )
1. Head east
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2. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit
onto Salem-Kanyakumari Hwy
Pass by Minerva Studio
(on the right in 500 m)
3. Turn left at Overbridge Junction
onto Mahathma Gandhi Rd
Pass by S Indian Bank
(on the left)
4. At Ramla Emporium, continue onto Trivandrum Vizhinjam Rd
Pass by Al-Arif Hospital
(on the left in 3.4 km)
5. Slight left onto NH 47 Bypass Rd
Pass by Archana Royal Park
(on the left in 500 m)
6. Turn right