Kovalam Beach, Kerala is famous for its enchanting strip of golden sands backed by the rich greenery of coconut palms. Once a fishing village, Kovalam shot into increasing popularity by the outcome of hippies. This eventually led to the transformation of this once fishing village into one of the most sought out tourist destination in ‘Gods Own Country’- Kerala. It is just 16Km from Trivandrum, Kerala’s capital city.
This internationally renowned beach has been a favorite haunt for tourists all over the world. Its been famous for its adjacent crescent shaped beaches. The massive rocky promontory on the beach and a calm bay of waters provides an ideal place for swimming and bathing. Covered almost by coconut trees, Kovalam is warm and clean with the white sand bed that plays with the waves of the sea breeze. With clear waters, one can walk into the sea about 100m without losing ground. The underwater views, which are visible during snorkeling, are marvelous. Kovalam beach offers plenty of leisure options like sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programs, Catamaran cruising etc
Kovalam has acquired international reputation as one of the best places in Kerala-or India, for its invigorating ayurvedic course of treatment or rejuvenation. You can see an array of massage parlors’, spas and yoga centers in kovalam that can buck you up as much as a course of therapy- with herbal oils and soothing massages. Many hotels here offer yoga classes also.
Accommodation in Kovalam
Along with its serene atmosphere and scenic beauty, kovalam offers excellent accommodation to suit your budget. All the restaurants here provide both western as well as Indian food, which is delicious. The major attraction is the grilled seafood items such as lobster, king prawns and kalamari which are got fresh from the sea at Kovalam.
The main season starts from September to May with December & early January experiencing the biggest rush.
There is minimum temperature variation across the year. Summer starts from April to October and the temperature varies from a maximum of 36°c to a minimum of 20°c and winter from December to January with a varying temperature from 18°c to 35°c.
Tourist Attractions in Kovalam
Light House Beach
The long sandy kovalam beach is separated into three different beaches by the outcrops that are found jutting out into the sea. The three parts of the Kovalam beach are, the Light house Beach Kovalam, the Hawah Beach or Eves Beach and the Samudra Beach.
The Lighthouse beach Kovalam is the most popular amongst the tourist. It is the largest of the three beaches and is called Lighthouse Beach for its 30 meter height lighthouse, located at the South End of the beach on a promontory. This beach like the other two beaches of Kovalam, has extensive stretches of sand and fringes of palm trees. It is one of the most versatile beaches and is not restricted to natural beauty alone.
Hawah Beach or Eve’s Beach
Eve’s beach is located in a natural setting with frequent fringes of Palm trees. The golden sands, blue waters and green palms create a perfect beach holiday location. This sea is perfect for sports like swimming and surfing. A day at the Eves Beach is eventful, with the changing moods of the scene. The sea becomes eventfully beautiful during the evening, when the sun starts sinking and sprinkles the different shades of colors on the blue waters of the sea. It’s the perfect place to relish the simple yet enchanting art work of nature. During the morning and the daytime, the Eves Beach is full with tourists. This semi circular beach, though relatively secluded, is a favorite haunt for the tourists. Another major feature of the Eves beach is the old red and white lighthouse, which is as refreshing as the waters and the golden beaches. Once famous for the Topless beach in Kerala, topless bathing and parading has now been banned except in private coves owned by resorts
The northern most part of the beach is called Samudra Beach. A large promontory separates the northernmost Kovalam or Samudra Beach from its southern counterpart. Samudra Beach doesn’t have tourists thronging there or hectic business. This place is primarily left to fishermen who ply their trade. This beach is the least affected by all the changes that take place in the region. What you can see here is just a few fishing vessels, anchored here and there on the horizon. The sands on the beaches in Kovalam are partially black in colour due to the presence of Ilmenite and thorazite.
Ayurveda at Kovalam
Kerala is famous for Ayurveda, an ancient Indian system of medicine for treatment, which is well known across the globe. It is believed that this ancient form of treatment has been originated from Kerala. Ayurvedic treatment is one of the major attractions for many tourists who come here. It offers a range of holistic treatments, which rejuvenates your mind, body and soul. The herbs of Kerala have unique properties due to the special climate of the region, which makes Kerala one of the Ayurvedic hotspot regions of the country.
Kovalam is also the centre for Ayurvedic treatment. The beautiful, charming and calm location is an ideal place for Ayurvedic rejuvenation. Tourists across the globe throng to Kovalam to get rejuvenated with the help of the Ayurveda. Kovalam offers many Ayurvedic holistic and rejuvenating therapies popularly known as ‘Sukha Chikilsa’.
Most of the hotels and resorts offer holistic and refreshing treatments of Ayurveda. Tourists can plan a tour to Kovalam and can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the beaches along with some ayurvedic treatments to make your vacation a perfect retreat.