Kovalam, which literally means the ‘grove of coconut tree’ is known as the ‘Paradise of the South India’ . It has become one of the renowned beaches on the International tourism map, and over the decades developed into the favourite beach haunt of tourist from all over the world, especially Europe. The golden sands and gentle waves along the pristine beach stretches fringing with swaying coconut groves are an irresistible combo. The best thing about Kovalam is that the sea calm and ideal for surfing and swimming.
Kovalam was very much in the limelight as it is one of the destination by the Kerala Tourism Development, Aimed at ‘creating better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit’ responsible tourism focuses on the economic, social and environmental impacts of tourism, the emphasis of the initiative is on setting up micro-enterprises under the Kerala State Poverty Eradication Mission or Kudumbashree and use local resources to supply fruits, vegetables, milk and meat to the hotels in the area. Kudumbashree women’s self-help group will form the micro enterprises that supply these products.
Kovalam beach consist of three successive crescent beaches- Light House Beach, Hawwa Beach and Samudra Beach. The Lighthouse Beach is the southernmost one and most popular among the three. The northernmost one is the Samudra and is the quietest. Hawwa Beach is the one in the middle where fishing activities are common in the mornings.
The scenic beauty and serenity is supplemented by the availability of excellent accommodation and transportation facilities. The beach-side restaurants serve fresh seafood inculfing lobsters, tiger prawns, crab, etc. Apart from sun bathing, Kerala tourists enjoy ayurvedic rejuvenenation, yoga and meditation, special cultural programmes, catamaran cruising, beach games, etc.
Thiruvananthapuram, the state’s capital is just 16 km away and has attractions like Napier Museum, Sri Chitra Art Gallery, Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Varkala, Ponmudi hill station, etc. Other nearby places of visit includes Padmanabhapuram Palace, sucheendram Temple and Kanyakumari.
Kovalam is located 16 km away from the capital city of Kerala which is well connected by road, rails and an international airport.