A small coastal town in the southern state of Kerala, Kovalam is renowned for its magnificent beaches supported by enclosed fertile coconut palms. Kovalam is often called the ‘Paradise of the South’, as it is a heaven for those seeking serenity. With its clean beaches and tall light houses, Kovalam has managed to mark a prominent place on the map of tourism. The rich history and culture of the place attract tourists to this charming place. A perfect holiday destination, Kovalam will leave you with a feeling of mental satisfaction.
One of the major attractions of Kovalam is the Vizhinjam Lighthouse. The lighthouse is located on a hillock named Kurumkal. It is open for visitors and offers spectacular views of the Eve’s Beach and its surroundings. The area around the lighthouse is utilized for cycling and walking.
Another popular attraction is the Karamana Stream and Boating located just around 12 miles far from Kovalam. The place offers an experience which is a must try for all the nature enthusiasts. There is Thiruvallam vessel club that offers cruise trips, windsurfing, and local kayak trips. Thus, you can explore various places near Kovalam beach.
Vellayani Lake is another must visit attraction here, which offers a stunning view in the moonlight. The lake is famous for organizing Onam event, which is one of the famous vessel competition held here every year.
Another favourite tourist attraction is the Kovalam Art Gallery, which showcases relics and traditional artworks from the past. The artwork in this collection includes historical native Indian artwork. It's a home to inspirational painting and artifacts that are much valued by international visitors and artists as well.
Thiruvallam Parashurama Temple is an old temple situated at the local banks of popular Karamana Stream and makes for a perfect religious outing. Offering solace for all the spirituality seeker, this temple is a must visit.
You can also try some amazing water activities in and around Kovalam Beach. There are plenty of thrilling activities like surfing, swimming and motor boat rides that one can enjoy here.
The winter season is by far the best time to visit Kovalam as the temperature is moderate and conducive for sightseeing, beach hopping, or honeymooning. The minimum temperature during this time of the year is 16 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature goes up to 34 degrees Celsius.
By Air ? Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram is the nearest airport and is around 15 km away from the main city. From here, tourists can take a cab or taxi to reach Kovalam comfortably.
By Train ? Trivandrum Central Railway is the nearest railway head and is located at a distance of 12 km from Kovalam. The Railway Station is connected perfectly with all the major cities of Kerala and other parts of India as well.
By Road ? Kerala State Road Transportation Services offer many buses and volvos from different parts of the state to reach Kovalam. Luxurious as well as other buses can be easily available at a very reasonable rate. Driving to Kovalam gives tourists the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty along the way.