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Nothing beats the experience of feeling the cool breeze and warm summer sun as you walk on the sandy shores of the beach. This is definitely the perfect getaway for families and couples looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you are looking for that perfect beach getaway, make sure to visit the Kovalam Beach in India. You and your loved ones will surely enjoy spending time on this beautiful beach. The name kovalam is derived from Coconut trees. There are three beaches at Kovalam, separated by outcrops jutting out to the sea. The larger one is called Light House Beach for its 30-meter high lighthouse. The second largest one is Hawah Beach.Its scenic beauty and serenity is supplemented by the availability of excellent accommodation. There are a lot of restaurants, which provide grilled seafood items such as lobster, king prawns and kalamari are got fresh from the sea at Kovalam.

Kovalam is 16 kms away from Trivandrum. The beach area is known as the Paradise of the South. The name Kovalam derives from coconut trees. The lighthouse offer an amazing view of the moon-shaped beach and the Vizhinjam mosque. To the north of Kovalam lies the Samudra where time seems to have frozen. Hawah in the center is the hub of activities with the fishermen setting out to the sea. The rocky foreland blends with the calm blue bay to convert the bay into a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights.

Here there are three bays - a sheltered bay, the azure waters and the opulent reaches of the palm groves. Kovalam is a tropical paradise in every sense of the term. There are opportunities for sun bathing, swimming, ayurveda, yoga and meditative contemplation. Kovalam is an idyll - picture perfect and virgin. Kovalam is also a traditional fishing village providing fresh fish, fruits and toddy or coconut beer. This tiny beach is the spotlight of the tourism industry in Kerala which gives them a unique experience called India. It was the Maharaja of Travancore who brought Kovalam to the fore.

Its scenic beauty and serenity is supplemented by the availability of excellent accommodation . There are a lot of restaurants which provide western style food as well as Indian, which is delicious. The grilled seafood items such as lobster, king prawns and kalamari are got fresh from the sea at Kovalam. Ayurvedic massage parlours, yoga centers and water sport facilities, makes Kovalam a popular haven for tourists from all over the globe.

Azure water and favorable climate make Kovalam a favorite year-round spot for swimming. Sea here is pacific and shallow where you can take a dip in the saline waters. The clean white sandy beach will arouse a temptation irresistible: to lie idle on the sands and tan your body.You could get into any of the Ayurvedic massage centre and indulge in a rejuvenating herbal, body-toning massage and holistic therapies. Highly commercialised and very crowded through most of the year, Kovalam manages, against all odds, to retain much of the charm which made it a popular beach in the first place. Surfing and swimming are among the other water sports possible in Kovalam beach.Many people from different countries and cultures, interminlge with each other and get together in this paradise of the South and spend their leisure time joyfully.

In & Around Kovalam

Varkala is about 55km away in North. It has a superb beach and cliff front and the usual tourist amenities. The quiet sandy beaches and large lakes of Paravur (65 km from Kovalam) are also close to Varkala and are hidden away. Paravur is a shared secret among those seeking a more peaceful getaway.

Vizhinjam is a small coastal town in Trivandrum(Thiruvananthapuram) with a large sea port. Is is only 3km from kovalam beach.

Veli Tourist Village is 8kms from Thiruvananthapuram and is a picnic spot. It is open from 8.00 AM to 06.00 PM. This picnic spot, where the Veli Lake meets the Arabian Sea, offers boating facilities. Pedalboats and paddleboats can be hired to explore the charms of the lagoon in a leisurely manner. For a quick ride over the waters, speedboats are available for hire.

Best time to visit Kovalam

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How to Reach Kovalam

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  • By Flight

    Trivandrum International Airport (IATA: TRV, ICAO: VOTV) which is approximately 15 KMs away, is the closest airport to Kovalam. Trivandrum International Airport is connected to prime Indian cities but also with major international destinations. Trivandrum International Airport has two terminals. Terminal 1 handles domestic flight operations (except Air India) and Terminal 2 handles all international flight operations as well as all domestic flights by Air India.

  • By Train

    Trivandrum Central Railway Station is very close to Kovalam at a distance of 15 KMs. Trivandrum Central Railway Station is connected with various Indian cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai and this makes trains an ideal way to reach Kovalam. Travellers visiting Kovalam can hire a taxi or cab or take a bus to reach any hotel or beach in Kovalam from outside Trivandrum Railway Station.

  • By Bus

    Kovalam is well connected to all major towns in Kerala and South India through bus and buses are one of the most economical ways of travelling to Kovalam. Kochi (212 Km), Bangalore (724 Km), Chennai (728 km) and Madurai (303 km) are some of the prominent cities that are well linked with Trivandrum. Kovalam’s KSRTC Bus Stand has buses for Trivandrum and vice-versa plying every 15 minutes. There are several luxury and deluxe buses available from various parts of the state and country to Trivandrum.

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Asked by Raj from, India, July 21, 2021 11:55: AM

Interested in upto 14 day Kerala Tour

Munnar, Thekkady, Alleppey, Kochi, Alappuzha, Calicut, Wayanad, Coorg, Kovalam, Kanyakumari, Mararikulam, Athirapally Arriving 13th Jan Departing 26th Jan. Please advise good itinerary and price.

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Answered by Niranjana(Travel Advisor), July 21, 2021

Thanks for letting us know your interest to travel in a 14 days Kerala tour with Iris Holidays. Please have a look at the page https://irisholidays.com/kerala-holidays/14nights-15days-kerala-tour-packages where we have shared multiple packages for 14 days holidays

Asked by Michala Vestergaard from, USA, April 30, 2021 21:40: PM

What kind of Houseboat is being offered in this package?

WIll the houseboat experience include all meals and cruise from which destination?

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Answered by Niranjana(Travel Advisor), April 30, 2021

We offer Premium or Deluxe Houseboat in this Package

Asked by Enrica Paltrinieri from, Italy, March 13, 2021 05:03: AM

Jungle Camp in Thekkady

How is the jungle camp in Thekkady? What all does it include?

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Answered by Niranjana(Travel Advisor), March 13, 2021

Adventure seekers can enjoy a thrilling jungle camp at Thekkady. You can opt for the night camp programme of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and experience the dense forest around. The programme offers comfortable tents for visitors in the middle of evergreen dense forests. The camping takes place in the midst of Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills; where one can experience trekking and even taste the tribal cuisine prepared by the local tribe (Urali). You can even get to interact with the local tribal people and get to spot some rare species of wildlife.

Asked by Lena Foo from, Singapore, March 5, 2021 16:43: PM

What is the difference between Premium and Deluxe Houseboats?

The rates quoted by Premium and Deluxe Houseboats is very different in Kerala. What is the difference between Premium and Deluxe Houseboats

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Answered by Niranjana(Travel Advisor), March 5, 2021

There are multiple differences with respect to interiors and service. Premium house boats is similar to 4 star resorts and will be having better interiors and furnishing, food menu with more options and cruise time will be slightly more. However deluxe houseboat will be similar to 3 star resorts and will have standard interiors and furnishing. In deluxe house boats, AC will be usually operated only at night from 9 PM to 6 AM , whereas in premium houseboats AC will be operated for 24 hours . The cost difference is there , however if you are not on a show string budget, then we recommend premium houseboats

Asked by Kathy Savitt from, UK, March 5, 2021 04:42: AM

Varkala beach for swimming

Is Varkala a good option for swimming lovers?

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Answered by Niranjana(Travel Advisor), September 29, 2019

Yes Varkala is a great place to swim in non monsoon seasons . It is a Cliff Beach and cleaner than Kovalam

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