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Monday, October 07, 2013

Kovalam Beach

Kovalam Beach

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The Kovalam town is located along the Malabar Coast in the state of Kerala in South India. This is a most famous beach visited by Indian tourists and as well as international tourists all time of the year. It has most attractive three adjacent crescent beaches around it. It is 15 km for away from Thiruvananthapuram which is the capital city of Kerala state.

In the Malayalam the word ‘Kovalam’ in stands for ‘a groove of coconut trees’. Kovalam was a cluster of small fishing villages that belonged to the state of Travancore during the pre-Independence. The Kovalam history is very obscure. The town of Kovalam came to the lime light during the reign of the Maharaja of Travancore in the 1930s. He was so impressed by the beauty of the Kovalam. So that he spent a lot of his leisure time on the beaches of Kovalam. Not only that, he also invited his European friends over to this place and they made the place popular.

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Kovalam is an internationally famous beach which has three adjacent crescent beaches nearby. It has been a renowned haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing.
There are plenty and diverse leisure options were available at this beach. Some of them are Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes and catamaran cruising and many more. The tropical sun acts so fast that one can see the faint blush of coppery tan on the skin in a matter of minutes. Life on the beach begins late in the day and carries on well into the night. The beach complex includes a string of budget cottages, Ayurvedic health resorts, convention facilities, shopping zones, swimming pools, Yoga and Ayurvedic massage centres.

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Things to do in Kovalam

Kovalam consists of crescent shaped sandy beaches. The three beaches of Kovalam – Lighthouse BeachSamudra Beach, and Hawa Beach (Eve's beach) – are separated from each other by rocky shores. A shallow-water-stretch that extends to about 1 km from the land makes it ideal for swimming. All the beaches have steep coconut-palm fringed highlands and shining sandy beaches that contain a great amount of minerals like ilmenite and thoracite.

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Kovalam is a food lover’s delight, especially seafood lovers. Almost all restaurants have a generous offering of seafood. The beach front restaurants on Lighthouse Beach have displays of fresh fish, lobster, crab, mussels, tiger prawns and others. Depending upon the customer’s selection, the fish is weighed and then cooked according to the desired style. However, service can be slow and the food a bit pricey.
Since Kovalam sees a lot of international tourists, the food menu in the restaurants is also quite varied. From German bakeries to the traditional Kerala-style restaurants, there’s something for every palette. There are some good options for vegetarians as well.  There is not much to shop for in Kovalam. The main beaches in the town have street shops that sell hats, sarongs and other beachwear. Tourists can also buy souvenirs from local shops or jewellery made by locals. A few bookstores in the main town sell international editions of books in various languages. 

Location: Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, is just 16 km away from Kovalam and getting there is no hassle. But if you are on holiday it is better to stay in Kovalam and visit the city.

The City of Thiruvananthapuram has interesting places to see like the Napier Museum, the Sri Chitra Art Gallery, the Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Ponmudi hill station etc. SMSM Institute, a State owned handicrafts emporium, is the ideal place to pick up ethnic curios and other articles.

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Best time to visit:
September to March, though it is an all-year-round destination.

How to Reach:                                                                                                                                   
By Air : Trivandrum International airport  is the nearest airport which is about 11 km away from Kovalam. This airport is connected to all major airports in India and it is connected to many cities in India as well as abroad including Colombo, Singapore and many gulf cities. Taxi fare from Airport to Kovalam is about Rs 300.

By Train : The nearest rail station to Kovalam is Trivandrum Central (Thampanoor) railway station. It is about 15 km away from Kovalam. Trivandrum is well linked with all cities in India through rail. Taxi fare from Thampanoor to Kovalam is about Rs 300.

By Road : Kovalam is well linked by the city bus services from Trivandrum and other main junctions in the district. As the capital City of Kerala,  Thiruvananthapuram is easily accessible by road and also more number of tourist luxury buses are available from many cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Madurai and Nagarcoil . City bus charges less than Rs 10 from Trivandrum to Kovalam.

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