years ago, Kovalam was a hippy idyll: a picture perfect
tropical beach; a traditional fishing village providing
fresh fish, fruits and toddy (coconut beer). Today this
tiny beach is the focus of a multi-million dollar business,
drawing thousands of tourists for a week dose of ozone,
UV and a refreshing Indian Experience. Kovalam was brought
to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore. Over the
past three decades, the place has been well developed, and
now figures prominently on the world tourism map. Kovalam
is just 16 kms away from Trivandrum.Today Kovalam beach
is known as the "Paradise of the South".
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.
means a grove of coconut trees and true to its name the
village offers an endless sight of coconut trees. The crescent-shaped
beach has three parts. The southern most beach, and the
most popular, is light house beach. It offers an amazing
sight of Vizhinjam mosque. The northern Samudra is a laidback
one and time seems stands still here. The middle, hawah,
in the early day, is a beehive of activities with fishermen
setting out for sea. With a high rock promontory and a calm
bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique
aquarelle on moonlit nights.
is warm and clean filled with the coconut trees and the
white sandbed as the seabreeze gently plays with the waves.
Swimming and bathing are very refreshing and exhilirating
in the waves. One can walk into the sea for about 100 metres
without loosing ground. This cove is also the safest place
for swimming. At many coastal places there are beautiful
patches of coral reefs. The underwater views, which are
visible during snorkeling, are really marvellous.
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.
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.