Kovalam is quite famous for the beaches, among the Pristine in India. It is majorly famous among the Westerners and it is just because of the low tidal waves and shallow waters. It is also known as the oldest tourist’s enclave in India, which is known among the circuits right from year 1930’s. It came into limelight in the early seventies with the arrival of the masses belonging to hippies. It started the transformation of the general fishing village of Kerala into the lovely tourist’s locations across India. It was brought into the highlight with her highness The Queen from Travancore Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bai who decided of building the palace for herself at the rock top near to the beach.
How to reach Kovalam?
It is having around 3 major beaches within the range of 17km of its coastlines. The Southernmost is well known as Lighthouse beach which is among the populist among the rest two. Lots of shops and lodges are located over here.
- Via Air
One of the closest airports is Trivandrum which is just 20 Kms and almost all the flight companies are providing the services to different locations like Bombay, Delhi, Madras, Cochin, Bangalore, Goa etc.
- Via Train
There are well laid connections of trains from Trivandrum to numerous Indian cities. You could take the Trivandrum mail or express via the Central Chennai or even can opt for the KanyaKumari Express via Bangalore city junction. These trains would be leading you to Trivandrum central which is one of the busy stations handling a large share of traffic from Kerala. For reaching to Kovalam you could get taxis and buses easily. Those who are planning to come from Delhi could check out for Kerala Express which runs from New Delhi Railway station on the weekly basis.
- Via Taxi
The neighbouring locations are offering diverse range of services to Kovalam. You could find Volvos, deluxe, express and shuttles and the local buses from Mangalore, Bangalore, and Chennai etc. A smart move would be to hire the rentals and most of the drivers are taking the route of NH 47 highway from Bangalore which is near to Shornur Road.
Top 10 places to visit in Kovalam
- Kovalam lighthouse
- Light house beach
- Hawwah beach (Eves beach)
- Samundra beach
- Muringa Vila
- Kovalam Jama Masjid
- Ashok beach
- Vellayani Lake
- Kovalam Art Gallery
Where to Eat and Stay?
The beach has been lined up with restaurants shacks which are serving variety of options starting from eggs and muesli to idli Sambhar with respect to breakfast and ample range of the sea foods. Ample of restaurants are having a leisurely approach for life and at least an hour’s time in receiving and ordering your food is not uncommon. You should not get uptight and you just need to enjoy and relax. You could even grab the fruit salad through the fruit ladies with all the essential trimmings which should be less than $1USD. You should head up the hill from the beach to the Kovalam junctions and can sample some of the many local restaurants. Fish fry and the beef fry are also available for some duration and best part is that you just need to enjoy cuisine by eating, paying and leaving. Some of the renowned restaurants are- Ayur restaurant, Bethel, Coconut grove, Fusion restaurant, Spice restaurant, Malabar cafe etc.
Lots of hotels are having the facilities of yoga and spas available. There is no issues with respect to budget as for every kind of visitors they are having right kind of hotels for saying. Some of the renowned are as under- Unwind hotels, Chalet Resorts, Hotel California, Hotel Sea Beach, Devi Beach Resort, The Leela Kovalam, The Beach Hotel, Taj Green Cove resort etc.