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Kovalam Beach

Fast Facts
Location: At the Southern end of the Kerala Coast
Address: 13 kms South of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Best Time to Visit: October to March
Beach Activities: Swimming, Sunbathing, Surfing, Sightseeing, Ayurveda treatment
Attractions in and around: Lighthouse, Thiruvallom, Chowara Beach, Poovar Island
Hotels and Resorts: Hotel Neelkanta, Hawah Beach Resort, Pappukutty Beach Resort, Marine Palace,
Taj Green Cove Resort, Leela Kempinski Kovalam Beach Resort.
STD Code: 0471

Kovalam Beach, KeralaThe silhouetted image of holiday makers in the sandy surf and the orange-red sunset mingling the cerulean sea, speaks about the Kovalam in Kerala. It spreads along three crescent beaches- the Samundra Beach, the Hawah Beach and the Lighthouse Beach, each separated by rocky promontories. This three beaches catches the jolly mood since early morning and continue to sparkle till the late evening. Sunbathers, water-sport lovers and foodoholic gets spread all over the area and the beach seems to shake in every moment. A walk from one beach to other offer the convenient way to sightseeing shopping, eating and excursion to nearby attractions, which are all tagged as can't miss center

Kerala BeachesThings to do and see in Kovalam Beach
Beaches in Kovalam are ideal for swimming, sunbathing and surfing. Evening are best to hang out in the many open-air cafes and Pizza huts, while the day gets hotter with beach lovers reclining on the deck-chair, surfing boat and splash waters with water-sports. Peace lovers can follow the way to Samudra beach, which offers the tranquil aura, while sightseers can make a visit to the spectacular Lighthouse, perched atop the Kurumkkal rock on the Lighthouse Beach. A visible fishing village- Vizhinzam, is at a walking distance from Kovalam Junction, down the temple and visitor, on reaching here can cherish the picturesque view of colorful fishing boats bobbing about in the azure sea. Ayurveda on Kovalam Beach
Kovalam beach in Kerala is mostly looked for Ayurveda treatment. Each hotels and resorts, located nearby the beach offers a variety of Ayurveda packages. On tracing the beach streets, visitors will surely get confused of which Ayurveda resort should they step into. The government has recently introduced Green leaf and Olive Leaf certification based on the adequacy of space, personnel and medical infrastructure at the center.

Kovalam Beach Shopping
Kerala's popular Kovalam beach has something for almost everyone, visiting here. Shops selling artifacts and jewelery are mashroomed on the back lanes. Compulsive shoppers can find the Tibetan shawls. Woodwork and Indian crafts in Yak Botique, Heaven Handicrafts and in Surabhi Handicrafts. Kashmiri Cottage Craft Industries, located opposite Kovalam Bus-stand offers some chic stocks of Kashmiri shawls, papier mache items and brass statue.

Eating at Kovalam Beach
Kovalam beach is known as the place to fine European food and German Bakery items, which offers mouth watering cakes, cinnamon rolls, apple strudels, apple pies etc. The Pizzeria on the Light House serves great pizzas and pastas. Besides the sea-food restaurants like the Sea View Restaurant on Hawah beach and Lonely Planet behind the Lighthouse Beach spreads out the fresh catch and as per the choice of the eaters, the delectable dishes are served hot. There are many cheap wayside eateries serving idli-vada meals to foodoholic.

Kerala BeachesGetaway from Kovalam
Thiruvallom is situated 8 kms from Kovalam beach and is point of confluence of the Killi River, Karamana River and the Arabian Sea. Boat rides are organized by the Thiruvallom Boat Club and visitors can participate the activity in full swing. Close to the Thiruvallom is the unique Pozhikkara Beach where the Karamana River and the Parvathy Puthanaar River join the Arabian Sea.

Chowara Beach
Chowara Beach Blessed with the beauty of golden sand and clear waters, Chowara Beach is 8 kms south of Kovalam at the foot of the Chowara Ayyappa Temple. The serene ambience is attracts the tourist from across the world so as to spend some time in the developed heritage resorts and Ayurveda centers.

Poovar Island
This tiny island is situated 18 kms from Kovalam beach and is known for its extraordinary confluence of river, lake, beach and sea. This relaxed getaway indicates visitors to try out the rejuvenating therapy at Estaury Island Resort and Poover Island Resort, which offers an array of Ayurveda treatment like Vyadhi-kashamathwa, Panchakarma, Manasika Chikitsa and more. Place of accommodation in Kovalam Beach
Kovalam beach visit is receives the best moments with a stay in comfortable hotels and beach resorts. On visiting the Samudra Beach, toursit can check-out the renowned Leela Kempinski Kovalam Beach Resort, Taj Green Cove Resort, the KTDC's run Hotel Samudra and the Puja Mahal. While tourist can manage their stay in some popular hotels and resorts, close to Eve's Beach(Hawah Beach). Best Western Swagath Holiday Resort, Hotel Seaface, Hotel Neelkanta, Hawah Beach Resort, Pappukutty Beach Resort, Hotel Seaweed and the Marine Palace are a few to name.

When to visit Kovalam
The best time to visit Kovalam beach is during pleasant days from October to March.

How to reach Kovalam
By Air
Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, situated 19 kms away is the nearest aerodrome to Kovalam beach. The airport premises is availed with local taxis, which can be hired at reasonable rate, so as to reach the beach.

By Rail
Thiruvanathapuram Central Railway Station is just 13 kms from Kovalam beach and is connected to Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata by a number of Kerala Express like Trivandrum Mail, Trivandrum Express, Anantapuri Express, Kanyakumari Express, Howarh-Trivandarum Express etc.

By Road
Regular state owned and private buses departs from Kovalam's KSRTC bus-stand and ply over the NH47 Bypass, thereby connecting the place to major South Indian cities.

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