Lighthouse in the sunset next to the sea on Kovalam

Kovalam Tours and Travels

About Kovalam

Located 16 km from Thiruvananthapuram city in the state of Kerala, the internationally renowned beach resort of Kovalam on the Arabian Sea has been a favourite haunt of travellers from all over the world since the 1960s. Kovalam consists of four relatively small stretches of sand the slope down into the delightfully warm water that laps at the shore. There is plenty to see in this area including the nearby seaport of Vizhinjam, which is famous for its special varieties of fish, old Hindu temples, big churches and a mosque.

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The southernmost beach, known as the Lighthouse Beach, is the most popular. The beach has an impressively large lighthouse on its promontory, which makes for some beautiful scenery. On the other side of the small, rocky headland is Hawah Beach, which is often peppered with fishermen, who hand-haul nets containing their daily catch. Once the beach to green light topless sunbathing, it is now no longer permitted. North of the headland is Kovalam Beach and Samudra Beach. The coastline is dotted with accommodation and places to eat and shop.

Water sports, catamaran cruising, yoga, meditation and rejuvenating Ayurvedic treatments are popular distractions in idyllic Kovalam. Ayurveda or Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient system of health care that is native to the Indian subcontinent. Ayurveda roughly translates as the "knowledge of life" and treatments, be it massage or a cure for common ills, are considerably lower in price in India than in the West. Whilst it is now fashionable in the West, Ayurveda has been practiced since the time of Buddha and quite possibly even before!

Kovalam Tours

Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Kovalam

Lighthouse and beach | Kovalam | IndiaTailored To Suit You

Kovalam Beach

5 days FROM $625
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Kerala Ayurvedic Break

8 days FROM $4,165
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Kovalam Hotels

If you are planning a Kovalam holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Le Meridien Kovalam Kovalam

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Le Meridien is a refined, beachfront hotel in the middle of three coves. The rooms have excellent views, looking out over the sea, and are simply but pleasantly furnished. There is a restaurant within the hotel serves a range of different cuisines and there are a number of other modern amenities on offer such as a swimming pool, beauty parlour, Ayurvedic massage centre and bar. The hotel is 19 km from the airport and 15 km from the nearest railway station.

Turtle on the Beach Hotel Kovalam

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Turtle on the Beach is an artistic, boutique style hotel with spacious, elegant rooms that are decorated with rich wooden furnishings, affording guests the highest level of comfort and luxury. There are various dining options available onsite, each serving sumptuous meals, as well as a spa for those who wish to indulge in a bit of relaxation after a long day exploring in the fierce Indian heat. The hotel is on Eve’s beach at Kovalam with spectacular sea views.

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