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.Read More
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!
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Kovalam. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Kovalam on a bespoke touring itinerary to India, take a look at our tailor-made holiday planning section.