Kovalam Travel Guide
Kovalam Travel Guide: This picturesque tropical beach with a traditional fishing village providing fresh fish, fruits and toddy was once a hippy idyll. It has steadily moved up market with a dose of marketing and you’re likely top encounter rock-stars and tycoons looking for ozone, UV and refreshments for their spirit.
You can still loll about its beaches, worship the sun and have a time of your life swimming and surfing in its azure waters. Endless coconut trees are matched by Ayurvedic massage parlors and yoga centers that promise to do much for your soul.
Places to visit in Kovalam
The crescent-shaped beach can conveniently be divided into three parts. The most popular southern most beaches, is the light house beach and affords an amazing view of Vizhinjam mosque. Sea breeze gently taps the wave’s o n to the white sandbed. Nice, warm and clean, it is populated by filled with the coconut trees swimming and bathing refresh, as you exhilarate in the waves. Walk down into the sea for about 100 meters before the waves hit you. The cove is the safest to swim. At many coastal places, there are beautiful patches of coral reefs. While you snorkel, don’t miss the marvelous underwater views. Time seems to idle at the northern Samudra – that is completely laidback.
On the other hand, the middle one hawah – teems with activities in the early part of the day as you can watch fishermen setting out for sea.
Azure water and equitable climate make Kovalam a favorite all round the year. Dip into the placid Sea as the water is also shallow. The hugging shores are lined with white sandy beach that invite you to lie idle on the sands and sunbathe. With a high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights.
Moreover, you can rejuvenate your very soul with rejuvenating herbal, body-toning massage and holistic therapies that abound in the nearby Ayurvedic massage centres.
Nestling at the foot of the Veli hills, it was built during the 14th century. The ancient seat of the Travancore rulers, it has elaborate woodwork, and contains relics of historical and artistic value.
Unique Shopping in Kovalam
Kovalam beach has beach market scenario with stalls selling handicrafts (Tibetan, Kashmiri and Rajasthani), clothes, books and antiques. You will also find general stores that will take care of your daily needs. There are also those selling beachwear, hats, batik sarongs, beach mats etc; the usual beach stuff.
Eating out in Kovalam
The beaches are jam packed with open–air restaurant catering for all meals and tastes. ‘Live cooking’ begins in the evening where all forms of sea food are prepared in front of your own eyes. Tandoori, fried or grilled, you can choose anyone you like! The grilled seafood items such as lobster, king prawns and kalamari are always fresh from the sea. There are also numerous restaurants that provide western style food as well as delicious Indian, foods.
How to reach Kovalam
Kovalam beach is easily accessible by air. The airport nearest to the Kovalam beach is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport and there are there are direct flights to New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore from Kovalam beach. Trivandrum Central Railway Station is the nearest railway station from Kovalam beach and links Kovalam beach to all major parts of India.
Do’s and Don’t’s
- Nudity is strictly prohibited in Kovalam beach as any other parts of India. Topless parade of ladies is also banned at Kovalam beach.