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Kovalam Beach, Kerala

Also known as ‘’God’s Own Country’’, Kerala is a place rich in diverse geographical terrain witha charming beauty the state pompously boasts of. One such form of beauty is the vast stretch of coastal shoreline emphasizing the fringes of the state with the Arabian Sea. Out of the many beaches in Kerala, Kovalam beach is one of the most tropical and popular beaches and is visited by tourists from across the world. Also known as Covelong Beach nestled on the Coromandel Coast, dazzles brightly under the sun with its pebbly shore, golden-black sand, and the waves crashing against the rocks is a mesmerizing sight for every onlooker.

The beach is in the Kovalam town of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrun) and grew attraction when a group of hippies from Ceylon came to Kovalam in the 1970s. Kovalambeach is known for its exotic location and many attractive places nearby such as temples, forts, and churches, besides the scenic beauty, sea, and sand.

Kovalambeach is a rising star when it comes to water sports, surfing, swimming, sailing, windsurfing, diving, fishing, catamaran cruising, parasailing, sunbathing, and herbal beach massage sessions. Many visitors also like to camp during the night at the cool sandy beach with a bonfire at the Kovalam beach. Surfing here is one of the most sought-after activities by the locals and tourists alike with several surf schools nearby. You are going to be spoilt with choices when you visit this breathtaking vista.

Kovalam Beach is becoming the next best destination for surfing in Kerala, thanks to its friendly eaves and local surf schools playing their trade with vacationing tourists out of their hectic life. the frothy beach waves lashing on to the shore coupled with the charming and chilled vibes of the beach is everything one needs to enjoy the nature and thrill together.

The beach gets south swells (waves) that are ideal for professional surfers during the summer months and during the winters, the waves are much smaller but beginner friendly. The black sand contrasts well with the huge palm and coconut trees and the bright gleaming water makes a perfect shot of you riding the waves in style.

All You Need to Know About Surfing in Kovalam Beach

Kovalam Surf Competition : India has some of the best surfing spots and beaches and Kovalam is one of them. Every year in October, the surfing federation of India organizes a surfing competition in Kovalam. Most of the surfers taking part are the fishermen from Kerala and hence the Kovalam Surfing Club, which is a non-profit surf club associated with training volunteers for the competition, has got its own praise. The Kovalam Surf Club supported by a larger wing, NGO SISP, is amongst many surf clubs in Kovalam which offer surfing classes to people from ages 6-60. Timings are from 10am to 5pm and price starts from Rs400 per person for surfing classes.

Surf Schools:

  • Bay of Life– Whether you want to experience surfing for a day or want to be proficient in it, Bay of Life surf club has everything for all kinds of surfers or beginners or even non-swimmers. From understanding currents to surf boards and a certification of training completion, Bay of Life is a proper surf school there to help you explore the vastness of sea.
  • Email – contact@bayoflife.com

  • Ocean Delight Surf School– From introductory lessons to beginner lessons and advanced lessons, this surf school has all kinds of surfing sessions based on your needs and is one of the best in Kovalam and Chennai. It has private surf lessons as well as group sessions for 2 hours where equipment are included, and the instructors are professionally trained.
  • Surf Turf– Whether its surfing lessons or any other water sport or even a beautiful beach wedding, Surf Turf can make it happen. The school offers evevrything from surf boards and basic surf gears to rent along with qualified instructors for volunteers of every skill level. They also have a café with super delicious seafood and drinks that makes them one of the best in Kovalam.
  • Email – info@surfturf.in

  • Kovalam Surf Club – A surf club dedicated to help the poor children and provide education from the surfing lesson money, the club is one of the favorites of foreign tourists and offers surfing lessons to all with or without any skills. They also rent surf boards and gears and the trainers are professionals for you to be safe on the water.
  • Website- www.kovalamsurfclub.com

Where to Stay :

Kovalam is now the go-to beach escapes of the South Keralan coast with many spectacular beaches offering surfing and water sports activities. The best part is, there is no shortage of the places to stay in Kovalam whether you are tight on a budget or want to indulge in luxury. Some of the best pocket friendly yet comfortable as well as luxury stays in Kovalam are: :

  • Johny’s Beach House
  • The RavizKovalam
  • The Ayur Villa

When to Visit Kovalam Beach for Surfing

For a thrill session of surfing along the waves, the best time to surf in Kovalam beach is from May to October when the south swells are consistent. However, this is also the wet season of Kerala so it is not very beginner friendly during this time and can get uncomfortable during the rains. Winter season from October to February is much drier and the water is pleasant during this time. Waves are smaller and unpredictable but enough for the beginners to learn surfing.

Restaurants near Kovalam Beach

Seafood is the key ingredient and the main attraction of many eateries here, but you will find a range of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options that you will have a hard time choosing from the menu.

  • Bay View – Vivanta by Taj Fisherman’s Cove
  • Surf Turf
  • Upper Deck
  • Catamaran Restaurant
  • The Tides

How to Reach
  • By Air: The Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest one which is 15km off Kovalam. The airport is connected to all the other airports in India and sone international cities too. Take a cab or autorickshaw from here to reach the beach.
  • By Train: The nearest railway station is Trivandrum Central Railway Station which is at 15km from the beach. The station is connected to almost every city in India and buses and taxis are easily available from the station to get to the beach.
  • By Road: The Kovalam beach is nestled on the way to Mahabalipuram and the distance from the Chennai is approx. 40km. If you are traveling from Chennai, the best way to visit the beach is by road. There are direct buses to Kovalam and you can also take direct cab to Kovalam beach which will save you a lot of time and hassle.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Q1. Why is Kovalam beach famous?

Kovalam beach is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches that enhance the beauty of the beach. The beach also has several leisure options making it one of the best vacay spots.

Q2. Is swimming and surfing safe in Kovalam beach?

Kovalam is safe for swimming and surfing even for the beginners. The huge rocks on the beach have formed a small sea pool which is ideal for sea bathing without any worries.

Q4. Can we go to Kovalam beach at night?

Yes, you can stroll on the shoreline and relax on the beach at night. But nightlife is not very vibrant here.

Q5. Are there any places to stay near Kovalam beach?

Kovalam beach is surrounded by resorts and guest houses which are both budget friendly and luxurious whichever you would want.


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