Also known as ‘’God’s Own Country’’, Kerala is a place rich in diverse geographical terrain that provides the picturesque beauty the state proudly boasts of. One such form of exquisiteness is the vast expanse of coastal shoreline highlighting the borders of the state with the Arabian Sea. Out of the many beaches in Kerala, Kovalam beach is one of the most exotic and famous beaches and is visited by many tourists from all over the world. The bright sun shining over the clear blue waters makes the sea shimmer like a dazzling sapphire and the golden-black sand dotted with green palm and coconut trees along the coastline enhances its beauty, dazzling the eyes of every onlooker.
The beach is located in the Kovalam town of Thiruvananthapuram and gained attraction when the Regent Queen Sethu Lakshmi Bayi built the first-ever beach resort known as the Halcyon Castle in the 1920s. The beach came into the spotlight when a group of hippies from Ceylon came to Kovalam in the 1970s. The beach is famous for its exotic location and many attractive places nearby. The Vizhinjam seaport is just 3km from the beach and has some delicious food to offer. Apart from this, there are many temples, churches, mosques, and other historical places nearby that tourists can take a look after enjoying on the beach.
The beach is the stop station when it comes to water sports, 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. Besides the scenic views of the beach, be ready to get spoilt with a plethora of activities and choices at Kovalam Beach.
Camping in the coo sand under the star-studded sky with a bonfire, is as a fun activity as it sounds. Prepare food for yourself or buy it from eateries, the feeling of cool night air and the smell of salty sea mixed with the delicious food is always a pleasant memory to reminisce.
Indulging in thrilling and exciting watersports is the best activity to do in Kovalam beach. From swimming, surfing, parasailing, jet ski to paragliding, every enthralling adventure sport is available here.
Live your dream and float in the serene backwaters of the Karamana River or the Ashtamudi Lake with a stunning backdrop of lush green fields and plantations. The houseboat ride is a luxurious boat ride where you will have all the modern facilities and scrumptious food to indulge in.
There are massage centers and spas available on the beach complex where visitors can have a relaxing session and relieve their stress from the hustle-bustle of city life.
The beach is lined with small shops and the market nearby is full of locally produced spices and handicrafts. You can also buy some authentic Kanjeevaram saree, essential oils, ornaments, and decorative items.
The Kovalam town is full of surprises with many religious and other famous tourist spots to visit. Once you are at the Kovalam beach, you must visit the other tourist spot near the beach to have your vacation completed.
1. Madras Crocodile Ban
2. Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
3. Dakshina Chitra Museum
4. Halcyon Castle
5. Valiyathura Pier
6. Vizhinjam Village
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.
1. Bay View – Vivanta by Taj Fisherman’s Cove
2. Surf Turf
3. Upper Deck
4. Catamaran Restaurant
5. The Tides
The ideal time to visit this beautiful beach is during the winter months from November to February. The temperature is pleasant during these months and random downpours makes the weather even more pleasant.
Avoid the summer months if you don’t want to get sun burned in the scorching heat but on the other hand, the crowd is a little less during these months, so make your choice wisely. During the monsoons, the tides are a bit high but you can still visit the beach and gaze its rain-washed beauty.