Kovalam Tourism, Kerala

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About Kovalam - Kerala Tourism

Kovalam, meaning a grove of coconut trees, is a popular beach destination in Sri Lanka that is frequented by both domestic and international tourists. This majestic beach town is favored by travellers for its beautiful crescent beaches that are perfect for bathing. The beaches of Kovalam are very calm with low tidal waves, as they are surrounded by massive rock promontory from three sides.

Kovalam is also considered as the suburbs of Thiruvananthapuram, located at a distance of 13 km from the central business district. This beach destination first came to limelight during early 20th century and was popularized by the Maharaja of Travancore. Kovalam was frequented by hippies from early period of 1970s, which transformed this fishing village into a popular beach resort. Maharaja of Travancore used to organize events and banquets here to welcome his European guests.

Kovalam has three major beaches that cover about 17 km of Western coastline - lighthouse beach is the most popular among foreign travellers with a lighthouse located here; Samdura beach is the popular one among local tourists who come here to spend their weekend; Hawa beach that is again frequented by international tourists. All of these beaches are surrounded by rock formations from both sides.

The lighthouse at lighthouse beach is one of the oldest lighthouses in India, which is opened for visitors from 3 to 5 PM. Tourists can also hire a bicycle from local shops to take a day trip to nearby attractions like Vellayani Lake, Karmana River, and Valiyathura Pier, which are excellent points with breathtaking view of natural surroundings.

Travelers can best reach Kovalam from Thiruvanthapuram by Bus (less than Rs. 50), cab (Rs. 400-500) or auto (Rs. 150-200). The main market with ATMs, shops etc. can be found at Kovalam junction, which is about 4-5 km from the beach. Tourists can also opt for Ayurvedic massage or Yoga classes here.

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