A beach town on the Arabian Sea in southern India, Kovalam features three spectacular crescent beaches.
A beach town on the Arabian Sea in southern India, Kovalam features three spectacular crescent beaches. The most popular and largest beach is Lighthouse Beach, aptly named for its 30-meter lighthouse, which features a stunning site - the Vizhinjam mosque. For a less crowded beach, visit Samudra Beach,
with ample coconut trees and great views of the local fishermen at work.
Detour past Kovalam junction to land on Samudra Beach which is to the north of Ashoka Beach. One has the option to walk along the sea-wall too.The sight of the waves lashing on the rocks below is awesome.
Shallow waters stretching for hundreds of metres are ideal for swimming. The beaches have steep palm covered headlands and are lined with shops that offer all kinds of goods and services.
Evening time view of the beach
The larger of the beaches is called Lighthouse Beach for its 35 metre high light house which towers over it atop Kurumkal hillock. The second largest
one is Hawah Beach named thus for the topless European women who used to throng there. It was the first topless beach in India. However
topless bathing is banned now except in private coves owned by resorts. Visitors frequent these two beaches.
The northern part of the beach is known as Samudra Beach in tourism parlance. A large promontory separates this part from the southern side.
Samudra Beach doesn't have tourists thronging there or hectic business. The local fishermen ply their trade on this part. The sands on the beaches
in Kovalam are partially black in colour due to the presence of ilmenite and Monazite. The normal tourist season is from September to May.
Ashoka beach is also the part of Kovalam beach.
As the name suggests, the Lighthouse beach is characterized by its 35 meter tall Lighthouse and is one of the major tourist hotspots in the city. The beach is the largest of the 3 beaches in Kovalam and is frequented mostly by the foreign tourists due to it being more developed.
The Lighthouse is placed atop a hillock called the Karumkal Hill and can be easily reached by foot.
Quiet interestingly, the Hawah Beach was named during the time when it got famous as the 1st and only topless beach India. The name Hawah translates to 'the wind' and is a pun on the topless European women that used to roam on the beach. Sadly (for men), topless bathing is banned now, but the beach still retains
its natural beauty which is also a nice thing.
Samundra beach, unlike the other two is the most sparsely populated beach in Kovalam and is mostly used by fishermen. The beach is best for people who like to spend some quiet time and meditate amidst the sounds of the sea.
Bathing alone is not advisable as the beach is often vacant and the shore is a bit rocky.
The German Bakery
One of the best mid-priced eateries in Kovalam, the German bakery is located on the Lighthouse beach. The German bakery is famous for its amazing breakfast menu and is one of the best places to spend the scorching evening with your friends.
The Pancakes and shakes are totally worth digging into.
Starting near the Western Ghats, flowing into the Arabian Sea, the Karamana River is one of the major rivers in Trivandrum with two dams built on it. The river is one of the best places to visit in
Kovalam to experience the fruits of nature that Kerala has been blessed with.
The Largest freshwater lake in Trivandrum, the Vellayani Lake is another amazing picnic spot in Kovalam. The water in the lake is amazingly calm and crystal clear.
The lake is best viewed during a moonlit night or during the annual boat race during the festival of Onam.
Located at a short distance of 3 kilometers, the Vizhinjam Village is one of most famous Ayurvedic centers in Kovalam. The roots of the village go back to the 7th and the 11th century. The village is famous for
its ayurvedic centers; rock cut temples, beaches and fishing harbors
Halcyon Castle was built by the Regent Queen Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi of Travancore in 1932. The queen's European guests were enchanted with the beauty of the town and led to the increased popularity of the town. Today,
although the castle is converted into a luxury hotel, few areas can still be visited by non-guests for a fee.