Beaches in Kovalam, Accommodation Options
Kovalam Holidays can be a remarkable experience. Kovalam is the most famous tourist destination in Kerala. It might be the most famous beach in India.
Kovalam is close to the Trivandrum. So it is not difficult to reach Kovalam. Three crescent-shaped beaches separated by rocky headlands are Kovalam's main hot spots.
But there are less frequented beaches for Kovalam holidays that are picturesque all along the coast. Ayurveda centres have mushroomed around the beaches promising cures for all illnesses in a holiday setting.
Looking around this sun-and-sand paradise, it's difficult to imagine that Kovalam was once just a pretty fishing village with a prettier beach. That was till the hippies discovered this hidden jewel in 1970s.
The views are still splendid, but Kovalam has changed since those days. It now has all the trappings of a globally famous tourist destination. You can see the seaside eating joints serving Italian food and sign boards in German.
Every ground behind the beaches is buried under concrete like most other places in Kerala.
The rustic charm of a village is missing, but you won't find yourself complaining. The sunny beaches will see to that.
For Kovalam holidays experience that lives up to the glamour of the brochures, you'll have to move further south down the coast.
In south of Kovalam you can find high-end resorts in the coconut groves above a series of idyllic coves. These places offer a seductive combination of traditional Kerala architecture, ayurveda massages and exclusive beach access; but all at eye-popping high prices.
The Beaches in Kovalam
The largest and most developed is the Lighthouse Beach where most tourists join. It takes about five minutes to walk from one end of the bay to the other. Behind the beach there is long array of hotels, guesthouses, handicraft shops and restaurants.
Heading towards the north from Lighthouse Beach, you reach to Hawah Beach. ("Hawah" is the Malayalam of Eve). It is almost a mirror image of the busier neighbour. But it is backed by empty palm groves. In the early morning it is a base of local fishermen.
North of the next headland, Kovalm Beach is dominated by the five-star Leela. The beach is filled with coach-loads of Kerala day-trippers on weekends.
Only a short walk further north Samudra Beach hosts mainly metropolitan Indian and Russian holidaymakers.
Ayurveda Centres in Kovalam
A significant number of tourists are here to receive treatment in ayurveda centres in the resorts. These range from dirty massage cabins behind the lighthouse beach to accredited Olive Leaf clinics in the nearby five-stars.
North of Kovalam
North of Samudra beach, Pozhikkara Beach is an undeveloped area. A couple of secluded places are here to stay.
South of Kovalam
The golden sand beaches stretches for kilometres towards the south of Kovalam.
Nellinkunnu and Pulinkudi beaches are 5km south of Kovalam. There are small cliffs backed by the beautiful palm coves. Each beach has its own luxury resort complexes. Nearly all of them focuses on ayurveda treatments.
One of the region's most memorable views can be enjoyed at Chowara village. It is 8km south of Kovalam. It's worth renting a scooter and exploring the beaches of the area.
Poovar is 12km further south, where Neyyar river flows in to the sea. The river forms the backwaters behind the sandbar. A number of luxury hideaway's are there that can be only reachable by boat.
Kovalam teems with hotels and resorts. All budgets are accommodated. Rates fluctuate between s.