Kerala Kovalam Beach, Kovalam Travel
Sun-kissed beaches. Secluded coves. Cool blue waters... The coastal town of Kovalam in Trivandrum inspire with its refreshing nature and pristine environs. Here, history and culture are rooted in nature, waiting for you to explore and revel in its mystic charm. And as every grain of sand whispers to you the secrets of true happiness, each whiff of unpolluted air revives your body and soul.
The 600 km coastline of Kerala teems with spectacular beaches, like the much sought-after Kovalam that add beauty to its southernmost belt. Here, solitary beaches hug the serene backwaters, sacred temples stand next to placid lakes and nature at its beautiful best is seen all around you.
Hidden away between rocky headlands are the three world-renowned, crescent shaped beaches of Kovalam- the Lighthouse Beach, the Hawah Beach or Eve's Beach, and the Ashoka Beach (aka Kovalam Beach)-that make this destination truly remarkable.
Ride the Waves on a Catamaran
Sweep over the waves on a wooden country raft - the catamaran, derived from the local word kettu-maram, meaning logs tied together. These pieces of lightwood joined at the ends with ropes to form a floating craft that is virtually capsize-proof.
If you are adventurous enough, you can ride the catamaran on your own or else get the help of a local fisherman to row it for you. The ride also offers you a chance to see mussel harvesters who dive into the shallow waters near the rocky headlands and come up with handfuls of shellfish.
Get a Bird's-Eye View
Climb the 35 metre tall Lighthouse situated atop the Kurumkal hillock and enjoy a panoramic view or both the Lighthouse Beach and the Hawah Beach of Kovalam. Protruding into the sea at the southern end of the Lighthouse Beach, the lighthouse painted in hues or red and white is open to visitors from 10:00 am to 05:00 pm.
Explore the Water World
Go snorkelling in the pristine shallow waters of the Eves Beach and catch a glimpse of the amazing water world. Watch shoals of colourful fishes flitting through the rocks or explore the beautiful coral reefs and the myriad life it harbours.
Walk the Sea Wall
Venture along the long rocky barricade separating the sea from the land at the Samudra Beach reached by a detour past Kovalam Junction. Although there is hardly any beach here at high tide, it is an awesome sight to see the huge waves crash on the rocks below you.
Watching an Amazing Feat
Applaud Kerala's daring fishermen as they outdo the waves by pushing their catamarans into the sea from a pier beyond the wave point, and simultaneously jump into it in perfect coordination.
People turn up at the Valliathura Pier just to see them do this amazing feat during monsoon when they are unable to launch their boats from the beach. The entire Kovalam coastline and the nearby Shanghumugham Beach can be seen from this 703 feet long pier.
Haul in a Huge Catch
Join the fishermen as they tow in their nets laden with fresh catch at the Vizhinjam coast. A natural port and one of the busiest fishing harbours in the district, this otherwise quiet village bustles with activity at dawn. The Vizhinjam bay paints a pretty picture with its colourful motor boats and numerous country crafts.
Engage in Water Sports
An adventurous sports lover will rarely find time to stay idle in Kovalam. The beaches here provide you with water-sporting options like wind surfing, rafting, sailing and power boating.
Discover a Cave Temple
Unravel the mysteries of the rock cut cave temple that dates as far back as the 8th century. Situated a few yards from the Vizhinjam harbour, the temple opens out to an underground cave which at present is completely blocked.
An incomplete bas-relief of Shiva appears on the granite boulder on either side of the opening and an idol of Sastha sits at the entrance of the cave. Nearby is another ancient temple with idols of seven deities, located on an elevated ground overlooking the sea, accessed through a narrow path.
Shop for Souvenirs
Buy an exciting range of collectibles from Tibetan knick-knacks to Kashmniri shawls, chunky silver ornaments to ethnic Jewellery, Malabar spices to Kerala artefacts and much more from the numerous shops lining the beachside. Quality paintings, antiques, curios and hand-woven saris are other good buys from these shops.
Visit a Fishing Hamlet
Revel in the endless stretch of sandy white beaches at the tiny fishing village of Chowara. Just 8 km from Kovalam, this peaceful place is a perfect getaway for nature enthusiasts. An ideal locale to relax and unwind, Chowara's serene settings has made it home to several well-known Ayurvedic and heritage resorts.
Root for the Best Team
Cheer your favourite team at the exciting boat race held on the placid Vellayani Lake during the festival of Onam. This annual event which has a number of teams testing their prowess in a fierce competition is highly popular. One of the few freshwater lakes in Kerala, the delightful water body of Vellayani makes for a beautiful sight, especially on moonlit nights.
Cruise the Backwaters
Drift along the idyllic backwaters or Thiruvallom and revel in the spectacular greenery. The Thiruvallom Boat Club offers a variety of cruises from canoe rides and kayaking to journeys in boats. Tours to nearby Pozhikkara Beach, coir making units and the island of Edayar with overnight halt at homestays are even more exciting. A mere 12 km away from Kovalam, Thiruvallom is also famous for its Parasurama Temple.
Enjoy Village Life
Rent a motobike from any or the numerous beachside rentals and explore the coastal village life beyond Kovalam. En route you can chat up the boat builders along the Vizhnjam fishing harbour and halt for a delightful break at the beautiful Poovar Beach.
All along the canals lining the island of Poovar you will see rural Kerala at its best. Largely unexplored, Poovar surrounded by serene backwaters aid opening out into the sea, enthrals visitors with its spectacular silvery beaches.
Air: Trivandrum International Airport (16 km/30min)
Rail: Trivandrum Central Railway Station (13 km/30 min)
Road: Kovalam is off the National Highway Bypass, just 13 km from the National Highway.
Bus : Kovalam's KSRTC Bus Stand is near Vizhinjam-Poovar Road. It has services once in every 15 minutes to Trivandrum.
Tel: 0471 2480365, 2481365
Telephone access code: +91 471
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