This internationally renowned seaside destination has been a favourite haunt of tourists since the 1930s.Just a short drive away from the state capital, kovalam is easily accessible. It encompasses three adjacent crescent-shaped beaches-Lighthouse beach, Eve’s or Howah beach and the Ashok beach. Golden sands, miles of shimmering sea, rocky promontories constantly caressed by the sensuous surf and brilliant sunshine, make this place truly sensational. A charming village in its yesteryears, kovalam today has all the trapping of a popular beach destination. Lined with shops, restaurants, ayurvedic centres and accommodation options to suit all budgets, the place has unmistakable ambience of a resort. kovalam beach offers a variety of activities including snorkeling, catamaran rides sunset viewing, cycling on the beach etc.
IN AND AROUND KOVALAM
KOVALAM BEACH: Fringed by headlands that rise steeply above the shore, kovalam beach is almost completely covered by coconut palms. Of the three small bays separated by rocky outcrops, the southern-most, known as the lighthouse beach ,is the most popular. the lovely old light house that gives the beach its name is the vizhinjam lighthouse. Edakallu, a rocky head land, separates Eve’s or Howah beach from the lighthouse beach. The hill that separates Howah beach from the third of kovalam’s celebrated beaches houses the government guest house and Halcyon castle. One of kovalams spectacular landmarks, this charming old castle adds to the beauty of the setting.
THIRUVALLAM (6km from kovalam)This serene backwater stretch , enroute to kovalam, is famous for its canoe rides, kayaking and cruises in kettuvalloms. The boat club here organizes tours to the nearby islands of Pozhikara and Edayar as well as visits to coir manufacturing units.
The Great Kovalam Poets monuments: Ancient poets of kovalam, Ayyippilla Asan and Ayyanappilla Asan were the authors of epic poems such as, Janakeeya maha kaviangal, Ramakatha pattu and Bharathampattu ,lived in kovalam ,near the light house beach, Avaduthara in 1400AD.The monument is protected by the kerala government Archaeological Department.
VIZHINJAM: A fishing village 2km south of kovalam, vizhinjam is a natural port and one of the busiest fishing harbours in the district is all set to become the biggest shipping port of the region.
VIZHINJAM MARINE AQUARIUM:Located near the theatre junction, his aquarium, which houses a rich treasure of marine wealth has perfected the image pearl production technique ,by which 2 mould .of any shape, made of shell cement is implanted into the pearl oyster.in 2-3 months, a pearl in the shape of the mould will be ready.(opening time 0900-1730 hrs)
Entrance fee: Adults: Rs20, Children:Rs.10. ph:2480224
CHOWARA: (8 km from south kovalam) The fishing hamlet near kovalam has many picturesque spots. The chowara Ayyappa temple, atop a hill, offers an amazing view of the beach below. Chowara is also home to the ancient Analothbhava Matha Church. The Azhimalathara beach here is identified as the only place where the sea recedes from the coast and does not eat into the beach during the monsoon
POOVAR: ( 12 km south of kovalam)An isolated but spectacular beach, Poovar is situated close to the Neyyar River estuary. A trading port in its early days, it is today an important tourist destination.
ATTRACTIONS OF KOVALAM
LIGHTHOUSE: This 35 m lighthouse is perched atop the palm-covered Kurumkal Hill which juts out on to the sea. Visitors can climb the spiraling staircase inside to the top of the red and white tower and enjoy a spectacular view of the surroundings.
SAMUDRA BEACH: Lying to the north of Ashoka beach, this beach can be accessed only by taking a detour past Kovalam junction. It is an awesome sight to watch the waves crash on the rocks below as you walk along the stretch of sea wall here.
(16km from thiruvananthapuram)
AIR: Nearest airport-thiruvananthapuram international airport(10km/20 min)
RAIL: Nearest station-thiruvananthapuram central(16km/30 min)
ROAD: Kovalam is off the NH47 bypass,just 13km from the national highway that links salem to kanyakumari via Palakkad , thrissur, ernakulam, alappuzha,kollam and thiruvananthapuram.
BUS: The KSRTC bus stand at kovalam is near Vizhinjam-poovar road. bus services are available every 15 minutes to thiruvananthapuram. Low floor bus services between the city and kovalam are also available.
Kovalam Fact Files
Altitude : Sea Level
Clothing : Light cottons
Tourist Season :September to May
Temperature : Summer : 21°c – 33°c ,
Winter : 18°c – 33°c
Telephone access code:+91-471
Air: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport(6km from the city)has over 30 air links with convenient connections to colombo , Maldives, Singapore and the middle east. Indian Airlines , jet airways and many major airlines operate domestic flights to different parts of the country.
Rail: There are direct trains from Thiruvananthapuram to all the main towns in kerala as well as the major cities in india. Railway enquiry ph: 139
|Airport Authority of india||471-2501424.|
|Indian airlines, mascot jn||471-2316870, 2501537.|
|Jet airways, sasthamangalam||471-2721018.|
|Air india, Vellayambalam||471-2310310,2501426.|
|Oman Airways, Kowdiyar||471-2437017,18.|
|Kuwait Airways, Vellayambalam||471-2720013,2500434|
|Saudi Arabian Airlines||471-2721321.|
|Qatar Airways||471 -3919091,391909|
Tourist information offiices:
|Tourist facilitation centre, department of tourism, park view||471 2321132|
|Tourist information centre, railway station Thampanoor||471 2334470|
|Tourist information centre,Domestic Airport||471 2501085|
|Tourist information centre,International Airport||471 2502298|
|Tourist facilitation centre,kovalam||471 2480085|
|Tourist reception centre,Thampanoor||471 2330031|
Hotel Mascot :471 2316736.
District tourism Promotion council