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Kovalam

Travel Guide
Lighthouse Beach showing general coastal views

Stay in a coastal resort by the Arabian Sea that offers plenty of opportunities to relax or get active on a beach.

The former fishing village of Kovalam is now one of Kerala’s most popular beach resorts. Swim, surf and sunbathe on attractive beaches where traditional fishing methods can still be seen.

Kovalam’s shoreline stretches for approximately 10 miles (16 kilometres) along the Arabian Sea and comprises three adjacent crescent-shaped beaches that are fringed by palm trees. With clear waters and clean sands, the beaches host a variety of leisure activities for all the family including swimming, sunbathing, surfing, massages and catamaran cruises.

Lighthouse Beach is the largest of the three beaches and is situated at the southernmost tip of the town. This part of the coastline is popular with surfers. If you want to ride the waves, but haven’t done so before, go to the nearby surf school for tuition and board rentals. When you come off the beach, walk along promenades lined with souvenir shops, restaurants and ayurvedic centres.

Pay a visit to the Vizhinjam Lighthouse that gives the beach its name. Climb the spiral staircase to the top of the 115-feet (35-meter) structure for superb views of the area.

Go for an early morning stroll on Hawah Beach and watch the fishermen heading out to sea. Locals will sometimes refer to the beach as Eve’s Beach because it was one of the first topless beaches in India, a practice that is now banned. Samudra Beach is separated from the other two beaches by a large promontory. Along with sunbathing and swimming, you can see fisherman hauling in their nets and the day’s catch. Some of the local restaurants and hotels buy their fish from here.

Kovalam is served by an international airport and railway station that are located in Trivandrum, approximately 9 miles (14.5 kilometres) away. With good roads and frequent bus services, the town’s attractive stretches of beach are easy to get to.

Gokulam Turtle On The Beach
Gokulam Turtle On The Beach
5 out of 5
VPI/439, ITDC Road, Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
The price is Rs4,549 per night from 11 Aug to 11 Aug
This family-friendly Thiruvananthapuram resort is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Hawah Beach and Kovalam Beach. Grow Beach and Lighthouse Beach ...
3.9/5Good! (241 reviews)
"Billed as five star but more like 3.5 stars. Had a nice stay and the food was great."

Reviewed on 2 Feb 2020

Gokulam Turtle On The Beach
Taj Green Cove Resort & Spa Kovalam
Taj Green Cove Resort & Spa Kovalam
5 out of 5
G V Raja Vattapara Road, Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
The price is Rs7,499 per night from 2 Aug to 2 Aug
This family-friendly Thiruvananthapuram resort is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Samudra Beach Park and Kovalam Beach. Grow Beach and Hawah ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (208 reviews)
"Awesome..really wonderful Superb room clean and tidy. Special request approved for morning breakfast. Very professionally hospitality."

Reviewed on 14 Apr 2021

Taj Green Cove Resort & Spa Kovalam
Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel
Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel
5 out of 5
GV Raja Road, Samudra beach, Vellar, Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
The price is Rs4,565 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Located in Thiruvananthapuram, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre, 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Samudra Beach Park and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Kovalam Beach. Grow ...
3.7/5Good! (110 reviews)
Not worth the price in covid times
"The property itself is beautiful and it's an easy walk to the main beaches. Breakfast staff in particular were friendly and helpful. Since it's covid, there are quite a few restrictions such as two of the pools being closed and a rather annoying check-in procedure. Overall the hotel is fine, but ..."

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2021

Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Luxury 3-bed Serviced Apartment in Trivandrum
Luxury 3-bed Serviced Apartment in Trivandrum
3.5 out of 5
M 29A RP Lane Road, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
The price is Rs2,971 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Situated near the airport, this holiday home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Napier Museum, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo and Trivandrum Secretariat. Government Medical College, ...
Luxury 3-bed Serviced Apartment in Trivandrum
OYO Home 22035 Elite 2BHK
OYO Home 22035 Elite 2BHK
Bougainvillea Homestay Muttacadu, P.O Kovalam,Thiruvananthapuram, Thiruvananthapuram
Situated in Thiruvananthapuram, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Kovalam Beach, Lighthouse Beach and Samudra Beach Park. Hawah Beach and Grow ...
OYO Home 22035 Elite 2BHK
OYO Home 22273 Elite 3BHK
OYO Home 22273 Elite 3BHK
Bougainvillea Homestay Muttacadu, P.O Kovalam,Thiruvananthapuram, Thiruvananthapuram
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Kovalam Beach, Lighthouse Beach and Samudra Beach Park. Hawah Beach and Grow Beach ...
OYO Home 22273 Elite 3BHK
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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