One such mesmerizing place in Kerala is Kovalam
, known as the Paradise of the South
. Kovalam is one of the internationally renowned evergreen and pleasant climatic beach resorts. A tropical paradise, Kovalam has several restaurants providing delicious Western and Indian food.
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Fact Files : Kovalam
Location : Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), in the South Indian state of Kerala.
Popular For : The Most Popular Beach in Kerala
Highlights : Yoga and Other Health Related Activities
Best Time To Visit : September-April
Novelty Factor : One of the cleanest and safest beaches in the country, Kovalam is just 16 km away from the capital city of Kerala.
Beach Attractions : Open Sea, Beaches, Vast Stretch of Land, Vizhinjam Village.
Around Kovalam : Poovar – 18 km, 15 kms from Mahabalipuram, 36 kms from Mahabalipuram.
To Shop : Sea Shells, Handicraft Items made from Seashells, Paintings, Carpets, Metal Work, Woodwork Articles.
Getting There : Nearest Airport - Trivendrum International Airport, Thiruvananthapuram – 16 km.
Rail – Nearest Station – Trivendrum Central – 13 km.
Road – Kovalam is off the N-H-47 Bypass.
Don't Miss : Stay in the Ashrams and Experiencing Ayurvedic Treatments.
Inside Tip : While Staying in the Ashrams do abide by the rules and regulations of the Ashram.
Activities : Ideal for Kayaking, Swimming, Surfing and Skiing.
Must Watch : The Palm Trees and Ebullient Waves of the Arabian Sea.
Kovalam is one of the internationally renowned evergreen and pleasant climatic beach resorts. A tropical paradise, Kovalam has several restaurants providing delicious Western and Indian food.
Some of the famous tourist attractions in Kovalam are the –
Kovalam consists of three successive crescent beaches, the most popular being the Lighthouse Beach. The middle beach is called Hawah, while the northern beach is Samudra.
This sprawling palace houses paintings of Lord Krishna and his cowherds. Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple: This imposing seven-storied tower is an excellent example of the Dravidian style of architecture.
Veli Lagoon (Tourist Village):
This wonderful waterfront park is an ideal picnic spot where the lake merges with sea.
The Govt. Art Museum:
Formally known as Napier Museum , the museum blends traditional Kerala styles with Chinese and Mughal architecture.
Sree Chithra Art Gallery:
The gallery has a rich collection of paintings of Raja Ravi Varma and Roerich.
One of the best maintained zoos in Asia, it has beautiful expansive lawns. Science and Technology Museum: This museum is of high educative value for students of science and technology.
Akkulam Boat Club:
This Lake has boating facilities and has the largest children's park in Kerala.
A picnic spot with boating facilities, there is a lion safari park and crocodile farm here.
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary:
This sanctuary with its rich fauna and birds is dotted with large hills with forests and eucalyptus plantations.
Kovalam is an ideal place for kayaking, swimming, surfing and skiing.
You can shop items like handicrafts, jewelry and clothes at the shops spread along the waterfront of the beach.
Best time to visit Kovalam is between the months of November and February.
How to reach
To reach Kovalam, the nearest Airport is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (14km). The Trivandrum Central Railway Station is the nearest Railway Station from Kovalam beach. The city is also easily accessible by road.