Kovalam – enchanting strip of golden sands is laced with the rich greenery of coconut palms. A former fishing village, Kovalam is just 16 kms away from Trivandrum, Kerala’s capital city. Kovalam is an evergreen and pleasant climatic beach resort. It is a dreamy place for tourists all over the world. Today Kovalam beach is known as the “Paradise of the South”. With high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights. Kovalam was brought to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore. Over the past three decades, the place has been well developed, and now figures prominently on the world tourism map.
It is warm and clean by the coconut trees and the white sand bed as the sea breeze gently plays with the waves. Swimming and bathing are very refreshing and exhilarating in the waves. One can walk into the sea about 100 meters without loosing ground. This cove is also the safest place for swimming. Most of the visitors like to have a sunbath and get a good suntan on beach . At many coastal places there are beautiful patches of coral reefs. The underwater views, which are visible during snorkeling, are really marvelous.
Its scenic beauty and serenity is supplemented by the availability of excellent accommodation . There are a lot of restaurants which provide western style food as well as Indian, which is delicious. The grilled seafood items such as lobster, king prawns and kalamari which are got fresh from the sea at Kovalam. Ayurvedic massage parlours, yoga centers and water sport facilities, makes Kovalam a popular haven for tourists from all over the globe.
The Kashmiri, Kerala Batik items, Kannada handicrafts are very attractive to the tourists. Tourists can avail all information and check e-mail free of cost at Tourist Information and Communication centre on beach.
Many people from different countries and cultures, intermingling their languages get together in this paradise of the South and spend their leisure time joyfully. It makes moments heavenly.
SHORT TOURS FROM KOVALAM
Varkala Beach » A quiet, secluded stretch of sand, the Papanasam beach in Varkala is town (or its mineral springs and rocky difis. The 2000 year old Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple and the Nature Care Centre are two main attractions here.
Thiruvallam Backwaters » This place, enroute to Thiruvananthapuram, is famous for backwater rides.
Kollam Backwaters » The boarding point for many a mindblowing houseboat cruise, Kollam has an intricate network of backwaters, canals and lagoons. The most famous of these is the Ashtamudi lake, a vast expanse of emerald green waters fringed bycoconut groves.
Ponmudi Hill Station » An idyllic hill resort with narrow, winding pathways and cool, green, wooded environs, Ponmudi is located 915 metres above sea level. Well known (or its beautiful mountain flowers, exotic butterflies, smallrivulets and springs, this hill station also has excellent trekking trails.
Kanyakumari(CapeComorin) » Situated south of Thiruvananthapuram, in the state of TamilNadu,this is the land’s end of India where the three oceans- the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal – meet. Kanyakumari is famous for its spectacular sunrise and sunset views, Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Devi Temple.