This heaven on earth literally means an orchard of coconuts. The coconut tree lined beaches of the sun-kissed Eden lends this tourist haunt an enrapturing glory.
This enthralling hamlet was initially a fishing settlement, adorned with spectacular beaches. The arrival of the flower child brigade changed Kovalam forever. They were followed by the sight-seers of Thiruvananthapuram who traversed across the stony foreland to catch a glimpse of the azure sea and golden beaches.
Twenty-First Century Kovalam has lost most of its arcadian aura and has undergone a complete metamorphosis. A cosmopolitan flavor is conspicuous in the variegated food palate that dishes out everything from delectable Italian delicacies to the traditional fish recipes.
Kovalam is located at a distance of thirteen kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram. A right turn from the Kovalam junction will take you to the magnificent beaches of Hawa or Eve, Ashok and Lighthouse. This road again branches out into two- while a turn on the left leads towards the Lighthouse beach and the Hawa Beach, tread down the straight path to soak in the pleasures of the Ashok beach.
Kovalam is strategically located with the Trivandrum International Airport of Thiruvananthapuram stationed at a distance of sixteen kilometers. It takes half an hour to reach the fascinating locale and taxi ride comes at a price of Rs.400. For further enquiries you can call 0471-2501424.
The tourists who want to avail the rail route, Trivandrum Central is the station to alight at. A thirty minutes taxi ride will you Rs.300. Speeding down the NH47 Bypass is another option. Buses ply from the KSRTC bus stop at an interval of fifteen minutes.
Places of Interest
The USP of Kovalam is its halcyon-black beaches. The semi lunar shaped beaches, namely, the Lighthouse Beach, the Hawa beach and the Ashok beach are the top draws of Kovalam. The Vizhinjam Lighthouse on the Lighthouse Beach, The Ganapathi Temple and the Kovalam Jama Masjid located on the Ashok Beach are excellent tourist destinations to explore. Apart from the top of the line beaches, Kovalam is also constellated by some other beaches like the Samudra Beach, located to the northern side of Ashok Beach. The Kovalam Sri Dharmasatha Temple, which throws open its doors on Fridays and on the days when the Aayilyam constellation is on the rise, according to the Kollavarsham calendar.
Besides the serene beaches, there is a host of fishing villages that one can visit. These have a generous sprinkling of beautiful temples. The Vizhinjam Village houses the Vizhinjam Cave Temple which has etchings of Shiva and Parvathi. The fishing settlement of Chowara is the site of the famous Chowara Ayyappa Temple. The secular fabric of Kovalam is depicted by the Analothbhava Matha Church that stands tall at Chowara. The Parasurama Temple that celebrates the Lord of Kerala is situated in Thiruvallom, the confluence of Karmana and Killi. Team up a darshan of the temple with an exotic ride on the river. Drop in at the Vellayani Devi Temple posited near the Vellayani Lake, at a distance of 300m. The latter, a freshwater body of water, with its sparkling stream is a cherished tourist haunt.
In this land of sun, sand and coconuts, water adventure sports draws people in hordes. The water adventure sports lovers can indulge in swimming, kayaking and host of others that is sure to give them an adrenaline rush. You can also try your hands at fishing on a sail boat.
The Valliathura Pier is an interesting place to visit. It is located at a distance of 10 kilo meters from Kovalam. Hundreds and thousands of them flock to this place to see the fishermen cast their boats into the water from the wharf and then nose dive into the water.
The traditional therapy of Ayurveda is a huge revenue earner for Kovalam. Health resorts, spas have blossomed to give the tourists a holistic experience. Pamper yourself with relaxing oil massages and soak in the feeling of nirvana.
Shop till you drop at the various handicraft emporiums. Mementoes carved out of ivory, rosewood, sandalwood and flowing silks saris draws crowds in hordes. Treat yourself to the delicious fish cuisines and sample the global gastronomic delights.
Last Updated on : 23/07/2013