Kovalam is situated in the outskirts of Trivandrum. "Kovalam" literally means an orchid of coconut trees. Kovalam is home to unending expanses of coconut and palm trees. The beach resort over the last few years has become one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Kerala.


Tourist Attractions in Kovalam

Below is a list of the important tourist attractions in Kovalam

Padmanabhapuram Palace

The Padmanabhapuram Palace is a very popular tourist attraction in Kovalam Nestled in the foothills of the Veli ranges this palace is situated at a distance of 54 km from Trivandrum. Constructed way back in the 14th century the monument once served as the residence of the ancient rulers Travancore. The monument boasts of elaborate woodwork and a host of ancient relics and artifacts.

Kaudiar Palace

The Kaudiar Palace is another gem in the crown of Kovalam. The palace belonged to Maharaja Sree Chitra Thirunal Bala Rama Varma of Kovalam. The structure is one of the oldest in the region. The palace is home to about 150 rooms which are locked and not opened to tourists.

Koyikkal Palace

The Koyikkal Palace is also an important tourist sight in Kovalam. The palace once served as the official residence of the royal family of Travancore. The palace is situated in Ponmudi hill station and dates back to the 15th century.

Veli Tourist Village

This is an idyllic tourist spot in Kovalam. Veli Village is located on the outskirts of the town and is surrounded by the Kerala backwaters. The village is immaculate and boasts of unparallel beauty. It is among the most popular picnic spots in the region. Adventure enthusiasts can enjoy numerous water sports in the surrounding beaches.

Varkala Beach

Varkala is another naturally blessed beach resort in Kovalam. It is also an important Hindu pilgrimage centre in Kerala. Travelers visit the place to see the Janardana Swamy Temple and the Nature Centre. The mineral hot springs are also another major attraction in Varkala. The Varkala beach is one of the most pristine beaches in the state.

How to Reach Kovalam

How to Reach Kovalam by Air

The nearest airport to Kovalam is Trivandrum. It is situated at a distance of 20 km from Kovalam. There are regular flights that operate from Trivandrum to Bombay, Madras, Delhi, Cochin Goa, Bangalore and Calicut. Some of the airlines that fly this route are; Indian Air Lines, Air India, Air Lanka, East West Airlines and Gulf Air

How to Reach Kovalam by Railway

The Trivandrum Central (Thampanoor) railway station is the nearest railway station to Kovalam. It is located at distance of about 15 km from Kovalam. Trivandrum is well linked with major all cities in India through rail. There are several trains that operate to and from the major Indian cities and towns to Trivandrum regularly.

How to Reach Kovalam by Road

Kovalam also shares a good road network with most of the important cities in South India. There are numerous buses that ply almost daily from cities such as Bangalore, Chennai, Madurai and Nagarcoil to Trivandrum.

Last Updated on 8/9/2011