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Kovalam Tourism | How to Plan a Trip to Kovalam

  • Light House Beach Kovalam
Kovalam At a Glance
  • Average Climate:Oct - 30°C / 25°C, Nov - 30°C / 25°C, Dec - 31°C / 24°C
  • Best Time to Visit:October - February
  • Major Airports:Thiruvananthapuram International Airport
  • Ideal Durations:1 To 2 Days
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Kovalam Travel Guide

Kovalam Tourism Guide 

Crescent-shaped beaches, exquisite monuments, and stunning coastlines enhance the charm of Kovalam and attract many tourists every year. Popularly called the ‘Paradise of South,’ Kovalam is located by the Arabian Sea, south of Thiruvananthapuram. The palm-fringed beaches of Kovalam are perfect for leisure vacations and sunbathing. In addition, ayurvedic and yoga retreats at therapeutic centers offer enriching experiences.

Kovalam is also a perfect getaway for honeymooners and thrill-seekers. Couples can savor romantic moments on Kovalam beaches, while adventure lovers can participate in the watersports. If you are a party lover, Kovalam houses some top-rated nightclubs and bars where you can enjoy vibrant nightlife.

Read the Kovalam tourism guide and plan your trip to Kovalam

Places to visit in Kovalam 

Fondly referred to as the 'grove of coconut trees,' Kovalam was once a calm fishing village, now a popular tourist destination. There are plenty of places to visit in Kovalam. Kovalam's three palm-fringed crescent-shaped beaches, namely Lighthouse Beach, Samudra Beach, and Hawa Beach, offer a blissful experience with your loved ones. Some of the famous places to visit in Kovalam are: 

  • Vellayani Lake
  • Halcyon Castle
  • Veli Tourist Village
  • Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple.
  • Kovalam Art Gallery
  • Artificial OffShore Coral Reef
  • Lighthouse Beach

Things to do at Kovalam

Besides breathtaking natural beauty, there are plenty of things to do in Kovalam that don’t tire you. On the contrary, they relax your mind, body, and soul! Kovalam is a town of many shades. From serene backwaters to playful beaches, from adventure sports to Ayurvedic therapies, and from shacks & beach cafes to luxury hotels & resorts – it has everything to make your holiday in Kerala memorable.

  • Spend nighttime in the houseboat.
  • Take a sightseeing tour.
  • Windsurfing
  • Parasailing
  • Sunbathing 
  • Shopping
  • Jet Skiing

Best time to visit Kovalam

The best season to visit Kovalam is winter when the weather is more relaxed and the humidity is less. Cooler temperatures allow plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures. Overall, The best time to visit Kovalamis from September to February. Any other months besides these can mean unpredictable weather changes and unnecessary packing to cope with these weather fluctuations. To make the best of your time in Kerala, you must visit when the temperature is moderate and tolerable.

How to reach Kovalam 

Trivandrum International Airport is around 12 Km from Kovalam and the nearest one to the beach. Cabs and taxis are readily available from the airport to reach Kovalam Beach. Kovalam Beach is on the way to Mahabalipuram, down East Coast Road. Apart from Trivandrum, Kovalam is well linked to other cities by the excellent network of buses. Trivandrum Central Railway Station is the nearest to Kovalam, 13 km away. Trains from all major cities within the country have access to the Trivandrum Central Railway Station. Read more.

Accommodation in Kovalam

There are numerous hotels and resorts to stay in near Kovalam Beach. Indian Holiday has tie-ups with some of the best hotels in Kovalam to suit all budgets, products, and services. Other facilities include a reputable Ayurvedic spa, restaurants, and infinity pools. Kovalam is close to the beach and offers many facilities for the most discerning visitors. To make you aware of the city's lavish and relaxing stay options, the top hotels in Kovalam are The Leela Kovalam, Niraamaya Retreats-Surya Samudra, and more. 

Where to eat in Kovalam 

Prevalent street food in Kovalam is for both vegetarian and seafood lovers. So get pampered with tasty food. The best local eats in Kovalam are Puttu, Kerala Appam, Kappa, and South Indian Plate.

Besides sunny beaches and abundant food, Kovalam is dotted with several restaurants. Here is the list of the best food restaurants in Kovalam. You must try Sanjeevini Restaurant, Swiss Café, Suprabhatam, Malabar Café, Devi Garden Restaurant, Fusion Restaurant, Lonely Planet Restaurant, and more. 

How to get around in Kovalam

Tourist taxis and rented mopeds are the best ways to travel around. You can also opt for buses.

Travel tips

  • Firstly, you should be assured that your health is appropriate for the outing and carry the required medicine and a first aid box. If you have any medical prescriptions, don’t forget to take them.
  • To avoid health problems, avoid drinking water from public pipes or any unclean place. The best idea is to carry a mineral water bottle with you.
  • It is genuine not to carry enough cash with you. There are enough ATMs available from which you can withdraw the needed money.
  • There are water sports activities at Kovalam. Adore sea surfing and boat canters with care. Listen carefully to the guidelines about all safety precautions regarding water sports activities.
  • Smoking isn’t permitted on the beach. Hence, do not carry cigarettes.
  • If you are traveling in the summer, don’t forget to carry sunglasses and sunscreen lotion.
  • Don’t forget your camera to take pictures of the beach.