Do you wish to spend your holidays on a beach where you will have herbal body toning massages, catamaran cruising and unique Indian cultural programs? Do you want to visit a beach where life begins late in the day and carries on well into the night? Then, Kovalam, the most renowned beach in Indian subcontinent, is the best choice for you. Kovalam is a beach town on the shore Arabian Sea in Kerala, a south Indian state. It is 13 km away from Thiruvanathapuram, the capital city of Kerala.
Kovalam was one of the most prominent tourist spots in India during the hippy era. Now, with a high status among tourists, mostly from Europe and US, Kovalam is finding a new importance in the light of several Ayurvedic parlors and the fascinating night life. The large number of beach resorts in and around Kovalam attracts large number of tourists in the seasons. There are many recuperation and regeneration resorts which provide a wide variety of Ayurvedic treatments for tourists from across the globe.
The three crescent shaped beaches separated by rocky outcroppings are the main attractions of Kovalam. Massive rocky headlands on the beach and the shallow waters stretching for hundreds of meters have made Kovalam one of the great beaches in Asia. The Calm and shallow water is apt for swimming and sea bathing. The beach includes a string of budget cottages, shopping zones, Ayurvedic health resorts, swimming pools, convention facilities, Yoga and Ayurvedic massage centers.
The larger beach in Kovalam is called Light House Beach because of the 35 metre high Light house situated atop Kurumkal hillock. The second largest one is Hawah Beach, named after the topless European women who used to throng in the hippy era. Another beach at the northern part, separated from the southern side by a large promontory, is known as Samudra Beach.
Apart from these beaches, the famous sea port of Vizhinjam, popular for its special varieties of fish, old Hindu temples, big churches and a mosque, is just 3 km away Kovalam. This place is also a tourist hotspot as whoever visit Kovalam also find time to visit here. The Nearest airport to Kovalam is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (10 km away). There are regular buses and cars from airport which will take you to Kovalam.