Kovalam Beach being in my home town Trivandrum , How could I miss writing about it.Adorned with breath-taking views, serene beaches and refreshing atmosphere,Kovalam is a perfect getaway for Honeymooners,Family vacations.From the moment you land from your airplane untill you get to the beach, its the most amazing ride.I suggest to take a auto ricshaw /tuktuk than a taxi if you really wanna enjoy the typical tropical ride. And I must say Trivandrum Airport has the most beautiful plane landings in india,just like Koh Samui,Surrounded with beaches,coastline,coconuts trees covering the whole city, its a spectacular view not to be missed.
Kovalam beach has been a favorite with the international crowd for many decades now.Kovalam shot into limelight in the early seventies with arrivals of the masses of Hippies on their way to Ceylon in the Hippie trial.Kovalam is known for its world famous Ayurveda Massages.Foreigners come here for relaxations,Ayurveda treatments for physcial and mental ailments.The beach is mostly popular within the foreigners,morning or noon you can see them enjoying sun bath through out. The beach is crowded by locals in the evening who come to see the beautiful sunset.
Kovalam has three beaches separated by rocky outcroppings in its 17 km coastline, the three together form the famous crescent of the Kovalam beach,Lighthouse Beach,Hawah Beach and the Samudra Beach.The larger of the beaches is called Light House Beach for its 35 metre high light house which towers over it atop Kurumkal hillock. The second largest one is Hawah Beach named thus for the topless European women who used to throng there. It was the first topless beach in India.However topless bathing is banned now except in private coves owned by resorts.
Kovalam beach is a 25 mins( 13 kms) drive from the Trivandrum Airport.Since its in the capital city you wont find it difficult to find buses, taxis or tuktuks.Tourist come here round the year.There are a large number of beach resorts in and around Kovalam.You will be able to find the most expensive resort as well as a cheap budget resort as well.And one of the few reasons why Kovalam is famous for,is because of its fresh yum seafood.
While in Kovalam you may also wanna see the sea port of Vizhinjam which is about 3 km away and famous for its special varieties of fish, old Hindu temples, big churches and a mosque. The Proposed International Trans shipment Terminal at Vizhinjam is also close to Kovalam.
Where to stay in Kovalam
My best suggestion would be stay at the SEA AND HILL VIEW RESORT, I stayed there and its worth for money you spend. Not too expensive nor its too cheap but afforable.Below is the view from the room.
Apart from this you can choose online for a variety of beach facing resorts right opp to the beach,the most luxurious and budget ,Both.
Ususally there are toursit round the year but the peak season starts from December and goes on till the monsoon begin. Some foreigners come to Kovalam just to experince the heavy tropical monsoons. And yes thats something to be seen while on a trip to kerela.
Please do not forget to bring warm clothes, sunscreen lotions and yes its also mosquitos own country as I call, So you guessed what else has to be packed.
There are plenty of hospital and medical facitiles available, I would say infact the worlds best medical facility is in Trivandrum.So you can play around with the sharks also .
How to reach Kovalam Beach
Take a direct flight to/fromvia Bangalore airport to Thiruvananthapuram airport that takes about an hour.Or there are non stop flights also from Delhi and Mumbai these days.
Buses are the most economical way to reach Kovalam. Kovalam is well-connected to Trivandrum and other nearby major cities by city bus services. Luxury tourist bus services to Trivandrum are available from many nearby cities like Bangalore, Chennai.
The Trivandrum Central railway station, located about 15 kilometres from Kovalam, is the nearest railway station to Kovalam. The Trivandrum Central railway station is well linked to major cities in India. From the railway station, one can hire a taxi or a cab or board a bus to reach Kovalam.
So please do Visit my Beautiful City and get ready to eat some amazing seafood and for those who like Veg ,you too get to taste some variety of Veg Kerela Cusine.And Visit some of the best temples in India While in Kovalam.