Light House at Kovalam beach
Light House at Kovalam beach

This bewitching destination in God’s Own Country has been beckoning travelers from far and wide for decades. A splendid beach location, Kovalam caters to all kinds of travelers. Kovalam is one destination that can satisfy your instinct for adventure and your needto unwind. This palm-fringed beach is unique in that it is composed of three adjacent crescent shaped beaches – the Eve’s Beach, the Samudra beach and the Lighthouse beach. The image that we bring you this month is that of an aerial view of the Lighthouse beach, in all its splendor. The Lighthouse Beach gets its name from the Vizhinjam lighthouse located nearby.

Kovalam is a beach town on the Arabian Sea in Kerala, a state in south India. It is located around 13 km from downtown Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum). Kovalam has three crescent shaped beaches separated by rocky outcroppings. Shallow waters stretching for hundreds of metres are ideal for swimming. The beaches have steep palm covered headlands and are lined with shops that offer all kinds of goods and services.

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. Visitors frequent these two beaches. The northern part of the beach is known as Samudra Beach in tourism parlance. A large promontory separates this part from the southern side. Samudra Beach doesn’t have tourists thronging there or hectic business. The local fishermen ply their trade on this part. The sands on the beaches in Kovalam are partially black in colour due to the presence of ilmenite and thorazite. The normal tourist season is from September to May. Ashoka beach is also the part of Kovalam beach.

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light.resized KovalamThe 35-m lighthouse stands atop the Kurumkal hillock, jutting out on to the sea. For a nominal fee, visitors can climb the spiraling staircase inside to the top of the red and white tower. The palm-covered hillock offers a spectacular view of its surroundings.

Backwater Cruise:

Twelve kilometers from Kovalam, the Karamana River crosses the highway at Thiruvallom. This is an idyllic spot, offering a delightful view of the backwaters. A boat club offers a variety of cruises from canoe rides and kayaking to jaunts in kettuvalloms . Day tours to the nearby Pozhikara and Edayar islands and home stays at Idayar homes can also be arranged.


chowara.resized KovalamChowara, a tiny fishing village 8 km south of Kovalam, boasts broad sandy beaches minus the crowds. Uncluttered and pristine, the beach attracts solitude-seeking beach combers rather than revelers and beach buffs. Chowara’s location and serenity have also made it home to ayurvedic and heritage resorts. Of the three resorts located here, two attract tourists seeking ayurvedic treatments, whereas the third is known more for its lovely architecture.

Poovar :

poovar.resized KovalamTwo kilometers south of Kovalam is another peaceful but stunningly beautiful beach, Poovar. Situated close to the Neyyar River estuary, Poovar was a trading port in its early days. Today, it is recognized as a tourist destination, mainly due to the many resorts in the area such as the Poovar Island Resort, Isola di Cocco and the Estuary Island Resort. Largely unexplored and unspoiled, the island of Poovar has developed into an up-market tourist destination. Enveloped by serene backwaters and at places, separated from the sea only by narrow sand banks, Poovar, with its virgin beaches, is very popular with tourists.

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Beach Tips

By Air: The nearest airport is  Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)  about 15kms from Kovalam.
By Rail: Thampanur railway station in Trivandrum is an important rail head of the Southern Railway and is well linked to major towns up country as well as within the State just 15 Kilometers from Kovalam.
By Road: Thiruvananthapuram the capital City of Kerala is easily accessible by road.

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