Kovalam is famous for its beaches, among the most pristine in India. Kovalam is extremely popular among westerners due to shallow waters and low tidal waves. It is also one of the oldest tourist enclave in India, which known among tourist circuit right in 1930s. Kovalam shot into limelight in the early seventies with arrivals of the masses of hippies. That started the transformation of a casual fishing village of Kerala into one of the most important tourist destinations in all India- the Kovalam beach.
Aruvikkara, located around 25.3 km away from Kovalam, is one of the popular attractions in the region. This village is located on the banks of Karamana River in Thiruvananthapuram District. The main attraction of this place is the ancient Bhagavathi Temple, which is dedicated to goddess Durga. Visitors can see a stream of water flowing in front of the temple. This stream contains large fishes, which are fed by devotees visiting the shrine.
Samudra Beach, which is just 4 km north of Kovalam, is a popular attraction. The beach owes its name to Hotel Samudra, which is operated by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation. Forming the northern part of Kovalam Beach, this beach is popular among both Indian as well as international tourists. Numerous basic wooden fishing vessels can be seen near the beach.
Hawa Beach, popularly known as Eve’s Beach, is the most popular of the three beaches of Kovalam. This beach lies opposite to Lighthouse Beach and is full of palm groves. Swimming is not preferred at this beach as the currents are quite strong. Tourists can be seen sunbathing and getting herbal massages at this beach. Catamaran rides can also be availed at Hawa Beach.
|Area||2192 sq km|
|Temperature||19.9 c – 36.2 c|
|Summer||20.6 c –|
|Rain fall||170 cm|
|Best time to visit||Sepetember to may|
|Languages||Malayalam, English,Hindi (spoken)|
|Nearest Railway||Thiruvananthapuram 16 kms|
|Nearest Railway||Kollam 80 kms|
|Nearest Railway||Kanniyakumari 100 kms|
|Nearest Airport||Thiruvananthapuram 16 kms|
|Nearest Airport||Cochin 225 kms|
|Places to visit||Sungumugambeach,Kovalambeach,Light house Museum and Art Gallery,Zoological Park,Sree Padmanabhaswami Temple, etc……….|