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Kovalam Beach

Visit this town on the shores of the Arabian Sea, noted for its three beaches, markets, sunset views and resort atmosphere.

The coastline of Kovalam has attracted Indian royalty and western hippies alike with aquamarine bays, sandy beaches and sunsets over the Arabian Sea. Spend timeless hours relaxing by the sea, wandering through markets and savoring fresh local seafood.

The name Kovalam translates as "coconut groves" and is so called because of the expansive coconut forests that envelop the town. This region became a vacation destination for Indian royalty in the early 20th century, but did not develop into its modern form until the 1970s when it was discovered by hippies.

Along Kovalam's 11-mile (17-kilometer) coastline, find three major beaches. The smallest and quietest is Samudra Beach, which is popular with fishermen who deliver their evening catches here. Next door is Hawah Beach, with its clean sands and gorgeous views.

Visit Lighthouse Beach, the busy epicenter of Kovalam's coast and its southernmost beach. Set up a rented sun lounge and umbrella, swim in warm shallow waters and join the locals on their evening walks along the seafront. Another popular activity here is a sunset boat tour beyond the bay.

After your beach excursions, explore the rest of the beach town. Walk through the labyrinthine streets to find markets selling silk gowns, hand-woven books and artisanal Tibetan goods.

Appreciate the grand architecture of Halcyon Castle, a stone-built royal residence on the headland between Samundra and Hawah beaches. Go to the promontory above Lighthouse Beach for Vizhinjam Lighthouse, a 118-foot (35-meter) red and white tower. For a small fee, you can climb the spiral staircase to the observation platform and take in sweeping views of Kovalam and beyond.

Wander along Vizhinjam Harbor Road atop a steep embankment for views of Vizhinjam International Sea Port. Be sure to stop by a gorgeous lime-green mosque occupying the port headland.

When you are looking for something to eat, find restaurants within the beach town or along its promenade. Among the options are vegetarian curry houses and European bakeries.

Kovalam is approximately 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Thiruvananthapuram and is easy to get to via taxi, rental car or rickshaw. This area is busiest in the dry season, from September through May.


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The Raviz Kovalam
The Raviz Kovalam

The Raviz Kovalam

Kovalam Beach Road, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Thiruvananthapuram resort is within a 10-minute walk of Grow Beach and Kovalam Beach. Hawah Beach and Samudra Beach Park are also within 15 minutes.

    Turtle On The Beach £54
    Turtle On The Beach

    Turtle On The Beach

    VPI/439, ITDC Road, Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Thiruvananthapuram resort is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Hawah Beach and Kovalam Beach. Grow Beach and Lighthouse Beach are also within 15 minutes.

      Kovalam Turtle Annexe £67
      Kovalam Turtle Annexe

      Kovalam Turtle Annexe

      Tc 63/523-1, (Old Vo 1/642), Beach Road , Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hawah Beach and Kovalam Beach. Grow Beach and Lighthouse Beach are also within 15 minutes.

        Searock Beach Resort
        Searock Beach Resort

        Searock Beach Resort

        Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Thiruvananthapuram, this beach hotel is steps away from Hawah Beach and Kovalam Beach. Lighthouse Beach and Grow Beach are also within 15 minutes.

          Hotel Marine Palace £22
          Hotel Marine Palace

          Hotel Marine Palace

          NUP Road, Kovalam Beach Road, Vizhinjam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Thiruvananthapuram, this beach hotel is steps away from Hawah Beach and Kovalam Beach. Lighthouse Beach and Grow Beach are also within 15 minutes.

            Hotel Sea Face
            Hotel Sea Face

            Hotel Sea Face

            N.U.P, Beach Road, Hawah Beach, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nestled on the beach, this Thiruvananthapuram hotel is just steps away from Hawah Beach and Kovalam Beach. Lighthouse Beach and Grow Beach are also within 15 minutes.

              OYO 2501 Kailas Holiday Inn Kovalam
              OYO 2501 Kailas Holiday Inn Kovalam

              OYO 2501 Kailas Holiday Inn Kovalam

              Near Turtle on Beach, Beach Road, Opposite BOND Safari, Thiruvananthapuram
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hawah Beach and Kovalam Beach. Grow Beach and Lighthouse Beach are also within 15 minutes.

                Jasmine Palace
                Jasmine Palace

                Jasmine Palace

                Temple Road, Kovalam Eve Beach, Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated by the sea, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Hawah Beach and Kovalam Beach. Lighthouse Beach and Grow Beach are also within 15 minutes.