Location :Just 16 km from Thiruvananthapuram city,south
Best time to visit : September to March, though it is an all year
Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with
three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favourite haunt of
tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s.
A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful
bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The leisure options at
this beach are plenty and diverse - sunbathing, swimming, herbal
body toning massages, special cultural programmes, Catamaran cruising
etc. The tropical sun acts so fast that one can see the faint blush
of coppery tan on the skin in a matter of minutes. Life on the beach
begins late in the day and carries on well into the night.
The India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) has developed
Kovalam as an integrated seaside resort. The beach complex includes
the Ashoka Beach Resort (owned by ITDC), a string of budget cottages,
Ayurvedic health resorts, convention facilities, shopping zones,
swimming pools, Yoga and Ayurvedic massage centres etc.
Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, is just 16 km away
from Kovalam and getting there is no hassle. But if you are on holiday
it is better to stay in Kovalam and visit the city. Thiruvananthapuram
has interesting places to see like the Napier Museum, the Sri Chitra
Art Gallery , the Padmanabhaswamy Temple , Ponmudi hill station
etc. SMSM Institute, a State owned handicrafts emporium, is the
ideal place to pick up ethnic curios and other articles. To know
more about the crafts on sale here see Treasure Chest from the Archives
dated 14 January '99 to 15 July '99.
Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram central, about 16 km
Nearest airport : Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about