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Destination Theme
Yoga Retreats, Beaches,
Best Suited For
Tourists, Families with kids.
Recommended Duration
Two to Three days.

Quick Info

Kovalam is a beautiful beach town located in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. Situated by the Arabian Sea, Kovalam is famous for its beaches. The town of Kovalam is one of the most favourite destinations of tourists arriving from Europe and Israel. Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, just 16 kilometres away from Kovalam is the nearest airport.

Rankings & Ratings

A light-hearted city that captures your attention with its gleeful beaches.

Editor's Rankings

#7 in 33 Destinations in & around Kerala

Editor's Review

In Kovalam, you will find the most delightful beaches of Kerala. Not only do they offer breathtaking views, but also plenty of relaxing and venturesome activities that are extremely fun. You will have to deal with the heat and the crowd, but it is definitely a place promising a pleasurable stay.


  • Great adventure sports at the beaches.
  • The town is easy to reach by air or train.
  • The accommodation facilities suited for all types of visitors are available.
  • Reviving Ayurvedic massages available near the beach.


  • The weather keeps fluctuating depending on the season.
  • Shopping can be heavy on your pockets.
  • The lighthouse beach may be crowded sometimes.
  • Very few food options available for vegetarians.

Itinerary Tips

  • The summers are usually very hot. Very few tourists prefer to visit Kovalam in the summer.
  • It is best to carry sun screen lotions along with you no matter what season you choose to visit Kovalam.
  • People here are slightly sensitive. It's important to dress appropriately and avoid smoking in public places.
  • When you visit religious places, be extremely mindful of your dress. Remove footwear before you enter temples.
  • Since there are quite a few adventure activities available in the beach, listen carefully to safety tips and take needed precaution.
  • The restaurants tend to add extra salt in the dishes. You might have to tell them about your preferences.


Detailed Info

Kovalam is famous worldwide for its three adjacent beaches, (1)The Light House Beach, (2)Hawah Beach and (3)Samudra Beach. The town has been the Europeans' favoured hideout since the 1930's. The beaches at Kovalam offer plenty of leisure activities that include special cultural programmes, herbal body toning massages, catamaran cruising and swimming. The beach gets busy late in the day and stays busy until late in the night.

Accommodation facilities at Kovalam range from budget hotels to five star hotels. There are a string of cottages at the beach itself along with Ayurvedic resorts, shopping centres and restaurants serving Continental and South Indian dishes. Just 16 kilometres away from Kovalam is the centre of Thiruvanthapuram. Tourists can stay at Kovalam and visit the city without any trouble to see interesting places like Napier Museum, Sri Chitra Art Gallery, Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Ponmudi hill station.



The town of Kovalam is at sea level.


The weather is bright and pleasant only during the winter season. Summers are extremely hot and the town experiences thunderstorms and abundant rainfall during the monsoon.

Best Time to Visit?

During the pleasant winter season from November to February.

How to Get There?

By Air

It is very easy to reach Kovalam by air since the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is just 16 kilometres away from the town. The airport is well-connected to most of the major cities in the world. From the Airport, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Kovalam.

By Train

The Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station is just 15 kilometres away from Kovalam. It is a very convenient option as the station is connected to major cities in the state and the country.

By Road

Kovalam is well-connected to Trivandrum and other nearby major cities through bus services. Luxury tourist bus services to Trivandrum are available from many nearby cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Madurai and Nagercoil.


Local Cuisines

Sea food is Kovalam's best offering. It includes jumbo prawns, tiger prawns, pepper prawn curry, lobsters, mussels, crab and fresh fish.