Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. Life on the beach begins late in the day and carries on well into the night. Kovalam has a string of budget cottages, Ayurvedic health resorts, convention facilities, shopping zones, swimming pools, Yoga and Ayurvedic massage centres. The leisure options at this beach are plenty. Sunbathing, swimming and herbal body toning massages are some of them.
The crescent-shaped Kovalam Beach is divided into three parts. The southern-most beach, Lighthouse Beach, is by far the most popular amongst the beaches in Kovalam. The middle beach, adjacent to it, is called the Hawa Beach, the northern-most beach, Samudra, is the most laidback and secluded. Vizhinjam Lighthouse at Lighthouse Beach offers superb views across to Kovalam Jama Masjid.
Kovalam shot into limelight in the early seventies with arrivals of the masses of hippies on their way to Ceylon in the Hippie Trail. This exodus started the transformation of Kovalam, a casual fishing village of Kerala into one of the most important tourist destinations in all India. Kovalam now has been rated as one of the 100 places not to be missed in a lifetime by National Geographic.
Kovalam at less than 15 km from the Trivandrum is a convenient place to have some fun by the sea while exploring the city by the day. You may visit the Napier Museum, Sri Chitra Art Gallery, Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Ponmudi etc
As the name suggests there is a lighthouse at the Lighthouse beach - the most popular beach in Kovalam. The Lighthouse is accesible to general public between 3pm -5pm
Ponmudi is a mini hillstation about 65 kms from Kovalam and makes a good day picnic option especially if you are staying in Kovalam for a longer period. Kallar and Meenmutty waterfalls on the way to Ponmudi are extra incentives in a trip to Ponmudi.