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Kovalam Beach

Though there are many beaches in Kerala, only few are famous all over the world. The Kovalam Beach is one of them. The coastline of the Kovalam is of 17 km of length. There are three beaches that make the renowned crescent of the Kovalam beach. These beaches are Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach and Samudra Beach. Of these three, the Lighthouse Beach is the most famous and witnesses the largest number of tourists. There is an old lighthouse at the southernmost part of the beach, which is why this part of the beach was named this way. Hawah Beach, also known as Eve’s Beach is the second most popular beach in this area. This is quite a busy area as it is from this point, that fishermen prepare their nets and boats to venture out into the sea. The Samudra Beach is the quietest of the lot. Neither fishermen nor tourists are spotted here in large numbers.


About 16 km away from the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram.

How to Reach

By Air

The international airport of Thiruvananthapuram, at about 10 km distance, is the closest to the beach.

By Rail

Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway station, at about 16 km distance, is the nearest airport to the beach.

By Road

Kovalam is an important tourist town and hence it is well connected with all the important cities and towns of Kerala, through frequent buses and taxis.


The peak tourist season for this beach is the period between September and May. This is the time just after monsoon and the climate is really pleasant during that time. Many international tourists are spotted in the Lighthouse Beach area during this season, enjoying the sun and the weather. Foreigners love to sun-bathe on the silvery sands of the beach during this season.

Beach Attractions

Since this is one of the most famous beaches in Kerala, there are numerous resorts with excellent architecture and amazing facilities, found all along the coastline of the beach. Tourists can choose to stay in these resorts for easy accessibility to the beach.

Nearby Attractions

There are many interesting places in and around Kovalam Beach so that tourists can spend their time usefully here. Some must-see places nearby Kovalam beach are Vellayani Lake, Lighthouse, Valiyathura River, Karamana Stream and Boating, Kovalam Art Gallery, Aruvikkara Dam, Stone Cut Cavern Temple at Vizhinjam, Edakkal, Parshurama Temple at Thiruvallam and the Varkala Beach.


Walking along the silvery sands of the beach, swimming, boating, sunbathing, enjoying relaxing and rejuvenating herbal massages at the various resorts and spas, getting a flavour of the traditional folklore programs, staying in typical cottages, shopping for authentic Ayurveda products and indulging in peaceful Yoga sessions are some of the activities that tourists can do, when they come here.


There are lots of small stalls decorated all along the coastline. These shops sell wonderful artefacts and handicrafts. Tourists must use their negotiating skills to their best possible level here and get great deals for some intricately carved articles made of sandalwood, ivory and rosewood. One can also find many Tibetan and Kashmiri shops to cater to the needs of the foreign tourists come to the beach in large numbers.

Food Corners

Since the Lighthouse Beach is the most popular section of the Kovalam Beach, one can find many restaurants and small eating joints in this area. These places specialise in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Fish cooked in authentic Kerala style, beef and chicken delicacies are some of the specialities here and are hugely loved by the Indian and international tourists.