Kovalam beach town is located near Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. It offers great attractions for tourists who make their way here for a calm and relaxing holiday.
Kovalam: Historical Significance
Kovalam came attention of holiday seekers in the 1920s after Regent Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi of Travancore constructed the popular beach resort, Halcyon Castle.
The place was made popular as a tourist destination by the Maharaja of Travancore thereafter. The beach town attracted many European travelers who came here on their own and also as guests of the Royals of Travancore.
With the arrival of Hippies who arrived here in masses while en route the Hippie Trial, Kovalam became one of the most popular destinations for tourists. After this, Kovalam transformed into a popular tourist spot from being a simple fishing town.
Kovalam: Beach town, A great getaway and nature lover’s paradise
Kovalam has many beautiful beaches that offer a serene setting for tourists. The rocky outcroppings, beautiful waters and the sandy shores make this place a great setting for those who like to spend time away from the hustle of the city.
Sprawling resorts and spas with facilities for tourists who want to indulge in Ayurvedic treatments also attract visitors who want to rejuvenate over the holidays.
The sea port of Vizhinjam is popular for its ancient Hindu temples, beautiful churches and also mosques. The beaches are lined with shops where people can buy local produce and handicrafts. For those who want a little adventure, Catamaran boats maintained by the locals are available to go into the sea and witness some spectacular scenery.
Kovalam is most popular for its varieties of fish and sea food. The port is the centre for food lovers where a variety of dishes are available. In some resorts, the hosts also arrange for cultural shows like Kathakali and Kalaripayattu for the guests to experience the goodness of the culture in Kerala.
The main language in Kovalam is Tamil although many locals are also able to converse in Hindi and English.
Climate and best time to visit
Kovalam has typical humid tropical conditions.
Most tourists avoid the monsoons as the waters can get really rough and unpleasant.