Kovalam Beach Guide

Welcome to Kovalam Beach, Kerala's most famous beach.


Kovalam is Kerala's most famous beach and a major tourist attraction.

Location: 13 km South West from Trivandrum.

There are three crescent shaped beaches and all three are popular hot spots. The three are separated by rocky headlands. Along the long coast there are also other less famous but equally scenic beaches.

Kovalam beach, was discovered by the western hippies in the 1960s. It was they who chanced upon this hidden paradise, till then a fishing village (as it still is on Chowara Beach). It has since become one of the most popular beach destinations. Kovalam has today acquired all the trappings of a beach resort . The seaside eateries serving a fusion of Indian and continental food, itinerant hawkers, fast food vendors, pubs etc. [Editors Note: Our local author has never seen a European beach so take it from me: there is no comparison!]

All the beaches overlap each other in succession. The Light House beach gets its name from the Vizhinjam Light House located there. The lighthouse is on a rocky promontory, and is not open to the public.- Edakallu(meaning stone in between), separates Hawa Beach from Lighthouse Beach. The Ashoka Beach, which divides the beach into its northern and southern sections sports a Government Rest House. The beaches attract their visitors to stay on till late in the evening.

Around Kovalam

10-km south of Chowara there is a fishing village called Poovar. This beautiful village is close to Neyyar river (Poovar Puzha in local language), the backwaters and the sea. Be in Poovar, to be in river, to be in backwaters, to be in sea. Three catches in one stroke.

Poovar Island Resort, a resort in island, offers floating cottages, restaurants and Ayurvedic treatments. To reach the resort 10-minute boat cruise in the river is the only option.

Pachalloor is another pretty village that is sandwiched between the lagoon and nearby highway with appealing places to stay, which offer backwater trips and yoga classes.

Pozhikkara beach is just thirty minutes walk from Kovalam; nonetheless it is a planet away from the high profile holiday culture of Kovalam. Here the sands are used mainly for landing fish and fixing nets and is comparatively quieter.


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