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An idyllic village along the coastlines of the Arabian Sea, Kovalam is most famous for its three pristine beaches with shallow waters and low tidal waves where one can go surfing, wooden and motorboat riding.The beach town of Kovalam has three famous beaches - Lighthouse beach, Samudra beach and Hawah beach, which together form its majestic rocky crescent. Kovalam essentially means a ‘grove of coconut trees’ and the little town is filled with these palms.
Kovalam shot to fame with its hippie epoch in the early seventies and still sees the influx of tourists from Israel and Europe. The Samudra Beach, Kovalam Beach, Hawa Beach and the Light house beach are the places from where Kovalam derives its beauty and attraction. Ayurvedic treatments are one of its most popular indulgences along with yoga, meditation as well as other cultural activities. Kovalam perhaps comes full circle as it is also a shopping destination given the rich spices, wooden statues and handicrafts that can make popular takeaways.
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Best time is to visit in the month of January to March. Ideal time should be around in the mornings, usually the night is more calmer. One con though, the place gets closed by 11p.m
There is Shankumugham beach which is the best beach here and Old Coffee house there is really good for all day food. Also, visit Sree Padmanaswamu temple and Napier Musuem.
My favourite part about Kovalam was the banana boat ride on Kovalam beach. Unlike the rafts that are passed off as banana boats on the beaches of the rest of the country, the banana boats here are very shallow, wooden boats. These boat rides are sure to give you an adrenaline rush like never before. Other than that, what I loved about that area was the abundance of backwaters. You can hire a houseboat for the night or for a few hours and spend time in the backwaters. I had hired a houseboat for the night. The guy rowing the boat was a delight. He made a stop at a place where we could get ayurvedic massages and cooked us a nice local dinner.
- Swimming in the ocean here can be dangerous. It is strictly advisable to keep to the marked areas. You also have to be careful of the jellyfish. The small orange jellyfish are dangerous, the purple ones are harmless.
Kovalam is a beach town that is internationally known for its three connected beaches - Hawa beach, Palm backed beach and the Samudra beach. All these three beaches together form Kovalam beach. The leisure options are plenty such as sunbathing, sea swimming, health resorts along with various health, yoga and ayurvedic centers.
The place has many resorts and home stays available which provide you with yoga programmes and various ayurvedic spa treatments. Kovalam is a destination where you can connect back to nature and yourself.
It does offer much to those who are looking for something beyond relaxation.
If you are looking for a place to detox, free from the hustle-bustle and pollution, and relax in a calm environment listening to the sounds of nature, then Kovalam is an ideal place for you.