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1. Kovalam Beach

Kovalam Beach
Must Visit 4.3 /5

0 km
from city center
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Highlights: Vizhinjam Lighthouse

Located in Kovalam (Southern Kerala), the Lighthouse Beach is known for the 35 metres tall Vizhinjam Lighthouse, located on the top of the Kurumkal hillock. The lighthouse is entirely made of stones and coloured in red and white bands. Visitors love to reach the top of this tall structure by using a spiral staircase to click some memorable photographs.

2. Vizhinjam Lighthouse

Vizhinjam Lighthouse

2 km
from city center
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Places To Visit in Kovalam

Highlights: 360° Aerial View of Kovalam and Vizhinjam Coa (Read More)stline

Perched on the top of the palm-covered Kurumkal Hill, the Vizhinjam Lighthouse is set on the coastline of the Arabian sea, near Kovalam beach in Kerala. The lighthouse has a cylindrical structure built entirely with stones. It has a height of 36 m and is painted in a candy pattern with red and white bands. Remarkably, the Vizhinjam lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Kovalam that offers mesmerizing views of the surrounding area. Arabian sea and Kovalam beach.

3. Aazhimala Shiva Temple

Aazhimala Shiva Temple
Must Visit

6 km
from city center
3 out of 33
Places To Visit in Kovalam

Highlights: Lord Shiva Sculpture, Historical Sculpture Ch (Read More)amber, Azhimala Beach, Naranga Vilakku Festival, Maha Shivratri Festival

Azhimala Siva Temple, located near the Poovar-Vizhinjam road in Thiruvananthapuram, is home to the tallest Shiva statue in Kerala. This temple is believed to date back to the 8th century AD and was constructed during the Pandya dynasty. It is also regarded as a significant center of Shaivism, a sect of Hinduism that venerates Lord Shiva as the supreme deity.

4. Grove Beach

Grove Beach
Must Visit

1 km
from city center
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Places To Visit in Kovalam

Grove Beach is one of the two sections of Kovalam Beach, located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. Secluded from the crowd, this part of the Kovalam beach offers visitors an undisturbed environment. The beach also offers several boating and parasailing options, accompanied by stringent safety protocols. Grove Beach is known for its proximity to the famous Lighthouse Beach and Hawa Beach.

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5. Fly Kovalam Parasailing

Fly Kovalam Parasailing
Great For Couples

1 km
from city center
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Places To Visit in Kovalam

Fly Kovalam Parasailing is a water sports company that offers a range of thrilling water sports activities and experiences to enjoy in Kovalam, Kerala. In addition to parasailing, they also offer scuba diving experience, allowing adventure seekers to explore the underwater world. Fly Kovalam Parasailing also offers new model jet skis for those who crave a faster-paced parasailing adventure. And for those who are new to water sports, guides are available to assist you every step of the way.

6. Kunnumpara Sree Murugan Temple

Kunnumpara Sree Murugan Temple
Popular among Locals

2 km
from city center
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Places To Visit in Kovalam

The Kunnumpara Sree Murugan Temple is a peaceful hilltop temple located in Vazhamuttam, Kerala situated at a height of 200 feet offering a stunning view of the Arabian Sea. The temple is dedicated to Lord Sri Subramanya and was built-in 1883 by Swami Sree Narayana Guru. It is a perfect location for meditation and prayer and peacocks wander freely around the temple, which adds to the classic spiritual experience.

7. Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary
4.5 /5

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Places To Visit in Kovalam

The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is nestled on the southern side of the Western Ghats, just 32 km from the main city. The sanctuary was established in 1958 and covers an area of 128 sq km. Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is a riveting destination near Thiruvananthapuram that offers a lion safari and houses a rehabilitation center for elephants, a crocodile farm, & a wide range of wildlife species, including deers & leopards.

8. Poovar

Poovar

13 km
from city center
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Places To Visit in Kovalam

Poovar is a small rustic town situated 27 kms from Thiruvananthapuram with unspoilt, unexplored golden sand beaches and beautiful backwaters of Kerala. Also known as a fishing village, the tranquil Poovar island lies between the Arabian Sea and the Neyyar River. Hiring a boat, (especially during the sunset)that will take you through the mangrove forest of backwaters is a must-do activity.

9. Water Sports in Kovalam

Water Sports in Kovalam

2 km
from city center
9 out of 33
Places To Visit in Kovalam

Highlights: Kayaking, Sea Surfing, Parasailing, Speed Boa (Read More)t Safari, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Artificial Offshore Coral Reef, Catamaran Ride

Kovalam has a beautiful beach surrounded by rows of green palm groves. It is one of the most picturesque beaches of India with a wide variety of water sports activities. The beach can be divided into three parts. Lighthouse beach, which lies to the South, the northernmost part is known as Samudra and Hawah which is located in the centre.

10. Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple

Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple
4.7 /5

2 km
from city center
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Highlights: Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium

Vizhinjam is a seaside hamlet very close to the scenic Kovalam Beach. It is situated 17 km from Trivandrum.Vizhinjam Caves have rock cut sculptures from the 8th century that houses one-celled shrine of Vinandhara Dakshinamurthi with an unfinished statue of Shiva and Parvathi on either side.

11. Artificial Off Shore Coral Reef

Artificial Off Shore Coral Reef
4.7 /5

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Honoured as India's first offshore coral reef, Artificial offshore coral reef in Kovalam has gained popularity. This major project aimed to protect and enhance the environment by the government of Kerala in association with the Department of harbour engineering.

12. Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple

Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple
4.5 /5

5 km
from city center
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Places To Visit in Kovalam

Highlights: Balitharpanam

Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple is situated on the banks of Karamana River. It is known to be the only temple in Kerala dedicated to Lord Parasurama. According to the folklore the 2000-year-old temple is believed to have visited by Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

13. Valiyathura Pier

Valiyathura Pier
4.6 /5

9 km
from city center
13 out of 33
Places To Visit in Kovalam

Highlights: Biodiversity

Valiyathura Pier became one of the most famous spots of south Kerala in 1950. Earlier it was extensively used for transport of cargo and currently its mostly used by fishermen to launch catamarans during rough weather.

14. Veli Lake Tourist Village

Veli Lake Tourist Village
4.3 /5

15 km
from city center
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Places To Visit in Kovalam

The Veli Tourist Village is a famous picnic spot in the mouth of the River Veli. Situated 12 km from Thiruvananthapuram, the site offers various indulging activities. The most prominent ones are the pedal/speedboat that explored the lagoon, the children's park, horse rides and swimming pool.

15. Hawah Beach

Hawah Beach
4.2 /5

1 km
from city center
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Places To Visit in Kovalam

Hawah is a stretch of isolated beach famous for its enchanting sunset views. Renowned as the second largest beach, it is also known as Eve's Beach for it being the first topless beach in India. However, topless bathing is banned now.

16. Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Padmanabhaswamy Temple
4.2 /5

10 km
from city center
16 out of 33
Places To Visit in Kovalam

One of the 108 Divya Desams, Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is located in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. Embellished in gold-plated covering, the temple is opened only to Hindu followers. Built as a replica of the Adikesavaperumal Temple in Thiruvattar, the Padmanabhaswamy temple is well-preserved antiquity.

17. Vellayani Lake, Kovalam

Vellayani Lake, Kovalam
4.6 /5

4 km
from city center
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One of the most popular freshwater lakes, Velliyani Lake, is located 7km away from Kovalam in Trivandrum, Kerala. Velliyani lake is also known as 'Velliyani Kayal' in the regional language Malayalam. Spread over 7.5 acres, the lake is a significant water source for irrigation and drinking purposes.

18. Halcyon Castle

Halcyon Castle
4.5 /5

1 km
from city center
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Places To Visit in Kovalam

Primly sitting atop a rock on the beach, Haylcon Castle was built by Her Highness, The Queen of Travancore Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bai as a private residence. The castle is located in Travancore in God's Own Country, Kerala. The splendid castle is an example of the traditional architecture of Travancore. The beautiful expansive lawn all around the magnificent castle is a treat to the eyes.

19. Karamana River

Karamana River
4.6 /5

6 km
from city center
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Originating from the southern part of the western ghats, the Karaman River is a prominent tourist attraction in Trivandrum. The river flows through a small suburb called Karamana. It attracts many tourists with various indulging activities.

20. Vizhinjam Beach

Vizhinjam Beach

3 km
from city center
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Places To Visit in Kovalam

Vizhinjam Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Kovalam which houses a lighthouse and an impressive marine aquarium. The beach is also known to be one of the largest ports in India.

21. Kovalam Surf Club (Surfing in Kovalam)

Kovalam Surf Club (Surfing in Kovalam)
4.3 /5

2 km
from city center
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Places To Visit in Kovalam

The Sebastian Indian School Projects (SISP) is a non-profit organisation that aims to provide free education to the deserved communities of Kerala. In the previous years, the Kovalam Surfing club has sent passionate surfers to join the International Surfing Association course with an intention to bring in more surf instructors.

22. Vizhinjam

Vizhinjam
4.1 /5

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Places To Visit in Kovalam

Vinzhinjam is a popular fishing village located only 17 kms from the city centre of Thiruvananthapuram. You can witness a rare and curious sight of hundreds of fishing boats lined across the fishing harbour as they cruise in perfect harmony without colliding into each other! Its geographical setting makes it a natural port and quite an important one. 

23. Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium

Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium
4.3 /5

2 km
from city center
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Places To Visit in Kovalam

Located near Theatre Junction in Kovalam, Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium is situated in one of the busiest fishing harbours. Officially known as Sagarika marine research aquarium, the place houses a large variety of rare aquatic species like squirrelfish, clownfish, moon wrasse and a school of invertebrates and ornamental fishes.

24. Kovalam Art Gallery

Kovalam Art Gallery
4.1 /5

1 km
from city center
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Places To Visit in Kovalam

Kovalam Art Gallery is home to many intricate paintings, artefacts and one of the favourite tourist spots in Kovalam. It is at a proximate distance from Hawah Beach, Trivandrum. It is a feast for the eyes of artist and art lover alike who wish to place their eyes on traditional Indian art.

25. Samudra Beach Park

Samudra Beach Park

1 km
from city center
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Places To Visit in Kovalam

Samudra beach is a hidden scenic gem snuggled towards the northernmost area of Kovalam beach. The beach embraces various attractive features, and its secludedness and serenity are the most admired. It is isolated from other beaches by fragmentary crevices & massive headland, and plentiful coconut & palm trees at this beach add to its charm.

26. Aruvikkara Dam

Aruvikkara Dam
4.1 /5

20 km
from city center
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Places To Visit in Kovalam

Highlights: Karamana River, Kovalam

Located 16 km north of Trivandrum, Aruvikkara Dam is situated on the banks of the river Karamana. It is a favorite getaway for visitors who wish to feed the fishes that pop up on the shore or take a casual stroll around the picnic spots near the dam.

27. German Bakery

German Bakery

2 km
from city center
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Places To Visit in Kovalam

German Bakery is one of the most popular bakeries in Kovalam and it serves mouth watering German cuisine. Besides the English ambiance and delicious food, you can also enjoy the beachy views as the restaurant is located on the Lighthouse Beach. You can also relish sumptuous Ayurvedic meals in the cafe.

28. Pozhikkara Beach

Pozhikkara Beach

59 km
from city center
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Places To Visit in Kovalam

Pozhikkara is a beautiful beach in Kovalam at the inter-junction of the backwaters meeting the sea. Lined with tall towering trees and healthy vegetation, the beach is one of the most green beaches of the city. Perfect for swimming and sunbathing, the beach also has myriad other options to make your trip fun.

29. Chowara Beach

Chowara Beach

6 km
from city center
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Places To Visit in Kovalam

Situated in the southern part of Kovalam, Chowara Beach is popular for its fishing spots. Besides the regular fishermen at work with their huge Chinese fishing nets and big boats, you will also find several picnickers gathered here with their basket of food. The highlight of the beach is a Chowara Ayyappa Temple which gives a hilltop picturesque view of the shores and adjoining villages.

30. Ashoka Beach

Ashoka Beach

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from city center
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A beautiful extension of the Samudra Beach, Ashoka Beach is a quiet, deserted stretch of land in Kovalam, Kerala. Mostly frequented by romantic couples owing the serenity and solitude of the place, the beach also has several ayurvedic spa centres to help you destress, refresh and rejuvenate from the monotony of life.

31. Kovalam Houseboat

Kovalam Houseboat

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Staying in a houseboat is one of the unique experiences and one of the most exotic things things to do in Kovalam. In addition to relishing amazing Malabari cuisines, you can also enjoy stunning locales, rich green paddy fields and emerald plantations. You can avail the opportunity at the Ashtamudi Lake or the Karamana River.

32. Catamaran Ride

Catamaran Ride

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One of the most unique things to do in Kovalam is riding on a catamaran. Floating on top of the serene blue waters and letting the wind rush at your face is definitely going to be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. You can try out the activity at the Vellayani Lake or the Hawah Beach. The boats are mostly traditional and are rowed with the help of paddles.

33. Ayurvedic Massages & Spa in Kovalam

Ayurvedic Massages & Spa in Kovalam

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Places To Visit in Kovalam

When in Kovalam, you absolutely have to indulge in treating yourself with the world-known Ayurvedic massages and spas. This is one of the topmost things to do in Kovalam. With a variety of techniques and herbal oils, the massages leave you completely relaxed and wanting for some more. Some hotels have this in-house facility while there are other places as well where you can avail it.

FAQs on Kovalam

Can you suggest an itinerary for Kovalam?

Day 1 - Reach Trivandrum by morning and travel to Kovalam by road. Reach Kovalam before noon. In the afternoon go to the beach for activities like sunbathing, surfing, water sports etc. Watch the beautiful sunset on the beach. Don't miss out on going to the observatory of the lighthouse in the lighthouse beach to see the beautiful view.
Day 2 - During the day get one of the ayurvedic spas to feel rejuvenated and detoxified. Spend the evening on the beach and watch a starlit sky which has become a rare site in the polluted cities. Depart from Kovalam the next day. You can also explore the areas near Kovalam by hiring a tourist vehicle which would be the most comfortable and affordable option.

How can I commute within Kovalam?

Tourist taxis and rented Mo-bikes are the best way to travel around. You can also opt for buses.
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How much does a package cost for Kovalam?

The packages for Kovalam start at INR 7500 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the top sightseeing places in Kovalam?

The top sightseeing places in Kovalam are Water Sports in Kovalam, Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach, Halcyon Castle, Vellayani Lake, Kovalam, Samudra Beach.

What are the top hotels in Kovalam?

There are 137 Hotels in Kovalam which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Kovalam are Devikripa Homestay, Johny's Beach House, Johny's Beach Hotel, Padmini House, Bougainvillea Home Stay, Capital O 45944 Club 7. You can see all the hotels in Kovalam here
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