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Snorkelling, Parasailing, Wind Surfing, Back Water Cruise

Cost of Activity: Jet Skiing- Rs 450 onwards, Parasailing- Rs 1000 , Snorkelling- Approx Rs 2500 per dive

Difficulty Level: Easy- Moderate

Region: Malabar coastline

Time required: Jet Skiing- 10 to 15 mins, Parasailing- 5 to 10 mins Snorkelling- Approx 30 mins

Water Temperature: Aroud 30 degress during peak season

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Water Sports in Kovalam, Kovalam Overview

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.

All three parts are frequented by travellers and have a wide offering of restaurants and beach resorts. The water activities which are offered by the sports clubs include parasailing, snorkelling, windsurfing and backwater cruise.

Water Sports in Kovalam Highlights

1. Kayaking

Kayaking is a popular adventure water sport to enjoy in Kovalam as it offers one of the finest experiences that a watersports enthusiast can have at this amazing beach destination. In this activity, y (Read More)ou will be rowing in the sea in a boat known as a Kayak that is identical to the shape of a snake. It is a thrilling activity that offers outstanding Arabian sea views & lets you explore the wildness of the sea. Those who are a newbie to this sport can go with an instructor or can go solo if they are an expert. It is an energizing activity to do in Kovalam.

Location: Lighthouse beach & Grove Beach, Kovalam
Timings: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Average Cost: INR 1000 to INR 3000 per head

2. Sea Surfing

Sea Surfing
Several beaches in Kovalam offer ideal surfing conditions for those who like surfing in the sea. The ideal time for surfing in Kovalam is from May to October. It is when south swells are comparatively (Read More) more consistent & apt for surfing. However, these conditions also prevail in the wet season in Kerala, as the southwest monsoon draws strong winds from the Arabian Sea, leading to larger waves. There are some surf centers in Kovalam like the Kovalam surf club, offering paid and free surf training sessions to people who are new to surfing or want to hone their surfing skills. Here, the rates for surfing in the sea depend on the surf duration, and include the use of wax, rash best, & leash.

Location: Lighthouse beach
Timings: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Average Cost: INR 400 – INR 1000 per person (depending on the number of hours you choose to surf)

3. Parasailing

One of the most preferred activities among the visitors in Kovalam is Parasailing. It offers a riveting experience while witnessing the panoramic views of the Arabian sea and the scenic coastal town o (Read More)f Kovalam. This activity is conducted & supervised by expert professionals utilizing proper safety gear & high-standard equipment. You will be tied to a parachute, which would be connected to a boat to experience the parasailing ride. There are several beaches where one can enjoy parasailing in Kovalam, among which the visitors mostly prefer the lighthouse beach to experience this adventurous sport. The parasailing activity is apt for anyone over the age of 8 yrs.

Location: Lighthouse Beach & Kovalam Beach
Timings: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Average Cost: INR 1000 per person onwards

4. Speed Boat Safari

Speed Boat Safari
The speed boat safari in Kovalam is one of the finest ways to experience that adrenaline rush. Speed boat ride at high speeds and large waves, with a cool breeze swaying your hair, makes for another l (Read More)evel ride full of excitement. This water sport is an amazing way to explore the sea and is suitable for people who are unable to do other adventurous water sports such as surfing or jet-skiing due to fear of getting into the water. The ride usually lasts for around 20 min on the boat without any chance of drowning, and an instructor will accompany you. Hence, a speed boat safari is a splendid option to explore the ocean and adore the scenic beauty.

Location: Lighthouse beach, Samudra beach, & Grove beach
Timings: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Average Cost: INR 1450 per person onwards

5. Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving
Kovalam is heaven for water sports enthusiasts. Remarkably, scuba diving in Kovalam is an experience to be cherished lifelong. For those who want to observe marine life closely and who do not fear get (Read More)ting into the water, scuba diving is an apt adventure sport for them. Notably, swimming skills are not an obstacle here, as even if you do not know how to swim the certified instructors will teach you and will also take care of your safety. There are several certified schools where you can opt for a certification course in Scuba diving. Here, the level of scuba diving is set as per beginners' level, so you can visit the beaches of Kovalam to learn the diving fundamentals and enjoy this thrilling water sport under an expert's supervision.

Location: Scuba Cochin Dive center, Kovalam 
Timings: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Average Cost: INR 6000 onwards

6. Snorkeling

Being the most visited by adventure sports enthusiasts, Kovalam offers a range of water sports to indulge in, and snorkeling is one such gripping sport. It offers a pretty thrill to kids as well as ad (Read More)ults. This activity is best experienced from December to March when the sea is calmer. The beaches in Kovalam have diving institutes and clubs where watersports lovers can learn snorkeling & scuba diving at varied prices. Notably, snorkeling in Kovalam is not perilous as you will not dive deeper than 5 feet. Also, the experienced instructors will look after everything to be conducted smoothly without any hassle. It does not require much effort and is one of the most exhilarating underwater activities.

Location: Kovalam beach & Samudra beach
Timings: Monday - Sunday: 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Average Cost: INR 2500 per person onwards

7. Artificial Offshore Coral Reef

Artificial Offshore Coral Reef
The Artificial Offshore Coral Reef in Kovalam is the first man-made offshore coral reef in India. It is known to be artificial but is really fascinating, and today it is a prime attraction in Kovalam. (Read More) The ideal time to visit the artificial reef is from March to June when the water becomes favorable for diving. Remarkably, this artificial coral reef project was launched by the Indian government to conserve the environment, and it has actually helped to cut down the erosion level of the shore. The project became more famous among tourists when surfing and diving activities were introduced here for the visitors. Those who want to dive are offered diving suits on request and will be guided by a certified professional. 

Duration: 1 - 2 hours
Timings: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Average Cost of Activities: Free

8. Catamaran Ride

Catamaran Ride
Catamaran rides are doubtlessly one of the must-do activities you can opt to experience in Kovalam. You will get a ride on a catamaran, which is a traditional boat built with wood and rowed with bambo (Read More)o paddles. Gliding through the water on a catamaran is the finest way to explore the sea and discover scenic places. The duration of the catamaran ride is usually around 50 minutes. Visitors enjoy catamaran tides at Hawah Beach in Kovalam during strong tides. Also, you can opt for the ride at the Vellayani Lake while observing the charming fishing villages. 

Location: Vellayani Lake and Hawah beach (Eve's beach)
Timings: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Average Cost: INR 1000 onwards

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Safety Tips

1. Consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicating products is strictly prohibited during this activity
2. For safety purposes, do pay heed to the guidelines given by the instructors.

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