Timings : Sunrise to Sunset
Time Required : 1-2 hrs
Entry Fee : No entry fee
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Located on the coastline of the Bay of Bengal near the village Covelong, Kovalam Beach was given the name 'Covelong' by the British due to their inefficiency of pronouncing "Kovalam". A perfect retreat amidst palm trees and silver sand, Covelong Beach was once set up as a port by Saadat Ali for Carnatic Nawabs. In 1746 the French took control of the place, and in 1752, the Britishers lead to its destruction. From the centuries earlier to the times after, the Beach has been transformed into one of the best excursion and picnic spots. The village nearby has India's first Surfing School. The beach offers a plethora of water activities to its visitors. Visiting the beach and entering the mode of relaxation is another thing you can opt for. The calmness it offers during the sunset is unmatchable.
Covelong Beach is one of the most beautiful gifts of nature which the locals have failed to realise. Due to its ideal location, the beach observes heavy footfalls every day. The crowd here is a mix of people from both Chennai and Mahabalipuram. Apart from various water activities like surfing, jet skiing, boating, the vicinity of the beach is also famous for fishing. It is even the primary occupation of the villagers living here.
The playful sand of the pristine beach is a good host to its guests. Furthermore, it had an old fort which the Dutches had built. The fort now has been turned into a fanciful resort, the Fisherman's Cove Resort which is owned by Taj Groups of Hotels. Moreover, blue waters and silver sands of this beach is indeed a match made in heaven! Once you visit here, you won't stop adoring the colourful bed of seashells. Do get some back as a souvenir of lovely memories.