Thirty years ago, Kovalam was a hippy idyll: a picture perfect tropical beach; a traditional fishing village providing fresh fish, fruits and toddy (coconut beer). Today this tiny beach is the focus of a multi-million dollar business, drawing thousands of tourists for a week dose of ozone, UV and a refreshing Indian Experience. Kovalam was brought to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore. Over the past three decades, the place has been well developed, and now figures prominently on the world tourism map.

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Kovalam one of the most beautiful and famous beaches in South India, is the best place for relaxation. It has three different beaches of which the Lighthouse beach is the most famous beach. Ayurvedic treatment especially during monsoon is another attraction of Kovalam. Water sports facilities and a host of cultural programs make this place a popular tourist haven for visitors from around the globe.


The city, according to the legends, boasts of being associated with King Solomon whose ships landed at a port called Ophir. Traders have been coming to these parts as far back as 190 ad for spices, sandalwood, and ivory. The city derives its name from the deity at the Sree Anantha Padmanabhaswami Temple, one of the major landmarks of the place. The name of the city is derived from the words Thiru-Anantha-Puram, meaning the town of Anantha. Although no records of the antiquity of the temple really exists, the temple nevertheless is believed to be several thousands years old. Kovalam shot into prominence in the 18th century when the capital was shifted here from Padmanabhapuram, a little down south. The erstwhile kings of the then Travancore State, taking on the title of Padmanabhadas (servant of Lord), had dedicated themselves completely to the service of the Lord residing in the temple here. By the terms of this dedication, the deity owns the kingdom while the king is the mere executor of the trust. After independence, the city was designated as the capital of Kerala.


State : Kerala
Kovalam is the beach town located next to the state capital of Thiruvananthapuram. This internationally renowned beach town on the Arabian Sea
Climate: Winter 20C 25 C, Summer 25C - 34 C
Average annual rainfall 70 inches
Best time to visit
September to March
Languages spoken Malayalam. English and Hindi

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Five star hotels First class hotels Budget hotels
Leela Kempinski Taj greens Cove Resort Surya Samudra Private Retreats
  Uday Samundra Kovalam Beach Retreat Spa
  Harmonia Beach Resort Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort
    Soma Palmshore Beach Ayurveda


Padmanabhapuram Palace Kaudiar Palace Anchuthengu Fort Koyikkal Palace
Lighthouse Beach Sankhumugham Beach Varkala Beach Athirappally & Vazhachal
Thomankuttu Palaruvi Napier Museum Nehru Park
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum Science & Technology Museum    


By Air - Thiruvananthapuram (about 20 minutes by road) from Kovalam has an international airport with flights arriving and departing to the Gulf, Europe and the U.S.A. Both the domestic and international air terminals have official taxi kiosks close to the exit area of the airport.

By Rail -  Nearest railhead is Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) Central. Thiruvananthapuram is connected by rail with many important cities. Both broad gauge and metre gauge services operate to the city.

By Road - Kovalam can be reached by direct and regular bus services from Thiruvananthapuram. Buses also link the place from Ernakulam, Kanyakumari and Periyar wildlife sanctuary. At Kovalam, the main bus stand is at the entrance of the Ashoka hotel.



Fairs and festivals are celebrated with traditional gaiety and fervor to invoke divine blessings as well as for the sheer joy of living. A celebration of life at its best.

Onam : Onam is the main festival of Kovalam, which is celebrated in the month of August or September. This is the harvest festival of Kovalam and signifies association of the people with agriculture.

Village Fairs :
In a hamlet near the enchanting beach resort of Kovalam, an entire ancient Kerala village is recreated. Replete with traditional houses, dress, food, crafts and so on.



Shopping is fun at Kovalam. You can buy handicraft items and spices from Kovalam besides sunglasses. The statues made of teak wood and Rose wood is popular at Kovalam beach. There are numerous craft and carpet shops (usually of Tibetan, Kashmiri and Rajasthani origin), clothing stores and general stores, yoga schools and massage parlours lining the beach.


Open- air restaurants line the beach area and are scattered through the coconut palms behind it. Almost all the restaurants offer a standard menu including porridge, mueslieggs, toast, idili and dosa for breakfast, and curries or seafood with chips and salad for dinner. At night, you stroll along the beachfront and select your fish - the range includes seer, barracuda, sea bass, catfish, king and tiger prawns, and crab. You can also select the method of preparation : tandoor, sizzler or grilled. Most preparation involve tasty spices.


Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word, derived from two roots: ayur, which means life, and veda, knowledge. Knowledge arranged systematically with logic becomes science. During the due course of time, Ayurveda became the science of life. It has its root in ancient vedic literature and encompasses our entire life, the body, mind and spirit. Ayurveda (pronounced eye-yer-vay-duh) is the art of healthy living that enables you to create harmony in daily life by applying self- knowledge and self-care. Ayurveda evolved around 600 BC in India. This new system of medicine stressed on the prevention of body ailments in addition to curing them. Ayurveda believes in the treatment of not just the affected part, but the individual as a whole. Making it the natural way to refresh yourself, eliminate all toxic imbalances from the body and thus regain resistance and good health. Ayurveda names these basic energies Vata, Pitta, and Kapha . In the Ayurvedic approach to life and health, we recognize how these energies are at work at each moment in our bodies and minds. When we recognize this, we can begin to create balance for ourselves by countering the destructive forces with positive actions. With Ayurveda, we acknowledge that beneficial daily habits are different for each person, because each person is a unique combination of these three energies. Everybody has all three energies- though people experience each of them to a greater or lesser degree. Ayurveda can be a mirror that reflects our true nature and maps out the path for a return to the lives of vitality that we are meant to have.
So experience the ayurvedic approach to life and health through the Ayurvedic massage centers in Kovalam.