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Kovalam

Famous for its sun kissed pristine beaches, Kovlam in the local language means "fringed with coconut palms" and the beautiful beaches do justice to its name.

Thirty years ago, Kovalam was a sleepy fishing village. The advent of the hippy years in the 1970’s gradually brought attention to this idyllic destination, its popularity spread and attracted the attention of the travelers coming to India from across the globe.
The city is located on the west coast of India, near the southern tip of the mainland. The beauty of Kovalam lies in its low coastal hills, innumerable palm trees and blue waters of the Arabian Sea.
Kovalam has three stretches of beautiful sandy beaches lying adjacent to each other. The beaches are known as Lighthouse, Samudra/Ashoka and Hawa beaches. Visitors to Kovalam generally stay in hotels at Lighthouse Beach while Samundra Beach is popular with local visitors and day travelers. The beach here is quite safe for swimming and one can walk up to 100m into the water without it gaining any remarkable depth. The fishing villages around Kovalam provide a glimpse of the local life.

Ayurvedic massages are a speciality of this region and there are many places providing the same. There are specific Ayurvedic treatments for many different maladies , as well as those that provide general relaxation.

Lighthouse Beach
The old Vizhinjam Lighthouse is located on top of the Kurumkal Hill. It is 35m high. A spiral staircase leads visitors to the top and provides a spectacular view of the surroundings.
Vizhinjam Village
The fishing port of Vizhinjam is an interesting place, as it givs visitors an insight of the local fisherman’s day to day life. An important project to produce electricity from wave energy is going on here at Vizhinjam. The village also has a granite rock cave temple made in the 18th century which has carvings of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Vellayani Lake
This freshwater lake is spread across 750 hectares and sees huge crowds during the Onam Boat Race competition in August.
Thiruvallam
This is the place where the Killi and Karamana rivers merge. Nearby lies the Pozhikkara beach which is the confluence of Parvathy Puthanaar and Karamana rivers. There is also a temple dedicated to Lord Parasurama, who is believed to be the creator of Kerala, here.
Nearby places Train stations Airports
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 15 Km 00H 24m
Trivandrum Central 13 Km 00H 23m
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Name Distance Duration
14 Km 00H 22m
61 Km 01H 13m
Periyar Tiger Reserve is a magical natural paradise; a beautiful reservoir surrounded by the green undulating hills of the western Ghats and an immensely peaceful forest. It is probably the best place to observe the Asiatic elephants in their natural habitat and also prides itself with a large variety of flora, fauna and tribal culture.
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61 Km 01H 13m
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Season Min. Temp. Max. Temp.
Summer 21 °C 33 °C
Winter 18 °C 33 °C
Kovalam has a tropical dry climate. Summers (March to May) are hot, Winters (December to January) are pleasant and have moderate temperature varying from 18°C to 33°C. Monsoons (June to August) bring in heavy rain falls.
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