Kovalam, meaning "a groove of coconut trees," is just 10 km from the
state capital of Kerala- Thiruvananthapuram. Kovalam is actually a
combination of three small beaches. Among these, the southernmost
beach, named Lighthouse Beach, is the most frequented beach in Kovalam.
Earlier this beach of Kovalam was an anglers' paradise. It still has
some small villages, just a few kilometres away, which belong to the
fishing community. Gradually, this beach of Kovalam has been
transformed to a tourist spot of great interest. Kovalam is an ideal
place for a sunbath during the winter. Tourists to Kovalam can also
experience the typical Kerala massage from the parlours available a few
kilometers away along the Kovalam beaches.
Beach Area: 4 km
Best time to visit: September to March
The tourist arrival starts at the end of September which lasts till the end of March. The peak season is between mid-December till mid- January. In winter the average temperature is 30 - 32 degree Celsius whereas the summer temperature is 30- 35 degree Celsius. The monsoon starts at the beginning of June, which lasts till the beginning of August. The second turn of monsoon starts at the end of October for the next two weeks.
The nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport, 14 km away to Kovalam. Many International Airlines are operating flights to and from here. Indian Airlines and Jet airways are operating domestic flights. There are direct flights to New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore.
Trivandrum Central Railway Station is the nearest railway station. From here trains are available to all major parts of India.
Foreign money exchanging facilities are available in all the major hotels and in some authorized centers in Kovalam.
Catamaran cruises on the country raft is hugely popular in Kovalam. Many marine activities are possible at Kovalam. The local fishermen provide sunrise and sun set cruises in fishing boats. Angling for deep-sea fishing is highly catching up with tourists who come for vacation in Kovalam. Surfboards and boogie boards can also be hired on the beach.