Kovalam is a beach town on the Arabian Sea in Kerala, a state in south India. It is located around 13 km from Thiruvananthapuram Kovalam has three crescent shaped beaches separated by rocky outcroppings. Shallow waters stretching for hundreds of metres are ideal for swimming. The beaches have steep palm covered headlands and are lined with shops that offer all kinds of goods and services.
The larger of the beaches is called Light House Beach for its 35 metre high light house which towers over it atop Kurumkal hillock. The second largest one is Hawah Beach named thus for the topless European women who used to throng there. Samudra Beach doesn't have tourists thronging there or hectic business There are a large number of beach resorts in and around Kovalam. The sea port of Vizhinjam is about 3 km away and famous for its special varieties of fish, old Hindu temples, big churches and a mosque. The Proposed International Trans shipment Terminal at Vizhinjam is also close to Kovalam.
Kovalam was among the most prominent tourist spots in India during the hippy era. It still has a high status among tourists, who arrive mostly from Europe and Israel.Kovalam is finding a new significance in the light of several Ayurvedic salons, and recuperation and regeneration resorts which provide a wide variety of Ayurvedic treatments for tourists.
It is 14 Kilometers away from Kovalam at Trivandrum. The imposing seven storied tower makes it the most impressive landmark in the city. The temple is an excellent example of the dravidian style of architecture. There are innumerable pillars, intricate carvings, and mural paintings.
Delightful waterfront park.An ideal picnic spot where the lake merges with sea. The wadingpool,gardens,exquisite sculptures, a floating bridge and a wide range of aqua sports facilities.
Formally known as "Napier Museum" named after a former Madras Governer General, John Napier. It is a gem of architectural exuberance, combining traditional Kerala styles and good doses of Chinese and Mughal Influences.
Has a rich collection of paintings of Raja Ravi Varma and Roerich.It also has copies of paintings of the Ajanta, Rajput,Mughal and Tanjore Schools besides some works from China, Japan and Tibet.
Is one of the best maintained zoos in the whole of Asia and has a beautiful sprawling lawns.
The Observatory situated 60m above sea level is located on a hill near the Museum.It is one of the oldest in India. There is a well laid out garden in front of the hill, with a beautiful rose collection.
It is popular city beach adjacent to the airport. An indoor recreation club, childrens traffic training park and a star shaped restaurant are some of the facilities at the beach.
Located near Mascot Hotel, the Museum is of high educative value for students of science and Technology
The home of the late maharaja Sree Chithira Thirunal Bala Rama varma and his family is off limits to visitors but you can have a glimpse from the main gate. If a friendly guard is on duty, he will let you walk a bit inside the grounds where you can get a view of the grand old building at the end of its long drive.
9 km away from the town. It is a popular retreat for the city dwellers. The lake has boating facilities and has largest childrens Park in Kerala.
This palace was built during the time of H.H Maharaja Swathi Thirunal the king of Travncore who was also a great poet and musician. This palace has wood carvings in the traditional Travancore style. The museum presently displays various painting collections of the royal family.