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Kovalam

Tranquil immaculate beaches, often isolated enough that you're the only person walking on the shore with the odd local walking home, Kovalam was once renowned for spotless beaches and an endless shore-line. The hippies, however, 'discovered' the secret hideaway that Kovalam beach is back in the 1970s, and tourism here hasn't looked back since.

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Things to do

Poovar Sunset Cruise - Apparently the port where King Solomon's ships landed back in 1000 BC, Poovar is now a bustling tourist destination. Magnificent mangroves on stunning beaches with an estuary out to sea at high tide make Poovar an island you'll want to revisit.A mere 30-kilometredrive from Trivandrum city would lead you to the boat jetty where you begin your fascinating motorboat cruise at 4:30 p.m.

Chalai Market visit - A fascinating bustling bazaar that sells everything from fruit, clothes and footwear to even religious posters, step into the chaotic Chalai Market for anything you need and everything that you don't. Indian bazaars are renowned for their mesmerizing wares, and Chalai market is a pretty good example.

A historical Trail to Cape Comorin - India's southernmost tip lies a mere 90 kilometres away from Trivandrum. A scenic drive past windmill-laden fields leads you to Kanyakumari. A pit stop at Padmanabhapuram, 60 kilometres from Trivandrum, would give you more than just a breather and a cup of tea.

Related Trips

  • Parasailing, water skiing, catamaran cruise - and for those wanting more, there's the bond safari. Hop on an underwater fancy scooter called Bond, and explore the marine world below those rolling waves.

    5 Days | INR 30,274 per person
  • When it comes to leisure, Kovalam is the king of Kerala. Relax by the sea side, lose that stress with an Ayurvedic massage or just enrol at a Yoga centre and meditate. The clear,azure waters tempt you toplunge in for a light swim.

    5 Days | INR 48,299 per person
  • With all the features of the perfect tourist destination, the paradise of South India, Kovalam, has three adjacent crescent-shaped beaches which excite the thrill-seeker and the nature lover in you in equal measures.

    5 Days | INR 35,157 per person
  • Kovalam is a beautiful amalgam of the cultures of coastal Kerala and of Kerala by the backwaters. TheKovalam Art Gallery at the Hawah Beach hosts beautiful scriptures and paintings showing ancient Indian traditions. The Halcyon Castle, a luxurious hotel today, displays traditional well-preserved Keralan architecture.

    5 Days | INR 31,897 per person

Best time to visit September to March

For clearer skies, opt for a slot between the early September to the end of March. The beaches look their best early November through to March.

Mid-October and November does see a fair amount of rain with the North-West monsoons.

Sultry summers set in by April to the end of May with fairly high outdoor temperatures.

Monsoons arrive by the first week of June right through to the end of August. Cool temperatures with overcast skies and green all around make this a visit like none other.

How to reach

Air

  • Thiruvananthapuram international airport is the nearest, located at a distance of about 11 km. The airport is well connected to all major airports in India and some international destinations like Singapore, Colombo and many Gulf nations. You will find Taxi service from outside the airport.

Rail

  • Thiruvananthapuram Central also known as Thampanoor is the nearest railhead at a distance of about 15 km from Kovalam. It is well connected to many cities in India like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Delhi. Taxi and bus services are available from the railway station to reach Kovalam.

Road

  • There are regular bus service from Thiruvananthapuram Bus Stand to Kovalam Junction. Thiruvananthapuram is well connected to many cities like Bengaluru, Madurai, and Chennai. You can take a luxury bus or a semi-deluxe bus from Thiruvananthapuram to reach Kovalam. Taxis and auto-rickshaws are also available to reach Kovalam.

Blogs

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    Trivandrum - Where Travancore still lives on

    Formerly a trade hub for spices, sandalwood and ivory, Trivandrum which was called the 'evergreen city of India' by Mahatma Gandhi is now an immense IT nest contributing to nearly 80% of the state'...

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    Kovalam - Where India's first nude beaches blossomed

    Tranquil immaculate beaches, often isolated enough that you're the only person walking on the shore with the odd local walking home, Kovalam was once renowned for spotless beaches and its endless s...

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    Chasing your first monsoon in Kerala

    Chasing the monsoon for the first time can be one of your most revered and surprising experiences because most travelers actually do not know what to expect from such a sojourn. So for starters, ho...

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