Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to leave our plane of existence to visit paradise. For people, paradise can be found in a place, a meal, a drink, or sometimes in material possessions. When it comes to destinations, Kerala is definitely a paradise in India. In fact, the small town of Kovalam is so beautiful that finding a place like it in the entire south of India can be a daunting task.
The article will talk about some of the aspects that make Kovalam a paradise destination for tourists:
- The beach and the bay
- The Food
- Ayurvedic treatments
The sands of Kovalam Beach
The beach of Kovalam is divided into three parts. The southern-most lighthouse beach is the most popular one. Adjacent to it is the Hawa Beach and to the north of Lighthouse Beach is the Samudra Beach which is secluded and has a laidback atmosphere. The Lighthouse Beach houses the Vizhinjam Lighthouse which offers some excellent views of the surrounding area, right across to the Kovalam Jama Masjid. The rocky headland of the beach is dominated by this lighthouse, offering beautiful scenery during the moonlight. The pleasant climate and serene waters of Kovalam Beach make it an excellent destination for indulging in some sun-bathing and swimming. The natural bay offers safe zones for skiing, surfing, kayaking, and swimming. Bodyboards and surfboards can be hired on the beach. There are beautiful patches of coral reef on the coast where one can also take up snorkelling.
Staying at a Kovalam beach hotel like The Leela Raviz Kovalam will place you at a convenient location to take in all that the beaches have to offer.
The Taste of Kovalam
Every destination has its version of local street food that is derived from the original authentic cuisine of the state. Apart from the traditional South Indian food items like idlis, dosas, and curries, you must try out the excellent street foods of Kovalam like appams, puttus, kappa, and Karimeen preparations. If you want a meal to give you a taste of the local cuisine in its entirety, you must try a South Indian Plate. A South Indian Plate usually includes a mixed vegetables, chapathi, dal, rice, curd, and some sweet. Of course, hotels in Kovalam also offer authentic dishes at their restaurants that you could try out.
In the healing hands of Ayurveda
You cannot visit Kerala and not take an Ayurvedic treatment.
The following are some Ayurvedic treatments are a must-try during your stay in Kovalam:
- Abhyansanana – an ancient olienation therapy carried out by using medicated oil massage.
- Chavuttithirumu – a traditional massage which uses feet to deliver the treatment
- Kalari massage – a unique form of massage where expert knowledge is used to give massages via hands and feet, taking help from suspended ropes, oils, and other items
The history of your health is taken into account while prescribing treatments so that your body undergoes precisely what it needs, to heal, relax and rejuvenate. Of course, for maximum efficiency, you should get these massages from a trained Ayurvedic practitioner.
Clealy, beautiful locations, supremely fine food options and exotic Ayurvedic treatments make Kovalam nothing short of a paradise for tourists visiting the south side of the country.