Whether it is history and heritage, historic art galleries or local culture, awe - inspiring temples or culinary traditions, the local cultural landscape of Kovalam has so much to offer. Get mesmerised by age-old artforms like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, the traditional Chenda Mellam and Kalarippayattu, considered to be the mother of all martial art forms in the world.
Celebrations and festivals are intrinsic to people’s life here. The main festivals of Kovalam begin in January and are namely the Kovalam Festival, The Elephant Festival, Nishagandhi Dance Festival, the 10-day Village Fair, Food Festival, Swati Thirunal Music Festival, and many more. Enthral in the many festival processions from churches and temples, as people sing and dance their hearts out.
But no trip to Kerala is complete without the original feast, the Sadhya, with a multitude of dishes, served traditionally on the banana leaf that will leave your palate craving for more.
Visit to the richest temple in the world
Located merely 10 Kms from Kovalam, a visit to Sri Padhmanabhaswamy Temple is a must to complete your trip to Kerala. The temple is believed to be the world’s richest temple, but it showcases much more than its sheer wealth alone. The architecture is a magnificent blend of Kerala and Dravidian styles built in stone and bronze. Feast your eyes on mural paintings that adorn the outer and interior walls of this sanctum sanctorum that reflects its beauty on the surrounding lake.
A guided village tour in God’s own country
Kovalam enjoys a languid lifestyle characterized by beaches with a huge population of fishermen and locals whose culture is regarded as susegad.
The village tour is the best way get experience the true essence of Kerala. Life goes on in these villages as it has for centuries - serene and tranquil. Watch the weavers work their magic on handlooms, buy traditional Kerala cottons, join the toddy tapper on his morning rounds and visit the nearby fishing village. End your tour on a flavourful note with a traditional local fare.
Kerala Arts Crafts Village
Spread across 8.5 acres in the beautiful village of Vellar, near Kovalam, Kerala Arts Crafts Village celebrates the rich, diverse and multifarious craft traditions of South Asia and exhibits traditional, folk and ethnic crafts and artefacts of Kerala. The village is an inclusive shared space to revive and replenish the craft cultural in the State It houses 100 highly skilled artisans and includes craft studios, a design lab, an art gallery, an auditorium, a conference hall, a sales emporium, a fair court and a restaurant This hub of artistic heritage offers an experiential understanding to the traveller about the meticulous work involved in creating each handicraft The finished products are put for sale here itself so that travellers get to take home those unique pieces as souvenirs like Aranmula Kannadi (hand crafted mirror), Balaramapuram Kaithari (Kerala mural art, metal crafts, Nettur Petti (ornamental box), coir craft, coconut husk crafts etc).