Discovering the top 3 beaches in Kovalam: A comprehensive guide
What can you expect from a scenic coastal destination that means ‘coconut grove’ in the local dialect? Expansive, mesmerising, palm-fringed beaches, of course! That is Kovalam for you – one of Kerala’s tourist hotspots that boasts some of the finest beaches, shores, adventures, and ayurvedic spa centres in India. It is true that the beaches in Kovalam have truly captured the hearts and imaginations of thousands of travellers from all over the world.
Situated around 13 km south of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, Kovalam found itself firmly on the global tourism map during the early 1970s. Much of this popularity is due to the unspoiled, pristine beaches in Kovalam: Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach, and Samudra Beach. This trio represents the best beaches in Kovalam to visit when you desire a relaxing and rejuvenating experience beyond the coastal town’s idyllic environs.
So, what makes these beaches in Kovalam special? And why should you take out all the time you can from the pleasures of your Kovalam beach resort to explore their sandy turfs? Time to dig them up in our comprehensive guide.
Lighthouse Beach – For the uninhibited travellers
Where: Lighthouse road, Kovalam
Distance: 4 km from The Leela Kovalam, A Raviz Hotel
Not to miss out: Chic cafes, surfing, parasailing
Lighthouse Beach is the most popular and lively beach in Kovalam. It is named after the majestic 118 feet tall Vizhinjam lighthouse that stands on the Kurumkal hillock at one end of the beach. The lighthouse offers a panoramic view of the Arabian sea and the surrounding landscape. You can climb up to the top of the lighthouse for a small fee and enjoy the scenery.
The beach possesses a long stretch of golden sand with clear blue water. It is ideal for swimming, surfing, parasailing, and sunbathing. There are many cafes, restaurants, and shops along the beach where you can find delicious seafood, local delicacies, souvenirs, and handicrafts. The beach also has sunbeds and umbrellas for rent if you want to relax under the shade.
Lighthouse Beach is a great place to enjoy the sunset as well. The sky turns into a riot of colours as the sun dips into the horizon. You can also watch cultural shows like Kathakali and Kalaripayattu at nearby venues.
Hawah Beach – For the love of old-world charm
Where: Opposite Lighthouse Beach
Distance: 2 km from The Leela Kovalam, A Raviz Hotel
Not to miss out: Lip-smacking seafood shacks
Hawah Beach is also known as Eve's Beach because it was once famous for being India's first topless beach – a practice no longer in place. Hawah Beach is still a beautiful and serene beach that offers a cool contrast to Lighthouse Beach.
Since it is less crowded and more peaceful than Lighthouse Beach, many reserved tourists would appreciate visiting its calming scene. Hawah Beach has soft white sand and calm water, perfect for swimming and boating. You can also spot many fishermen at work with their traditional boats and nets on this beach.
Many visitors remark about the beach’s charming old-world vibe with its coconut trees, thatched huts, and fishing villages nearby. You can also visit certain attractions near Hawah Beach, such as Vizhinjam Mosque, Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple, Vellayani Lake, etc. This way, you can tick many items off your list comprising the best Kovalam places to visit.
Samudra Beach – For the reserved and the romantics
Where: Samudra Beach Park, Kovalam
Distance: Right next to The Leela Kovalam, A Raviz Hotel
Not to miss out: Sunset, picnics by the sea
Last but not the least, we have the evocatively named Samudra Beach – another tranquil and secluded beach in Kovalam that offers a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of Lighthouse Beach. Samudra Beach is separated from Lighthouse Beach by a large promontory that creates a natural bay.
What is most remarkable about Samudra Beach is its coarse sand and rocky patches that give it a rugged look. The water here is deeper than Lighthouse Beach but still safe for swimming if you are careful about currents and waves. You can also enjoy some water sports like jet skiing or banana boat rides on this beach.
Samudra Beach has fewer facilities than Lighthouse Beach but still has some decent options for accommodation, food, and shopping nearby. If you are staying at The Leela Kovalam, A Raviz Hotel, which is the most popular 5-star Kovalam beach resort, then you get exclusive access to the finest spots on Samudra Beach, along with amazing views of the Arabian sea on offer. Did we also mention that it is a great spot for a romantic stroll, birdwatching, or a quiet picnic? You bet!
While these were the three best beaches in Kovalam, there are plenty of other places to visit in this charming town. Take a walk through the local markets, visit the nearby fishing villages, or explore the historic landmarks. And, of course, don't forget to indulge in the delicious local cuisine and stay at The Leela Kovalam, A Raviz Hotel, for a luxurious and relaxing experience.
The 5-star Kovalam beach resort, designed by famous architect Charles Correa, is renowned for its evocative design, exhilarating experiences, and meticulously-designed luxury escapes. Beach lovers would be happy to know that the Kovalam beach resort has a private beach area that forms a part of the majestic Samudra beach.
Opulent accommodations, right from sea-view villas to ocean-view suites, ensure that you are never too far away from the exotic seascapes of Kovalam. Patrons also have the opportunity to savour the freshest catches from the sea in authentic Kerala style at The Tides pan-Asian beach restaurant – the perfect place for a romantic and family dinner under beautiful thatched roofs and the reinvigorating ocean breeze.
Soaking in the stunning views of the sea, sand, and sky has rarely been this exquisite. So, pack your bags and get ready for a memorable trip to your favourite Kovalam beach resort, where you can discover the beauty of the beaches and the warmth of the local culture like never before.