Kovalam Beach – The perfect spot to start a fantastic trip in God’s Own Country
Whether it be for a workcation, a staycation, a romantic getaway, or a solo trip, Kerala is always on top of everyone's list of travel destinations. After all, it goes by the moniker of 'God's Own Country' and is a place that knows how to create the perfect leisurely and exotic experiences – be it through its beaches, lush green landscapes, bustling markets, eclectic cuisine or incredible culture.
But where do you start your fantastic trip when in God's Own Country? Our recommendation would be to look no further than Kovalam Beach. Situated just 16 km from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, Kovalam Beach is part of a heritage town that has gained much popularity amongst tourists and travellers. While the beach promises spectacular vistas of the Arabian Sea, that is just the tip of the iceberg. Here is everything that makes it the perfect starting point for a memorable Kerala vacation.
A taste of the beaches and backwaters to come
Many do not know that Kovalam Beach is not one long beach. Instead, it comprises of three beaches, all placed in a crescent formation: Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach and Samudra Beach. Each beach has its own charm and attractions with Lighthouse Beach being the most famous and crowded one, featuring a 35-meter-high lighthouse that offers a panoramic view of the coast. Hawah Beach is another special spot, famous for sunbathing and surfing. Lastly, Samudra Beach is the most serene and secluded one of the bunch, ideal for relaxing and enjoying natural beauty.
Central location that serves as the perfect springboard
Kovalam Beach is an excellent starting point for exploring the rest of Kerala, as it is well-connected to other tourist destinations. Visitors can take a day trip to the nearby Varkala Beach or a backwater cruise from Alleppey, only a few hours away. Kanyakumari, known for its stunning sunrise and sunset views, is also a short drive from Kovalam.
Get your adrenaline up and running
Kovalam Beach is also an ideal location to indulge in some adventure activities. Visitors can enjoy surfing, parasailing, and jet skiing, among other water sports. The beach also offers a unique experience of catamaran rides, where visitors can sail on traditional wooden boats and take in the stunning views of the coastline.
The best that the local cuisine and culture have to offer
You must have heard about the famous Ayurveda treatments that Kerala is known for. You can pamper yourself and de-stress with some of these iconic Ayurvedic treatments and massages at one of the many spas and resorts at Kovalam.
And of course, you can also savour the delicious seafood and local cuisine at some of the beachside restaurants and cafes. Food lovers will have a delightful experience in Kovalam, which produces some of the most exquisite seafood in the country. You can visit any of the restaurants, cafes, and shacks in Kovalam and rest assured, feast on the freshest of seafood dishes, including prawns, crabs, and fish curries.
If you are a culture enthusiast, do not forget to visit the nearby attractions like the Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple, the Kovalam Art Gallery, the Halcyon Castle and the Vellayani Lake.
Home to one of the best five star beach resorts in Kerala
The Leela Kovalam, A Raviz Hotel is a landmark Kovalam Beach resort where most travellers and tourists prefer to stay and experience the state's heavenly charm. The 67-acre territory by the beach not only provides an enriching stay in gorgeous villas and suites but also caters to all its distinguished guests' wishes regarding local experiences: be it therapeutic and authentic Ayurvedic treatments, immersive local rituals, lip-smacking local delicacies by the beach, or curated adventure and heritage experiences that offer a quintessential taste of Kerala.
This marks the end of planning your next trip to Kerala – and Kovalam Beach is where it should all begin. So, head to Kovalam and experience the most magical journey into the heart of God's Own Country!