Things to do in Kovalam: A paradise for beach lovers

Kovalam: A Paradise For Beach Lovers

Often regarded as God's own country, Kerala is a state located in the southern region of India and is home to some of the best and most well-known beaches there. Amongst all the serene coasts that the beautiful state of Kerela houses, Kovalam has topped the charts for sea lovers since the 1930s. This beach is known for its three adjacent crescent bays, coconut trees, and stunning sunsets. You can sunbathe here, indulge in an ayurvedic massage, or simply watch the waves of the Arabian Sea crash against the shore all day long, tirelessly. 

Best time to visit Kovalam

The mesmerizing monsoons in Kovalam make it one of the best tourist destinations in all of South India. Similar to the feeling you experience while drinking a cold glass of water after being in the scorching summer heat, visiting this location once it turns lush green after heavy rainfall, is a satisfying encounter like no other. Monsoons here last from the month of June up till September. 

Another preferred season to visit Kovalam is the winter! From November to February, the weather lies in the pleasant spectrum with temperatures ranging between 16° Celsius and 34° Celsius. So, you can enjoy the beaming sun, go sightseeing, or visit a nearby Kerala beach all while being in the supposed ‘winter’ months. 

Top 5 things to do in Kovalam

A plethora of exciting activities can be explored in Kovalam, making it a popular tourist destination. From adventure sports and herbal massages to infinity pools, this place is a haven for travellers with varied interests. Here’s a few things you can enjoy if you’re a true beach lover.

Floating houseboat ride

Kerala trips would be incomplete without a ride on a houseboat, sailing on the tranquil backwaters. A boat ride will take you through the narrow backwater streams, which run parallel to the Arabian Sea, offering soul-soothing, scenic beauty. The cruise generally starts after breakfast and ends on the next day around the same time. You must try the freshly cooked, delicious Malabari food on the luxurious houseboat, with the rustic villages in the backdrop; it will be one of the highlights of your trip.

Catamaran ride at Hawah Beach

Traditional wooden catamarans are ideal for getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enables you to float peacefully in the Arabian Sea. Kovalam is one of the few destinations in the world where you can enjoy such a relaxing boat ride with its magnificent scenic beauty.  The cost generally varies according to the boat type and duration, and it usually takes between 3 to 4 hours, but the trip can be extended for an additional fee. While most of the boats provide standard services, you can also find luxurious rides at the beach. The best time to enjoy the ride is the golden hours of the day - during sunrise and sunset when everything is washed over by an orange hue.

Fun fact - Catamaran boats are handcrafted and rowed by hand with two bamboo paddles! 

Therapeutic Ayurvedic massages

One of the most popular attractions in Kovalam are the signature therapeutic herbal massages which are often recommended as a must-have experience when visiting. You can pick from the many local experts to get these treatments, whether they be associated with private hotels or operate individually. Pamper yourself with a relaxing session and rejuvinate to make your trip more enjoyable. 

You can also visit Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram, a yoga retreat at Neyyar Dam. Surrounded by lush greenery and a misty mountain as the backdrop, meditating here is a blissful experience that’ll charm your soul. 

Kovalam Art Gallery

There is an art gallery in Kovalam that should be on the itinerary of every art enthusiast visiting this picturesque town.  The Kovalam art gallery showcases some priceless ancient artifacts and paintings, attracting art lovers from all over the world. This gallery is an important space for artistic exploration in the area and attracts a lot of visitors. It falls near Hawan beach so you can visit the gallery after a day of fun at the shore. 

Your Kovalam trip will remain incomplete without a visit to the popular Lighthouse beach. Also, you don’t want to miss the breathtaking sunset from the Valiyathura Pier overlooking the Malabar coast, one of the most beautiful experiences you can have, here in Kovalam. 

Plan your stay at The Leela Kovalam, one of the best resort In Kovalam for the quintessential ‘Kerala’ experience. Standing atop the hill surrounded by lush greenery and on the lap of the majestic Arabian Sea, you can enjoy the true essence of Kerala—the healing ayurvedic treatments. From leisurely walks to adventure sports, there are endless things to make every stay memorable at The Leela Kovalam, a Raviz Hotel. 

So, wait no more and plan your well-deserved vacation now!