Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach town near the Arabian sea in Thiruvananthapuram city, Kerala, India. The word, Kovalam came from a grove of coconut trees which are commonly spotted here. The place is famous for its Halcyon Castle, a beach resort built by Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi of Travancore in the 1920s. It is among the top places to visit in India, and the frequent visit of hippies has made the place one of the choices of European guests.
Fast Facts of Kovalam
Altitude: 776 meters
Languages: Malayalam, English
Weather: Summer 20-36°, Winter 16-32°C
STD code: 0471
Rainfall: 175 centimetre
Places to visit in Kovalam and Thiruvananthapuram
Kovalam is consists of three beaches that attract tourists not only from India but from foreign too.
Lighthouse Beach: It is one of the most visited beaches in India by foreign tourists. As the name suggests, the lighthouse beach owns a lighthouse which is located on a rocky promontory here. The presence lighthouse's beam makes beach's night more beautiful and mysterious. A pleasant view of a group of wooden catamaran boats enchants the heart.
Hawah Beach: The beach is also referred to Eve’s Beach. The place is heaven for fishing lovers. It is among the most beautiful beaches in India having blue water and its beauty in moonlit night is worth to view.
Samudra Beach: It is a beautiful beach in India usually used by local fishermen. You can choose this place for the picnic as it is less crowded.
|Shri Dharma Sastha Temple|
Shri Dharma Sastha temple: It is a beautiful temple situated at village Sasthamcotta, Kerala, India. The temple is dedicated to deity Shri Dharma Sastha, and it is surrounded from three sides by eye pleasing Sasthamkotta lake which makes it a unique place among the places to visit in India. The temple is one of the ancient Sastha temples in Kerala, Including AchanKoil, Aryankavu, Kulathupuzha, Sasthamcotta and Sabarimala.
Napier Museum: It is an art and natural history museum comes under Thiruvananthapuram district in the Indian state of Kerala, and makes Kovalam most preferred tourist place in India. The museum was established in 1855 and named after Lord Napier, the former Governor of Madras from 1866-1872. The museum includes a very rare collection of archaeological and historic artefacts, old ornaments, and bronze idols. Besides this, It also houses the work of Mughal and Tanjore art.
The Koyikkal Palace: It is other major tourist attraction in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. The palace was built for Umayamma Rani of the Venad royal family. Now it is converted into folklore museum and numismatics museum which is run by the Department of Archaeology, India.
How to reach Kovalam
By Bus: Thiruvananthapuram is the nearest town from Kovalam situated at the distance of 16 Km. One can come here through state transport which is run by the government of Kerala or can hire private taxi and cab which are easily available.
By Train: Thanmpanur railway station is the nearest station, situated in Thiruvananthapuram which is further well connected to numerous major cities in India.You can make all the inquiries related to train's arrival and departure on the Phone number of Thanmpanur Railway Station: (0471) 2334680, 2323066.
By Air: Thiruvananthapuram airport is the nearest airport situated at the distance of Just 15 km from Kovalam, and connects it numerous major cities in India through its domestic flights. The phone number of Thiruvananthapuram airport numbers are +91- 471 – 2501424/ 2501220/2502323.