From being a surfer’s paradise to a peaceful Ayurveda destination, the vibrant city of Kovalam offers sights, activities and opportunities for all ages and interests. The scenic beauty of the landscape is enough to encapsulate you and make you fall for the exotic coastal destination. One of the best ways to get a complete experience of the city is to indulge in some of the best things to do in Kovalam, including the well renowned Lighthouse Beach which is a major attraction in Kerala, along with Hawa Beach and Samudra Beach. The city is dotted with attractions and sights that are worthy of a visit such as Karamana River, Vellayani Lake, Halcyon Castle, Valiyathura Pier, Neyyar Dam and Aruvikkara Dam. One can get a glimpse into the history, and get an understanding of the unique culture of the area by visiting cultural attractions like Kovalam Art Gallery, Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple and the Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple. The relaxed and calm atmosphere makes it a perfect destination to rejuvenate the body, mind and the soul by participating in yoga, relaxing at the beach amidst the nature or getting an Ayurveda massage. For the ones seeking a thrilling and energetic experience, the city boasts several water sports, adventure sports and outdoor activities like surfing, kayaking, rafting, parasailing, wind surfing, water skiing, boat sailing and backwater tours. Kovalam is an enigmatic, rustic and charming city that has transformed into a popular tourist destination and lists among the most sought after destinations to visit.
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What to Do in and around Kovalam
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Lighthouse beach, Kovalam
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
This remarkably huge beach is all special significance because of the 35 meter high lighthouse on the Kurumkal hill. Visitors can climb the spiraling staircase inside to the top of the red and white tower and enjoy a spectacular view of the surroundings.
The beach has a number of resorts and restaurants ideal for staying. The beach also has adventure sports like surfing and motor boat riding.
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Kovalam beach, Kovalam
Bordered with coconut trees and gentle breeze swaying around as you take a stroll on the Kovalam beach is a reason good enough to be here. With hypnotizing waters safe enough for a great swim or a quick dip, the lip-smacking food available at the number of restaurants on the beach, and matchless Sunset and Sunrise view, Kovalam beach is what you are looking out for in a beach destination.
There a number or adventure sports if you are all bored of the swimming or sunbathing in cozy lounge chairs. This includes water diving, parasailing and wind surfing to name a few. You can also indulge into exotic Ayurvedic therapies, an ancient and proven science to rejuvenate your body and mind. kovalam beach is one of the attractions in Kerala Itinerary 10 Days
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Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Beautiful sandy shores, roaring sea and locals chanting and singing in brilliant acoustics, need a better reason to spend your time on Hawa beach! This beach is also known as Eve’s beach and is just opposite to the lighthouse beach. Hawa beach is separated from other beaches by the foreland of Edakkalu. From here, you can get the majestic view of sunset at its apex grace. After the sun sets, the calm cove of waters in the beach provides a visual charm of moonlit nights. The unique palm grooves add up to the elegance of the beach.
Water is perfect for swimming and beach is great for sunbathing. You can also opt for any of the adventure sports available. hawa or eve's beach is one of the main tourist attractions to visit and should definitely feature in you Kerala Itinerary 10 Days
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Samudra beach, north to Ashoka beach, Kovalam
Lying to the north of the Ashok Beach, the Samudra Beach at Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, can be accessed only by taking a detour past Kovalam Junction. It is an awesome sight to watch the waves crashing on the rocks below as you walk along the stretch of sea wall here. The water is safe to swim and you can enjoy shopping from the line of shops. And the best part of this beach is it is still abandoned of tourist crowd during peak season. Hence, you are assured to enjoy your own peaceful self-time without getting disturbed by any passerby.
The local fishermen ply their trade over here and you will have a colorful glimpse of local culture. samudra beach is one of the most amazing tourist attractions in 10 Days in Kerala Itinerary
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Thiruvananthapuram, Neyyar Dam Rd, Kerala 695572
The Neyyar Dam is built on the Neyyar river and has a Wild life sanctuary, Lion Safari Park, Deer Park, Crocodile Rehabilitation and Research center and offers activities like Elephant riding and Boating.
The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwanthari Ashram located here, is the highlight for Yoga lovers. The place is loved for its pristine clean environment and electric greens that embrace the gorgeous river and the lake.
If feeling close to nature is what you want, make a day trip out of your visit to the dam. neyyar dam - Kerala tourist attraction added in the Kerala Itinerary 10 Days. Must visit this amazing attraction.
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Thiruvananthapuram District, Kerala, India
Located seven kilometres away from Kovalam, Vellayani lake is also known as Kochu Kovalam which means little Kovalam. A must-visit for people planning a vacation to Kovalam, Vellayani Lake in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala is a freshwater lake.
Absolutely stunning in the moonlight, the best time to visit the lake is during the Onam festival when the annual boating race is held. The Vellayani Durga temple is located close to the lake and is a serene place to spend time.
Just a boat ride away, Vellayani Lake is a must-visit!
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Kovalam, 695527, Kerala
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Kovalam’s wide of range of seafood delicacies is seen in its raw form at the city’s fresh fish market. The small city is located close to the Arabian sea and this is where fishing is seen at its best! From fishes to lobsters, crabs and prawns- you can take your pick at the place and if you can cook and love seafood, you will love the fresh catches.
The nearby Kovalam beach is a popular tourist area but if you want to explore the local places in the city, a visit to the market is a must!
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Karamana River, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The Karamana River is the blood line of the city and is even mentioned in ancient scripts and has been the inspiration for many works of literature and music.
The scenic river with its many activities like boating to explore the backwaters, riding elephants or taking a boat ride to Poovar to grab a bite at the floating restaurant, is something you simply should not miss. You can truly see the non-tourist side of Kerala at the river and a trip to the nearby Temple completes the day.
Kovalam Art gallery showcases art works from all over the country. From paintings, to intricately made artefacts- the gallery is perfect to see what is trending in the art world on this side of the globe.
The art gallery showcases exhibitions from local as well as International artists, giving the visitors a world-art ambience. If you love art and want to see some fabulous, inspiring, one of a kind art-pieces, a visit here is perfect to complete your stay in the small town.
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This is where the lighthouse beach and the Hawa beach meet. The rocks are brilliant and standing on them gives you a splendid view of both the beaches. This is an ideal place for watching the Sunset. Shutterbugs will have a treat visiting this place.
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Vizhinjam Police Station, Kovalam, Kerala, Vizhinjam, Kovalam, Kerala 695521
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
Another attraction at Vizhinjam is the rock-cut temple of 18th century. You will be amazed by the brilliant sculptures which showcases the skill of the workers who were behind this great work. The deity here is Vinadhara Dakshinamurthi. On the outer wall you will see a semi carved curious statue of Lord Siva and his spouse, goddess Parvati. Towards the other end, there is the Vizhinjam mosque in orange and white color. The mosque majestically stands as a witness to all the fishing activities carried out in the harbor.
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Aruvikkara Dam, Aruvikkara, Kerala 695541
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Aruvikkara Dam is located 15 kilometers away from Trivandrum and is a popular tourist spot with scenic views.
The Dam is perfect to have a day trip at, while the nearby Bhagavathi temple dedicated to the Goddess Durga who embodies femininity and strength, is loved for its tranquil environment. The small village of Aruvikkara is loved for its small-world charm, rustic environment and its affinity to nature.
Boating is available at the reservoir and is the highlight of the place.
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Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The small coastal town of Kanyakumari known as ‘Cape Comorin’ during the British Rule, is loved for its many spiritual attractions and for its serene and breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean.
The Triveni sangam (where the three oceans – Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal come together to share their waters), the tranquil Gandhi Memorial, the famous Vivekananda memorial and the majestic statue of the Tamil Poet Thiruvalluvar along with a visit to Bagavathi Amman Temple- all make this small town, a place full of surprises.
The local markets which line the way to the beach are perfect to shop at and watching the sunset at the beach, completes the experience.
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LMS Vellayambalam Rd, Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695033
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Home to inspirational paintings, artwork and artifacts, the Kovalam Art Gallery is a favourite tourist haunt. Much appreciated, especially by international visitors and artists, the Kovalam Art Gallery is a great place to spend some quality time. Its collection includes bronze idols, ivory carvings, ancient ornaments and a temple chariot. The best part of the museum is its architectural design – that is a cocktail of both Kerala style design with Chinese and Mughal artworks.
While you pay a visit to this beautiful museum, you can also check out the zoological garden and Shri Chitra Art Gallery located within the premise.