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Kovalam Tourism

Thirty years ago, Kovalam was typically a  hippy locale with a picture-perfect tropical beach and a traditional fishing village, providing fresh fish, fruits and toddy (coconut beer). Today this tiny beach is the focus of a multi-million dollar business, drawing thousands of tourists for a week dose of ozone, UV and a refreshing Indian Experience.

Kovalam was brought to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore. Over the past three decades, the place has been well developed, and now figures prominently on the world tourism map. Kovalam is just 16 kms away from Trivandrum.Today Kovalam beach is known as the "Paradise of the South".

Stretch of beaches

"Kovalam" means a grove of coconut trees and true to its name, the village offers an endless sight of coconut trees. The crescent-shaped beach has three parts. The southern most beach, and the most popular, is the Light House beach. It offers an amazing sight of Vizhinjam mosque. The northern Samudra beach is a laidback one and time seems to stand still here.In between is the Hawah beach which in the early days,was a beehive of activities with fishermen setting out for the sea. With a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique azure water effect.

The favourable climate makes Kovalam a favorite year-round spot for swimming. The sea here is peaceful and shallow where you can take a dip in the saline waters. The clean white sandy beach will arouse a temptation irresistible: to lie idle on the sands and tan your body.You could get into any of the Ayurvedic massage centres and indulge in a rejuvenating herbal, body-toning massage and holistic therapies aquarelle on moonlit nights.

Serene surroundings
Its scenic beauty and serenity is supplemented by the availability of excellent accommodation . There are a lot of restaurants which provide western style food as well as Indian, which is delicious. The grilled seafood items such as lobster, king prawns and kalamari are got fresh from the sea at Kovalam. Ayurvedic massage parlours, yoga centers and water sport facilities, make Kovalam a popular haven for tourists from all over the globe.

It is warm and clean, filled with the coconut trees and the white sandbed, as the seabreeze gently plays with the waves. Swimming and bathing can be very refreshing and exhilarating in the waves. One can walk into the sea for about 100 metres without losing ground. This cove is also the safest place for swimming. At many coastal places there are beautiful patches of coral reefs. The underwater views, which are visible during snorkelling, are really marvellous.

Highly commercialised and very crowded through most of the year, Kovalam manages, against all odds, to retain much of the charm which made it a popular beach in the first place. Surfing and swimming are among the other water sports possible in Kovalam beach.Many people from different countries and cultures, intermingle with each other and get together in this paradise of the South and spend their leisure time joyfully.

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