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Kovalam was a beautiful place lying in obscurity for a long period of time along the picturesque coast of Kerala. Then in 1930's, this little village broke the shackles out of its lethargic slumber. The beauty of the fabulous silver sands and palm-fringed shores of Kovalam emerged from darkness. From then onwards, there is no looking back. Earlier Kovalam was an anglers' paradise, but it gradually developed into a tourist spot in great demand. From sunbath to swimming, Ayurvedic rejuvenation to yoga and meditation, herbal body toning massages to special cultural programmes and catamaran cruising, holidays in Kovalam are really the memorable ones. The Kovalam lighthouse beach is the most popular one where most visitors spend their leisure time.

Places to See in Kovalam :

The Three Crescents : Kovalam is famous for three adjacent crescent-shaped beaches that are separated by cliffs of rocks. Among these three the most famous is the lighthouse beach, with the view of a lighthouse standing on a rocky peninsula. Other two beaches are Hawa beach and Ashok beach giving equally beautiful scenery.

Samudra Beach : This is a small beach where in hide most of the beach disappear, but one can get spectacular views from the sea wall, on which one can walk and see the waves crashing on the rock below.

Vizhinjam Village : It is a small fishing village with a small 18th century Vizhinjam cave temple having a half carved depiction of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi on the exteriors. It also has a natural fishing harbor, which is one of the busiest harbors there.

Marine Aquarium - Vizhinjam : It is 3 kms from Kovalam. The Marine Aquarium houses the world's rarest and most exotic species of invertebrates and fish. The hidden coral paradise has been displayed by recreating the habitat in its natural form.

Thiruvallom : Here two rivers named Killi and Karamana meet. It is a wonderful place with amazing beauty. Boat rides are also available here to enjoy the beauty around the rivers.

Vellayani Lake : It is a mesmerizing lake with serene water that is a sight to behold, especially on a moonlit night. It is one of the two fresh waters lakes in Kerala.

Valliathura Pier : It is an old dock where the fishermen usually launch their catamarans in during monsoon season. People usually visit here to see the fishermen dive in the water to swim towards their catamaran.

How to Reach :

Air : Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, is about 10 kms away from Kovalam.

Rail : Thiruvananthapuram central, is about 16 kms away from Kovalam.

Road : Kovalam can be reached by direct and regular bus services from Thiruvananthapuram and other major cities of Kerala.

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