The Beach town in Trivandrum, Kovalam is located around 16 km from the city center. True to its name, the place offers endless view of Coconut trees and is also known as the ‘paradise of the south’.
The potential of Kovalam as a popular tourist destinations was discovered from early 1920’s by the Royal family of Travancore and it initiated the transformation of a casual fishing village of Kerala into one of the most important tourist destinations in India.
In the 17 Km coast line along the Arabian sea, Kovalam has three beaches separated by rocky outcrops. Together, the three beaches forms the famous Crescent of the Kovalam beach. The southernmost and larger of the beaches is the Lighthouse Beach, named after the Vizhinjam Lighthouse located on a small rocky hillock and is the one most frequented by tourists. The intermittent rays from light house at night renders the beach with an unearthly charm. The Hawah Beach or also known as Eve’s Beach is a beehive of activities with fishermen early in the day setting out for sea. With a high rock promontory and calm bay of blue waters, the beach creates a unique seascape on moonlit nights.
The northern most is the Samudra Beach which is separated from the southern side by a large promontory and has a more peaceful coastline with a few tourists or business. The beach offers a walking bay along the sea-wall with spectacular view of waves lashing on the rocks. Shallow waters stretching for hundreds of metres is also ideal for swimming. The beaches have palm-covered headlands, lined with shops with all kinds of goods and services. The normal tourist season is from September to May. Ashoka beach is also the part of Kovalam beach. The sea port of Vizhinjam, located 3 km from Kovalam is famous for its special varieties of fishes, old Hindu temples, big churches and a mosque.