KOVALAM Beautiful white sand pleasure beaches ideal for sun bath in the God's Own Country - Kerala
Kovalam is a small village on the Malabar coast along the Kerala shore line. Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and truly the coconut trees along the beaches gives it a ravishing look.
Kovalam was originally a pilgrim spot, where people worshipped ancestors on the black moon day of Karkidakam, when it was called Avadu Thura. The place was also famous as the birth place of Kovalam poets who were considered mile stones of ancient Malayalam language. Then it became the place where the Travancore kings went on holiday and during the British period, the European administrators. It was in the seventies that Kovalam became an island in the conservative Kerala society.
Kovalam pleasure beach is always in vibrant mood and the small bay formation and the hillocks add to the charm. One can swim in the sea for most part of the year, where often the same tourists come almost every year, like migratory birds. There are unique features in Kovalam and many westerners have made it their home. The relationship is enduring, simple villagers love the tourists and it is a search for authenticity that drives westerners here.
The palm-fringed bays in secluded coconut groves, promise a relaxed stay. The boundless blue waters of the Arabian Sea and miles of white sands washed away by the surf at the feet of the stalwart palms and the rocky promontories, makes this beach paradise. This marvellous beach is a tourist's dream come true. It is a sheltered natural bay with cool, soothing palms and gentle waves.
When you are tired of aquatics, swimming or sunbathing, you can explore the handicrafts, jewellery and cloth shops spread along the waterfront. Not to speak of the delightful sea-food fare including lobsters available at the beach side restaurants. Kovalam can also be reached by direct and regular bus services from Trivandrum International Airport.