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Accessing Kovalam
Telephone access code:+91 471

Air: Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (16 km/30 min.)
Rail: Nearest station: Thiruvananthapuram Central (13 km/30 min.)
Road: Kovalam is off the NH 47 Bypass, just 13 km from the national highway that links Salem to Kanyakumari via Palakkad, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram.
Bus: Kovalam’s KSRTC Bus Stand is near Vizhinjam-Poovar Road. It has services once in every 15 minutes to Thiruvananthapuram. Ph: 0471-2480365, 2481365

Kovalam BeachSilhouetted against lush palm groves, the crescent-shaped beaches of Kovalam are international tourist destinations. Besides the three main beaches – Lighthouse Beach, Eve’s or Howah Beach and the Ashok Beach, there are many more picturesque beaches all along the coast. The shallow waters stretching hundreds of metres are ideal for swimming.

In And Around Kovalam

Kovalam BeachKovalam: (16 km from Thiruvananthapuram) Just a short drive away from the State capital, Kovalam is easily accessible. Internationally acclaimed, this seaside destination comprises three adjacent crescent-shaped beaches. Golden sands, miles of shimmering sea, rocky promontories constantly caressed by the sensuous surf and a brilliant sunshine warming the very souls, make this place truly sensational. A charming village in its yesteryears, Kovalam today has all the trappings of a popular beach destination. Lined with shops, restaurants, ayurvedic centres and accommodation options to suit all budgets, the place has the unmistakable ambience of a resort.

Kovalam Beach: Fringed by headlands that rise steeply above the shore, Kovalam is almost completely covered by coconut palms. Of the three small bays separated by rocky outcrops, the southernmost, known as the Lighthouse Beach, is the most popular. The lovely old lighthouse that gives the beach its name is the Vizhinjam Lighthouse. Edakallu, a rocky headland separates Eve’s or Howah Beach from the Lighthouse Beach. The hill that separates Howah Beach from the third of Kovalam’s celebrated beaches houses the Government Guest House and the Halcyon Castle. One of Kovalam’s spectacular landmarks, this charming old castle adds to the beauty of the lovely settings.

Kovalam Beach LighthouseLighthouse: The 35 m lighthouse is perched atop the palm-covered Kurumkal Hill jutting out on to the sea. Visitors can climb the spiraling staircase inside to the top of the red and white tower and enjoy a spectacular view of the surroundings.

Samudra Beach: Lying to the north of the Ashok Beach, this beach can be accessed only by taking a detour past Kovalam Junction. It is an awesome sight to watch the waves crash on the rocks below as you walk along the stretch of sea wall here.

Thiruvallam: (10 km from Thiruvananthapuram) This serene backwater stretch, enroute to Kovalam, is famous for its canoe rides, kayaking and cruises in kettuvalloms. The Boat Club here organises tours to the nearby islands of Pozhikara and Edayar as well as visits to coir manufacturing units.

Parasurama Temple, Thiruvallam: (7 km from Thiruvananthapuram) This 2000-year-old temple on the banks of the River Karamana, is the only one in Kerala dedicated to Sree Parasurama, the mythological creator of the State. This temple is a venue for ancestor worship. As part of the Bali ritual, devotees make offerings to the souls of the departed, after taking a dip in the holy water. Ph: 2380706

The Great Kovalam Poets: Ancient Kovalam poets Ayyippilla Asan and Ayyanappilla Asan were the authors of the Great Epics, Janakeeya Maha Kaviangal, Ramakatha Pattu and Bharathampattu respectively. They lived in Kovalam, near the Light House Beach, Avaduthura in 1400 AD. The monument is protected by the Kerala Government Archaeological Department.

Vizhinjam: A fishing village 2 km south of Kovalam, the Vizhinjam harbour is a natural port and one of the busiest fishing harbours in the district.

Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple: (17 km - 1/2 hr and 5 km south of Kovalam Jn. Open 0900 - 1800 hrs. Closed on Mondays) There are rock-cut sculptures of the 18th century in the cave temple at Vizhinjam. The granite cave here encloses a one-celled shrine with a loose sculpture of Vinandhara Dakshinamurthi. The outer wall of the cave depicts half-complete reliefs of the Hindu God Siva with Goddess Parvathi.

Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium: (Open 0900 - 1800 hrs) Located near Theatre Junction, the aquarium which houses a rich treasure of marine wealth has perfected the Image Pearl production technique, by which a mould of any shape made of shell cement is implanted into the pearl oyster. In 2-3 months a pearl in the shape of the mould will be ready. Entrance fee: Adults: Rs.20 Children: Rs.10. Ph: 2480224

Chowara: (8 km south of Kovalam) This fishing hamlet near to Kovalam has many picturesque spots. The Chowara Ayyappa Temple atop a hill overlooks the beach and offers an amazing view of the beach below. Chowara is also home to the ancient Analothbhava Matha Church. The Azhimalathara Beach here is identified as the only place where the sea recedes from the coast and does not eat into the beach during the monsoon.

Poovar: (12 km south of Kovalam) An isolated but spectacular beach, Poovar is situated close to the Neyyar River estuary. A trading port in its early days, it is today an important tourist destination.

Places to Stay
Kovalam (+91-471)

Name tarif Phone Fax E-mail & Web
The Leela 8500-55000 2480101 2481522 reservations.kovalam@theleela.com www.theleela.com
Taj Green Cove Resort 8000-23600 2487733 2487744 greencove.kovalam@tajhotels.com www.tajhotels.com
Surya Samudra 6240-17940 2267333 2267124 reservations@suryasamudra.com www.suryasamudra.com
Karikkathi Beach House 5600-16800 2400956   karikkathi@yahoo.co.in www.karikkathibeachhouse.com
Poovar Island Resort 4000-16000 2212068 2212092 reservations@poovarislandresort.com www.poovarislandresort.com
Hotel Samudra 3800-11500 2480089 2480242 samudra@md3.vsnl.net.in www.ktdc.com
Nikki’s Nest 3705-7800 2267822 2267182 nest@sancharnet.in
Ashatheeram Beach Resort 3190-3520 2267566 2267313 ashatheeram@sancharnet.in
Isola Di Cocco 3000-10000 2210008 2210500 isoladicocco@vsnl.net www.isoladicocco.com
Estuary Island 3000-9500 2214355 2210019 sales@estuaryisland.com www.estuaryisland.com
Beach and Lake Ayurvedic Resort 2860-4125 2382086 2382066 beachandlake@hotmail.com www.beachandlakeresort.com
Lagoona Davina 2500-6500 2380049 2382651 lagoonadavina@hotmail.com www.lagoonadavina.com
Uday Samudra 2530-7150 2483111 2481578 info@uds.in www.udaysamudra.com
Kadaloram Beach Resort 2500-6000 2481116 2481115 kadaloram@vsnl.com www.kadaloram.com
Hotel Abad Palmshore 2500-5510 2481481 2480495 abad@vsnl.com www.abadhotels.com
The Travancore Heritage 2450-11900 2267828 2267201 travancoreheritage@vsnl.net www.thetravancoreheritage.com
Thapovan Heritage Home 2365-4125 2482430 2480453 info@thapovan.com www.thapovan.com
Somatheeram Ayurvedic Health Resort 2200-11275 2266501 2266505 info@somatheeram.org www.somatheeram.org
Coconut Bay 2200-7865 2480566 2343349 cocobay@vsnl.com www.coconutbay.com
Hotel Sea Face 2000-7000 2481835 2481320 info@seaface.com www.seaface.com
Hotel Sea Rock 2000-3500 2480422 2480422 searockhotel@yahoo.com
Dr. Franklin’s Panchakarma Institute 1925 2480870 2267670 franklin@dr-franklin.com www.dr-franklin.com
Jeevan Ayurvedic Beach Resort 1800-4000 2480662   jeevanresort@eth.net www.jeevanresort.com
Jasmine Palace 1800-3500 2481475 2481475 jaspalace@satyam.net.in www.jasminepalace.com
Sagara Beach Resort 1700-2700 2484077   sagarabeachresort@usa.net
Raja Hotel 1650-2070 2480355 2480455 info@rajahotel.net www.rajahotel.net
Ideal Ayurvedic Resort 1540-3300 2268632 2268396 idealresort@eth.net www.idealayurvedicresort.com
Bethsaida Hermitage 1500-3500 2267554 2267554 frederick@satyam.net.in www.kerala.com
Temple Garden 1500-2500 2481972 2481972 reservations@templegarden.in www.templegarden.in
Hotel Thushara 1500-2000 2480692 2481693 hotelthushara@yahoo.com www.hotelthushara.net
Manaltheeram Beach Resort 1485-10010 2266222 2267611 mail@manaltheeram.com www.manaltheeram.com
Hotel Neelakanta 1300-4000 2480321 2485180 hotelneelakanta@yahoo.com
Hotel Aparna 1250-1500 2480951 2480607 apranaseaside@yahoo.co.in
Hotel Linchu Holiday Resort 1250-3500 2481010 2480722  
Pappukutty Beach Resort 1250-1450 2480235 2480234 natarajan@hotmail.com www.pappukutty.com
Swagath Holiday Resorts 1200-6000 2481148 2481150 swagathresort@asianetindia.com www.swagathresorts.com
Marine Palace 1200-3600 2481428 2481428 info@hotelmarinepalace.com www.hotelmarinepalace.com
Hotel Pujamahal 1000-3500     pujamahal@hotelpujamahal.com www.hotelpujamahal.com
Royal Retreat Cottages 1000-1800 2481080 2484060 kiranrajkiran@sify.com
Somatheeram Ayurvedic Beach Resort 935-12485 2268101 2267611 mail@somatheeram.in www.somatheeram.in
Hotel Blue Sea 850-3500 2481401 2480401 hotelbluesea@eth.net www.hotelbluesea.net
Hotel Rockholm 850-4000 2480606 2480607 info@rockholm.com www.rockholm.com
Hotel Sreevisakh 800-2000 2480445 2480163  
Ayurvedic Beach Resort 600-1200 2480634 2480634  
Hotel Seaweed 600-1400 2480391 2722698 seaweed@md3.vsnl.net.in
Hotel Volga Palace 600-1500 2483286   volgapalace@hotmail.com
Hotel Silver Star 600-800 2482983   info@silverstar-kovalam.com www.silverstar-kovalam.com
Hotel Orion 500-3000 2480999 2480999 orionkovalam@yahoo.com
Hotel Hawah Beach Resort 500-3000 2481951   www.hawahbeachresort.com
Sea Flower Home 500-1200 2480554 2481069 info@seaflowerbeachresort.com
Ayurvedic Centre 500-900 2481440 2482369 drpsambhu@hotmail.com www.ayushya.com
Palm Grove
500-1500 2480044    
Hotel Holiday Home 400-1500 2480497   homerest@md3.vsnl.net.in www.holidayhomeresort.net
Golden Sands 450-900 2481077 2481476 goldensand@email.com
Maharaju Palace 400-1000 2485320   martienweber@hotmail.com
Ayushya Merryland Samudrathara 400-1200 2481608   kavithajoshy@msn.com
Hotel Sea View Palace 400-950 2483599 2451858 hotelseaviewpalace@hotmail.com
Hotel Sea Coast
400-950 2480670    
Gopal’s Ayurvedic Beach Resort 300-1500 2480833 2453499 gopalsayurva@yahoo.co.in
Sumangali Tourist Home 300-600 2481021    
Apsara Beach Cottage 250-700 2350219   satsnair@hotmail.com
Hotel Neptune 250-400 2480222 2460187  

Travel Agents

  • Elite Tours & Travels Ph: 2481905, 2481405, Email: elitetours@vsnl.com
  • Great Indian Travel Service, Lighthouse Road Ph: 2481110
  • Green Land Travel Services Telefax: 2485143
  • Keralaconnections.com Ph: 2484839 Fax: 2484839 Email: info@keralaconnections.com
  • Shivas Tours & Travels, Eve's Beach Ph: 2483091, 98472 71489 Email: sajikovalam@yahoo.co.in
  • Trans Orient Holidays Ph: 2480726 Fax: 2487343 Email: transorientkerala@gmail.com
  • Visit India Information & Travel Bureau, Lighthouse Road Ph: 2481069 Fax: 2481069, Email: visitindia@eth.net
  • Voyager Travels Ph: 2485217
  • Western Travels, Ph: 2481334
  • Magic India Holidays Ph: 2462113 Email: info@magicindiaholidays.com www.magicindiaholidays.com

Facilities

Art gallery:

  • Gallery Contra Image, Kovalam Junction Ph: 2480868

Restaurants:

  • Santana Ph: 2483298
  • Hotel Sea Flower Home Ph: 2480554
  • The German Bakery Ph: 2480179
  • Sea Shore Ph: 2481511
  • Dwaraka Ph: 2480411
  • Sea View Ph: 2481599
  • Fusion Ph: 2484153
  • Beatles Ph: 2483156
  • Spice Garden Ph: 2480321

Money exchange:

  • Elite Tours & Travels Ph: 2481405
  • Great Indian Travel Service Ph: 2334512
  • Phroze Framroze & Co. Pvt. Ltd., Near Kovalam Bus Station Ph: 2487450
  • Visit India Information and Travel Bureau Telefax: 2481069
  • Western Travels Ph: 2481334

Two wheeler hire:

  • Voyager Travels, Eve's Beach Road Ph: 2481993 Email: voyagerbikehire@yahoo.co.in

Cultural centres:

  • Kalakeli Kathakali Troup (All cultural programmes), Kovalam Ph: 2481818, 9447182468
  • Smrithi, The Fusion of Dance and Music, Rajeev Gandhi Centre, Venganoor Ph: 2482949

Hospitals:

  • Upasana Hospital, Kovalam Ph: 2480632 B N V Hospital, Thiruvallam Ph: 2381508

Multi-gym club:

  • Bodyline, Kovalam Junction Ph: 2480587

Telecom centre:

  • BSNL, Kovalam Junction Ph: 2451860
  • BSNL, Vizhinjam Ph: 2481700

Banks:

  • Canara Bank, Kovalam Junction (ATM) Ph: 2481950
  • ICICI Bank, Kovalam Junction (ATM)
  • Central Bank, Kovalam Jn. Ph: 2480258
  • Andhra Bank, Azhakulam Ph: 480217
  • State Bank of Travancore, Vizhinjam Ph: 2480294

Post offices:

  • Beach Post Office Ph: 2483340
  • Post Office, Kovalam Jn. Ph: 2481330
  • Post Office, Vizhinjam Ph: 3299248
  • Speed Post, Trivandrum Ph: 3293434
  • General Post Office, Trivandrum Ph: 2473071
  • Post Master General's Office, Trivandrum Ph: 2308060
  • Post Office, Thiruvallam Ph: 2382806
  • Post Office, Poovar Ph: 2210030