Opened to tourists only in the early half of the 20th Century, Kovalam is often dubbed as the 'paradise' of South India. Tall, green coconut trees and beautiful beaches will welcome you into the beach-city's fold, keeping up with its literal meaning of its name - "a grove of coconut trees". The main attractions are the three beaches viz. Light-House beach, Hawa Beach and Samudra Beach in order of their popularity. The restaurants lining these beaches offer the best local seafood dishes you'd ever taste. Kovalam also is one of the top destinations in the world for experiencing the authentic Kerala Ayurvedic massages. Don't forget to take home a little bit of Kovalam with you in the ornate rosewood and sandalwood statues and other pretty handicrafts sold here.