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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the different beaches of Kovalam?

Vaishali Singh DEC 10 2012
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Planning a trip to Kovalam, you must be all geared up to visit the beaches, indulge in some snorkeling and maybe play a game or two of beach volleyball. But did you know that this place has got not one, not two but three beaches? Yes, three beautiful crescent shaped beaches which come together at a point further ahead. So what’s so special about them to get them an international acclaim? Keep reading to find out.


  • Lighthouse Beach

    All the pretty postcard pictures of the beach with the red and white striped lighthouse in the background belong to this one. This is the southernmost and the most crowded beach of Kovalam, renowned for the Vizhinjam lighthouse, which stands on a rocky cliff called the Kurumkal hillock. All the shops and restaurants lining the beach make up the main market of Kovalam. The lighthouse is open to tourists from 3 pm to 5 pm every afternoon. Climb up the spiral staircase to get spectacular views of all the three beaches along with the Brahminy Kites (Red-backed eagles) circling above. You can also check out the memorials of Ayyanappilla Asan (author of Bharatam Pattu- a retelling of Mahabharata) and his brother, Ayyippilla Asan, which are present close by. Once you reach the cliff, you get amazing views of this fishing village in its tropical surrounding. The view makes it worth the effort in climbing the cliff.

    During evenings, the lighthouse is lit up and makes a very lovely backdrop for the darkening beach. You can spend your evening sitting on the sands and enjoying a plate of delicious seafood. Once you’re done eating please dispose of the leftovers ( or plastic cans, bottle, wrappers) in a responsible manner. You wouldn’t wish to spoil the beach for others, would you?

  • Hawah Beach

    Also called the Eve’s beach, this one is simply unmatched in its beauty. Lying right in the middle with the Lighthouse beach to the south and the Samudra beach to the north, this beach is separated from the main beach by the Edakallu foreland (20 minutes’ walk away from Lighthouse beach). It is also slightly cleaner than the Lighthouse beach. Hawah beach was also famous for being India’s first topless beach, when the Europeans discovered its virgin beauty and lush tropical greenery, back in the 1930’s. In case you are wondering, no, it’s no more a topless beach. The Kerala government has very strict rules about propriety and decency on the beach.

    If you are an early riser, you can catch the local fishermen at work in the open sea. Take your camera along with you if you go. The distant silhouettes of the fishermen with their nets, against the reds and oranges of the rising sun, can make for some splendid shots. The water currents in this beach are quite powerful; hence it’s not safe to swim here.

  • Samudra Beach

    This is the northernmost of the Kovalam beaches and also the least crowded. Separated by a huge headland, Samundra Beach is marked by its solitude and a profound sense of isolation from the rest of the world. This is the reason why this region has a number of Ayurveda Health Resorts. Hidden under copious blankets of tropical greens and surround by a silvery white sandy beach beyond which lies the vast Arabian Sea, there are only a few places as naturally beautiful like this, where you feel you are almost close to God. Another attraction of this beach is the Vizhinjam port (about three kilometres away) and the Ashoka beach, which is also not frequented by tourists.


Tip: Getting wet on the beach, building sandcastles, plain romping around in the sand and water might be fun, but having sand all over you and inside your clothes is not! It’s downright itchy and annoying. To help you with that, there are many mobile showering stalls and washrooms scattered around the beach which charge you a pittance of INR 5 to INR 10 for using the services.

Did you know that walking on the sands can be quite therapeutic? It’s much more stimulating and is great for exfoliation too! Plus the ocean water is full of minerals which help in healing and detoxification. See? Going to beaches can be good for your health too!

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