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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular tourist attractions in and around Kovalam?

Vineet Sharma DEC 10 2012
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Beaches! Those lovely stretches of soft sands, sparkling blue waters of the vast sea, clusters of coconut trees, which amount to tons of fun! Isn’t that what you were thinking? Well yes, Kovalam is known for its beaches, no doubt. But, it also has a number of temples, museums and pretty little villages just a few miles away from this place. Keep reading to learn more.

  • Beaches

    Some quick facts about the beaches here. Kovalam has three wonderful beaches viz. the Lighthouse beach (main beach), Hawah Beach (also called Eve’s beach) and the Samudra beach (most secluded). Like any tropical beach, you’ll find a number of coconut and date palm trees around the shores, which make up the typical Kerala picture postcard view. The sands are usually of a silvery white or golden yellow variety, although you will find blackish sands in certain areas. Head out for a cooling swim in the clear blue waters or simply sit back on the sands and chill out with some cooling sweet coconut water.

    Tourists also come here for some relaxing
    Ayurveda treatments and oil massage therapies in the hopes of curing their illness with some traditional Ayurvedic healing, or for some time-out from the daily stresses of life. Hidden beneath layers of tropical greens and surrounded by solitude and picturesque views of the beach and sea, the location of these resorts, does half the work of putting you in a happier and relaxed state of mind which gets extrapolated to the body as well, once you begin with the massages and therapies.  

    The beaches here don’t possess any cocktail services, nor do they have the glitz and the glamour of
    Goa, but at the end of the day, you will realise that Kovalam has an appeal that is difficult to put into words.

  • Vizhinjam

    Just 3 kilometres away from Kovalam, Vizhinjam is also known for its beaches, religious sites, Ayurvedic massage centres and its status of being the world’s largest natural sea port. Apart from that, it has a number of other attractions that you might find interesting. Let’s start from the famous Rock-cut caves, which have sculptures cut out from rocks, some of which date back to the 18th century. The cave temple is especially worth seeing which is made from cutting into a single rock and is dedicated to Lord Dakshinamurthy (an incarnation of Shiva). The temple remains open from 9am to 6pm every day, except on Mondays. The Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium is another ‘must check out’ attraction especially you are with your children. It houses an excellent collection of underwater fishes and invertebrates and has mastered in the Image Pearl Production Technique. The Mohyuddin Mosque looks very picturesque when viewed from the shore. Since Vizhinjam, like Kovalam, is also a fishing village, you might want to check out the fish market. It’s a crowded, buzzing and alive market, with fresh catches of the day being proudly displayed by the fishermen and the women. An interesting place to check out, that is, if you can stand the smell.

  • Vellayani Lake

    Referred to as the Vellayani Kayal, this is the largest freshwater lake in Trivandrum. Located just 6 kilometres away from Kovalam, this is an ideal place for a nice cosy little picnic with family and friends. When we are talking about a lake in Kerala, it’s a given fact that it will have incomparable scenic beauty, right? But wait till you catch a glimpse of this lake in the moonlight. We cannot come up with a suitable adjective, so we are going to stick with - divine! If you happen to be in Kovalam during the festival of Onam, make sure to visit this lake for the boat race.

We know most of you are loath to leave the laid-back atmosphere of the beach. But, don’t let your vacation be limited to just the beaches and health resorts. Plan your itinerary around these places to get more out of your trip to Kovalam. Chowara village and the Valiathura Pier are some other nearby places worth checking out. Happy sightseeing!

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