Located 16 km south of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) city, Kovalam
is a world-famous beach resort, which has been a favorite spot for tourists
since 1930s. This beach has lovely coconut palms fringe the golden sands.
Foreigners throng Ayurvedic parlors, yoga and meditation centers, that have
sprung up all over the place.
Kovalam Beach consists of three successive small crescent beaches; the
southern most known as Lighthouse Beach, is where most of the visitors spend
their time. The middle beach is called Hawah. Each morning this beach acts
as a base for the local fisherman. The northern most beach, Samudra, is
least affected of all by the changing times. It is dotted with few
rudimentary wooden fishing vessels.
The palm-fringed bays of Kovalam in secluded coconut groves, promise a
relaxed stay. The unforgettable image of Kovalam is that of the
coconut-palms-lined high rock promontory that cuddles the calm and wide
expanse of the blue waters.
In the evening the quiet atmosphere of the place is enlivened by Kathakali
performances, the classical dance-drama of Kerala.