Kovalam is majorly a beach town situated along the Arabian Sea in South Indian state Kerala. It is a popular tourist spot in Kerala most famous for its crescent shaped beaches namely Lighthouse Beach, Samudra Beach and Hawa beach. The love shorelines with palm fringed trees and powdery white sands and crystal clear water add to the beauty of the Kovalam town. No wonder unnumbered tourist throng to this enchanting holiday destination.
Vizhinjam Aquarium: Just a 3 minute from Kovalam, it is well known for the fishing port which was established in 1997. The aquarium houses an array of rare species of ornamental fish and also other aquatic animals like crabs, moon wrasse, clownfish, butterfly fish, lionfish, surgeonfish, piranhas and sharks.
Koyikkal Palace: Once the official residence of the Travancore rulers, this palace dated back to the 15th century. It is located 18 km from Thiruvananthapuram. Today it is a Folklore Museum and Numismatic Museum.
Napier Museum: It is one of the major attractions for the tourists. The museum houses a fine collection of Kerala’s bronzes, ornaments, costumes and a model of ‘Tharawad’ which is a traditional home for the Nair family.
Halcyon Castle: It is a beautiful palace built by the regent, M.R. Sri Rama Varma Valiya Koli Thampuran, consort of Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi in 1932. Also known by the name Kovalam Palace, this place is super perfect for tourists spending holidays with their families.
Lighthouse Beach: Located at the Southernmost tip of Kovalam Beach, it is the most popular and crowdy beach of all the three beaches. The name Lighthouse Beach came from the lighthouse on the beach. It is a 30 metres long tower painted in red and white colour. The sand is soft here and water on the beach is safe for swimming. You can also enjoy the panoramic views of Veemapalli Mosque and Poovar from the top of the lighthouse.
Hawa Beach: It is located just opposite of the Lighthouse Beach and well known for its pristine sandy shores. Water here is not safe for swimming because of the strong currents but sunbathing can be most fun on the beach. Catamaran ride is a popular activity here.
Samudra Beach: It is again a picturesque beach on the northern tip of Kovalam beach. It is a wonderful place to relax and relish your holidays. It is popular among both native and foreign tourists. You can see many fishing vessels on the beach.
Aruvikkara: It is charming village located on the banks of River Karamana in Thiruvananthapuram district. It is just 25 kms from Kovalam and a favourite spot for the tourists. The Bhagavati Temple dedicated to Goddess Durga is the major attraction here. A beautiful stream flows in front of the temple which adds to the beauty of the temple.
Vellayani Lake: This scintillating fresh water lake is situated 7 kms away from Kovalam and covers an area of 7.5 sq. metres. The lake gets more crowdy during the festival of Onam when the boat races are organised in the lake. The best time to enjoy the charm of the Vellayani Lake under the moonlit night when the water in the lake gleams, which is pleasing to sight.
Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave: Situated in the Vizhinjam village, these caves are renowned for various rock cut sculptures which date back to 8th century. It is just 1 km walk from Kovalam. The cave also houses a temple dedicated to Vinandhara Dakshinamurthi. Outside the cave you can also see an unfinished sculpture of Lord Shiva.