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The Kovalam Beach, one of the most famous beaches in India, lies 10 Kms south of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. There is a fishing village and a beach resort here in Kovalam. The industry here is basically small scale.
How to reach
By Air - Nearest airport is Trivandrum International airport which is about 15 km away from Kovalam
By Rail - The nearest rail head to Kovalam is Trivandrum Central Railway Station
By Road - Well connected by roads
Places to see
The Light House Beach
The southernmost beach in Kovalam, known as the Lighthouse Beach is the most preferred tourist spot. The lodging here is cheap, retaurants offer all facilities with reasonable rates. In short, this is the place for an ideal vacation. There is a light house here at the southern end of the beach. The view from this place is absolutely fabulous.
The Middle Beach
This beach functions as a base for local fisherman. There is a five star resort, The Ashok Radisson, in the vicinity. The third beach which lies north of Ashok just has a few old fashioned fishing vessels. It seems as if times have not changed much here. It is not advisable to swim in these beaches. But if you are so inclined then do follow the warnings of the safety flags. Of course, you can spend your days lazing around on the beach, soaking the sun or enjoying drinks at the cafes.
You can shop for crafts and carpets here, mainly Tibetan, Kashmiri and Rajasthani. You can also find many Yoga schools, massage parlours and clothing stores here.
The best time to visit Kovalam beach is between November and February.
Winters in December to March and monsoons in May are the best time to go to Kerala. The day time temperature is about 32 degrees and night temperature drops to the lowest of 20 degrees. The hottest months are April, May and June, where the temperature soars above 36 degrees with high humidity.