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Places to visit in Kovalam

When you travel to Kovalam, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Kovalam, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Kovalam to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Kovalam things to do can include exploring Kovalam attractions and visiting the places of interest.

Attractions in kovalam


The old lighthouse at the popular Lighthouse Beach is a popular building here at Kovalam. The view of the ocean from atop the light house is simply breathtaking and brilliant for scenic photography. It is located at the southern beach and is a popular landmark within the city. This is one of the oldest lighthouses in Kerala that has been guiding ships into the neighboring Vizhnjam Port for decades. The visiting timing at the lighthouse is from 3 to 5 in the evening.



Another popular monument in Kovalam is a colossal structure that makes one reminiscent of the colonial past of the village. This fort is a beautiful example of the influence of British architecture in the South.


The nearby city of Trivandrum and Kanyakumari offers several theme parks and amusement centers for kids. The village of Kovalam is quite well-connected to these places and the places can be easily visited for a day trip.


This is a mosque located at the beautiful Samudra beach one of the 3 beaches in Kovalam. This is a place of worship for the local Islamic community.


This popular Hindu temple is located in Thiruvananthapuram a few km away from Kovalam which is visited by tourists coming here.


This museum is located at the capital city of Trivandrum in Kerala and showcases exquisite ancient relics from the state’s past. A few km away from Kovalam this museum houses items made of bronze, wood, ivory and stone-works.  Established by the Maharaja of the city almost a century ago, this museum is a must-see for all tourists.


This is a popular museum which exhibits the amazing style of Keralian architectural design. This place also houses some exemplary specimen of handicrafts and carving-works by the artisans of Travancore from the bygone days.


It is one of the most popular beaches in Kovalam and was the first ever top-less beach in India. Topless sun bathing is still allowed and appreciated by the locals here, although topless bathing is prohibited. 


This is the least crowded beach in Kovalam and is not visited by many tourists the local fishermen practice their trade here. This beach is separated from the thronging southern sides by a large peninsula.


The most well developed beach in Kovalam is the most thronged by Western tourists. This beach named so for its 35 meters high iconic lighthouse located on top of the Kurumal hillock. Most popular hotels and beach shacks are located in this beach only.


This river offers great opportunities for back water cruising and boat trips in Kovalam.


This is another natural attraction in Kovalam which offers good speed boating activities for the tourists.

Activities in kovalam

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This is a popular beach resort which offers a tranquil getaway spot from the busy city life in the laps of beautiful gardens built within the premises. This place offers various Ayurvedic massages and other healing treatment which makes it popular among the tourists.

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As for a bit odd venture in Kovalam, one can indulge in speed boating, surfing, wooden boat rides, motor boat ride, etc.

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The beaches of Kovalam are all about relaxation. One can sun bathe under the tropical sun sipping tropical cocktails or go for a swim in the beautiful ocean to refresh oneself.

Food in kovalam


Kovalam provides ample eating options throughout the place which sells good quality multi-cuisine dishes.The most popular eateries here at Kovalam are - The German Bakery, Bethel, Ayur restaurant, Spice reataurant, Malabar cafe, Suprabhatam restaurant, etc.


The most popular dish of this region is the spicy Chicken fry which is fried with a saucy red chili paste grown locally. Other must-try dishes are freshly cut fruit salad with tropical favorites and fish dishes.

Night Life in kovalam


The nightlife of Kovalam is among the best in the country and is comparable to the other popular beach destination Goa. The popular discotheques are:

• Bunker

• 10 Downing Street

• Pasha

• Coromandel club



Kovalam has a large number of popular drinking places around the village:

• The Bar

• Neera Bar

• The Sky Bar

• Chill n Grill

• Tranz Bar


Shopping in kovalam


Divine Supermarket at the Kovalam Junction is the only departmental store within the village which also has an ATM nearby.


There are many small shops near the beaches which sell nice souvenir items and local handicrafts and antiques that you can find at lower rates. The popular handicrafts shop called Little Tibet Arts is a good place for buying Tibetan arts and crafts here at Kovalam.


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