About Kovalam Beach
Kovalam Beach is situated nearby the Malabar coast that is in the state of Kerala which is in South India. This famous place is considered to be the best destination for beach lovers that is full with crowed throughout the year having both Indians as well as international tourist to it.this popular beach destination is just 15 km from the capital city, Thiruvananthapuram.
History of Kovalam Beach
The meaning of the word Kovalam’ in Malayalam stands for ‘a groove of coconut trees’.as this place once a cluster of small fishing villages during the pre-Independence era that belonged to the state of Travancore. The earlier history of Kovalam Beach is very obscure. The town of Kovalam came to the lime light during the reign of the Maharaja of Travancore in the 1930s. He also invited his European friends over to this place and they made the place popular.
People & Culture of Kovalam Beach
Kovalam shot to fame during the 1970s, during the era of the hippies. The town witnessed a heavy influx of hippies taken in by the beauty of the place. Since then, Kovalam became famous among international tourists. Some small fishing villages still exist in Kovalam which are at a distance of 4 km from the beachfront. Kovalam enjoys a languid lifestyle. Also, tourists visiting the destination tend to relax on beaches, eat and make merry, which is why Kovalam attracts a large number of international tourists till date.
Things to do in Kovalam Beach
Kovalam consists of crescent shaped sandy beaches. The three beaches of Kovalam –Lighthouse Beach, Samudra Beach, and Hawa Beach (Eve’s beach) – are separated from each other by rocky shores. A shallow-water-stretch that extends to about 1 km from the land makes it ideal for swimming. All the beaches have steep coconut-palm fringed highlands and shining sandy beaches that contain a great amount of minerals like ilmenite and thoracite.
With the rise in tourism, there has been a great development in the infrastructure and hospitality industry at Kovalam. The healthcare industry has also greatly flourished in the region with special reference to a branch in natural therapy, Ayurveda. Visiting Ayurvedic clinics and hospitals for relaxation, rejuvenation and treatments has become a popular activity in Kovalam.
Famous Places at Kovalam Beach
Tourists visiting Kovalam can opt for sunbathing, swimming and other marine activities or just sign up for Kovalam holiday packages that provide travellers a chance to explore the beach town in a more organised fashion. Also, visitors can also take excursions to nearby destinations like Ponmudi, Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin), Vizhinjam, etc.