7 Best Places To Visit in Kovalam: Things To Do & Sightseeing

Kovalam is a preferred destination amongst travelers as it is one of the most beautiful places in south India. Kovalam is small village located just 14 km from Trivandrum in Kerala. With beautiful beaches lined with coconut trees and rows of green palm groves, Kovalam also offers a wide variety of water sports activities. Whether you want to enjoy watersports, admire natural beauty or just explore the place, here is Neo Travellers’ list of 7 best places to visit in Kovalam for a gratifying experience.

Neo Travellers’ List of Best Places To Visit in Kovalam

Lighthouse Beach

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Lighthouse Beach tops the chart of the best places to visit in Kovalam with its spectacular beauty and surroundings. This beach is famous for its 30-meter-tall lighthouse on Kurumkal Hill, a landmark that gives the beach its name. Visitors can climb 140 steps that leads to an observation deck from where they can see Poovar village on one side and Beemapalli Mosque on the other side.

Lighthouse Beach is the most happening and crowded beach. The beach is crescent shaped and is surrounded by various hotels and restaurants. These restaurants and shacks provide delicious hearty meal of various cuisines including continental and local dishes. Lighthouse Beach is also ideal for leisure and relaxation.

Things to do: You can enjoy various watersports including, paragliding, swimming, surfing and parasailing. For not-so adventure junkies, take a leisure walk on the beach during the picturesque sunsets and sunrises.

Hawah Beach

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Hawa Beach is also known Eve’s Beach and is amongst the top three famous beaches in Kovalam. Just opposite to the Lighthouse Beach, the beach is less crowded and is full of palm groves and coconut plantations. Swimming is not advised here since the currents are too strong. It is famous amongst people who prefer serenity and relaxation during vacations.

Hawah Beach is one of the best places to visit in Kovalam since it offers magnificent views of sunrise and sunset. Enjoy sunbathing, get herbal massage at this beach, or avail catamaran rides – the choice is yours!

Things to do: Sunbathing, a stroll by the beach and catamaran rides on the strong tides.

Trivia: Hawah beach was India’s first topless beach. However, topless bathing is banned now.

Samudra Beach

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The spell-binding beauty of Samudra Beach makes it one of the best places to visit in Kovalam. This is the calmest beach in Kovalam and is preferred by newlyweds for their honeymoon. Samudra Beach is less crowded and is detached from other beaches in Kovalam by a promontory and some shore crevices.

Samudra Beach is where you can enjoy the sight of shoreline fishing and watch the activities of local fishermen. There is also a mosque on the beach. Some of the luxurious hotels like Uday Samudra and Vivanta by Taj are located along its shoreline.

Things to do: Sunbathing and viewing the splendid sunrise and sunset.

Vellayani Lake

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Vellayani Lake ranks high on the list of places to visit in Kovalam. The lake is a large freshwater body that is just 7 km from the city and is a special biome comprising a wide range of flora and fauna. The lake has a mystical charm during moonlit night with crystal clear water and lush green surroundings. The lake attractions tons of tourists and locals refer to one side of the lake as Kochu Kovalam, meaning tiny Kovalam.

Things to do: Boating to explore and enjoy the landscape and surrounding ecosystem. During Onam, you can also enjoy their annual boat race, which is organised in Vellayani.

Boating charges: INR 500 per boat for 30 minutes.

Trivia: Vellayani Lake is the largest fresh water body in Thiruvananthapuram.

Halcyon Castle

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Also called Napier Museum or Kovalam Palace, Halcyon Castle was constructed as a summer retreat in 1932 by Sri Rama Varma Valiya Koil Thampuran by the consort of Her Highness, The Queen of Travancore Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bai. It was sold to the Kerala government in 1964. The castle is on a rock atop Now, Halcyon Castle has converted to a 5-star luxury hotel. As tourists, you should visit the castle to appreciate its architecture and avail the amenities if you are staying at this luxury hotel.

Things to do: Spend a night at the castle and enjoy world-class amenities.

Neyyar Dam

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Located on the Neyyar River, this gravity dam is on the Neyyar River. The dam has a beautiful lake which is the perfect picnic spot in Kovalam for tourists. Lush green and dense forest surround both dam and the lake. This forest is home to tons of wild animals like gaur, sloth bears, Nilgiri Tahr, jungle cats, Nilgiri langurs, wild elephants and deer.

Another special attraction near the dam and the lake is the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwanthari Ashram. This ashram is a must visit place in Kovalam for Yoga and Meditation practices. People from all over the world visit this ashram to relax and immerse themselves in the grand realms of Yoga.

Things to do: This is a picnic spot, go boating, and wildlife safari in the adjacent forests.

Opening hours: The Safari and the boating are available from Tuesday to Sunday, between 9 am and 4 pm. It is closed on Monday.
Boating price: Between INR 100 to 150 per head.
Safari charges: INR 250 per adult and INR 125 per child.

Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple

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Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple is one of the best places to visit in Kovalam. The temple is believed to be 2000 years old and is located on the banks of Karamana River. It is dedicated to Parasurama – the mythological originator of Kerala.

If you are holidaying around Bali Tharpanam– a festival to pay tribute to ancestors – you can witness the grandeur celebrated here. It is all worth watching!

Opening hours: Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple is open from 6 am to 6 pm.

Hope you liked this article on best places to visit in Kovalam. Do share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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