The tiny beaches of Kovalam are a popular destination, yet the lovely beaches still maintain an air of calm. Relax on the warm palm-fringed sands, rejuvenate your senses with some ayurvedic treatments, wander along the headland or try kayaking, surfing or water-skiing. Step off the main-beach drag into the rice paddies and palm groves that stretch far inland for an even more calming atmosphere. In the evening attend a kathakali performance, Kerala’s colourful and classical form of dance is over 400 years old and combines dance, music and drama.
Kovalam has three beautiful beaches separated by rocky outcroppings along its 17 km coastline All together they form the famous crescent of the Kovalam beach. Lighthouse Beach is the most popular for tourists and is located in the south. Hawah Beach is a hive of activity and life with fishermen setting out for sea from here, and the stunning blue sea makes it extremely popular. Samudra Beach is more low key with local fishermen trading here, but still captures the beauty and charm of this region. Shallow waters make this an ideal place for swimming.
Visit the sea port of Vizhinjam, 3 km away from Kovalam which is famous for its special varieties of fish, old Hindu temples, large and imposing churches and a spectacular mosque.