Kovalam literally means ‘a grove of coconut trees’ and offers an endless sight of coconut trees, quite true to its name! If you want to relax and unwind completely for a few days, this is the place for you. So come and enjoy the beautiful sights of Kovalam!
Beaches! And more Beaches!
Kovalam has 3 crescent shaped beaches separated by rocky outcroppings, in its 17 km coastline. This guide to Kovalam primarily focuses on this major attraction here, its lovely Beaches.
Note: Kovalam is not Goa 😊 it exudes a very different vibe. Its laid back & relaxed, with Reggae music in the air.
1. Lighthouse Beach
The Southernmost Beach
The most popular beach among tourists, Lighthouse Beach gets its name from the old Vizhinjam Lighthouse here which stands tall at 35 meter! A wonderful mix of shiny sand, palm trees and clear blue water make it a must visit. The stalls lining the shore offer – Delicious sea food, Ayurvedic massages and Beach-side spas.
TIP: The lighthouse can be visited between 03:00 to 05:00 pm daily.
2. Hawa Beach
The Middle Beach
A five minute walk from Lighthouse Beach is all it takes to reach – Hawa Beach. It’s named such for the topless European women who used to throng there. It was the first topless beach in India. However topless bathing is banned now. A quiet bay of blue water, with a high rock outcrop this beach makes for some pretty views on moonlit nights!
3. Samudra Beach
The Northernmost Beach
A large cliff separates this part from the southern side, so one has to take a detour past Kovalam junction to land on Samudra Beach. The local fishermen practice their trade on this part. Not many tourists throng here, but it is very popular with the locals and passing by tourist buses; and can be very crowded on weekends. It’s quiet during the week.
Things To Do
- For 360 views, go up the lighthouse!
- Walk on the beach and just marvel at the scenery.
- Get a massage, take a sunbath or go surfing.
- Watch as the fishermen bring their catch home.
- Or hire the boat from fisherman & go catch some fish on your own.
- Order some fresh fish right out of the Ocean for dinner!
- Shop trinkets & souvenirs to bring back home.
Kovalam offers a wide range of beaches and amazing experiences!
So whose ready to Chill? 😎🌴