Kovalam Tourism & Travel Guide

Recognised across India due to the Kovalam beach, this erstwhile fishing village of Kerala is now a bustling tourist hub. Kovalam’s seventeen kilometer long sun-doused coastline is dissected by three beaches - Lighthouse Beach on the south, the crescent-shaped Samudra Beach on the north and Hawah Beach, right at the centre is where the hippies usually head to for a more laid-back vibe usually found in the vibrant shacks parked on the shore. Surfing is one of the most sought-after things to in Kovalam and finds a place in most of the tour packages. Separately, one can surfboards and body guards at the Kovalam Beach for around ₹400 a day. Tourists can also book tour packages for Kovalam that include the delightful catamaran rides. These ancient boats (only 11 of these are registered) are operated only by local fishermen, using bamboo paddles and usually last anytime between fifteen minutes to two hours.
Best time to visit

Peak Season to visit Kovalam is from November to February, when the town ushers in winter. The weather is pleasant with the temperatures going as low as 16 degrees Celsius during these months.

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Budget

For Budget Travellers: INR 600 - 1000 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 500 - 800
  • Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 15 - 100
  • Public Transport in buses: INR 20 - 50
  • Sightseeing: INR 10 - 50
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Trips and Itineraries for Kovalam

Kovalam offers a lot of adventure to offer....

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Finally, I rested my bike on the bay of a rocky promontory. The beach, and its crescents painted on the canvas of the Arabian Sea waves. This calm retreat was a perfect end to my trip. From sunbathing at noon to Catamaran-cruising under the clear starlit sky, life didn’t seem to cease at a single wasted moment on this beach. I had thought of staying for just a night, but the tapering end of my trip got extended to a weeklong Yoga retreat, which I enjoyed as the waves hit the porch of my rented beach house. I could never get enough of my adventurous saga, yet I had to reconsider my pocket and start my journey back home. However, I realized who I actually was during my journey of finding my granddad's essence; sitting on the very same bike that he had, about 50 years back, and lying back on the sands, close to the sea, I saw his reflection within me!
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Weekend Getaways from Kovalam 

Best time to visit - April,May,June,September,October,November
This national park is the breathtaking home of a plethora of precious flora and fauna, and lies along the Western Ghats. Considered the magnum opus of Kerala, the park provides magnificent panoramic views of tea plantations and rolling hills blanketed in mist. The grasslands protect the endangered Nilgiri Tahr and harbour several other species of animals, birds and butterflies, including a new species of frog that was discovered recently. Eravikulam park becomes a sought after destination when the hill slopes get veiled by a carpet of blue, a miraculous phenomena caused by the flowering of Neelakurinji, which blooms only once in 12 years. Anamudi, translating to elephant's forehead and located within the park, is the highest peak of South India and its might and height of 8,842 ft can be enjoyed from a distance at Rajamala, from where the endangered Nilgiri Tahr can also be observed. The park provides a number of safaris for convenient and safe tourism around the park. The Kurinji Trail, which follows through misty tracks of protected animals and flowery grasslands, is a must for trekking lovers. Another famous but charming spot is the Lakkom Waterfalls, which provide an enchanting view along with an eco-shop cafeteria to eat at. Close to these falls is a log house, which offers comfortable accommodation with complimentary food and the much desired solitude and peace amidst the lap of nature.

Best Time to Visit Kovalam

Peak Season to visit Kovalam is from November to February, when the town ushers in winter. The weather is pleasant with the temperatures going as low as 16 degrees Celsius during these months.

Shoulder Season: Monsoons occur during June and August and Kovalam looks especially beautiful during these months. Be sure to carry an umbrella along if you are visiting during these months.

Off-season: March to May are the months when the tourists start thinning out. Henceforth, the accommodation costs reduce and though the weather is hot and humid, it’s the ideal time to explore the town away from the chaotic crowds.


Budget for Kovalam

For Budget Travellers: INR 600 - 1000 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 500 - 800
  • Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 15 - 100
  • Public Transport in buses: INR 20 - 50
  • Sightseeing: INR 10 - 50

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1200 to INR 3000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and resorts: INR 900 - 1000
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 200 - 500
  • Local transport in bike rentals and taxis: INR 200 - 400

For Luxury Travellers: INR 4000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 3000 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 700 and upwards
  • Local transport in taxi rentals: INR 2000 and upwards
  • Guided tours: INR 2000 and upwards


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