If you were the one to pick 'beach person' in one of those magazine quizzes, then Kovalam is the place for you want to be. This beach town in Kerala is what every laid back traveller is looking for. Laze around at the Samudra Beach with a book or your music, where you wouldn't have to worry about tourists thronging the spot. The Lighthouse Beach comparatively remains a popular tourist destination, but the trip is oh so worth it, for it will provide you with a view of the mighty Arabian Sea like no other from the very top of the lighthouse, which at night sets the entire area intermittently ablaze with its sporadic beams. The beach also has a surf club from where one can also learn the water sport. After you are done failing and hurting yourself innumerable times, treat yourself to a rejuvenating massage at the aromatic and serenely ambient Santhigiri Ayurveda Heritage. Restaurants and cafes such as Fusion, Swiss Cafe, German Bakery and Curry Leaf are the some of the most popular ones to devour local and multinational cuisines.
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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!