Kovalam Beach
Kovalam Beach
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  • ankushgupta3170
    Jaipur, India157 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kovlam Beach : Best Beach of Kerala
    Kovlam is within 15 km radius of Trivendrum. Connected with Air , Rail and Road. The beach offers multiple options from budget travelers to 5 Star properties. There are three smaller beaches around. A private beach with Leela Hotel is also there. Watch the fisherman going to sea and fishing. Beach is clean and safe. This beach was once on ₹10 note of India.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 6, 2023
  • Ratnesh M
    New Delhi, India576 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not as pleasant as hyped
    When I got an opportunity to visit Thiruvananthapuram, i made it a point to visit Kovalam beach, so i hired one auto for Rs. 500/- to and fro and reachd there. I was a bit disappointed as the main approach to the beach is through narrow lanes. The beach itself is not gorgeous - it is a cluster of 3 beaches side by side. Sand to is not soothing in comparison to other beaches of the country. The much hyped sun set was also a disappointment. Came back to hotel
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 3, 2023
  • Big Indian Tours
    Kochi (Cochin), India619 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kovalam Beach and Kovalam Lighthouse
    Kovalam Beach is a cluster of three pristine beaches, ideal for an evening stroll, each offering a unique experience. The scorching sun during the day contrasts with the warm and enchanting sunset, creating an unparalleled ambience. Located within a 15 km radius of Trivandrum, Kovalam Beach caters to diverse preferences, providing options from budget accommodations to luxurious 5-star properties. The clean and safe beaches are perfect for family and friends, offering opportunities to witness fishermen at sea. Kovalam's natural beauty, characterised by low tides and shallow waters, makes it a popular destination for local and international tourists. The circular shape of the beach enhances its allure. Additionally, the presence of fast food outlets and pubs adds to the beach's appeal, making it an ideal location for a memorable holiday. Kovalam Lighthouse, situated amidst the picturesque Kovalam Beach, offers visitors a breathtaking panoramic view of the Arabian Sea and its adjacent areas. Accessible through a flight of steps or an elevator, the lighthouse requires visitors to remove footwear before entering. A cafeteria below the lighthouse and parking facilities are available, with a nominal entry fee of 20/- per person and 10/- for cameras. However, it's advisable to plan visits outside the lunch break from 12:30 pm to 2 pm.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 16, 2023
  • Milena R
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place, nice beach
    It is a very nice place and really worth going. Sometimes the waves are strong and it is hard or even impossible to get in and swim. When on the beach it is disturbing that every few minutes someone wants to sell something. Some of them don't know the meaning of "no". But the rest is nice! (Sorry for my english)
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 5, 2024
  • LondonSoozieque
    London, United Kingdom139 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you love warm sea and rolling waves, this is the place for you
    This is a lovely beach. Sea is magnificent. Gently shelving and lots of rolling waves. Great fun for anyone who loves the water. Sunbeds are available at Rs.200 per person, and they are well attended by lovely Keralan men who do their best to look after you. It’s a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Aside from the locals selling scarves, which can become a little annoying, I would definitely recommend it.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 14, 2024
  • snmishra
    Bengaluru, India106 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good place for Beach Lovers
    This is a good place for those who love beaches. One can spend hours here and enjoy the sunset. This is adjacent to the lighthouse beach. So one can plan accordingly. You can also hire a Sun lounger and relax as well. Facilities like speed boat, parasailing etc...are available here.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 1, 2024
  • jacpaul
    Aluva, India2,950 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best beach in Kerala
    It’s one of the most swimmable and safest beaches in Kerala. Kovalam comprises of Hawa Beach, Lighthouse Beach and Samudra Beach. The beach shoreline is full of greenery with palm trees. Other than swimming there are facilities for surfing, snorkeling, jet skiing, parasailing and other water sports. There are plenty of restaurants and hotels near to the beach. The restaurants serve sea food, local cuisine and international cuisine as well as there are plenty of foreigners visiting and staying in this area. Though this is a major tourist destination of Kerala, the beach is not well maintained. I hope authorities pay attention to the maintenance of beach and surroundings. The best time to visit Kovalam is from September to February and you should expect big crowds during this time, especially in the evenings to watch the sunset. Kovalam is about 12 kms from Trivandrum railway station and Thampannoor the main bus station in Trivandrum. Airport is about 13 kms from Kovalam. Overall, Kovalam Beach is a great place for swimming and also enjoying the natural beauty of Kerala.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 4, 2024
  • ashuwriter
    19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique and Scenic
    Two C shaped beaches with stunning scenery. Had first seen this two years ago in 2022 April when there was no tourists rush as it was post covid season. But this time it was quite crowded ( but way lesser than goa beaches ) Presence of lifeguards is admirable feature but lack of public toilets is not so great attribute. I saw many men urinating behind coconut trees after sunset. I did't see any peculiar toilet for women.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 5, 2024
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Indus Holidays - Kerala Specialist
Kochi (Cochin), India53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Kovalam is a must visit if you have more than 5 days in Kerala. The beach is visited by locals and tourists alike. Located around 30 kms from Trivandrum, you can stay at Kovalam itself or visit the beach from Trivandrum. Staying in Kovalam will give you a chance to choose a beach front resort with excellent view. Some premium resorts / hotels have a private beach too. View from the top of light house is amazing.

The place gets very crowded during Christmas - New year season and it could be difficult to get a stay option if you don't book well in advance.
Written June 19, 2020
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Big Indian Tours
Kochi (Cochin), India619 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Kovalam Beach is a cluster of three pristine beaches, ideal for an evening stroll, each offering a unique experience. The scorching sun during the day contrasts with the warm and enchanting sunset, creating an unparalleled ambience. Located within a 15 km radius of Trivandrum, Kovalam Beach caters to diverse preferences, providing options from budget accommodations to luxurious 5-star properties.

The clean and safe beaches are perfect for family and friends, offering opportunities to witness fishermen at sea. Kovalam's natural beauty, characterised by low tides and shallow waters, makes it a popular destination for local and international tourists. The circular shape of the beach enhances its allure. Additionally, the presence of fast food outlets and pubs adds to the beach's appeal, making it an ideal location for a memorable holiday.

Kovalam Lighthouse, situated amidst the picturesque Kovalam Beach, offers visitors a breathtaking panoramic view of the Arabian Sea and its adjacent areas. Accessible through a flight of steps or an elevator, the lighthouse requires visitors to remove footwear before entering. A cafeteria below the lighthouse and parking facilities are available, with a nominal entry fee of 20/- per person and 10/- for cameras. However, it's advisable to plan visits outside the lunch break from 12:30 pm to 2 pm.
Written November 16, 2023
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jacpaul
Aluva, India2,950 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
It’s one of the most swimmable and safest beaches in Kerala. Kovalam comprises of Hawa Beach, Lighthouse Beach and Samudra Beach. The beach shoreline is full of greenery with palm trees. Other than swimming there are facilities for surfing, snorkeling, jet skiing, parasailing and other water sports.

There are plenty of restaurants and hotels near to the beach. The restaurants serve sea food, local cuisine and international cuisine as well as there are plenty of foreigners visiting and staying in this area.

Though this is a major tourist destination of Kerala, the beach is not well maintained. I hope authorities pay attention to the maintenance of beach and surroundings.

The best time to visit Kovalam is from September to February and you should expect big crowds during this time, especially in the evenings to watch the sunset. Kovalam is about 12 kms from Trivandrum railway station and Thampannoor the main bus station in Trivandrum. Airport is about 13 kms from Kovalam.

Overall, Kovalam Beach is a great place for swimming and also enjoying the natural beauty of Kerala.
Written March 4, 2024
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LondonSoozieque
London, UK139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a lovely beach. Sea is magnificent. Gently shelving and lots of rolling waves. Great fun for anyone who loves the water. Sunbeds are available at Rs.200 per person, and they are well attended by lovely Keralan men who do their best to look after you. It’s a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Aside from the locals selling scarves, which can become a little annoying, I would definitely recommend it.
Written February 14, 2024
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Jay M
Kolkata (Calcutta), India30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
Appropriate sea side destination for calm, quiet and marvellous holiday. Mainly crowded by local people who are visiting for day trip and weekends. And the foreigners. Beautiful sea and beaches. Light house beach is the best among three other beaches.
Beach side shacks are well equipped with the liquors and local Cuisines at very reasonable prices.

Good place to spend holidays with families, couples.
Written January 5, 2022
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Kissey24
Oxford, UK57 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
I have been travelling to kovalam beach for over 20 years and have always loved everything about it. The tourist there have always been made up of a wide ranching age group who all seem to accept the indian way of life. This was my first visit since covid and I'm afraid to say things have changed dramatically. There has been and influx of young russians. I suppose because they have been given free visas. They are very loud in their actions and words. Such things as drinking spirit on beach in morning and stereos playing out eastern Europe pop music doesn't go well with me. They the young russian men feel its acceptable to eat In Restaurant at night with no top on. I. Sure young English men are same in places like ibiza but I don't go to kerala to see such things as this. I'm sure kerala has suffered during covid and are keen to encourage tourist but I'm sorry to say its not what I want. I feel its not the place it was and I would like to see the old mix of young and old who were layed back and not loud.
Written March 7, 2023
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Pradip B
Kolkata (Calcutta), India1,178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
A very good beach and frequented by more foreigners than Indians. The sea is tempting for a swim / bath. Groups of people are seen playing Beach Volleyball. Walking on the Beach sand is also a fun.

Had a nice view of Sunset in the evening

Have lots of Gift shops and Eateries on the Beach Road.

Would love to come again.
Written March 2, 2020
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Sonal
31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
Stayed at Indeevaram service apartment on Kovalam beach road. The walk down Kovalam village and the beach is just a kilometre away. Every morning, had mouth watering breakfast at Coral Reef cafe at the beginning of Kovalam beach road. The beach is clean, not crowded and is dotted with restaurants.
Written April 24, 2022
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Milena R
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
It is a very nice place and really worth going.
Sometimes the waves are strong and it is hard or even impossible to get in and swim.
When on the beach it is disturbing that every few minutes someone wants to sell something. Some of them don't know the meaning of "no".
But the rest is nice!
(Sorry for my english)
Written February 5, 2024
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usharamsankar
Bengaluru, India96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
World famous beach in kerala, sothern tip state of india, with fabulous view of arabian sea, indian side. Five star, four star, three star accommodation and continental and natural kerala food available. Over the years turned as a business centre. Nearest air port is thiruvananthapuram, situated in the capital city of kerala. Lot of nearby interesting tourist attractions, both famous and unknown. Must visit for all the tourists from all continents.
Written October 16, 2021
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