A picture perfect combination of the sun, sea and sand - this is possible at Covelong. It is a dream holiday destination for tourists and travellers who would like to enjoy their vacation in an ambience of peace and tranquillity.
The palm trees which form a border across the sun-soaked beaches of Covelong near Chennai, has become one of the most popular beach destinations on the Coromandel Coast in the recent times. The beach is dotted with historical monuments like forts, churches and mosques.
Covelong Beach is located in Covelong (Kovalam) which is a fishing village in Chennai. It is located at a distance of 40 km South of Chennai on the East Coast Road en route Mahabalipuram. It was a port town developed by the Nawab of Carnatic, Saadat Ali. It was taken over by the French in 1746 and destroyed by the British in 1752.
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It is one of the few places on the East Coast where windsurfing takes place. There is a surf school with a resort on the beach. Apart from its lovely white sand and clear blue waters, it is also known for its calm environment and also the water sports.
The beach has transformed itself to become one among the top beach resorts in the South. Though famous for its clear waters, it is less crowded. The Dutch built a fort in Covelong during the colonial times, which has been converted into a luxury beach resort by the Taj group of hotels.
An ancient Catholic church on the beach is a major attraction, there is also a Mosque and a temple nearby the beach.
The surroundings of the beach are pleasurable and charming and provide its visitors with an inner peace and happiness, away from the hustle and bustle of life. Flanked by attractive palm trees, magnificent white sand with attractive and colourful sea- shells, the charming beauty of this place makes it a tourist destination.
The village of Covelong is famous for its fishing activities. The fishing village attracts people from across the globe. The close proximity to Mahabalipuram and the crocodile farm, makes Covelong Beach a very popular destination.
1. Dutch Fort
The ancient Dutch Fort is one of the most visited tourist spots in the region of Covelong. The ruins of the fort, which was built by The Dutch East India Company, is one of the most preferred attractions in the small hamlet.
2. Muttukadu Backwaters
Muttukadu Backwaters is one of the favoured locations of travellers who are eager on spending a retreating weekend. The place has evolved into a picnic spot as well a place for water sports. One can experience boating, windsurfing, kayaking and canoeing here.
One can opt to go for fishing at the beach, which is a treat for the eyes in a calm setting. There are places from where the facility can be availed, with the professional fishing ferries, which you take you to the sea for fishing and then helping you take back your possession for dinner as well.
This is an activity, which you must take part in and it will surely be cherished, especially if you've never been out fishing.
4. Water Sports
Covelong Beach is famous for its water sports and down the years has been attracting tourists and adventurers from afar to taste these water sports. Experts teach you the art by self-demonstration. But this is strictly not for the weak-hearted.
It demands a lot of stamina for one to involve oneself in such sports. The waves come closer to the beach, but in the right wavelengths required for surfing.
5. Old Church Ruins
Turn around from the sea and you will come across the ruins of an old catholic church, it resembles a Dutch fort in ruins. This is for the ones who have an interest in ancient buildings and forts! It also adds to the scenic beauty of the place.