Kovalam means coconut grove; true to its name, one can find endless view of coconut trees here. Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram is a beach town located at a distance of 18 km from the city centre.
There are many places to visit in and around Kovalam and they're are popular among Kerala tourism.
The town is best known for its long stretch of coastal line called the Kovalam Beach. Historically, it was founded by Sethu Lakshmi Bayi who made a beach resort (Halcyon Castle).
Later, Kovalam became popular for the Hippie culture and slowly gained importance as a tourist attraction.
Kovalam with its amazing coastal line and beautiful surroundings provides a good space for tourism.
Kovalam Beach is a 17 km coastal line which is separated by rocks.
There are 3 main beaches in Kovalam: Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach and Samudra Beach.
Lighthouse Beach is the most popular among the three. It is well developed and the main attraction here is the light house.
Tourists can climb up the light house which has 142 steps and get an awesome view of the sea.
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Neyyar Dam is 35 km from Kovalam and is built on Neyyar River.
The dam is situated at the foot of the Western Ghats which adds to scenery of this dam.
There are also many places to visit around: Sivananda Yoga Dhanawantri Ashram, Boating , Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
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Vellayani Lake is situated at a distance of 10 km from Kovalam.
It is the largest freshwater lake in Thiruvanathapuram.
Tourists should not miss visiting Vellayani Lake as it is a scenic beauty.
During Onam, boat race in this lake attracts many tourists.
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Hawah or Hawa Beach is the 2nd popular beach in Kovalam.
It is one of the calm and neat beaches in Kovalam.
Tourists can enjoy in this cool stretch of sandy shore and the beach.
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Vizhinjam is a sea port ; it is located at a distance of 5 km from Kovalam.
Vizhinjam Beach, Vizhinjam International Sea Port and Harbour, Cave Temple, St. Mary's Church, Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium, Vizhinjam Mosque are the important places to visit in Vizhinjam.
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Valiathura is an ancient sea port; once it was the only port along the South coast of Kerala.It is around 11 km from Kovalam.
Valiathura Port lost significance after the popularity of Kochi Fort. Now a fishing coast, it is also one of the main tourist places in Kovalam.
Valiathura is famous for its pier and the godowns behind had the capacity to hold tones of cargo from the ships.
St. Anthony's Forane Church is one of the ancient churches belonging to the colonial era. It is also a popular attraction in Valiathura.
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Shankumugham Beach is a famous one in Thiruvananthapuram.
The vast stretch of the sea and the shore makes it ideal for a weekend getaway.
The beach is also considered as the presiding deity of the city (Sri Ananthapadmanabhan). Hence, it also has a religious significance.
Shankumugham Beach is located at a distance of 13 km from Kovalam and it one of the places to visit around Kovalam.
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Attukal Bhagavathy Temple
Attukal Bhagavathy Temple is a Hindu shrine which is known for the annual Attukal Pongala Festival in Kerala.
The main deity is the goddess Kannaki (Parvathi). The annual festival is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the single largest religious women gathering.
It is situated at a distance of 10 km from Kovalam and is near to Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram.
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