If you are looking for a great destination to spend your vacation and unwind leaving all your cares and worries behind, eat, drink or just commune with nature - Kovalam is the finest choice you can make.
Kovalam – The mere mention of the word conjures up visions of sun kissed beaches, rolling waves, lush palm front and above all, the grand panoramic view of the Arabian Sea stretching to the horizon. Situated at the southern tip of Indian peninsula, this tropical paradise tops the list of hottest destinations in the tourism map of the world.
Kovalam lies about 18km from the Trivandrum city and as one approaches the beach through the winding roads the glimpses of the beach through the coconut groves give a sense of anticipation .One can see shops lining up on the road side selling souvenir handicrafts and other Bric-a-brac to entice the tourists. The three crescent shaped beaches, the waves crashing on to the roads, the green coconut groves all add to the picturesque ambience.
The light house is an imposing sight that gives an old-world charm to the scenery. It is said that the 360 degree view from the top of the light house is breath taking. One can see the city of Trivandrum for miles and the ocean on the other side to infinity.
The hotels that dot the landscape also add to the beauty of Kovalam with their unique architecture both traditional and contemporary. The four star hotels of Kovalam are the most sought after as the amenities and services offered by them are excellent compared to those of other hotels in other tourist destinations of the state. They are much cheaper compared to 5star hotels and resorts and also their services are flexible according to the guest’s requirements.
In Kovalam tourists season begin with September and lasts till May. Tourists arrive from all over the globe in charted flights which are arranged well in advance. With the onset of tourist season, the beaches come alive with the holiday travellers, honeymooners and also domestic tourists, making most of the sun, sand and the surf.
Kovalam apart from being the finest beach destination has much to offer by way of health tourism too. Foreign tourists who visit Kovalam also find time to spend in the Ayurvedic health resorts where they can experience the traditional ayurvedic treatments like oil massage, panchakarma etc for rejuvenation.
Lately, Kovalam is beginning to be known as an ideal destination for couples who want to get married in exotic ambience. The place has caught the fancy of the super rich fashionable venue for theme-based weddings on lavish scales.
The picture is not all rosy as far as this tropical paradise is concerned. Kovalam has its own set of problems. Sanitation, waste disposal and drainage leave much to be desired. The beach is often cluttered with debris and other waste materials. Another serious problem is the canine population. The stray dogs are numerous and they have a free run of the beach. Incidents of tourists getting bitten by stray dogs are not rare.
It seems that the authorities have begun to take note of the situation and take the necessary steps to restore the allure and beauty of the place.
So, if you are looking for a great destination to spend your vacation and unwind leaving all your cares and worries behind, eat, drink or just commune with nature – Kovalam is the finest choice you can make.