Lighthouse-Beach-Kovalam

Welcome to Kovalam: Blog the Beach

It is in human nature, while thinking of any beach, he automatically thinks of palm trees groves all around. His mind sticks to the exotic life, golden sand and abundance of coconut and sea foods.

In December, both Indians and foreign backpackers plan their epic journey to beaches of Goa, Magnetic Island of Australia and the beaches of Florida. But have you ever imaged lying in sand, having herbal body toning massage, seeing shallow waters and low tide waves? How about modern village equipped with shopping, expensive restaurants and most important 3 adjacent crescent beaches?

You can explore all such questions in the village – Welcome to Kovalam – Kerala’s unique and legendary spot.

History of Kovalam village:

Kovalam has pristine and internationally known beaches which were first brought in eyes of people by Queen of Travancore in early 1930s. From there the transforming of Kovalam begins.

While hitch-hiking Kovalam, you will notice that if you were there few decades ago, then you would have experienced a totally different Kovalam. It was completely a fishing village with tropical beaches, offering village style local seafood, fruits and place to stay.

But After 1970s, Kovalam Shot into limelight and today, this place is crowded with developed beachside having lots of hotels, shops, restaurants and resorts have being formed there. This all could happen due to increase in footprints of outsides in Kovalam.  Now this place is internationally known.

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Welcome to Kovalam – Modern Lighthouse beach view

Beaches are my one of the favorite destinations, they are quite interesting one. So I was off there to explore its beaches:

Welcome to Kovalam: Buzz

The main 3 beaches which are lined together along the coastal line of 1 Km are Lighthouse beach (Kovalam beach), Hawa beach and Samudra beach. Out of these beaches, the Lighthouse beach attracts the most. With its white sand, mesmerizing sunset, clean beach, low tidal waves and hippie culture, it is the favorite place for outsiders to trot.

The rhythmic tones of waves along with cold breeze of Arabian sea offers a lot of activities. You will see people surfing, sunbathing, swimming, yoga and Ayurvedic massage at Lighthouse beach. Another thing is shopping; handmade collectable products representing Indian culture and tradition attracts everyone.

The best time to visit Kovalam is between October to January.

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Scenic View from my hotel’s window
Quite accurate Panoramic view of the beach from my hotel window
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Not allowed Sign board for danger in swimming
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Beautiful View of Lighthouse Beach from room’s window

Don’t miss Vizhinjam Lighthouse

You cannot miss the Vizhinjam Lighthouse – the most important feature of Lighthouse beach. Take a leisure walk along the beachside, at the southern most end of the beach you will find Vizhinjam. A 30m tall lighthouse standing still at the beach end offers a wonderful panoramic view of Kovalam. Covered with greenish palm trees, can be considered to be a perfect paradise for photographers. You have to pitch up 150 steps to reach at the top.

It is hard to share the panoramic art scene of nature from the top of lighthouse in just few words. So through the series of photos I’m going to show you the artistic essence of nature.

View of Vizhinjam Lighthouse
View of one end of Kovalam from top of the lighthouse
Magical view of Palm trees with the sea and sun
An unimaginable blend of sea waves, sun-rays and palm trees
Perfect view of Mosque from the top of Lighthouse
greenish view of Poovar backwater side from Vizhinjam
A perfect Lighthouse beach view from the top
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Breath-taking panaromic view of Arabian Sea
Photography of rocks and waves by the side of beach
lighthouse surrounded by greenery palm trees

Fishermen’s activities

It was my first experience to observe the activity of fishermen. How perfectly the fishermen were coordinating while hauling their nets. They were shouting ‘haaiiii, zor laga ke haaiishaa, saath me haaiii’, meaning ‘let’s make it possible, together’. This is an energy booster thought to do such a vigorous job. You may be asked to give a helping hand to pull those nets, as I did. It was a fun for me but for them it was their living.

After the nets were out, the main chaos starts. Which fish and how much will come in whose quota. There all the coordination comes to an end. They fight like hell. It was worth watching which I could not find in city life. Happy!!

Perfect cordination between fisher men
Meters long fishing nets
many fishes, prawns, crabs and many more caught in the fishing net
Fishes were frozen down for making tasty sea food

Things to eat

Since Kovalam is developing at faster rate so finding a restaurant or any accommodation is easy. Move around the beach and you will find many good restaurants and bars. They serve varieties of food; vegetarian and non vegetarian. You could also easily found coconut water (energy booster in hot temperature).

Lots of restaurants serves tasty Kerala’s traditional Idly/vada with chutney and sambhar, Masala dosa, pizza etc and for non vegetarian we can have tasty fish tacos, crabs, prawn etc in sea food, tasty chicken sausages, boiled eggs and omlet. We could find many open bars-restaurants as well.

Amazing south Indian dish-dosa. Photo Credit
Sea food- Fish Tacos. Image taken from Paleo-leap

Cruising in Poovar backwater:

Other activity that you can do in Kovalam is cruising in Poovar backwater which is very close to beaches. It offers the scenic view of mangroves forest, bird watching, mesmerizing environment of backwater, floating restaurants offering expensive dishes!! There is Poovar beach and you can experience one of the best sunset of your life.

View of Poovar Backwaters

To know more about poovar lake and backwaters visit my blog on backwaters of Kerala.

Precious and richest Padmanabh Swamy Temple:

Once you’ll get over with the beaches, I would suggest to head towards the famous Padmanabhaswamy temple located in Trivandrum (15-20 km from Kovalam). The specialty of this temple is that it is the richest temple in India. There are hidden huge gates which are totally out of the people’s reach. Within those gates tones of gold and other precious stones (worth billions dollars) are present. These gates are permanently closed by government of India.

History of Trivandrum: While listening to the history told by my cab driver, I got to know that the Trivandrum (once Thiruvananthapuram) means “The land of Shree Anantha Padmanabhaswamy”. So this temple belongs to Lord Vishnu (Hindu’s God). In India no photography is allowed in temples.

To enter the temple, there are proper dress codes which everybody had to follow. For men there is white lungi and with bare chest and for women there is either sari or long ankle length skirt and full sleeve top is also available. Dresses are also available for rent.

Temple timing is between 3:30 AM to 7:20 PM. Entry ticket is Rs. 150/-

Shri Padmanabhaswami Temple – Photo credit – Deccan Chronicles

What I say….

Having an Ayurvedic massage, taking blessings from Lord Vishnu’s Avatar (Shri Padmanabhamswami) and exploring every corner and every angle of Kovalam Lighhouse beach. I would say that Kovalam is perfect destination to visit in December-January. The temperature is not too much high and possibility of rain is always there which makes it more wonderful.

Despit of the fact that this beach is crowded with outsiders and it is quite difficult to find a quite place, you can learn a lot from its blend of cultures.

Looking a quick escape to Kerala (especially Kovalam) this December – January? Need some help in planning your itinerary?

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26 comments

  1. Via Bella

    That is beautiful! Makes me want to go to the beach right now!
    ~ http://viabella-thebeautifullife.blogspot.com/

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks Via Bella!! Beaches are one of my favorite destinations…

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  2. Ellie Chan

    What a beautiful place! It’s important to learn the history of a place, it gives you the ability to respect the area you are visiting.

    Ellie

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    1. prateekgoel

      I’m totally agree with you!! Every place on this earth has a history which depicts a lot of things about the place, we should respect it!!

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  3. Michelle V

    These photos are lovely. It looks like an amazing place to visit.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks for your comment Michelle!! Yes, seriously… the most happening beach in Kerala..!!

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  4. Lindsey

    What a beautiful and historic place, I would love to visit one day. The fish tacos, the lighthouse the temple all look truly magical and super tasty too. x

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    1. prateekgoel

      Seriously when it comes to fish tacos, I can do anything. I’m grateful that you like it!! The presence of lighthouse makes Kovalam worth to visit!!

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  5. alisonrost

    What a wonderful place to visit. I loved the photo from the lighthouse of the beach with all of the pretty and colorful umbrellas. It reminded me of a postcard. And the temple! All of the gold is absolutely incredible

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    1. prateekgoel

      Yes Kerala is definitely a god’s own country! I’ll suggest you to plan your vacations to Kerala and experience the same. Thanks for your comment Alisonrost!!

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  6. My Teen Guide

    The Shri Padmanabhaswami Temple is so grand! You got the best hotel view and so close to the beach too. I wish I could visit Kovalam!

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thank you very much for your comment!! Yes I was lucky for such a great hotel!!

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  7. Dusica

    Wow…amazing place….stunning beaches and perfect photos!

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks Dusica!! Thanks a lot for your comment.

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  8. soulsensecoaching

    What a stunning beach front along the coast! The food looks and sounds delicious and there is certainly no lack of variety or options.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Yes, it is the top class beach in Kerala as well as in India!! Everything is perfect here! I’ll recommend you to visit it…

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  9. chiimmiii

    Beautiful pictures, quality is so clear, directly goes into bucket list. 🙂

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks a lot Chiimmiii!! I had taken these with my Fujifilms camera!

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  10. Sarah

    The photos are breathtaking, Beachside holidays are definitely a favorite here, and Kovalam village has been added to my must visit places.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Yes, I’ll reccmoed you to visit it atleast once. It’s spell bounded beauty will capture your soul! Thanks for your valuable comment!

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  11. harshrajwrites

    Great images especially the lighthouse ones. Mouth watering food pics as well. Overall very detailed article.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks a lot Harshraj!! Really the food is best at Kerala!

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  12. Vikas Maurya

    Wow! Looks that haven come on Earth.. I want to visit it…

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks a lot Vikas! Seriously Lighthouse beach is worth watching.

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  13. Karan

    Sweet attraction a default setting @ your corpus.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks a lot! It’s great to hear that you like it!

      Reply

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