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About Kovalam
Kovalam is the only beach resort of Kerala, and is very popular with the Indian as well as international tourists. Kovalam consists of three successive small crescent beaches; the southern most known as Lighthouse Beach, is where most of the visitors spend their time. The middle beach, overlooked from a rocky headland by the five star Ashok Radisson resort, functions each morning as a base for local fishers. North of Ashok, is the third beach which is very little affected by the changing times.
 
KOVALAM HISTORY :-
The city, according to the legends, boasts of being associated with King Solomon whose ships landed at a port called Ophir. Traders have been coming to these parts as far back as 190 ad for spices, sandalwood, and ivory. The city derives its name from the deity at the Sree Anantha Padmanabhaswami Temple, one of the major landmarks of the place. The name of the city is derived from the words Thiru-Anantha-Puram, meaning the town of Anantha. Although no records of the antiquity of the temple really exists, the temple nevertheless is believed to be several thousands years old. Kovalam shot into prominence in the 18th century when the capital was shifted here from Padmanabhapuram, a little down south. The erstwhile kings of the then Travancore State, taking on the title of Padmanabhadas (servant of Lord), had dedicated themselves completely to the service of the Lord residing in the temple here. By the terms of this dedication, the deity owns the kingdom while the king is the mere executor of the trust. After independence, the city was designated as the capital of Kerala.
 

KOVALAM TOURIST ATTRACTIONS :-

Kovalam Beach Ponmudi Varkala Neyyar Dam
Backwaters Samudra Beach Hawa Beach Lighthouse Beach
 

Festivals

The great Elephant race: This Kovalam festival is an extravaganza and it continues for days. Arranged by the Tourism department of Kerala, 101 caparisoned Elephants are marched from Thrissur to Thiruvananthapuram. This festival is concluded at the Kovalam beach which is accompanied by cultural programs and barbecues.

The Village Fair: Very near Kovalam, an entire tradition Keralite village is re created in order to present the tourists with the idea of true Keralian traditions. This display is twined with cultural programs including classical dances.

Food Festival: This festival, as the name indicates, is a treat for the taste buds. An exhibition of all kinds of Indian cuisine continues for seven long days. It is a perfect place for the tourists to check out the special Indian delicacies and is also one of the most popular festivals of Kovalam.

 
KOVALAM AT A GLANCE :-
Kovalam Facts & Figures
State Kerala
Beach Area 4 km
Rainfall 170 cm
Altitude Sea Level
Languages Malayalam, English, Hindi, Tamil
STD Code 0422
Best Season to Visit September to March

  Kovalam Facts and Figures
  Altitude :   Sea Level.
 

  How to Reach Kovalam
Air : Nearest Airport - Trivandrum (20 kms). Indian Air Lines , Air India, Air Lanka, East West Airlines and Gulf Air operate direct service from Trivandrum to Delhi, Bombay, Madras, Goa, Bangalore, Cochin, Calicut, in addition to international services to Sri Lanka, Maldives, Gulf countries and Singapore.
Rail : Nearest rail head is Trivandrum Central. Trivandrum is connected by rail with many important cities. Road Kovalam is connected by road with several tourist destinations within Kerala and India.
Road : Coaches, Tourist taxies and Autorickshaws are available.
 

In and Around Kovalam
 Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple
14 Kilometers away from Kovalam  at Trivandrum The imposing seven storied tower makes it the most impressive landmark  in the city. The temple is an excellent example of the dravidian style of architecture. There are innumerable  pillars, intricate carvings, and mural paintings.
 
 Veli Lagoon

Delightful waterfront park.An ideal picnic spot where the lake merges with sea. The wadingpool,gardens,exquisite sculptures, a floating bridge and a wide range of aqua sports facilities.

 
 Shanghumugham Beach
It is popular city beach adjacent to the airport. An indoor recreation club, children's  traffic training park and a star shaped restaurant these are some of the facilities that are available at the beach.
 
 The Govt. Art Museum
Formally known as "Napier Museum" name dafter a former Madras Governer General, John Napier. It is a gem of architectural exuberance, combining traditional Kerala styles and good doses of Chinese and Mughal Influences. 
 
 Neyyar Dam
29km from Thiruvananthapuram is Neyyar Dam a picnic spot and dam site. There are facilities for boating at the reservoir. There is a lion safari park and crocodile farm.
 
 Vizhinjam
Lying just 15kms from the state capital, that is a historic spot, which was left unnoticed for a long time. The capital of Ay-Vel kings of the   8th-9th century, the only thing that was withstood time is a rock temple, as signed to the period of the Cheras because of a strong influence to the Pallava Pandya architecture. The rock temple is just a little off the main junction and is a protected monument under the Archeological Survey of India.
 

Wildlife in Thiruvananthapuram District
 Peppara Tiger Reserve  
 

Stay in Kovalam Hotels
 Hotel Somatheeram Ayurveda  Hotel Le Meridien
 Hotel Best Western  Palm Shore Beach Resort
 Hotel Uady Samudra  

 
 
 
List of Kovalam hotels