Kovalam beach situated at a mere distance of 60 km from my hometown is a renowned beach and flocked by many tourists. Even though my visit to this beach happens fortuitously. Thought of visiting this beach many times but since I have been born and lived in the land adjoining sea shores. So I always ended up in visiting the nearest beach and postpone my desires to the future.
It all happened when I went to my hometown to attend my cousin’s marriage and while returning I missed my flight at Trivandrum airport. The route from Nagercoil to Trivandrum is 75 km in distance and normally it takes 2 to 2.5 hrs if traveled by bus. But it was loaded with traffic that day and it took 4.5 hrs by bus to reach the airport. The reason for the flight miss was, first I left my home late, then the traffic, and then I reached the wrong terminal. The next flight was in the evening and it was too costly so I booked the next day flight. Going back to Nagercoil and traveling again to Trivandrum will be a frantic attempt. So I called my Mami who lives in Vizhinjam which is 15 km away from the airport and I planned to stay there. And Kovalam beach is at a walking distance from my Mami’s house. I hired an autorickshaw in the airport and paid him 200 Rs to take me to the destination. By evening me and my cousin brother took a walk to the beach.
Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach and has been a favorite destination for many foreign tourists and hippies especially from Europe and Israel and to the locals and honeymooners. Kovalam has three beaches separated by rocky outcroppings and these three are the Lighthouse beach, Hawa beach, and Samudra beach. Just after strolling the Kovalam beach road we entered the bay of Hawa beach. Many Indian tourists were seen at this beach which is also a base for the local fisherman. Apart from tourists many locals often visit the beach for a leisurely walk. It is also interesting to watch the fisherman fishing in their traditional way in this beach.
Walking further and just after crossing a small cape we entered the Lighthouse beach. The southernmost beach is the one most frequented by the tourists. The lighthouse beach got its name from the 118ft old Vizhinjam lighthouse of the British era painted in red and white bands and it’s on a cape. This beach is fringed with cafes, restaurants & bars, resorts, and several ayurvedic salons. Beach bonfire and fire rings are also popular here. A plenty of lounge chair and shacks are available here so one can sit and relax to enjoy the nature’s bliss. The Lighthouse beach is the one where a huge number of foreigners and hippies can be seen.
We promenaded along the shore and went to see the lighthouse tower. We paid the entry fee of Rs 20 per adult and Rs 10 for the camera. Using the staircase of 142 steps we reached the platform at the top from where we enjoyed the breathtaking view of this falcate-shaped beach fringed with palm groves. From this observation platform, we can see Poovar in one direction and the famous Beemapalli mosque on the other side. Wind blowing at the platform atop of this lighthouse is so severe that sometimes it makes the tower to wobble, which was so scary.
We then stepped down the tower and walked on the pavement and came out to the main Kovalam beach road. And after crossing the Leela we reached Samudra beach. This beach is separated from the other by large promontory and disjointed fissures and it is less crowded compared to the other. Its seclusion is what makes it more attractive. Watching the sunset from this beach is more striking. The variety of colors such as red, orange, and yellow makes the sunset a beautiful sight.
The largest among these three beaches is the Lighthouse beach. Although if compared with other beaches in India these three beaches are smaller. But Kovalam is one of the most favorite beaches among tourists for its clean water, beach activities, tasty cuisines, ayurvedic therapies, and availability of plenty of affordable sea view resorts. By nightfall, we get back to the home.
Best time to visit:
Although Kovalam can be visited throughout the year. But September to February is considered as the best time.
How to reach here:
Kovalam is located close to Trivandrum at a distance of 14 km equally from Trivandrum Domestic Airport, Trivandrum Central Railway Station and KSRTC bus terminal.
Once you reach Trivandrum by air or rail, you may prefer hiring a taxi, autorickshaw, or a bus.