Welcome to Kovalam
It would not be wrong to say that this crescent of 3 beaches puts Kerala on more euro calendars than any other destination. In the late 1920s, the Queen Regent of the erstwhile Travancore Kingdom decided to set up a resort called the Halcyon castle on the coast. In the 1930’s her nephew, the king of the princely state started inviting his European visitors to this resort. And since then the beaches and the tourists have never looked back. Kovalam sprung into limelight in the early seventies drawing a deluge of road-trippers on their way to Ceylon making their way through the Hippie Trail. This exodus started transforming a laidback fishing village of Kerala into one of the most sought after beach bathing haunts. A large rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of idyllic waters ideal for sea bathing. The tropical sun acts so fast that one can see the faint blush of coppery tan on the skin in a matter of minutes.
Lighthouse Beach, is the touristy stretch, drawing its name from the old candy striped Vizhinjam Lighthouse located on top of the Kurumkal hillock, and stands lined with hotels and restaurants. The lighthouse, a stately 30 meters high is reputed to be the tallest in Kerala. Hawa Beach to the north is usually crowded with day-trippers and at less than 16 km from the capital it’s a convenient place to have some fun by the sea with some promising waves and a surf club. Further North, 2 kms. ahead is Samudra Beach, peaceful yet steep.
Kovalam, with its retinue of luxe resorts, surf clubs, yoga and Ayurveda centers and dining joints has become a thriving economy. Tales of adventure in Kovalam have gone beyond sun bathing with scuba diving outfits even bringing in experts from Spain, to create state of the art diving experiences. Life here is best described as between a beach and a shack with many a sundowner and euro calls in between.