Kovalam has gained popularity in recent times owing to its pristine beaches, azure waters, and low tidal waves. The beaches stretching for as long as the eye can see, are ideal for swimming owing to the shallow waters. Once an uninhabited fishing village, 5 Star hotels, as well as the beach resorts in Kovalam, are teeming with tourists today. We list five places that make Kovalam worthy of your bucket list-

The Lighthouse beach

Once a fisherman port, the beach now is popular with tourists. The beach is so named because of the red and white lighthouse that adorns the beach. The 45-year-old lighthouse is still in working condition. The tower gives you the best aerial view of the surrounding village and the Arabian Sea. The waters are shallow and warm enough to go for a swim. You can also indulge in watersports like paragliding, surfing and parasailing on the beach.

Hawah beach

Known as Eve’s beach, it is just opposite to the Lighthouse beach. It is close by to most of the 5 star hotels as well as beach resorts in Kovalam. Fishermen start their everyday fishing trips from this beach. Take a morning stroll along the beach, and you would hear locals singing and chanting in their native language complemented by the chirping of the birds. The beach is quite a soothing treat for eyes as well as ears. The beach offers watersports for the adventurous and is equally relaxing for those looking to unwind. You can also enjoy a mesmerizing sunset with your loved one at the palm tree-lined shoreline. The beach is a sight to behold on a moonlit night.

Karamana River

This broad and gentle river originates in the Sahyadri ranges. The river merges with the Arabian Sea at Kovalam. There are lush green forests in the catchment area of the river. The riverbank is lined with coconut trees, pepper and rice crops. The river is perfect boating. Enjoy the scenic vistas in a houseboat as you cruise along the gentle stream. For those looking for something more exciting, the river offers you the option of canoe riding and kayaking.

Neyyar dam

The dam is a must-visit for nature lovers. Adjoining the Neyyar wildlife sanctuary, the lush green forests and the lake make for a majestic view. The beautiful lake that it forms is a picnic spot that is popular with locals and tourists alike. You can go for boating in the Dam Lake or relax and unwind on the banks with your friends and family. You can also go for a wildlife safari in the sanctuary nearby. Be it a budget accommodation or a 5 star hotel in Kovalam; they would be more than happy to arrange for a tour.

Kovalam Art gallery

The Kovalam art gallery located close the Hawah beach is a paradise for art lovers. It is home to some of the intricately painted artworks and sculpted artefacts. A well-preserved collection of rare fresco paintings and art is the star attraction of this art gallery. Post visiting the gallery, you can gorge on the lip-smacking local fare on the shops that line the nearby Hawah beach.

Kovalam is the best place to enjoy the sun, the sand and the sea. If you are planning for a trip after the monsoons be sure to make your bookings beforehand to avoid last-minute rush; as the 5 star hotels, as well as the beach resorts in Kovalam,  tend to get sold out quickly.

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