lies 10 kilometres south of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala.
Kovalam is the only beach resort of Kerala, and is very popular with the
Indian as well as international tourists. Industry is relatively small
scale in this area and the prices low. The beach is just a few minutes
walk from the village.
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 beach is
bordered with low cost lodging houses, and restaurants which offer
adequate facilities, at affordable tariffs - ideal for a long stay. The
light house on the promontory at the southern end of the beach, offers a
spectacular view across to the Vizhinjam mosque.
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. It is dotted with a few rudimentary wooden fishing