is a quiet little town with greenery all around. Coconut, bananas,
papayas, ginger, mangoes etc are its wealth. Two beautiful adjacent
bestow glamour to Kovalam.
admire the three crescents beaches : Lighthouse Beach, Hawa Beach and
Beach that Kovalam is famous for.
southernmost Lighthouse Beach commands highest degree of popularity.
Beach, more commonly known as Hawa Beach, ranks second. All the three
very popular, the difference being narrow.
name Lighthouse is voluntarily awarded by the pet old Vizhinjam
anchored on a rocky promontory. Its intermittent glittering beams at
bestow cost-free charm of romantic hours at Kovalam.
(a stone in between) separates Hawa Beach from Lighthouse Beach. Hawa
is fairly clean. A rocky hill separates Ashoka Beach from Hawa Beach.
Castle, one of Kovalam’s landmarks, is located at Ashoka Beach.
a detour past Kovalam junction to land in Samundra Beach which is at
of Ashoka Beach. A long sea-wall gives the option of walk on. The waves
lashing on rocks below are a pretty sight.
monsoon at Kovalam : India’s
monsoon kick-starts from Kovalam. The sky drops its milk first to the
waters in Kovalam with thunder and lightning (very often) as a
of its arrival and moves to the land. Prelude to the monsoon mild to
wind emanates from south-west direction in the sea and moves on to the
land. This happens 7-8 hours in advance of the arrival of monsoon. The
cloud-drops nose-dive to the sea artistically to punch the sea-water
is a heart-warming sight. The people enjoy drenching in the first rain.
The rain comes and the people get a sigh of relief from scorching heat,
often around 42 degree Celsius.
people world over confirm Kovalam is the best place to imbibe the charm
and beauty of the arrival of monsoon. Many litterateurs, documentary
channels and televisions including BBC television prefer Kovalam to
the monsoon arrival.
Kovalam : Kovalam has become a fertile
land for Ayurvedic outlets in various hues such as ashrams, spas,
centres and resorts consequent upon the 3000-year old science of
becoming Kerala’s big tourist attraction.
is known as fishing village. It is just 2-km south of Kovalam.
Fishing Harbour is a natural port which is about to be developed as a
port for which spade work is already in progress. It is the busiest
harbour in Thiruvananthapuram district humming with activities all the
days. The sight of hundreds of fishing boats crowding on the harbour is
delighting. See them from distance as the fish-foul smell is nauseating.
is a Marine Aquarium near Theatre junction. Though housed in a shabby
it is a treasure of marine products. Clownfish of Finding Nemo fame,
wrasse, squirrelfish, lionfish, butterflyfish, giant turtles,
aggressive surgeonfish, deadly piranhas, sharks etc are few among the
Aquarium has mastered in the
production technique. The technic seems simple but needs perfection. A
mould made of lime is implanted into the pearl oyster. After two to
months a moulded pearl is ready. The images of Christ, Virgin Mary,
of Hindu gods and goddesses are displayed in the Aquarium.
is an 18th century old Cave Temple near Vizhinjam junction. It has
idol of Shiva and goddess Parvathi on the outside. Inside there is a
shrine. Being a Cave Temple (very few in Kerala) many devotees and
visit here. As against other temples, one day, that is Monday, is
just 6-km south of Vizhinjam, is a fishing village. It has a long
of white sanded quiet beach. Being a fishing village, it is a common
sight that eagles and kites circle above the sea near the beach.
is a hill-top Ayyappa temple which overlooks the beach. Here there is a
56-day long festival beginning from November 15 and ending on January
which is attended by many.
Chowara there is Azhimalathura beach which stretches long. This is the
only beach in Kerala not eroded by sea. In contrast, the sea is
Pulikudi-Azhimala Shiva temple is near here. The surroundings of the
are lovely and enchanting.
Matha church is also located here on the beach side. This is a very
church. Sunday, Monday and Friday are the Mass days.
8-km north of Kovalam, is the place where Killi and Karamana rivers
each other. Thiruvallam Boat Club arranges boat ride to Karamana and
there is a quiet beach called Pozhikkara beach where Parvathy Puthanaar
river and Karamana river succumb to the sea.
has only one temple dedicated to the legendary creator of Kerala,
which is located near here. The devotees and others throng to this
Here the main festival is Arattu in the month of Thulam
Vavu Bali is also conducted in Karkidakam (July-August) when large
of Hindus gathers to perform rites for the departed souls of dear and
7-km from Kovalam via Poonkulam junction. The 750-hectre giant lake is
a freshwater lake, one of the two in Kerala. The other one is in
in Kollam district. A road passes through this lake, a rare sight. This
lake attracts many people. Once in Kovalam, a visitor should not allow
to miss the opportunity of seeing this wonder lake of freshwater. Its
calm water, especially during moonlit nights, is a craze for the minds.
The locals say a side of the lake is Kochu Kovalam, meaning tiny
is a boat race in the lake during Onam which attracts huge crow.
boat is available from Kovalam beach to reach the lake.
campus of Government Agricultural College is nearby. The main building
of the College was built by the erstwhile Travancore royal family as
is a Devi temple 300-m away from the lake. A festival called Vellayani
Mahotsav is celebrated in the temple once in every three years. The
prolongs to 54 days. The next festival is due in 2008
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