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How To Reach Kovalam
With pleasant temperatures all year round, Kovalam, the Paradise of the South, becons you with its 17 km long stretch of pristine beaches. If not for the blue of the waves and the golden sand, here you can simply bury your face in a pillow and indulge in some serious sunbathing at Hawa Beach. For those looking for a relaxed getaway, Kovalam is the place to be. Wondering how to get to this serene beach town of Kovalam? Continue reading to know your best options.
The closest airport to Kovalam is the Trivandrum International Airport. Situated 15 kms away from Kovalam, tourists can easily get taxis at the airport to drop them to Kovalam for INR 400-500. All major domestic carriers have flights to Trivandrum from most metropolitan cities. Some international carriers like Emirates, Etihad Airways, Gulf Air, Malindo Air, Silk Air and SriLankan Airlines also fly to Trivandrum.
Located 12 kms from Kovalam, the nearest railway station is Trivandrum Central Railway Station. It is well connected with all major cities of Kerala and other major metropolitan cities of the country. One can hire a taxi, or take a bus to reach the fishing town of Kovalam from the railway station. Some of the major trains that ply to Trivandrum are Trivandrum Rajdhani, Jan Shatabdi, Vivek Express, Kerala Express, and Mumbai Kanyakumari Express. The Kozhikode Thiruvananthapuram Jan Shatabdi runs on a daily basis while the others run on a weekly basis.
Kovalam is well connected to many major cities of the south including Bengaluru, Mangalore, Trivandrum, Chennai, Nagercoil and Madurai. Government run inter-state and private buses from the neighbouring states ply to Trivandrum on a daily basis. Tourists need to take a cab or an auto from Trivandrum to Kovalam. If travelling by car, the most scenic routes to take to this beautiful town are the NH47 bypass road and the Thiruvananthapuram-Vizhinjam Road.
Getting around in Kovalam
The easiest way to go around in Kovalam is to hire a two-wheeler. Else you can also hail the ambassador taxi. The highways are a pleasant drive in case you want to rent a car. One can also use the large public bus network if you’re travelling on a budget or choose to be eco-friendly and save some fuel. For the more adventurous, there are bikes available on rent at many locations.
While in Kovalam, do not miss out on the Lighthouse beach, the most popular and bustling beach. If you’re looking for a peaceful beach to indulge in some topless sunbathing, Hawa Beach is where you should head. Do not forget to try your hand (and legs mostly) at surfing on the Leela beach. Here you can also experience a ride on the old traditional wooden boats that are rowed with bamboo paddles. The boats are perfect for a romantic sunset cruise or for snorkeling in the wee hours of the morning.