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Tourist Places To Visit In Kovalam
Nestled in the southern end of God’s own country, Kovalam is a small beach town, just 16 kilometers away from Thiruvananthapuram. One of the more popular tourist destinations in Kerala, Kovalam has a lot to offer. Besides the ocean and the breezy atmosphere, here are our 9 top picks of the best tourist places to visit in Kovalam.
Veli Tourist Village
About 10 kilometers to the north of Thiruvananthapuram, this is a large garden on the bank of the Veli lagoon. This popular picnic spot has an array of experiences to offer such as boat rides, horse riding, a swimming pool, and a floating restaurant. There’s even something for those who love to explore. Take a walk to the Aukulam lake and be enchanted by the beauty of Kerala.
Artificial Off-Shore Coral Reef
A fine example of human-nature collaboration, this is India’s first artificial coral reef in Kovalam’s lighthouse beach. Funded by the government’s Tsunami Rehabilitation Program, a New Zealand based company constructed the reefs. The aim is to protect the shoreline from erosion, to attract marine life by creating a habitable environment and to improve fishing. This is one of the more unique places to visit in Kovalam.
Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple
Just 8 minutes away from Kovalam (2.8 kms) and about 600 meters away from the Vizhinjam beach, lies an 18th century rock cut cave temple that had remained undiscovered for many years. The walls of the granite cave are carved with exquisite but half-finished Shiva and Parvathy inscriptions. Remember, visitors are not allowed on Mondays.
Want to watch the famous snake boat race of Kerala? Head to Vellayani lake during Onam. Located just 7 kilometes from Kovalam, the locals call this popular lake kochu Kovalam (tiny Kovalam). Walk on the road that passes through the lake and enjoy the best of the natural beauty Kerala is famous for.
Enjoy boating or simply reside in a house boat on the Karamana River that flows through the capital city of Kerala, originating at the southern-most point of the Western Ghats. One of Kerala’s major rivers, the Karamana has two dams built on it. Don’t miss the Thiruvallam Boat Club. They offer kayaking, cruises and canoe rides.
If you have had enough of tourist beaches then head to Chowara beach 10 kilometres from Kovalam. This is a working beach, meaning it is frequented by locals (who live nearby) and is the hot spot for fishermen looking for a day’s catch. This busy beach is dotted with coconut trees, creating a beautiful contrast with the blue of the ocean and the golden of the sand on the beach. Also, mind the nearby ayurveda resort.
Famous for its traditional Kerala architecture, the Pabmanabhapuram Palace was built by the first of the ancient Travancore rulers Marthanda Varma in the early 17th century. Situated at the foot of Veli Hills, the palace is a maze of unending hallways, rooms, chambers and even secret passageways. Go here to take a walk through the life of the Travancore aristocracy.
Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Unfortunately only Hindus are allowed into this ancient temple. According to the records maintained by the temple, the place was founded 964 days after the start of the Kaliyug. Men need to wear dhotis and women must wear a saree to enter this temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Shri Padmanabhaswamy temple, said to be Kerala’s most visited temple, is definitely one the best places to visit in Kovalam.
Take a walk into the ocean on this 60-year-old and 214 meter long pier that extends into the Arabic sea, near Kovalam. The site is part of the ancient port of Valiyathura (once the only port along the south Kerala coast). Catch some solace and the sunset on the Valiyathura pier.