Kovalam beach is a popular tourist place to visit in Trivandrum, Kerala. Its a long rocky beach with less sand, but a lot of water and waves. There are AC busses that ply regularly from Trivandrum main bus-stand to this Kovalam beach, which is located around 13 KM from the city.
One needs to enter the beach through a narrow lane (going down) filled with a lot of shops / resorts on both sides. It seems this beach is famous for its ayurvedic treatments. The sand in this beach has an ash colour for the most part!
It seems there are three beaches in this beach complex which are separated by rocky enclaves. We walked through the first one and then went over the rocks for the view. The view from the rocks and the splashing of the water is the best part of this beach!
People can stay in the resorts around this beach, if they want to. It seems this beach was made popular by the Hippies visiting India during 1970’s. It seems there are many tourists coming here from Europe and Israel. I didn’t go into the waters, but there seems to be a long stretch of shallow waters here, which makes it a good place for swimming.
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