One of world's great beaches, now a magnificent resort of sun,
sea and surf. A beach paradise: your time goes endless in experiencing
and enjoying the boundless blue of the Arabian Sea and the unwinding
miles of fine-sanded beaches washed by a surf which roars and
hisses at the feet of the long-standing palms. Yet Kovalam is
not just a beach resort. At the Yoga and Health Centre in a shady
grove, the intricacies and the dynamics of yoga and transcedental
meditation are taught by experts. You can try out rejuvinating
Ayurvedic massages and oil baths that date back thousands of years.
And in the quitude of the evening take in a performance of Kathakali,
the spectacular dance-drama of Kerala. Drawing from the rich heritage
of Hindu epics, Kathakali depicts in chant and dance, the tales
of gods, heroes, demons and the fabulous beasts of Indian legends.
It is richly costumed and unrivalled in dramatic splendour.
close to Thiruvananthapuram, access is hardly a consideration.
Taxis are easily available from Thiruvananthapuram and KSRTC
operates very frequent services of buses between the two
Kovalam Ashok Beach Resort, Tel: 480101 Fax: 481522.
Hotel Samudra (KTDC) , Tel: 480242, 480089.
Hotel Palmashore, Vizhinjam. Tel: 480494/495.
Hotel Neptune, Light House Beach. Tel: 480222.
Hotel Seaweed, Light House Road Tel: 480391/791
Surya Samudra, Pulinkudi, Mullur P.O. Tel: 480413; Fax:
Kadaloram Beach Resort. Tel: 481115; Fax: 62762.
Rockholm , Light House Road Tel: 480306.
Beach has numerous craft and carpet shops (usually of Tibetan,
Kashmiri and Rajasthani origin), clothing stores (ready
to wear and made to order), book exchanges, general stores
selling everything from toilet paper to sunscreen, travel
agents, yoga schools and even massage parlours. There are
also guys on the beach selling batik lungis, beach mats
and leaf paintings. Plenty of others offer cheap Kerala
Bank of India Timings : Monday to Friday from 10.30
am to 2 pm and on Saturday from 10.30 am to noon.
The Wilson Tourist Home has an official money change counter
which offers exactly the same rates and is open longer hours.
Of course, there are plenty of 'change money' people around.
is just inside the entrance to the Ashok Beach Resort.