Major Tourist Attractions in Kovalam
Light House Beach
Kovalam Light House Beach
Light House Beach, the southernmost beach, is the one most frequented by tourist. Lighthouse Beach got its name due to the old Vizhinjam Lighthouse located on a rocky promontory here. Its intermittent beams at night render the beach with an unearthly charm.
Hawah Beach
Kovalam Hawah Beach
Hawah Beach also called the Eve’s Beach, ranks second, in the early day, is a bee hive of activities with fishermen setting out for sea. With a high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights.
Samudra Beach
Kovalam Samudra Beach
A large promontory separates this part from the southern side. Samudra Beach doesn't have tourists thronging there or hectic business. The local fishermen ply their trade on this part. Detour past Kovalam junction to land on Samudra Beach which is to the north of Ashoka Beach.
Vizhinjam Beach
Kovalam Vizhinjam Beach
Vizhinjam Beach is lying just 15 kms from Trivandrum; this is a historic spot, which was left unnoticed for a long time. Vizhinjam was once a commercial centre for the Europeans, Portuguese and Dutch who had trade ties with the local kings. The beach offers everything that is associated with seaside destinations of Kerala.
Vizhinjm Marine Aquarium
Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium
Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium in Trivandrum, exhibits a rare collections of deep sea fishes. The collection includes Lion fish, Lobsters, clown fish, Butterfly fishes, Urchins, Corals etc
Rock Cut Cave Temple
Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave
Rock Cut Cave Temple has rock-cut sculptures dating from the 18th century at Vizhinjam located to the south of Kovalam junction. The granite cave here encloses a one-celled shrine with a loose sculpture of Vinandhara Dakshinamurthi. The outer wall of the cave depicts half-complete relics of the Hindu God Shiva with Goddess Parvathi.
Poovar Beach and Backwaters
Poovar is a small coastal village in the Trivandrum district of Kerala state, South India. This village is almost at the southern tip of Trivandrum and there is only one last village Pozhiyoor which mark the end of kerala. This village has a beautiful beach which attracts tourists. There are also some good tourist resorts.
Vellayani Lake
Vellyani Lake
Vellayani Lake, or Vellayani Kayal as known in local language, is the largest fresh water lake in Thiruvananthapuram district, of Kerala, India. A road passes through this lake; a bund has been constructed for this purpose. This lake attracts a lot of tourists. Once in Kovalam, a visitor should not allow to miss the opportunity of seeing this wonder lake of freshwater.
Karamana River
Karamana River
Karamana River is a river flowing through the Thiruvananthapuram city (also known as Trivandrum), Kerala, India. The river starts from the southern tip of the Western Ghats at Agastyar Koodam. The river flows 68 km westward and merges into the Arabian Sea at Panathura area near Kovalam. The river gets its name from Karamana, a suburb of Trivandrum city, through which it flows.
Sree Padmanabha Temple
Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple Trivandrum
Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple has much to do with Trivandrum, so much so that even the name of the city is derived from Anatha Padmanabha, the prime deity of the temple (Lord Vishnu as seen reclining on Anantha, the serpent deity). It is regarded as one of the 108 sacred Vishnu temples of India. A magnificent 100 feet high Gopuram (temple tower) is a prime attraction of the temple.
Puthen Malika Museum
Kuthiramalika Museum Trivandrum
Puthen Malika Palace, most popularly known as Kuthira Malika (Mansion of Horses), is a Palace built by Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, on the south-eastern side of Padmanabhaswamy temple in Trivandrum. A portion of Kuthira Malika has been converted to a Palace Museum that houses some of the assets owned by the Travancore Royal Family.
Veli Tourist Village
Veli Tourist Village
Veli Tourist Village is the spot where the Veli Lake meets the Arabian Sea, offers boating facilities. Pedalboats and paddleboats can be hired to explore the charms of the lagoon in a leisurely manner. For a quick ride over the waters, speed boats are available for hire. Children can also enjoy climbing over the huge sculptures which dot the landscape.
Napier Museum
Napier Museum
Napier Museum is an art and natural history museum situated in Trivandrum. Napier Museum is a landmark in the city with its unique ornamentation and architectural style with gothic roof and minarets. The museum houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings.
Sri Chitra Art Gallery
Sri Chitra Art Gallery
Sri Chitra Art Gallery is located near the Napier Museum. This art gallery opened in 1935 by the then Maharaja of Travancore, Sree Chithira Thirunal, displays original paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich; exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art in India as well as paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali.
Priyadarshini Planetarium
Priyadarshini Planetarium
Priyadarshini Planetarium opened in 1994 to the public, is one of the most versatile planetariums in the country. The main GM-11 star field projector here can project almost all the constituents of the visible universe. It can also simulate the star-studded night sky over any location on the earth, on any day up to 12,500 years back or 12,500 years into the future.
Trivandrum Zoo
Trivandrum Zoo
Trivandrum Zoo, one of the oldest in the country, was established as an adjunct to the Museum in 1857 by the erstwhile Maharaja of Travancore in order to attract more visitors. The typical iron barred, cement floored, dingy animal cages built in the past still stand as monuments of the royal style and architectural supermacy rather than being proper housing for animals.
Sanghumugham Beach
Sanghumugham Beach
Sanghumugham Beach is a favourite haunt of sunset watchers. An indoor recreation club, the matsya kanyaka (a gigantic, 35 m long sculpture of a mermaid) and a restaurant shaped like a starfish are some of the attractions here. The Chacha Nehru Traffic Training Park here gives children the opportunity to learn the traffic rules.
Agastyarkoodam Peak
Agasthyakoodam, part of the Sahyadri range of mountains, is the second highest peak in Kerala, at a height of 1890 metres above sea level. Teeming with wildlife, the forests of Agasthyakoodam abound in rare medicinal herbs and plants and brilliantly hued orchids. A bird watcher's paradise, this legendary mountain is accessible by foot from Kotoor, near Neyyar Dam, and also from Bonacaud.