Heading to Kerala? Then Kovalam must be definitely on your list. Before visiting this place take a sneak peek at the Kovalam’s geography, climate and culture.
This quaint beach town is located just 16 km away from Thiruvananthapuram. Kovalam has three beaches separated by rock outcroppings. The Ilmenite and Monazite in the sand colour it in multiple hues of black and grey and make this beach a standout amongst the others. Though the sand appears a little dark it dazzles in the sunlight giving the beaches a serenely distinct look.
You will experience a purely tropical climate when you are on a Kovalam tour. The summers are hot whereas the monsoons are quite heavy and turbulent. The winters, just like any coastal place in Kerala, are moderately cold. Be ready to experience some tropical humidity in Kovalam. The beaches and the backwaters are usually breezy. You spend some exciting evenings here with the wind in you hair.
Culture of Kovalam
When it comes to culture, Kovalam is your little quaint Goa in Kerala. With a relaxed lifestyle and beautiful beaches, this place is quite a popular tourist destination in Kerala. The people of Kovalam are friendly and live a Susegad life. The grand Kovalam festival and the popular elephant festival are the two big occasions when celebrations take place. Kovalam tourism is at its peak during the festivals as tourists flock in to witness the spectacular festivities. Just like any city in Kerala, Kovalam is also inclined towards art and culture. It hosts South Indian music and dance performances on various occasions. The local palate consists of South Indian dishes such as fluffy idlis, crisp dosas, robust uttapams and succulent preparations of locally available seafood.
You can either travel as a hippie and go beach-hopping in Kovalam or you can experience bliss in the one of the many luxurious resorts. In addition to these, you also have the option to explore the museums and ancient temples that dot the Kerala landscape.
Some Do’s and Don’ts
1. The locals are quite friendly. When you are greeted with a warm welcome, acknowledge t with a smile.
2. Get to know, and respect, the local rules and customs while visiting places of religious significance or any rural areas.
3. Seek permission before clicking photographs of local people and inside monuments and temples.
1. Don’t venture into the sea during the high tide. Follow all the instructions stated by Kovalam tourism department.
2. As the climate here is tropical, carry your sun protection gears and other necessary products when you are heading to Kovalam.
3. Don’t litter and try to keep the place as clean as possible.
4. Don’t buy any valuables from suspicious people.
If you are planning to go on Kovalam trip, do contact SOTC.