Kovalam’s sandy beaches are lined with palm-fringed lagoons and rocky caves. Fishermen in lungis (colorful cloth wraps) drag in nets filled with the day’s catch, then push their slender wooden boats out again with a Malayalam ”Heave ho”. Here you can spend the day loafing on warm sand or rocky outcroppings, watch the sun set, then sit back as the dimlights of distant fishing boats come on. In peak season, outdoor eateries spring up right on the beach-just point to the fish of your choice and specify how you’d like it prewpared.
Overdevelopment had nearly ruined Kovalam, but it’s experiencing something of a revival, with luxury hotels groups like Taj and Le Meridien coming to the area. The main beach, Lighthouse, has been cleaned up; the concreted promenade is lined with shops, restaurants, and budget hotels. It’s well lit at night, allowing for a pleasant evening stroll as well as some semblance of nightlife. For peace and solitude, however, stick to the secluded beaches in the villages to the north and south of Kovalam town.
Most area hotels offer ayurvedic treatments, including complete health and revitalization packages (lasting anywhere from three days to one month) in which ayurvedic doctors, masseurs, and yoga and meditation instructors team up to optimize your physical and spiritual well being. If you don’t want to commit to extended treatment, try an ayurvedic oil massage; a vigorous rubdown involving copious amounts of oil, performed on a hard wooden table by a masseur with hands like driftwood. A postsession application of an herbal powder remove most of the unguent, leaving your skin fresh. Its both invigorating and relaxing.
Driving directions - Cochin to Kovalam
Road Way : 230Km | Aprox. time- 5 hrs