Places to see, things to do…

Kovalam, a quaint fishing village, located 14 kms from Trivandrum – the capital city of Kerala, is indeed a beach paradise that has enticed travelers from near and far, for ages.

Beach & Backwaters
While you can cool your heels on the picturesque beaches of Kovalam, there is a lot that you can do and see around it. Kayaking, swimming, surfing and water skiing are just a few of the things. Apart from which, you can experience the simple life of the local fishermen and join them for a sunrise or sunset cruise in their fishing boats or canoes. Or opt for a cruise on the luxury catamarans. Or even spend a day cruising the backwaters on a traditional houseboat. Each of these offers you new possibilities and rich experiences. Marine activities include angling and deep sea fishing.

If you are looking at shopping for curious or souvenirs, you can visit the numerous handicrafts stores all around Kovalam that sell locally produced handicrafts. You may get a better deal at shops that are a little away from the beach.

Culture & Tradition
You can spend an evening watching the indigenous dance form of Kerala called Kathakali or check out Kerala’s martial art Kalarippayattu, which is so fluid and graceful that it almost resembles a dance recital. For stress release, we recommend a traditional Ayurvedic massage at our spa that will leave you rejuvenated.

Around Kovalam…

Napier Museum – Containing bronze sculptures, ornaments and a miniature of the “Tharavad” which is the traditional Nair Family home.

Kuthiramalika Palace Museum – besides giving an insight into classic Kerala architecture, sculpture and carving due to its magnificent structure, this museum contains exhibits from Travancore.

Science and Technology Museum – contains animated and interactive exhibits on all the disciplines of science.

Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium – Rare species of fish from the Vizhinjam Harbour area, maintained by scientists at the Fisheries Department, Delhi

Shri Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple – Located in Thiruvananthapuram, this temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu has a unique idol of Lord Vishnu reclining on the hood of the snake Anantha, from which the city derives its name.

Vettukad Church – 7 km from Thiruvananthapuram also has an annual celebration called “The Feast of Christ, The King”.

Shankhumugham Beach – This one is just 8 km from Thiruvananthapuram City and offers picture perfect sunsets. It is extremely close to the airport and the touristy Veli village. It is famous for its 35 m long sculpture of the “Matsyakanyaka” (mermaid) and also has a restaurant that is shaped like a starfish.

Varkala Beach – A lovely sea side retreat that has a unique blend of culture, nature and religion that only India can offer. With majestic high rising cliffs, and rich mineral springs fighting for your attention alongside the ancient Janardana Swamy Temple and the Nature Centre, you can be sure that this day trip will surely be action packed. It is a good idea to set out here, when you want to do something more than relaxing on a beach.

Koyikkal Palace – 18 km from Thiruvananthapuram and on the way to Ponmodi hill station, was built in the 15th century.

Anchuthengu Fort (56 km) - built by the British East India Company

Ponmudi – 61 km away from the city, is the awe inspiring beauty of the magnificent hill station Ponmudi. Replete with cascading waterfalls and tremendous opportunities for hiking, this should be on your must do list if you are the adventurous kind.

Padmanabhapuram Palace (74 km) – a 14th century palace

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