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Tranquil beauty and rich heritage makes Kovalam a hot holiday spot
Kovalam is indeed a spectacular place for tourists. Located in south Kerala, it is just 16 km from Thiruvananthapuram city. There are three adjacent beaches in Kovalam which make it an internationally renowned holiday spot for beach lovers. Since the 1930’s, Kovalam is a regular holiday destination, popular among the Europeans. Perfect for beach hopping and sun bath, are favorite among the tourists and the calm water makes the tourists relax and soak in inner peace. 

The history and culture of transformation:
Kovalam speaks for its rich history and here you can smell the transformation of quiet and peaceful hamlet into a hot spot holiday destination. When we talk about the history of Kovalam, we cannot ignore the significant efforts of the Maharajah of Travancore.  The Maharaja was mesmerized by the natural splendor of Kovalam. The Maharaja spends time there for leisure. The European guests of Maharaja in later part came to know about Kovalam. By the end of 3rd decade of the 12th century, this place became popular by regular visits of European guests.
There are many festivals boasting the rich culture of Kovalam. Here I have mentioned some of the famous festivals:

Elephant race: It is an extravaganza which is arranged by the Tourism department of Kerala. In this festival you can check out the elephant march which starts from Thrissur and it ends at Thiruvananthapuram. The elephant race is concluded with cultural programs at the Kovalam beach.

Village Fair:  If you want to take a dip in the traditions and culture of Kerala, do visit the Village Fair. There are cultural programs, classical music and dance plus entire cultural event will refresh your mind and soul.

Food Festival: If you want an exotic Keralite treat for your taste buds, The Food Festival of Kovalam is the best way. Here you will experience the assortment of various Keralite dishes exhibited. This festival lasts for seven days and it is one of the most popular festivals of Kovalam.

Popular attractions in Kovalam:
Here are some must not miss attractions of Kovalam lined up:

Lighthouse Beach:
The soft sand and the turquoise water of the Lighthouse Beach pull many tourists each year. This is a perfect place for tourists who want to relax and enjoy the tranquil beauty.

Ayurveda Panchakarma Centre:
Taste the local culture of Kerala with the popular Ayurveda Panchakarma Centre. Here you can try amazingly refreshing, relaxing and unique spas.

Hawah Beach:
Hawah Beach is another popular beach in Kovalam. One of the most sought-after attractions in Kovalam, this crescent shaped beach has palm-fringed shores. Here you can enjoy amazingly delicious sea food.

Padmanabhapuram Palace:
If you would like to check out best of Kerala's architecture, the Padmanabhapuram Palace is surely your destination. Entirely made up of wood, this beautiful palace attracts tourists from all across the world. To check out the royalty of Kerala mixed with the intriguing designs, do make a visit here.   

A Dream destination for Shopping Enthusiasts: Apart from the rich culture and beautiful beaches, Kovalam is a paradise for a shopaholic's dream destination. There are many shops and shacks on the streets and they are best for kitsch shopping. From here you can buy an assorted range of souvenirs. From here you can buy funky sunglasses, local handcraft products, elegant statues and sculptures which are made up of rosewood and teakwood.  Carpets made by local craftsmen, ethnic apparels, chunky accessories are also available here. Kovalamis is also famous for its Tibetan market and traditional Kashmiri and Rajasthani emporiums. I will also recommend you to buy fresh Indian spices from the local markets of Kovalam.


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