Kovalam is a town situated in Thiruvanthapuram city, Kerala. Kovalam is often considered as a beach town. The word “Kovalam” means a grove of coconut trees and is true to its name as it has endless sight of coconut trees. Kovalam is also called as paradise of the south.
Kovalam is well known for its beaches and beach resorts. The sea port of Vizhinjam is approximately 3 km away and is renowned for its exceptional varieties of fish, old Hindu temples, big churches and a mosque.
Kovalam was an eminent tourist spot in India during the hippy era and still is a sign of status especially among the tourists who arrive from Europe and Israel. Kovalam is finding its significance in the light of wide variety of Ayurvedic salons, restoration and rejuvenation resorts which provide these treatments to the tourists.
Some of the tourist attractions of Kovalam are as mentioned below.
- Padmanabhapuram Palace: The Palace is located at 54 kilometers away from Thiruvanthapuram across the border in Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari district; the place is located at the foot of the Veli Hills. The Palace was built in 14th century and was named as Darpakulangara. In 18th century the palace was renovated and was renamed as the Padmanabhapuram palace. The Palace is a place of sumptuous woodwork andtill the capital was shifted to Thiruvanthapuram in 1780 it was ruled by Travancore rulers Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma. The Palace has remnants of historical and creative value.
- Kaudiar Palace: This Palace belongs to Late Maharaja Sree Chitra Thirunal Bala Rama Varma and his family. Though the Palace seems to be quite old but the gate is excellent. This Palace is not open for public if you are lucky enough and the gate keeper is friendly a few steps inside the Palace can be managed.
- Anchuthengu Fort: The Fort is located 36 kilometers away from Thiruvanthapuram. The historic remains of the Fort were built by British East India Company in 17th century. Adjoining to the Fort is a notable mausoleum; relic of the first major British trading station on the Malabar Coast. This monument was built in 1880s and is an example of sturdy, long lasting fort erected in English style.
- Napier Museum: The Museum has fine collection of Kerala’s bronze, ornaments and also a model of “Tharawad” which is a traditional Nair family home.
Best time to visit Kovalam
As Kovalam has tropical dry climate therefore the best time to pay a visit to Kovalam is from September to March.
Originally posted 2013-02-06 15:33:04.