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Sightseeing and Things to do in Kovalam

Last Updated: 30 Nov 2009 4 Contributors

Kovalam offers an exciting range of things to do that suit everyone’s interest. Be it history & culture, adventure or Ayurveda. Kovalam is culturally & historically rich with its temples, forts and palaces which date back to 17th century. The traditions and festivals are fascinating too, with Onam being the most popular, that is celebrated to mark the onset of harvesting season. For a relaxed & leisure holiday, one can opt for the Ayurvedic messages, which are famous all over the world. Ayurvedic massage is a good way to recharge and rejuvenate yourself. Kovalam is a wonderful place to shop as well. One can choose from a wide array of handicrafts to junk jewellery, bags and clothes.


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ccprasad on 11 Sep 2007

Though we spent a better part of out time at the beaches, we did visit the various mosques and temples located nearby. The Kovalam Sri Dharmasastha temple and the Ganpati temple always attracted a huge crowd and this time too it was no exception. Other places which we also visited included the Vizhijam Cave temple which is some 2 km away from Kovalam is well known for its half carved images of Shiva & Parvati; the Marine Aquarium which housed various types of fishes from the clown fish to lion fish to giant turtles.

Bob Symn on 11 Sep 2007

Kerala is famous for Ayurveda and Kovalam is no exception. But do make sure to go to registered Ayurvedic practitioners and consult your hotel in this regard.

Things to do: History and Culture

Napier Museum

OK Rated #1 out of 32 attractions in Kovalam

The museum contains a fine collection of Kerala''s bronzes, ornaments and costumes, and a model of "Tharawad''-the traditional Nair family home. The Napier Museum is an absolute gem of architectural e... More

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Shri Dharmasastha Temple

OK Rated #2 out of 32 attractions in Kovalam

This temple attracts a whole lot of visitors during the annual festival held in the month of January. The temple is open to the public on Fridays and on the Aayilyam days of Malyalam calendar.

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Beema Palli

OK Rated #2 out of 32 attractions in Kovalam

Located at 5 km south of Trivandrum it is an important Muslim pilgrim centre dedicated to Beema Beevi, a pious Muslim lady believed to have possessed divine powers. Devotees of all faiths visit the mo... More

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Things to do: Zoos & Amusement Parks

Vizhinjam Village

OK Rated #1 out of 32 attractions in Kovalam

At a distance of around 2 km from Kovalam town, the village of Vizhinjam has a number of attractions stored within its area. Prominent among these are the Cave Temple with unfinished carvings of Lord ... More

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Things to do: Fairs, Festivals & Events

Gramam- The Kerala Village Fair

OK Rated #1 out of 32 attractions in Kovalam

Life in the 40s recreated in a hamlet with an amazing display of rare curios, traditional houses, village artisans at work, art forms nearing extinction, and sale of exquisite handicrafts and costumes... More

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The Great Elephant March

OK Rated #1 out of 32 attractions in Kovalam

The Great Elephant March happens from January 9th – 12th when a hundred odd tuskers, decked up in festive style parade before tourists. One can take elephant rides and feed the elephant as well.

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Cultural Programs

OK Rated #4 out of 32 attractions in Kovalam

Some theatres perform the traditional Kerala art form, Kathakali and ethnic martial art, Kalarippayattu. Jalatharangam Seaside Cultural Evenings are organized by Kerala tourism every Friday, Saturday ... More

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Things to do: Tours Nearby

Ponmudi

OK Rated #2 out of 32 attractions in Kovalam

It is a beautiful hill station which is around 61 km away from Kovalam. It is a place blessed by scenic beauty beautiful mountains and the landscapes. A number of tea plantations can be seen all over ... More

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Veli Tourist Village

OK Rated #4 out of 32 attractions in Kovalam

Located near the airport this popular picnic spot offers landscaped gardens and water-sports facilities. Pedal boats, rowboats, and motored boats are available and also a ferry ride.

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Thiruvallam

OK Rated #1 out of 32 attractions in Kovalam

Around 8 km from Kovalam on the road to Trivandrum is Thiruvallom where the Killi and Karamana rivers meet. This is a perfect place to enjoy boat rides. Thiruvallom is also famous because it happens t... More

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Things to do: Wellness

Ayurveda At Aazhimala Beach Resort

OK Rated #7 out of 32 attractions in Kovalam

Aazhimala Beach Resort is an Ayurvedic resort that is located towards the south of Kovalam in Trivandrum and offers panoramic views of the sprawling coastline. The resort offers wide range of ayurvedi... More

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Dr. Franklins Panchakarma Institute & Research Centre

OK Rated #1 out of 32 attractions in Kovalam

Dr. Franklin''s Panchakarma Institute & Research Centre is located at the post card pretty settings of Chowara in South Kovalam, Trivandrum. This unique centre for authentic Ayurveda, Yoga & Meditatio... More

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Things to do: Beaches

Pozhikkara Beach

OK Rated #1 out of 32 attractions in Kovalam

This is another picturesque beach near Kovalam. The serene and calm atmosphere draws many people to this place every year. It is famous for the various beautiful sea birds that visit this place and is... More

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Sankhumugham Beach

OK Rated #8 out of 32 attractions in Kovalam

Located 8 km from Thiruvananthapuram city, the Shankhumugham Beach is a favorite haunt of sunset watchers. The beach is adjacent to the Thiruvananthapuram Airport and Veli Tourist Village. The ''Matsy... More

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Varkala Beach

OK Rated #5 out of 32 attractions in Kovalam

Varkala is a sea side resort, as well as an important Hindu centre of pilgrimage. There is an ancient Janardana Swamy Temple and the Nature Centre which are the two main attractions here. High cliffs ... More

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