The capital city of Kerala, Trivandrum, also known as Thiruvananthapuram, is a city that blends tradition and technological progress in ideal proportion. It has derived its name from the famous Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, situated in the heart of the city. Thiruvanthapuram means ‘City of Lord Anantha’.
Kovalam Beach Tourism
A city built on seven hills, Trivandrum is famous for its pristine sandy beaches, expansive shorelines with luxuriant palm tress, breezy backwaters, cultural and historical monuments etc. Trivandrum offers equal delights to the pilgrims and tourists alike with its enchanting beaches and majestic religious destinations. Mahatma Gandhi is recorded to have called this wonderful land ‘the evergreen city of India’. The presence of some of the world class beaches like Kovalam has made Trivandrum one of the most favored tourist destinations in India.
Even from the pre-independence era, Kovalam had been a paradise for tourists. The ultramarine blue waters that glistened in the sunlight have kept luring tourists from all over Europe and the Americas. Considered one of the most pristine beaches in India, Kovalam with its shallow waters and low tidal waves, emerged the favorite of beech lovers. One of the oldest and most prominent tourist enclaves in India, Kovalam emerged a real tourist hotspot in 1970s with the Hippy Trial, who thronged in the beaches of Kovalam to celebrate their unbound freedom.
Just 16 kms away from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, Kovalam flaunts three major beaches – The Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach and Samudra Beach. These three beaches together from the world renowned crescent of the Kovalam Beach. At the Southernmost part is the Lighthouse beach, with the ethereal shimmer from the Vizhinjam Lighthouse creating a celestial beauty to the nights. Hawah Beach had been a favorite spot for the European tourists, who once enjoyed here roaming topless like the Eve, from which the beach got its name. The third one, Samudra Beach is the least prominent in terms of tourist attraction. This beach is more for fishermen doing their business.
Breathtaking sea view is the uniqueness of the beaches at Kovalam. You can gaze at the foaming waves dashing against the rocks. The expansive shallow waters will let you swim freely without fear. Apart from swimming, the beaches offers a diverse choices like sunbathing, body toning massages, special cultural programs and catamaran cruising etc. The beach complex is studded with budget hotels, Ayurvedic health cottages, convention facilities, shopping zones, swimming pools, Yoga and Ayurvedic massage centers. September to March is considered to be the best time to visit Kovalam.
Sree Padmanabha temple, Veli Lake village, Zoo, Sri Chitra Art Gallery,Napier Museum, SMSM Institute, a State owned handicrafts emporium Ponmudi hill station, Shankumukam Beach, Kovalam beach, Poovar Island etc are the major sightseeing attractions at Trivandrum.
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