Formerly known as Trivandrum, Thiruvananthapuram is gateway to one of the most beautiful states in India- Kerala. Trivandrum opens the gates to a world of beaches, mountains, backwaters, wildlife sanctuaries and islands. Trivandrum is mostly serving as a gateway to Kovalam -- Kovalam is just 16 kms away from Trivandrum. The Kovalam beach has for long been known as the "Paradise of the South". "Kovalam" means a grove of coconut trees and true to its name the village offers an endless sight of coconut trees. The crescent-shaped beach has three parts. The southern most beach, and the most popular, is light house beach. It offers an amazing sight of Vizhinjam mosque. The northern, Samudra, is a laidback one and time seems stands still here. The middle, hawah, in the early day, is a beehive of activities with fishermen setting out for sea. With a high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights.
Its scenic beauty and serenity is supplemented by the availability of excellent accommodation . There are a lot of restaurants which provide western as well as Indian style food .. The grilled seafood items such as lobster, king prawns and kalamari are got fresh from the sea at Kovalam. Ayurvedic massage parlours, yoga centers and water sport facilities, makes Kovalam a popular haven for tourists from all over the globe.
A good value for money accommodation option in Kovalam, the Travancore Heritage, is a lovely sea side resort, spread out in 15 acres of well maintained coconut gardens. The resort stands on a high cliff overlooking the Arabian Sea and a long wide beach of powdery white sand.Resort is built in heritage style incorporating the local architecture styles of the area. Leisure facilities here include a swimming pool and a good Ayurveda spa. The Resort also has an activity centre, with a Library, board and card games etc.
Located on one of India's most popular beaches, Kovalam, the Taj Green Cove is spread across 10 acres of land, offering a breathtaking view of the backwater, lush landscapes, coconut palms, and unspoiled beaches. Each granite stone cottage offers natural details including wooden or tiled floors, high rafters, and Bizzaza bathroom mosaics. All cottages are light, airy, and modern. Leisure facilities include a Swimming Pool, Fitness Centre, Souvenir Shop and Outdoor hot and cold splash pools with Jacuzzi.
The Leela Kempinski, Kovalam , regarded as the best place to stay in Kovalam, has a unique setting, perched on a rock-face overlooking the Arabian Sea and is a deluxe retreat with impeccable service.The Leela Kempinski has 186 guest rooms spread over 44 acres overlooking two long beaches. The hotel is built on the rock-face, and most rooms have beautiful views due to the high elevation. The de luxe Club Wing, that is a hotel within a hotel, offers excellent sea view rooms, located high up with a separate club lounge, ocean rim infinity swimming pool and superbly furnished rooms.The Beach view wing offers sea-facing rooms designed in an ethnic Keralan theme with all modern amenities. The third wing, the Pavilion Wing has 42 rooms and is located on the ground level.There is a delightful swimming pool which opens out from the lobby on the top floor, offering truly exceptional views of the sea. Other activities include yoga, cycling, jogging, a gym and beach volleyball. The Leela also has an excellent Spa.