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Kovalam Travel Guide

Kovalam Beaches, Kovalam TourismA former fishing village and today the "Paradise of the South", Kovalam is about 16 kms away from Thiruvananthapuram. Brought to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore, it is a natural bay free from high waves and surges. Kovalam has three successive crescent shaped beaches and Ayurvedic massage and yoga centers, water sports facilities and a host of cultural programs make this place a popular tourist haven for visitors from around the globe.

• Agasthyakoodam, a prominent peak in the Sahyadri ranges is about 1900 meters above sea level rising up in the form of a sharp pointed cone. This peak can be approached on foot from Bonacadu (61 kms. from Thiruvananthapuram) and from Neyyar dam (32 kms).

• Aruvippuram This place is about 24 kms. from Thiruvananthapuram near Neyyattinkara. There is a small Siva Temple built by Sree Narayana Guru, attracting a large number of worshippers during the 'Sivarathri' festival. There is also a small waterfall here. Kovalam Beaches, Kovalam Tour Packages

• Padmanabhapuram Palace About 54 kms. from Thiruvananthapuram on the way to Nagarcoil, which is now in Tamil Nadu, was once the royal residence of the Travancore kings of Kerala. An old fort is situated here.

• Sarkara, ChirayinkeezhuThis famed Sarkara Bhagavathi temple at Chirayinkeezhu, is in Thiruvananthapuram district. The most important "Bharani utsavam" is a 10- day event commencing (during March-April) with Koodiyattam.

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