God’s own country welcomes you with its most shining jewel – Kovalam – and a string of exciting activities to partake of amidst stunning locales.
Kovalam is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful places in one of the most beautiful States in Inida, Kerala. Long feted for its gorgeous beaches, peaceful vibe and several yoga retreats organised here regularly, there are other cool things to do in Kovalam too.
For your Kovalam holiday this year, this is what you could do:
1 Book a luxury hotel room. A restful holiday in Kovalam begins with the right hotel – and we’ve got just the suggestion to make. Look for a Kovalam beach resort that has an astonishing location, impeccable architecture, superb service, and every prospect that pleases. There’s just one hotel in Kovalam that ticks all these boxes: The Leela Kovalam. This excellent beach resort in Kovalam will give you the perfect start to your holiday with the best experiences in accommodation and fine dining. It is located on top of a hill, so stunning vistas are guaranteed from every room!
* The Veli Village is worth your while…There are so many historically important places in India, that you would lose count if you were to attempt an actual list. If you like old places with interesting backstories, you should go to the Veli Tourist Village. Full of natural beauty and well maintained through the ages by successive generations of residents, it houses the area’s original indigenous inhabitants. You can explore the village, eat freshly prepared seafood, and go boating on a dreamy lake located in the village.
* Go Insta-happy at Vellavani Lake. Not only does the State have a long and wonderful coastline, it also has many freshwater lakes that are picture perfect. Whip out your smartphone and head to Vellavani Lake outside Kovalam, where you can capture the most gorgeous sunsets for your Instagram and Facebook feeds. Better still, hire a motorboat and explore the lake in all its majestic bounty with your special someone. Do drop by when the Onam festivities are on – the annual boat race in the area takes place here!
* Explore the mysteries of Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple. Have you ever wondered how cave temples were made, and what inspired our ancestors to create them? If you have a yen for the mystical and exotic, you must make a pit stop at the ancient Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple. It is cut deep inside a mountain rock and it is guaranteed to transport you to a different world full of a hushed silence and an aura of spirituality. Rock sculptures have been cut into the stone, some of them dating back a few centuries. The most remarkable aspect of this temple are the two incomplete rock statues of Lord Shiva and his wife, Parvati – nobody knows why they were not completed!
* The Neyyar Dam is a must-see. If you’re tired of doing the rounds of Kovalam’s beaches, you can pack a picnic lunch and go to the Neyyar Dam outside Thiruvananthapuram. There is a really large dam here, and a lake just some distance away where you can sit down and relax. If you’re so inclined, you can go to the famous Shivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanvanthari Ashram located here to learn new forms of yoga amidst palm trees.