Kovalam has the special feature of adjacent beaches separated by rocks : Samudra beach, Hawah beach and Lighthouse beach. The surrounding places planted with coconut trees and the small fishermen villages add to the charm of the place. Foreign tourists and also Indians have appreciated Kovalam for a long time. On Sunday the beach is full of people coming to enjoy swimming or going for a walk on the rocks and watching sunset.
Take advantage of your stay in Kovalam to visit Trivandrum, Keraka’s capital city. East Fort area is the most interesting for tourism purpose. Here are Padmanabhaswamy temple and Puthemaliga Palace. Only Hindus can enter the temple but from outside you can admire the gopuram with its seven levels. Puthemaliga Palace is worth the visit for its architecture, the remarkable beauty of wood carving and the exhibition of Prince and family’s items. Trivandrum has many museums : Nappier Museum, Natural Historical Museum and Sri Chitra art gallery are located in the North of the city close to the Zoo.
Varkala is Famous for its beach and as a pilgrim centre. Janardhanaswamy temple is dedicated to Vishnou ; pilgrims are also coming to pay homage to Sree Narayana Guru. On Papanashan beach the strong waves don’t encourage swimming but Varkala is the only beach skirted by a cliff in south India. Varkala has a unique charm and the sight of sunset on the cliff is unforgettable.
If you like lazing on the beach and souvenirs shops, go to Varkala between October to March ; if you prefer quiet and walking alone on the cliff the best season for you is monsoon season.
Varkala and Kovalam are the most famous but Kerala from South to North has many pleasant beaches.
Mararikulam and its quiet beach are are located a few kilometers from Alleppey.
North of Kochi, on Vypeen island, Cherai Beach is a place you will love and if you like quiet palace you’ll enjoy many other small beaches.
North part of Kérala we can mentioned some towns like Bekal, Thalassery and their Forts. After visiting Kannur you can enjoy charming small beaches.