While Goa is popular among the beach destinations of India, this narrow strip of land crisscrossed between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats boasts for its varied landscapes and diversified opportunities for the travelers to explore and enjoy. With serene backwaters, pristine beaches, and picturesque hill stations, Kerala is undoubtedly South India’s gem and Kovalam Beach is a delight.
A journey from Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala that lies far south in the state, to Kasargod,the northern end, sees the landscape transform from vast spread coconut palm groves to lush green forests, tranquil backwaters to action-packed beaches, and from delightful spice gardens to the majestic peaks of Sahya Mountain ranges.
Better known for its most sought destination Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram is unique and rich in culture with palatial destinations to visit and traverse. Approximately 12 kilometers from Trivandrum is a small town, Kovalam, on the shores of the Arabian Sea. The beach-town is a holiday desire among the European travelers since 1930s. Composed of three beaches, Kovalam has something to offer for every visitor with wide range of budget.
My first visit to Kovalam beach… In fact, I don’t remember when it was, but I was pretty small then. However, my last visit to Kovalam was just a couple of days back. I was returning with my family after experiencing the sunrise and sunset of Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu. Our two and a half hours of journey covering 90 kilometers was through the outlandish rock formations, affluent coconut groves, and lush paddy fields. As we parked our car to visit one of the populated beaches of Kovalam, I could see the bluish waters lapping on the shore.
A few vendors approached us with their offers. Some were selling crafts, some goodies, and some others selling the services including water-sports. I decided to ignore them, but an attractive offer of 1 hour speed boat service at a price of Rs. 800 arrested my thoughts and so my legs. Yet the Indian psychology played well on me to bargain further and earn the best possible package at Rs. 700.
We let our feet go deep in the salt waters of the sea and paced towards the speed boat. We were 3 adults and 3 children. The horizon was preparing itself for bidding farewell to its master. The water shined as the sky glew in deep orange with a tint of reddish yellow. The boat pierced the waves and we moved away from the shores. As we went farther, the beach grew smaller but the vast seashore was exotic. We could see all the three beaches but the boatman took us deeper into the blue waters of Arabian Sea and then sailed southward. He showcased the other nearby beaches and the view of palm fringed coastline. In one hour, he offered us a beautiful view of the coastal Kovalam but earned 700.00 Indian Rupees and an occupant in his homestay at Kovalam beach for the next two days. That night sitting by a cozy table, I decided to explore how to travel the world for free.
How to Reach:
Nearest Railway Station : Thiruvananthapuram Central (16 km)
Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (10 km)