Kovalam ( Kerala , South India)
Kovalam, about five decades ago, used to be an unknown beach hamlet of fishermen. Since unprecedented influx of 'hippies' in the seventies, transformed the small and unknown village of Kovalam into a hotspot tourist destination of Kerala. Owing to clean shallow waters and low tidal waves, the beaches of Kovalam are highly popular among the western tourists. Kovalam is a cluster of three beaches- Light House Beach, Hawah Beach and Samudra Beach. All of these three beaches are naturally separated by rocky outcroppings. Light House Beach of Kovalam is most preferred and developed beach. Hawah Beach of Kovalam were famed as nude beach as earlier western women used to enjoy beach experiences being topless. Presently, being topless is strictly prohibited. Samudra Beach of Kovalam is still being used by the fishermen for plying their trade. Kovalam tourism is now emerging as a hotspot of Ayurveda healing therapy and Yoga & meditation centre.
Kovalam Beach is 14 kms from Tiruvananthapuram. The major attraction of the town is the Kovalam Beach. The Kovalam beach is one of the finest beach of India and certainly the best beach of Kerala. Kovalam curves a crescent around a sheltered bay and its tall palms afford privacy. There are water sports available here. A visit to the nearby fishing village is also interesting.