Welcome to Kovalam
Once a calm fishing village clustered around its crescent beaches, Kovalam competes with Varkala as Kerala’s most developed resort. The touristy main stretch, Lighthouse Beach, has hotels and restaurants built up along the shore, while Hawa Beach to the north is usually crowded with day trippers heading straight from the taxi stand to the sand. Neither beach could be described as pristine, but at less than 15km from the capital it's a convenient place to have some fun by the sea, there are some promising waves (and a surf club), and it makes a good base for ayurvedic treatments and yoga courses.
About 2km further north, Samudra Beach has several upmarket resorts, restaurants and a peaceful but steep beach.