Hindu Temple in Kovalam

Rock-Cut Temple

Amid neatly tended, banyan-shaded grounds 500m north of Vizhinjam harbour, this small shrine is one of Kerala's most ancient rock-cut temples. A sculpture of Dakshinamurthy is flanked by unfinished reliefs of...

Lighthouse in Kovalam

Vizhinjam Lighthouse

Kovalam's most distinguishing feature is the working candy-striped lighthouse at the southern end of Lighthouse Beach. Climb the spiral staircase – or zip up in the lift – for vertigo-inducing, palm-drenched...

Beach in Kovalam

Lighthouse Beach

A powdery stretch of gold-and-black sand, Kovalam's main beach is notable for the candy-striped lighthouse at its southern end.

Village in Kovalam

Vizhinjam

About 1km south of Kovalam's Lighthouse Beach, Vizhinjam village has a busy harbour from where fishing boats head out each day, along with one of Kerala's earliest rock-cut temples and two distinctive seafront...

Beach in Kovalam

Samudra Beach

Around the headland north of Hawa Beach, Samudra's sandy blonde expanse is overlooked by a gold-and-green mosque and the five-star Leela resort.

Beach in Kovalam

Hawa Beach

Popular with domestic day trippers, Hawa Beach is a busy sandy strand just north of Lighthouse Beach.

Mosque in Kovalam

Mosque

Painted in gold, cream and lime green, this modern mosque sits on Samudra Beach.