Kovalam attractions

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 Shiva …
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 views s…
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


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 mosqu…
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.
Aquarium in Kovalam

Vizhinjam Marine Research Aquarium

About 500m northwest of Kovalam's lighthouse, this small series of tanks displays fish from Kerala's waters, including lionfish and eels.
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


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