This premier holiday destination indeed unfolds its rich history to all eager travelers. This small quiet fishing hamlet of Kovalam was unveiled to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore. The European guests of the erstwhile Travancore Kingdom discovered the potential of the Kovalam beach as a perfect beach destination as early as the 1930's. However, with the deluge of the “Hippies” – the wayward western bag packers, Kovalam shot to limelight. It still has high status among the tourists, from the Europeans and the Israelis.
The northern part of Kovalam is known as the Samudra Beach. A large promontory separates this part from the southern side. Samudra Beach doesn't have tourists or shops thronging it. The local fishermen play their trade on this secluded part. This beach, dotted with a few rudimentary wooden fishing vessels, is least affected by the changing times. Due to the presence of Ilmenite and Thorazite, the sands on these beaches are partially black. Though the Light House Beach is most mesmerizing, the secluded Samudra Beach beckons with a unique flavour of solitude...where you feel more than just a guest. The fishermen in the beach offer to take visitors out in the sea while they go out for their catch of the day. Sail with them and come back as the sunset paints the horizon with a beautiful shade of ochre.
A. List of Hotels:
September to May
C. Getting there:
Massage on Beach
Deep sea dolphin spotting
Sea food gorging along with choicest drinks
There are small signs everywhere that make Kovalam what it is. Everything, from the beachside small cafes to the organic soaps, lend it the laid-back air. It's pure magic - the sun playing hide and seek through some coconut branches and then lighting up the horizon and the beaches, the sea lashing against jagged rocks and then frothing up with this effort, the local fishermen getting busy with their tiny wooden boats and then their cacophony disappearing with them in the deep sea. When it is close to twilight, my man by my side, on a sturdy rock few yards away into the sea that serves as our perch, we allow the waves to kiss our feet and gently touch our souls. A feeling of togetherness lurks every corner, a feeling that will be cherished forever. Far away, a faint haze of a ship keeps rolling along the placid waters of the mid-sea, perhaps inching to its destination, perhaps looking out for newer horizon. Call it good old nostalgia or a new found romance.....my only wish is to remain in this completely captivating paradise for eternity - a place where azure blue ocean and the glowing silky sand whisper 'sweet nothing' under the coconut-palm canopies – a place where love stands still forever.....forever.....forever.