The major attractions of Kovalam are its beaches, three beautiful crescent beaches separated by rocky promontories, and each one has its own attraction, but Kovalam has other attractions such as temples, natural places and villages.
The Crescent Beaches
The well renowned beaches of Kovalam are very beautiful, with their beaches of golden sands, and separated by rocky promontories, that calm the force of the waves and do of the beaches a quiet place. The most famous beach of Kovalam is Lighthouse Beach, located en the south of the circuit, where is located a old Lighthouse that gives the Vizhinjam Lighthouse, and around 15 kilometers from there is a monument dedicated to 15th century poets from Kovalam, the middle beach is called Eve’s or Hawa Beach, and the north beach is Ashoka, on the Ashoka beach are the Government Guest house, Halcyon Castle, the Kovalam’s Jama Masjid and a Ganapati Temple.
Near of the three crescent beaches, to north of the Ashoka Beach, this is a beautiful beach but is not possible visit it during monsoon, because the beach is covered by water and the waves crash with force in the beach and in the rocks near of the beach, and is some dangerous.
Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple
The temple is located around 15 kilometers from the Kovalam Beach; Padmanabha Swamy Temple has a beautiful Dravidian style of architecture, with innumerable pillars, intricate carvings and mural paintings, there also is a statue of Lord Padmanabha which is in reclined position, and the imposing seven storied tower makes of the temple a impressive landmark.
Shri Dharmasastha Temple
On the shore of the beach is a beautiful temple, which is visited for many foreign and local tourists during the annual festival that occur each month of January.
The Padmanabhapuram Palace located on the Veli hills, is a impressive artwork, made in beautiful woodwork reflects the Kerala Architecture, and keep beautiful 17th and 18th century murals.
Thiruvallom is the meeting of the Killi and Karama Rivers, to six kilometers from the road to Kovalam, is famous backwater rides, you can ride in boats which are available in the Thiruvallom Boat Club to Karamana. It is also famous place because is the only place that has the temple dedicated to Parashuram who is the creative God of Kerala.
This serenity lake of freshwater lake in Kerala is one of the two that exists in the state, the serenity of the lake is magical during full moon with romantic and wonderful ambience, and is the center of boat races during Onam’s festival. On side of the lake are located the Government Agricultural College and a Devi Temple.
Valliathura is an old Pier, located about 10 kilometers from Kovalam, and has a especial feature during monsoons, it is used by the fishermen in this time because they cannot launch their boats from the beach, and they carry their catamaran to the end of the pier, throw them into the sea and then they jump in and swim to their own catamaran.
The village is located to 2 kilometers from Kovalam, is a historic spot, the principal attraction is the cave Temple with its incomplete carvings of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati and the Marine Aquarium houses the world’s rarest and most exotic species of invertebrates and fish, like a squirrel fish, moon wrasse, butterfly fish, lion fish and giant turtles.
More places to visit are in Kovalam, same of beautiful; you can go around of Kovalam and visit Kowdiar Palace, Chowara, Ponmudi, Neyyar Dam, Peppara Wild Life Sanctuary, Agastyakoodam, Kuthira Malika, Koyikkal Palace, Shanghumugham Beach, Aruvi Waterfalls/Vaiyanthol, Varkala Beach, Sree Chithra Art Gallery, Veli Lagoon, The Government Art Museum, and The Zoo.