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Kovalam

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Beaches · Dams · Bodies of Water
Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea. Most visitors use the town as a spot to swim and surf, or climb the 35 m (115 ft) tall lighthouse to get views over the town and the ocean. Once a popular spot for hippies, the town nowadays features a number of ayurvedic salons and yoga schools. With hotels and restaurants lined up along the shore, there are enough amenities to make for a relaxing vacation in Kovalam, although many visitors to the town come just for a one-day trip. Use our India trip itinerary site to arrange your visit to Kovalam and other destinations in India.
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Where to stay in Kovalam

A popular tourist spot since the 1960s, Kovalam offers a range of places to stay, from low-budget guesthouses on the beachfront to five-star hotels with private beaches. Kovalam and the area around it feature a large number of beach resorts, as well as an ever-growing number of ayurvedic and health resorts. Several upmarket resorts can be found about 2 km (1.2 mi) north of the town, while beachside hotels and resorts sit toward the southern part of Kovalam. Some mid-range establishments also offer views over the Arabian Sea.
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