Alappuzha beach also known
as Alleppey beach is one of the most popular spots in the
district of Alappuzha. The pier, which extends into the sea here,
is around 140 years old.
With the Arabian Sea on the west and a vast network of lakes,
lagoons and several freshwater rivers criss-crossing it,
Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty.
Referred to as the Venice of the East by travellers from across
the world, this Backwater Country is also
home to diverse animal
and bird life. By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town
has always enjoyed
unique place in the maritime history of Kerala.
Today, Alappuzha has grown in importance as a Backwater Tourist
Centre, attracting several
thousands of foreign tourists each
year. Alappuzha is also famous for its Boat races, Houseboat
Holidays, Beaches, Marine Products and Coir Industry.
Entertainment facilities at the Vijaya Beach Park add to the
attraction of the Alappuzha beach. There is also an old
lighthouse nearby that is of immense interest for the
On the Malabar coast along
the Kerala shore line is a small village, called Kovalam. This
sleepy town suddenly came on the tourist map when its fabulous
beaches were discovered.
Today Kovalam has become one of the most popular beach hangouts
in India. Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and truly the
coconut trees along the beaches gives it a ravishing look.
The palm-fringed bays in secluded coconut groves, promise a
relaxed stay. The boundless blue waters of the Arabian Sea and
miles of white sands washed away by the surf at the feet of the
stalwart palms and the rocky promontories, makes this beach
paradise. This marvellous beach is a tourist's dream come
A sheltered natural bay with cool soothing palms and gentle
waves. Where when you are tired of aquatics, swimming or
sunbathing, you can explore the handicrafts, jewellery and cloth
shops spread along the waterfront. Not to speak of the delightful
sea-food fare including lobsters available at the beachside
The crescent-shaped beaches of Kovalam can be divided in three
parts. The southern most beach, and the most popular, is the
Lighthouse Beach. Further south on the beach one can have a
spectacular view of the Vizhinzam mosque. Photography is
The middle beach is called Hawah. Each morning this beach acts as
a base for the local fisherman. The northern most beach, Samudra,
is least affected of all by the changing times.It is dotted with
few rudimentary wooden fishing vessels.
In the evening the quiet atmosphere of the place is enlivened by
Kathakali performances, the classical dance-drama of Kerala. This
mellow Kerala coastal village was once a picturesque settlement
built next to two palm-fringed coves enclosed by rocky headlands,
but development has been almost unplanned.
There's a plethora of places to stay, ranging from cheap concrete
boxes to up-market resorts, and a large number of under-equipped
restaurants catering to standard Asian travellers' menus. The
ITDC-run Ashoka and the Kerala tourism department's 'Samudra' at
the Kovalam beach provide five-star accommodation.
There are other hotels as well to suit every pocket. Kovalam is
developing not only as a beach resort but is fast developing as a
Yoga and health center. One can have Ayurvedic massages and oil
baths or learn the intricacies and dynamics of Yoga and
meditation taught by experts.
Kovalam can be reached by direct and regular bus services from
Thiruvananthapuram. Buses also link the place from Ernakulam,
Kanyakumari and Periyar wildlife sanctuary. Thiruvananthapuram
Airport and Railway head serves the requirements of Kovalam.