Kovalam Things to Do

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    The Sunglasses Man!

    by suvanki Updated Jan 9, 2008

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    You'll probably hear this man before you see him, with his distinctive 'sing - song' call "Sunglasses!" He walks up and down the beach with his selection of sunglasses festooned around his body!
    He also does a side line in coconut oil.

    It's not certain as to whether he's actually sold a pair of sunglasses yet, but whenever I saw him he was smiling! He is legendary for his friendly nature, always ready for a chat, but he's not a pushy salesman!

    This man is a legend in Kovalam, he's featured in holiday brochures ( for many years), and travel articles/ sunday supplements etc. plus, the group - Geezers of Nazareths' single "Sunglasses" is about this man!

    Afraid my photo of Sammy didn't come out :-(

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    The Beaches!!

    by suvanki Updated Jan 9, 2008

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    Most of Kovalam life revolves around its beaches (Lighthouse, Hawa, Samudra, and Rock) Lighthouse Beach probably being the busiest
    06.00 onwards
    Early morning Sunrise - Expect to see a few souls performing yoga etc, people walking, enjoying the cooler air.

    07.00 ish
    As the day begins, fishermen/restaurant workers/shopkeepers go about their daily business. Fruit sellers/vendors start plying for business.

    08.00 ish
    Smells of food ..breakfast cooking, blends in with the sunlotion being applied by serious sun worshippers. Bars and shops start cranking up the music! (usually traditional Indian music, with some Western sounds)

    10.00ish
    The beach gets livelier with games of volleyball/swimming etc. Holidaymakers and students/locals walking along the beach. Chatting, or stopping to shop or eat/ drink at the many beachside shacks.

    11.00ish
    The fishermen can be seen and heard, singing and chatting as they haul in the catch, which is then sold to the nearby restaurants

    1900ish
    As the sun starts to set, people wander to the rooftop bars to enjoy a sundowner, or gather on the rocks near Hawa Beach to cheer and clap at the sunset. The smell of charcoal/ wood burning as grills are prepared to cook the variety of food on offer

    20.00 ish onwards
    Night activity continues, with another change in atmosphere. Eating/drinking/people watching/parading and shopping all go on with a backdrop of light from colourful lanterns (or candles/oil lamps if the powers off) Music live or recorded can be heard from the bars and restaurants, mingled with a variety of languages being spoken.

    Around midnight, restaurants usually close or are closing, shops are locked up for the night, as people wander back to their hotels, ready to start again tomorrow.

    Lighthouse Beach
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    Ride an Elephant!

    by suvanki Updated Nov 18, 2007

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    Not in Kovalam, but at a village called Chirakarathazham, near Paravur. I went as part of an organised tour with Manos, but you should be able to book in resort through hotels/tour offices/taxi driver. Probably about an hour away (sorry, I don't wear a watch when I'm away)
    There are 18 elephants owned by Mr Shaji, who used to rent them out for Temple rituals etc, but recently saw this venture as a tourism promotion.

    You have the chance to feed the elephants bunches of bananas, ride them....bareback, like sitting on a huge leather sofa, and bath them...getting into the water and scrubbing them with soap and coconut shells..the elephants seemed to really enjoy this and the attention they were getting.

    They also demonstrated their party tricks of placing a garland of flowers over a volunteers head, using their trunk, and also helping the mahout to embark, by raising their leg to hoist him onto their backs.

    I don't usually enjoy performing animals, but this wasn't too bad.

    Apparently this is a fairly new venture, but will hopefully bring some money into the area, and continue the well being of the elephants.

    The rest of the day was spent on the backwaters (another must do) Aqua Serena Resort (for buffet lunch..swimming pool too)and Varkala Beach (42km north of Trivandrum) Beach at foot of cliff..steep walk down, and even steeper climbing back up!), but worth it for the soft sand and warm sea.

    This trip cost GBP30, but can probably be done cheaper if arranged independently

    Me riding Elephant Aqua Serena Varkala Beach
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    Lonely Planet cookery class

    by BlueLlama Updated Jun 16, 2007

    This actually wasn't so much a lesson in how to make specific dishes as a method. The chef, Siva, is just a little bit enthusiastic about this method, which basically centres on making a large amount of curry gravy, dicing lots of vegetables and then using them thoughout the week to make a variety of curries in around five minutes. All of this is explained at breakneck speed before participants are hauled up to have a go...

    If (like me) you don't particularly fancy eating curry every day of the week, don't be put off. In fact, it is a small miracle how each of the curries can emerge in a matter of minutes from a simple gravy. It's the gravy that makes it, yet is something you never find in cookery books. I've tried for years at home to make authentic curries and it's been hit and miss - this shows just how simple it is.

    Siva is a real showman, his enthusiasm is infectious and the demonstration is a lot of fun. I've never seen vegetables chopped as quickly as by his assistant. I personally wasn't keen on Kovalam, found it seedy, but this put a smile on my face. You certainly won't leave hungry.

    Warning - write down the ingredients and measures as Siva describes them. The measurements in his book (on sale as you exit) are wildly inaccurate! Though it is worth buying for other ideas.

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  • Taxi....

    by kernboy Written Jun 10, 2007

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    From Kovalam there's a lot you can see and do, there's a travel agent of sorts you can book day trips etc from just up the beach beside the Sea Breeze restaurant. For trips further a field go to them early. Most of your tours will be booked with a taxi driver, sometimes he'll have basic english and sometimes he'll have perfect English but it could mean the difference between buying banana's to feed the elephants with or not.
    I'd recommend the following, take the day trip to Kanyakumari, you'll get to see the old Suchindrum temple near Nagercoil, 3500 years old and still working (play the musical stone pipes), the old wooden Padmanabhapuram palace near Thuckalay and the Thiruvalluvar Statue in Kanyakumari itself, I'd take the boat ride out to it to really get a view of it and just to see the size of it. One thing we heard about while on another trip was the 51 Elephant festival, just north of Quilon. It's a big festival but not very well known by tourists, it was only by chance we heard about it and found out where it was on.

    Thiruvalluvar Statue in Kanyakumari Thiruvalluvar Statue in Kanyakumari Part of Padmanabhapuram palace. Kanyakumari 51 Elephant Festival
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    Padmanabhaswamy temple in Trivandrum

    by paul-motley Written Apr 16, 2007

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    Jump in a rickshaw or taxi and visit the capital of Trivandrum some 7KL away, on the East Fort side you will find the Padmanabhaswamy temple. The temple is only open to Hindus but you can marvel of course at its architecture and there are plenty of people there who will tell you its history in hope a donation. My Indian friend was allowed in after being given the correct attire. Next door to the Temple is the Maharajas Palace which admittance is a few rupees, a tour guide will give you all the history and conduct a very in depth tour. The guide will be quite open at the end of the tour that he makes his money from tips and was also quick enough to say that our tip wasn’t sizable enough, a bit blatant but not o fortune out of our western pockets.

    Padmanabhaswamy temple in Trivandrum My Anglo-Asian friend in suitable dress Padmanabhaswamy temple standing tall

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    Backwaters

    by paul-motley Updated Apr 16, 2007

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    Many choices of backwater tours, haggle hard. We arranged ours through our taxi driver and incuded the price of a taxi. The idea of 3 days on the boat seems very romantic but after dark falls it can be very boring as sitting on deck means an influx of insects which are attracted by light. It's a pity that nets cannot be drawn around the deck to make it more comfortable. One day and night is sufficient for this beautifull experience, as dark falls the views have gone and so has the atmosphere, perhaps a stop off point to eat, drink and mingle in the evenings would be advantagous.

    Tranquillity Back Seat Drivers Local Sports Love the sunshade
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    The Lighthouse Beach

    by ajayzener Updated Mar 11, 2007

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    I visited the beach to take some sunset snaps, unfortunately the clouds played sour and I could'nt even take a single pic. But then I enjoyed the beach and the vibrance around the beach...Lots of tourists on the stroll and lots of kids having a nice time around the beach... there were teenagers playing volleyball and as it started growing dark..the shops and restaurants lit up to add to the beauty...and enchanting & vibrant scene...

    The striking lighthouse stood at the far end..by 7 pm it was lit and looked beautiful, this beach has rocky hills on both sides, the beach is sandwiched between the hills....there were also number of small boats on the shore...and some of the tourists were seated on top and chatting away...

    I think this is a wonderful beach....

    Light House Beach - Kovalam
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  • visit animal sanctuary

    by scoobydoo2 Written Feb 25, 2007

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    A nice thing to do is a visit to an animal shelter which is just behind kovalam junction.
    The shelter is run by an english lady something or other to help stray and injured dogs cats or anything else.
    They need help to walk the dogs in the morning and with the shelter ,being in the middle of the most fantastic countryside means the walking is a real pleasure and gives you a chance to see the proper farming villages and day to day lifestyle whilst doing somthing worthwhile.
    The shelter is only an 80 r ride from lighthouse beach and all the rickshaw drivers know it.
    The help you give and any love to the dogs puppies and cats is greatly welcomed..we did it a few times thru our stay and totaly recommend it.

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    Something for everyone

    by alycat Updated Jul 1, 2006

    Kovalam is a natural bay ideal for kayaking, swimming, surfing and skiing. One can swim in the shallow blue water and have a sunbath in the exotic tropical sun 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 seafood fare including obsters available at the beach-side restaurants of Kovalam.

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    Be a Beach Bum

    by SabrinaSummerville Written Feb 2, 2006

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    In Kovalam I discovered that it is a very rewarding experience to wander the beach at any time of the day, just to see what you might see. By and large this amounted to locals-watching, but there was also an enormous amount of pleasure to be derived from watching the sunset over the Indian ocean.

    You will really know when the locals have a day off, as they swarm the beach. At those times I felt that I was invading - nothing to do with the attitude of the people, just something within myself.

    The best way to illustrate what I discovered is to post some pics - my favourite will be the main one, the old man walking by the sea. It's so colourful and absolutely illustrates the local image and culture.

    I have a feeling that their minds are as colourful as their clothes, and certainly they radiate an aura of contentment and happiness.

    Local relaxes after a day's fishing Fishing boats resting for the evening More fishing boats
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    Light house beach

    by radz Written Jul 5, 2004

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    This is Lighhouse beach,this is longest beach in Kovalam.hmmm may be summer it look more walakable & swimming,but rain washed moonsoon it dont look like good to me ehehehhe.So first we went there,had a look then head towards to Kovalm beach.:)

    This beach is full of shops,hotels,in summer this is busiest beach here.Kerala beaches were diffrent look at depends on season.

    Dont buy anything shopping here,its so costely,the same thing u can buy less price in Trivendram.

    Light house beach
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    Kovalam Beach

    by radz Updated Jul 5, 2004

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    This is main beach called Kovalm beach,there are 2 more beach one is Lighhouse beach,and Eve's beach,its 4km from this place.
    It was drizzling when we first went,then rain stops,it was sunshinning ,funny weather :)).

    So empty,full beach is for us only ,later on few ppl came .Here swimming is dangerous,so can only play water and sit relax.There is only one shop opned,to buy water .So when you going there moonsoon time ,take umberalla,water ,spare dress.:)

    There you can walk on top of the cliffs,its so beautiful landscape to watch.

    PS.:High season it will be crowd&very touristy :)).

    Kovalam beach
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    Ayurvedic massage

    by alycat Written Jan 2, 2004

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    There are a number of ayurvedic massages in Kovalam. Some offer an oil massage, others offer up to a 3 week treatment including a special diet and daily massage.

    Massage centres on Lighthouse Road in Kovalam offers body massages for Rs 300 plus several intensive treatments that last all the way from two days to 3 weeks. All alcohol and smoking is prohibited and only vegetarian food is allowed.

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    Beaches...

    by alycat Updated Jul 7, 2003

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    There is nothing much in kovalam other than exotic beaches. Prominent among them is the Light house beach and Eve's beach, popularly known as Hawa beach. We reached kovalam after travelling almost all of kerala, and wanted to be here for just one thing, the beach. Its worth it with so many secluded shore fronts all for u. The govt. has also made sure the tourists are safe here be it night or day, so have a good time.

    kovalam beach
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