A small beachside town just a forty-minute drive from Kerala’s capital city, Thiruvananthapuram. Kovalam, meaning ‘a grove of coconuts’ remains true to its name as every street, river and beach is lined with them. An epicentre for Ayurvedic medicine, our pick of the best places to stay in Kovalam combine the best of beach life and wellness retreat.
Overlooking the Arabian Sea it is ideal for enjoying sunset walks along its beaches. The water however is more for admiring than for swimming.
Kovalam enjoys three main beaches: Lighthouse Beach, the most southerly and most frequented by tourists; Hawah Beach favoured by the local fishermen and Samudra Beach. A rocky outcrop separates the latter so it is much more secluded than its neighbours. Stay here for ultimate seclusion.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Kovalam provide a stay equal part relaxing; equal part rejuvenating.
Still not sure which to book? From romance to wellness browse through our list of the best places to stay in Kovalam to start to plan your trip. Alternatively look further afield and check out all our recommendations in Kerala, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
A holistic hideaway nestled in Panangode's verdant hills provides guests with 'Spa. Nature. Silence'. Choose from yogic, meditation or Ayurvedic retreats for a truly revitalising experience. Rooms are of a good size but simple and there are tranquil outdoor areas to relax. There is also a pool.
Foremost a wellness hotel, secondly a beach break. Offering tailor made Ayurvedic packages and large rooms with balconies on which to relax. There is a seven night minimum stay so that guests can get the most out of their treatments. Cuisine is Indian and Chinese with a special Ayurvedic menu.
A tropical hideaway with chic interiors and a whole host of activities. From mini golf to cycling; beach cricket to volleyball. Not to mention the indulgent JIVA spa. Rooms feature polished parquet flooring, ornate upholstery and private balconies whilst Jasmine serves international cuisine.
Set atop a hillock overlooking the Arabian sea sits Surya Samudra. This modern resort providing guests with a traditional Ayurvedic spa for pampering and a luxurious pool for relaxing. Private cottages include draped four posters and feature outdoor bathrooms. Dining is healthy and largely outdoors.
A fine offering from a firm Indian favourite. Opulent modern interiors with eye-ogling views, its own private beach and infinity pool. Rooms feature balconies and contemporary interiors. Choose from several romantic dining settings from grilled seafood at The Tides or poolside dining at The Terrace.