Kovalam is Kerala's most famous beach and a major tourist attraction in the state and is situated at 13 km South West from Trivandrum. In history, it is stated that the Kovalam beach is been discovered by the hippies during the year of 1960. The Kovalam Beach still is known to be a part of Chowara Beach and till then it was fishing village and they happened to capture the hidden paradise. Kovalam, the place itself has three beaches; all the three are the popular hot spots. These three beaches and are been separated by the peninsula and they are all equally scenic beaches.
There are three main beaches at Kovalam are Samudra Beach, Hawa Beach and Light House Beach . And, now the Kovalam has acquired all the paraphernalia of a beach resort. The cuisines along the sea shore are much yummy delicious food which is well tuned with the taste of Kerala. It includes the fusion of Indian and continental food, itinerant hawkers, fast food vendors, pubs etc. Even Luxury hotels and resorts are crowded along the coastline.
All the three beaches at kovalam are overlapped each other insequence. The Light House beach gets its name from the Vizhinjam Light House located at the place. The lighthouse is on a rocky headland, and is not open to the public. – Edakallu (meaning stone in between), separates Hawa Beach from Lighthouse Beach. Lighthouse and Howrah/Eves are both patrolled by life guards and always keep a check on where people are swimming. Both beaches are also cleaned regularly by a gang of eco cleaners. They remove the plastic waste but anything that might decomposes, such as dead fish and paper, is buried. The local fisherman also us Howrah Beach to fish and can be seen in the mornings hauling in their nets.
The Ashoka Beach which divides the beach into its northern and southern sections sports a Government Rest House. The beaches attract their visitors to stay on till late in the evening.