Kovalam Beach

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Set about a 20-minute drive from city of Thiruvananthapuram, along the Arabian Sea, Kovalum has been a noted coastal retreat since the 1930’s, when the Regent Maharani chose to build her Halcyon Castle on a cliff overlooking the beach. Things really took off in the 1960’s and 70’s, though, when hippies from all over the world discovered these sunny shores. Over the next couple of decades, Kovalam developed into one of India’s top getaway destinations, but don’t expect the “Hamptons of Mumbai” party vibe of Goa—though these beaches get busy, things are still pretty low-key and family-friendly here. Kovalam’s nearly-11 miles of coastline is comprised of three distinct beaches: southernmost Lighthouse Beach is the busiest, and is lined with restaurants and shops; the calm waters of Hawa Beach draw sunbathers and swimmers; and quiet Samudra Beach is the place to spot local fishermen, and pick-up their fresh catch.
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Light House Beach Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695521, India
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