Places To Visit In Kovalam...
Apart from the beaches there are many other places to visit in Kovalam. It has got Ayurvedic massage and health centers. The must visit attractions in Kovalam are the three bow shaped beaches of the place. These beaches are beautifully separated by the Rocky Mountains. The most popular of all spots is on Kurumkal Hillock known as Light House beach. The place is named because of the presence of the 35 M high light houses on the beach which makes it look exceptionally beautiful. The next attraction for the beach lovers is Hawa beach while the last but not the least is Samudra beach where you'll find numerous regional fishermen of the place. This is the beach immensely popular for fishing. The other nearby attractions being
Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple
This ancient temple is the most dominating feature of Thiruvananthapuram. Overlooking the Padma Theertham Tank, the temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu who is depicted reclining on Sri Anantha, the hooded snake from which the city derives its name. Exquisite stone carvings and pavilions are worth admiring.
Sited 16 km from the capital Thiruvananthapuram, Aruvikkara is both a pilgrim centre and a picnic spot, with a waterfall nearby. On the banks of the Karamana river, the spot houses a temple, where a rock cut shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy, and the divine embodiment of female power. A stream with fishes, which come up to be fed by visitors, is another attraction.
About seven km from Thiruvananthapuram, the 'Madre De Deus' Church popularly known as the Vettukad Church attracts thousands of devotees from all religions. The annual celebration here is called the 'Feast of Christ’.
Situated near Kovalam, Vizinjam is a fishing port and is also important for an ongoing pioneer project to generate electricity from wave energy. Other than the beach attraction, Kovalam has other attractions as well to offer its tourists with. One of the places which the tourists must check out in Kovalam is Anchuthengu Fort. The Padmanabhaswamy Temple is a ancient temple to visit. People having interest in monuments and history can check out the two museums of Kovalam the Kuthiramalika Palace Museum and Napier Museum.
The place attracting numerous tourists is Anchutengu Fort. It is just at a distance of around thirty six km from Trivandrum which draws a beautiful picture of times when East India Company ruled the place. This is undoubtedly a colossal monument worth visiting in a trip to Kovalam. The fort is the perfect example of the astounding British style of construction.
Science and Technology Museum
If you are in search of the most interesting places in Kovalam then probably you should visit the science and technology museum there. Although it is not situated in main Kovalam, i.e. it is close to Trivandrum which is just at a distance of 40 km from the village, it is considered to be a part of the tourist attractions of the place. It displays some of the very interesting and amazing disciplines of science which are absolutely worth watching.
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum
It is a classic specimen of Kerala Architecture situated in 'Kuthiramalika'. The palace with its excellent carvings and amazing architectural designs is by itself a slice of heritage. The museum has a wide range of exhibits representing the erstwhile state of Travancore.
The Napier Museum
The Napier museumis situated in the capital Thiruvananthapuram and has storage of the age old relics and cultures of Kerala. There are structures made of bronze, stone, wood and even ivory. There are also handicraft show-pieces on display. One can also find a lot of traditional musical instruments. The museum is more than a century old and was established by the Maharaja of the city at that time.