Just half an hour’s drive from town, Kovalam is arguably Kerala’s most famous tourist attraction. Three crescent-shaped beaches separated by rocky headlands are Kovalam’s main hotspots. But there are less frequented beaches that are as picturesque all along the coast. No less enticing are the Ayurveda centres-cum-resorts that have mushroomed around the beaches.

Looking around this sun-and-sand paradise, it’s difficult to imagine that Kovalam was once just a pretty fishing village with a prettier beach. That was till the hippies discovered this hidden jewel. The day-trippers from Thiruvananthapuram followed. The views are still splendid, and Kovalam also has all the trappings of a famous beach destination, complete with seaside eating joints serving Italian food and signboards in several languages.

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