If you’re in Kerala and you’ve done your share of touristy stuff in Kochi, Munnar and Alleppey, head to Kovalam for a relaxed time. It is one of the best beach destinations in India: from serene backwaters to vibrant beaches; adventure sports to massages and therapies; from shacks and beach cafes to luxury hotels and resorts  – you name it, and Kovalam will offer it to you.

Since it’s a beach destination, most of what you can do will revolve around water activities and the beach. You can talk long walks on the beach – one of the best ones is the Light House Beach. Or go for a nice swim; the clear waters here will make you want to jump in to it right away. For those who would like a bit of an adrenaline, indulge in sports such as wind surfing, para sailing, boat sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving and water skiing. Also, visit India’s first artificial off-shore coral reef here that was launched to protect and enhance the ecology of the Light House beach.

If you’re with family or friends, try going for a houseboat cruise in the sparkling waters of Karamana River during your trip to Kovalam. A trip to Kerala is incomplete without one of these. The views and the hospitality will stay with you for a long time. You could also enjoy boating at many places in Kovalam; Neyyar Dam, Vellayani Lake and Aruvikkara Dam to name a few.

Hawa Beach in Kovalam is ideal if you wish to rent a speedboat. The boats can be rented at affordable rates, and is great fun to ride them by the coastline. Whereas, if you want something subdued, a sunset cruise at the silent Poovar backwaters is a good idea.

Kovalam has many great eateries, where you can sample a variety of interesting dishes. Many beachside eateries serve finger-licking seafood. Remember to visit the German Bakery for their delectable German breakfast and other European dishes, especially the bacon-potato dishes.

Kovalam has several luxury resorts that offer premium spa and other Ayurvedic treatments to make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Get pampered at one of the gorgeous resorts here like the Country Spa Wellness Beach Resort, The Niraamaya Retreats or the Manaltheeram Ayurveda Beach Village. The nearest airport from Kovalam is the Trivandrum International Airport, about 10km away.