Photo Essay – Kovalam Beach

25 Aug

Kovalam, meaning a grove of coconut trees, is a small fishing beach village near the capital city of Trivandrum in the state of Kerala. True to its name, it offers an endless sight of coconut trees, long stretches of beaches and the wide expanse of the open Arabian Sea. I have traveled to Kovalam before on a day trip before but earlier this year, I had an opportunity to spend a weekend here and managed to capture some of its beautiful sights that day trip visitors miss through my camera lens. Sharing some of them with you below.

Kovalam has 3 beautiful crescent-shaped beaches separated by rocky cliffs, where each beach is serene, shallow and projects a sense of calmness all around. Hence these are ideal for swimming, sun bathing and snorkeling.

The long expanse of the Kovalam beach

The long expanse of the Kovalam beach

Fisherman still fish in these waters and if you wake up early, then you tend to catch a sight of numerous fisherman pushing their boats in the sea and setting sail for the day’s catch.

Fisherman taking their boats in the sea in the morning

Fisherman taking their boats in the sea in the morning

These fishermen either fish in groups in a long-boat,

Fisherman all set for the day

Fisherman all set for the day

Or just by themselves in these narrow flat boats in a small area –

A single fisherman

A single fisherman

Numerous storks also stand near the rocks trying to catch their breakfast of smaller fish and insects –

Storks having breakfast

Storks having breakfast

But while everyone was out at hard work, there were a few like us too who found the prospect of lazing on these sun-beds all day the most inviting.

Beaches, Sun-beds and coconut trees

Beaches, Sun-beds and coconut trees

Then just gaze out at the sea and the coconut trees as far as the eyes can see.

Cliffs and Coconuts :)

Cliffs and Coconuts πŸ™‚

And just end the day while watching a gorgeous sunset into the sea with gorgeous colors of the sky. πŸ™‚

Sunset at the beach

Sunset at the beach

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36 Responses to “Photo Essay – Kovalam Beach”

  1. B August 25, 2013 at 19:26 #

    Looks very inviting if you’re on the beach-lazing, rather than fishing end! (I salute those hard-working fisherman – looks like they catch a lot of sun out there.)

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    • getsetandgo August 27, 2013 at 22:21 #

      I know πŸ™‚ Also I understand that fishing is very hard work and not as easy as it seems.

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  2. Indrani August 25, 2013 at 19:53 #

    Always loved the beach. Great sights. Hope I can visit again.

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  3. V. Sridhar August 25, 2013 at 20:08 #

    There is a Kovalam beach south of Chennai as well!

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    • getsetandgo August 27, 2013 at 22:22 #

      Somehow my local guide never told me about this… hmmmm

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  4. Rajesh August 25, 2013 at 20:37 #

    Great pictures and description.

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  5. Niranjan August 25, 2013 at 21:56 #

    Nice shots!

    http://rajniranjandas.blogspot.in/

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  6. Ajeeth boaz August 26, 2013 at 11:38 #

    Great shots and description, wanted to share my captures of Kovalam and Shangumugham beaches. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ajeethboaz/sets/72157633095034504/

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    • getsetandgo August 27, 2013 at 22:28 #

      Thanks Ajeeth and your pics are amazing πŸ™‚ I love the stork and the color of sky in each πŸ™‚

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  7. Aditi August 26, 2013 at 13:36 #

    Lovely!! Just came back from Cochin…and craving for the next trip…we didn’t manage to go to Kovalam :(… But all the beaches there are stunning!

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    • getsetandgo August 27, 2013 at 22:28 #

      Aditi, you must visit Kovalam for sure. Its one of my favorite places in Kerala and is gorgeous.

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  8. Raj Dalvi August 26, 2013 at 14:11 #

    nice photos πŸ™‚

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  9. Satyender S Dhull August 26, 2013 at 14:13 #

    Beautiful captures. Thanks for sharing.
    http://www.bnomadic.wordpress.com

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  10. Jiggyasa August 26, 2013 at 14:25 #

    never been to kovalam beach before..i loved the pictures and the description here.

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  11. My Say August 26, 2013 at 16:56 #

    thats some amazing space in Kerela .. awesome beach .. Nice captures !!

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  12. Harsha August 26, 2013 at 18:05 #

    Been just to a small part of Kovalam Back water 2 days ago and this place must visit for tourist.. πŸ™‚

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    • getsetandgo August 27, 2013 at 22:30 #

      Its beautiful, isn’t it?

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      • Harsha August 27, 2013 at 22:36 #

        Yup it is beautiful indeed.. πŸ™‚

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  13. zacharymacmhaolchaluim August 27, 2013 at 00:16 #

    Just stunning! It’s making me wish I’d taken one of the volunteering opportunities GVI have been running in Kerala.

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    • getsetandgo August 27, 2013 at 22:31 #

      Kerala is one of my all time favorite places in India and a definite must visit for everyone πŸ™‚

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  14. aladybird August 30, 2013 at 19:03 #

    Lovely!
    We stayed at a hotel by the beach in Kovalam.
    And every morning, we loved to head to the beach to watch the fishermen set sail – they sang a song with full gusto and enthusiasm while they did this, and we were completely enchanted.

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    • getsetandgo August 30, 2013 at 21:34 #

      Oh, wow. That sounds amazing. It must have been quite a sight πŸ™‚

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      • aladybird September 2, 2013 at 20:11 #

        Yes, it was wonderful (funderful ;)). Your blog post brought back beautiful memories.

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      • getsetandgo September 8, 2013 at 23:51 #

        πŸ™‚

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  15. Russel Ray Photos September 3, 2013 at 21:04 #

    Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as good as when I arrived. I’ll be back!

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    • getsetandgo September 8, 2013 at 23:51 #

      Thanks and I look forward to more such visits πŸ™‚

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  16. psychologistmimi December 24, 2013 at 22:29 #

    how peaceful seeming

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