The meaning of Kovalam is “coconut grove” this place is famous for coconut trees.
Kovalam consist of three beaches separated by rocky outcroppings in its 17 km coastline, the three together form the crescent of the Kovalam beach.
Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach, Samudra Beach are main beaches in Kovalam.
The southernmost beach, the Lighthouse Beach, is the one most frequented by tourists. It got its name due to the old Vizhinjam Lighthouse located on top of the Kurumkal hillock, 35 metres high. The lighthouse is built using stones, is colored in red and white bands and stands at a height of 118 feet (36 m).
Eve’s Beach, more commonly known as Hawa Beach, ranks second, in the early day, is a beehive of activities with fishermen setting out for sea. It consists of a high rock promontory and a bay.
A large promontory separates this part from the southern side. The local fishermen ply their trade on this part.
Detour past Kovalam junction to land on Samudra Beach which is to the north of Ashoka Beach. One has the option to walk along the sea-wall too, where the sea can be sighted above the rocks.
Shallow waters stretching for hundreds of metres are ideal for swimming. The beaches have steep palm covered headlands and are lined with shops that offer a variety of goods and services