Kovalam, the land of Coconut groves, is famous for its beaches. Kovalam is a perfect place for relaxing holidays. It is heavily crowded throughout the year. Here is a brief introduction about hotels in Kovalam.
Five Star Hotels
Spread over the Kovalam coastline, Leela Kovalam Beach Resort gives you a soothing view of Arabian Sea, dense green palms and gardens. Built on a rock face, the Leela Kovalam Beach Resort in Kerala lies at a distance of 15 km form the Trivandrum Airport. It is the largest resort in Kerala with 194 guest rooms and suites. The rooms are broadly divided as Beach View Wing rooms, Pavilion Wing Rooms and Sea View Wing Rooms. Out of these classes, Pavilion Wing are further categorized as Garden View Pavilion rooms and Sea View Pavilion rooms. Similarly, Beach View Wing rooms are further categorized as deluxe rooms and deluxe suites.
Being a five-star resort and the largest resort in Kerala, Leela Kovalam Beach Resort is equipped will all sorts of modern luxurious facilities. It also organizes day picnics, Yoga lessons etc. Guests enjoy activities like beach volleyball, snooker, water sports, jogging, lawn tennis, table tennis and cruising in speed boats.
Le Meridian symbolizes luxury. Le Meridian Kovalam Beach Resort is the first five star resort of Kovalam. Spread over 65 acres of green land, the resort is surrounded by more than 5000 swaying palms. The resort enjoys a a 2.5 km long stretch along the Arabian Sea. The resort comprises of 106 fully furnished and decorated accommodation units, including Sea View Rooms and Royal Suites. These rooms are equipped with all the basic facilities and luxury elements.
The 24 hr restaurant Osheen, in the Sea View block, is known for its sea food. It also serves other Indian dishes. There is also the Green Leaf, which serves ethnic cuisine and a selected international platter. Lastly, the Chef's Table is a multi-cuisine restaurant. You can enjoy drinks at the admiral bar in the main hotel. The resort offers beach activities like catamaran/boat rides, sun bathing, swimming and snorkeling. It owns three big swimming pools and an Ayurveda Center. The other amenities offered are spa, newsstand, florist, car rental, beauty parlour, salon, bellman and porters, elevators, library, multi-lingual staff, business center, secretarial services on request, valet parking and other facilities.
Covering around 10 acres of lush green sea-facing land, Taj Green Cove Resort offers a wonderful vacation amidst backwaters, lush landscapes, coconut palms, and non-polluted beaches. The resort is situated 12 km from Trivandrum airport and 14 km from the railway station. The resort's specialty lies in its architecture and location. It is built over floating barges and is anchored in the lagoon beside the beach. The cottages/accommodation units are afloat on the water. There is also a 2000 sq. ft meeting room, that is capable of accommodating around 150 guests at a time.
The resort has a swimming pool, gymnasium, shopping mall, doctor-on-call, currency exchange, beauty parlor, travel assistance, baby-sitting, swimming pool, laundry and all other facilities that any five star hotel offers. When it comes to cuisine, you must try Curries of India, which is famous for traditional Indian food. You can also spend quality time in Neera, the bar. The resort arranges guides and experts for Water Sports including catamaran rides, banana boat rides, speed boat rides etc.
Four Star Hotels
A pleasing sea side resort, Travancore Heritage lies in the South of Kovalam, near Thiruvananthapuram. Abundant with all the elements of nature, the resort is built over a cliff alongs the Arabian sea and faces the calm beach with golden sunshine and powdery white sand. The resort is surrounded by green coconut trees and is popular as an exclusive Ayurvedic resort too. The resort is located 16 km. from the airport, 18 km. from railway station and 17 Km. from bus stand. Spread over 15 acres of lush green gardens, the resort offers 90 beautiful rooms/accommodation units. These are categorized as Pool Mansions, Heritage Premium, Heritage Home, Premium Mansion, beach groves and Premium Suites. Rooms are equipped with all the modern facilities for guests.
Besides, the resort offers facilities like library, gymnasium, indoor games, satellite TV, locker, banquet hall, swimming pools and internet. You can also avail the facilities like travel desk, shopping arcade, car rental etc. The renowned Ayurveda centre here provides you with a number of Ayurvedic therapies and treatments for rejuvenation and relaxation. Coming to cuisine, the resort has three restaurants. One is the 'open house' restaurant that offers multi-cuisine dishes along with seafood and local ethnic cuisine. It can serve around 80 guests at a time. Another is the Ocean Gril beach-side restaurant. The resort also owns an Ayurveda Restaurant where you are served only Ayurvedic dishes.
The resort organizes cultural shows like Mohiniyattam and Kathakali in the evening etc along with classical music performances. It also arranges special tour packages for sight seeing and shopping, and to places such as Padmanabhapuram Palace, Kanyakumari, Country boat cruises along the backwaters, Sri Chitra Art Gallery and Napier Museum.
Covering over 25 acres of coconut groves and lagoons, Isola Di Cocco is another renowned beach resort in Kovalam. The resort is located on the banks of river Poovar and lies 6 km. from Airport, 1.5 km. from the Railway Station and 1.5 km. from the Bus Standl. Isola Di Cocco literally means “Island Of coconuts”. The resort offers three kind of accommodations- Standard Rooms, Heritage Rooms & Suite Rooms. These rooms are air-conditioned and face the river Poovar and Arabian Sea. Guests are offered all modern facilities in their room like easy chair, TV, telephone, mini fridge, safe, newspaper etc.
The other amenities provided are Doctor on Call, Swimming Pool, Foreign Currency Exchange, Business Center, Library, Cyber Cafe, Locker Facility, Laundry Service etc. The resort also offers world class therapies and treatments of Ayurveda and Yoga-Meditation. Coming to cuisine, Hotel Isola Di Cocco owns a multi-cuisine restaurant that offers sea view dining along with Keralan, continental, Indian and Chinese food. Guests like sitting in the river-top restaurant that is known for its pleasant and light music. It is famous for Thai, Chinese and European dishes and the specialty lies in seafood. Besides, you can spend quality time in the coffee shop which is built over the river. It offers a variety of coffee and light snacks.
Hotel Abad Palm Shore is surrounded by coconut and palm shades offering a pleasant stay along with the scenic view of beaches. The hotel is situated 14 km. from the airport, railway station and bus stand. You can choose from a wide range of A/C or non-A/C rooms with en-suite facilities, private sun deck etc.
Like every hotel, Abad Palm Shore also provides its guests with basic amenities. With 38 high-end accommodation units, the hotel offers all modern facilities to its guests like Bar, Lounge, Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Health Club, Parking, Conference Facilities, Meeting Facilities, Secretarial Service and Satellite TV. You can also avail other facilities like Massage Parlour, Spa, Sauna, Swimming Pool, Wake Up Service etc. It provides excellent facilities for business by way of a meeting room and conference room. These rooms are well equipped with LCD Screens, internet facility, photocopy-fax facility and so on. The pool-side multi-cuisine restaurant serves mouth watering dishes. It's specialty lies in Tandoori, local Keralite food and sea food. If you need a guide or assistant, you can directly ask the hotel management to arrange it for you.
Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel is hardly 15 metres from the famous Kovalam beach. Being a four star hotel, it makes the vacations of its guests memorable through vast landscapes, marvelous architecture, spacious lawns, blue water pools and soothing coconut grooves. With 45 elegant rooms, the hotel provides its guests with all basic facilities like attached bathroom, running H/C water, bathtub, A/C, tea/coffee maker, refrigerator, mini bar, TV, direct dial telephone etc.
Hotel Uday Samudra also provides recreational facilities like spa, massage and Ayurvedic therapies. Oottupura is a popular multi cuisine restaurant that serves Indian, Chinese and Continental delicacies. Its specialty is sea-food and it also serves some traditional dishes of Kerala. Mattuppavu- the roof top coffee shop and Adukkala- the bar-be-que are great places to realx after an evening at the beach. Hotel Uday Samudra also organizes cultural programmers like Kathakali, Bharathanatyam, Ghazzals etc during dinner time accodding to demands of its guests.
Three Star Hotels
Just 12 km. from Thiruvananthapuram lies Kadaloram Beach resort- a small yet beautiful resort with the stunning view of Arabian Sea. Kadaloram means "by-the-sea". The fresh breeze, sunshine on golden sand, crystal clear water of the sea and coconut groves all around, make your stay refreshing. Kadaloram offers a variety of 21 accommodation units that are categorized as Luxurious Rooms (A/C & all modern facilities), Nalukettu (fully furnished; typical Keralite architecture; built around the central courtyard) and Heritage Cottage (150 year old' wooden finishing; red roofed). Rooms have facilities like refrigerator, TV, laundry, telephone etc.
Apart from these common services, the resort own a swimming pool, and provides its guests with other amenities like money exchange, safe deposit locker, parking, Ayurvedic Centre, etc. You can dine at the multi-cuisine restaurant here, which serves a variety of dishes. Sea food is the specialty of this restaurant. The resort arranges live traditional art/dance/music performances according to the demand of the guests in the evening, and organizes sight-seeing trips to several places.
It is the only resort in Kovalam which is situated between a backwater and a beach. Another unique quality of this resort lies with the mode of transport. It is approachable by boat (2 km.) from Poovar town. The nearest airport and railway station is at Thiruvananthapuram, i.e. 30 km. The land is packed with numerous species of spices, exotic flowers, banana and coconut groves. The resort offers 64 well furnished cottages in land and water, categorized as Deluxe Room, Superior Room and Floating Cottage. The 16 floating cottages, which are situated in water, are made over hollow light weight concrete hulls. The units are well equipped with all modern amenities. All are constructed in typical Keralian style.
Estuary, the business room has a sitting capacity of around 100 people with all the technical equipments. It offers all services and facilities that a three star hotel provides. Tiffins- the multi cuisine restaurant serves all sort of intercontinental dishes of excellent quality and great taste. The Fish Market, a floating restaurant, is among the best for sea food items and traditional Keralite food. Hang out at the Sunken Bar with your friends and family. You can also avail of sight seeing assistance, the swimming pool, private deck for sunbathing, beach volleyball, Ayurvedic health club, water sports center, fishing and boat cruising.
Coconut Bay, as its name suggests, is surrounded by coconut groves. It is enriched by green palms, non-polluted sea, blue & vast sky, golden sand on beach and cool breeze. The resort is located near Kovalam beach. Comprising of 27 rooms, Coconut Bay provides you with wonderful & relaxing holidays. The rooms offer an enchanting view of the sea and are classified into Superior Deluxe villas, Deluxe villas, Villas, Zambi’s Place Coconut Bay, Beach Rooms (non AC) and Economy Beach Rooms (Non AC).
The resort offers amenities like baby-sitting, doctor on call, laundry, taxi service, telephone with ISD & STD in each room, currency exchange, internet, fax, library, refrigerator in every room, safe lockers. It organizes cultural programmes on weekends. The resort also provides beach facilities like beach umbrellas, reclining beach chairs, life jackets, life belts, kattamaram (catamaran) rides, sea kayaks, snorkeling equipment and fishing rods. The management arranges backwater boat rides, sight seeing trips to local places of interest & major tourist centers.
The resort is well known for its Yoga Centre and Ayurvedic therapies. The multi-cuisine restaurant Gallery serves North Indian, South Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes. Its specialty lies in Sea-food and Vegetarian Ayurvedic dishes.
Somatheeram is popular among tourists as an Ayurvedic Beach Resort. With wooden elements and antique doors, the architecture of the resort is traditionally Keralan. The resort is located 21 km from Thiruvananthapuram and 9 km from Kovalam Beach. It provides a complete holiday experience with a unique blend of natural beauty, yoga-meditation and Ayurveda. Spread over 15 acres of green land, Somatheeram Beach Resort owns 50 villas groups under various categories.
The resort offers facilities like doctor on call, money-changer, laundry, beach umbrella service, Ayurvedic treatment centre, Yoga & meditation programmes, cultural shows, sightseeing, taxi service, pickup from Trivandrum Airport, car parking etc. The restaurant serves regional, Indian, tandoori, grilled, continental & Chinese cuisines. Somatheeram Beach Resort provides assistance for trips, boat cruises and several other water activities.
You can avail any of the Ayurvedic therapies here in the resort. These therapies are conducted in purely natural processes with milk, curd, medicated oil, herbs, medicated powder etc. You can also opt for the 8-fold Yoga exercise under the guidance of experts.