Kovalam is famous for its clean and safe beaches. With its 17-kilometer coastline and three idyllic crescent-shaped beaches that slope gently into the Arabian Sea, the city, also called the Beach Town of Kerala, is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kerala. It is located about 17 kilometres from the capital city Thiruvananthapuram.In the regional language Malayalam, Kovalam translates to ‘grove of coconut trees’. While some may compare Kovalam to Goa, Kovalam beaches bear a distinction in that they are even more laid back than those in Goa are. Added to that feel is the region’s cuisine—much lighter on the palate, and available across any of the good restaurants in Kovalam.Hidden from the bustle of the city, Kovalam is the ideal place if you crave for calm.
Choose to spend a good vacation kayaking, swimming in the ocean, surfing or water-skiing. Or seek inner peace in the city’s many yoga and Ayurveda therapy centres.Also called the Paradise of South, Kovalam has three beaches—The Main Beach (also called Leela / Samudra Beach), Lighthouse Beach and Hawa Beach. Look out for water sports, swimming, sunbathing and surfboarding.Then visit the Vizhinjam Mosque, Ashok Beach, Ganapathi Temple and Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium, with its variety of marine life including Rock Lobsters and Piranhas. Then, head to the 8th-century Vizhinjam Cave Temple, a granite boulder with an opening on the side, leading to an underground cave. Legends have it that the cave mouth was miraculously shut after a Muslim woman made gold offering.Feel the cultural vibe of Kovalam—especially so during January-March when most festivals take place. The Elephant Festival and Swathithirunal Music Festival in the courtyard of the Horse Palace in January, the Nishagandhi Classical Dance Festival at the Kanakunnu Palace compounds, in March and October, and Fandango, the annual food and fun festival organised by the Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (IHMCT), are worth participating in.In Kovalam, it would also be easy to book oneself for a very good performance of the traditional dance drama, Kathakali, or martial arts, Kalaripayyattu.
Kovalam is famous for its finger-licking seafood like lobsters, calamari or king prawns. It is also famous for its light, non-spicy vegetarian dishes. So begin your day with a breakfast of puttu and kadala (steamed hoppers with chickpea curry) and binge on a kappa and meen curry (boiled and lightly simmered tapioca with spicy fish curry) for lunch. For dinner, indulge in an iddiappam and stew (steamed string rice hoppers with chicken or vegetable stew cooked in light coconut milk).Or you may request the chef at The Leela Kovalam to sample the best of the local cuisines in the most luxurious ambiences.
Beach View - These cliff-top rooms come to almost 500 sq ft in size. Located in the main block of the hotel, the Beach View Superior Rooms have private sundecks attached, which look out into spectacular views of the Kovalam shoreline. Sublime sunrises and resplendent sunsets are now just a short walk away.Adorned with the traditional Kerala décor, and leaning towards the architectural style of the land, these rooms are fitted with modern amenities like mini bar, posturepedic beds and walk-in wardrobe.Responsive climate control, high-speed internet access/Wi-Fi internet connectivity, an HD TV and in-room electronic safes, in-room dining, laundry, concierge services and doctor-on-call are other amenities you can look forward to in these rooms.
Garden View - You could check into these rooms if privacy is one of your primary requirements. Secluded from the main block of the hotel, these 475 sq ft rooms are located on the beach level. Private sundecks attached to these rooms open out to the well-manicured lawns in the hotel. Put on your sandals and step out into the sand—the beach is just a short walk away.The Garden View Pavilion rooms come with their own secluded pool and lawns and look out at the verdant coconut groves around.The rooms have a traditional Kerala décor, understated and neutral, which tastefully combines with the modern amenities like mini bar, a walk-in closet and posturepedic beds. Walk into this heaven and cut out the crowd of the world behind. Book that ideal holiday you have waited for all along.
Club Room - From waking up to the rhythms of the restless Arabian Sea crashing against the rocks below, to breakfast being served in your room by your personal 24-hour butler, the 400-odd sq-ft Club Rooms offer comforts and service of a different level.The stylishly decorated Club Rooms come with amenities like a private bar, plasma TV, DVD and Wi-Fi. Of course, on offer, in addition to the signature comforts and hospitality of The Leela, are the stunning views of the Arabian Sea. A highly functional workstation and bathroom that lets in daylight take the luxury quotient up a few notches here.Guests at the Club Rooms can look forward to airport transfers, welcome drink on arrival, breakfast at the Club Café, with in-room dining options, an evening high tea at the Living Room, complementary clothes-pressing services and complementary use of gym and ocean-rimmed infinity pool.
Club Suite - Almost double the size of the Club Room, the Club Suites offer all the advantages of the Club and some more. The décor of the room comprises linear, minimalistic designs blended with a mix of contemporary chic and old-world charm. Each room features an extended work desk that looks out at the ocean ahead, a state-of-the-art LCD flat screen TV and DVD player with a choice of movies and music, wireless internet access and an electronic safe.To ensure a relaxed slumber experience, we have provided down feather pillows and duvets, as also a pillow-menu option, luxury posture supporting mattress and plush linen.With a five-feature bathroom that lets daylight stream in and twin-head massage showerheads, private sundeck that comes with its own sun bed, we assume the hardest part would be to step back into reality when you check out of these suites.
Club Duplex Suite - Enter our Duplex Suite and be mesmerised by the essence of its unhurried luxury. This two-level suite features a living room and private balcony on one level, and an opulent bedroom on the next, looking out into the Arabian Sea.Wake up to the wafts of breeze blowing in from the Arabian Sea and head to the Club Café for breakfast. You may even choose to have breakfast in bed. While away time watching movies from a selection of DVDs, on request, and spend a languid evening enjoying hi-tea with your dear ones at the Living Room.Besides pick up and drop in our luxury sedan, guests in the suite have exclusive access to fine dining, spa and fitness centre, the ocean-rim infinity pool and library with cigar room. The stay in this 1291 sq ft suite comes with complimentary use of the clothes-pressing services as well as the gym and infinity pool.
Presidential Suite - The Presidential Suites comprise a two-bedroom suite with king-size beds, and a separate living and dining areas. The décor in the suites combine local tropical architecture and contemporary swank. The spaces are fitted with modern amenities like TV and DVD, coffee and tea maker, a well-stocked mini bar and a 24-hour personal butler for comfort.Dramatically perched on a rocky ledge, with private sun decks, these 1506 sq ft suites are a short walk from the beach. Strap on your sandals and head out to catch the most captivating sunsets. The beaches are relatively safe, and the waters, reassuringly warm.Guests can choose to have breakfast at the Club Café or opt for in-room dining. Evening high tea, complementary use of clothes-pressing services and the gym and ocean-rimmed infinity pool add to the living experience.
Hotel & Room facilities
- 24-hour front desk
- Backup generator
- Breakfast services
- Currency Exchange
- Free Wi-Fi
- Luggage storage
- Doctor on call
- Travel counter
- Attached Bathroom
- H/C running water
- Mini Bar
- Swimming Pool
- Premium bedding
- Reading lamps
- Room heater
- Daily newspaper
- Tea/Coffee Maker