Located on the coastline of the Bay of Bengal near the village Covelong, Kovalam Beach was given the name 'Covelong' by the British due to their inefficiency of pronouncing "Kovalam". A perfect retreat amidst palm trees and silver sand, Covelong Beach was once set up as a port by Saadat Ali for Carnatic Nawabs. In 1746 the French took control of the place, and in 1752, the Britishers lead to its destruction. From the centuries earlier to the times after, the Beach has been transformed into one of the best excursion and picnic spots. The village nearby has India's first Surfing School. The beach offers a plethora of water activities to its visitors. Visiting the beach and entering the mode of relaxation is another thing you can opt for. The calmness it offers during the sunset is unmatchable.
Covelong Beach is one of the most beautiful gifts of nature which the locals have failed to realise. Due to its ideal location, the beach observes heavy footfalls every day. The crowd here is a mix of people from both Chennai and Mahabalipuram. Apart from various water activities like surfing, jet skiing, boating, the vicinity of the beach is also famous for fishing. It is even the primary occupation of the villagers living here.
The playful sand of the pristine beach is a good host to its guests. Furthermore, it had an old fort which the Dutches had built. The fort now has been turned into a fanciful resort, the Fisherman's Cove Resort which is owned by Taj Groups of Hotels. Moreover, blue waters and silver sands of this beach is indeed a match made in heaven! Once you visit here, you won't stop adoring the colourful bed of seashells. Do get some back as a souvenir of lovely memories.
Water Activities at Covelong Beach
There is no place better than Covelong Beach to experience the adventurous water waves. What makes this beach so perfect and safe is that it was here that the First Surfing School of India was established. And, today many schools give you proper training before you step into the waters. So here are a few fun things for you to play within this coastline of Bay of Bengal.
Surfing : The waves here are not very loud, rather gentle and calm, hence making it an excellent place to surf. Explore the Bay as you learn to surf it.
Para-Sailing : How cool is it to sail over a ravishing beach and make some adventurous memories? Indeed very! So on your visit to the beach make sure you parasail.
Boating : Rent a motorboat and ride as if you rule the waters! But be safe and make sure that it is entirely under your control. Do not over speed.
Fishing : The most famous activity you can take onto is fishing. Catch up with some localites of the Covelong village and learn from them great tricks of catching fishes. Treat yourself to the tasty fish you caught during the lunch or the dinner time.
How to Reach Covelong Beach
The beach has easy access to (OMR) Old Mahabalipuram Road and (ECR) East Coast Road from Chennai. (CMTC) Chennai Metropolitan Transport Corporation and TNSTC Villupuram have active bus services connecting almost all areas in Covelong and Chennai city. Apart from this, the Covelong Beach can also be reached by boat, along with the seashore of Chengalpattu.