Kovalam/Varkala/Poovar - Anapara
(Recommended 4-5 nights) - Chowara, Muloor and
at Kovalam have
resorts with beach access and good sea views.
Some of the resorts are spread out and have a very relaxing atmosphere to
it. Alternatively Poovar at 20 kms from Kovalam is also a good option with backwater/beach
combination and a three very good resorts, all spreadout and ideal for a short-break.
Instead of Kovalam, Varkala at 60 kms north of Kovalam is a more off-beat alternative
but availabilities here are better in the Peak season as compared to Kovalam and
some guests prefer the atmosphere of the Cliff to the atmosphere of
. Only flip side
in Varkala is that it does not have as many resorts sporting great sea views.
enroute to Ponmudi is a Jungle retreat, 50-60 kms from Kovalam (depending on where
you are at Kovalam) provides interesting variation with a Rubber Plantation stay
with a lot of activities (Visit to Waterfalls, Jungle Walks, Treks etc.) and Luxury
and exclusivity of Private Pool Villas and an 130 acre plantation.
Options - Kovalam/Varkala - Poovar
Varkala / Kovalam
(Recommended 4-5 nights) - To add to the Varkala / Kovalam Beach stay, Kollam at 60-80 kms north of Kovalam
(40 kms North of Varkala) provide an interesting backwater option. Kollam, though
located on the sea has two backwater stretches (Ashtamudi and
South Paravoor )
around it. District promotion Counsel (DTPC)
runs a houseboat service as well for
overnight stay.There are number of interesting homestays around here as
Options - Kollam / Ashtamudi - Varkala
- South Kerala Homestays
Kanyakumari - A Pilgrimage / Spiritual destination with a beach
front at 100 kms from Trivandrum just across Kerala Border with Tamilnadu,
has now getaway type resorts and therefore a getaway option ex-Trivandrum.
stay can be combined with Varkala / Kovalam / Poovar and Anapara as well.
Options - Kanyakumari - Poovar
- Anapara - Kovalam/Varkala
Airport gets flights from Gulf Countries, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Delhi, Bangalore,
Chennai, Coimbatore and Mumbai.
Trivandrum Railway station gets trains from all major centres in South India and
metros and mini-metros in India.
Guests arriving at Cochin (on account of better connectivity / flight
fares), Ashtamudi (180 kms from Cochin Airport) would be a good option along with
Kovalam or Kanyakumari.