A Short Trip to Kovalam, Kerala

A Short Trip to Kovalam, Kerala

 

Deciding on where to go on a short break in India has always been a no-brainer for us – simply pack a bag and take a 45 minutes flight from Mumbai to Goa. Last year we went to Goa thrice and there was not a single place we hadn’t seen or explored, so this year we thought of trying out some place new and after a bit of research we zeroed down on Kovalam.

 

A Short Trip to Kovalam, Kerala

 

Kovalam, Light house

Light house, Kovalam

 

Here are the highlights of our short 3 day trip to Kovalam.

 

Stay @ ‘The Leela’

If you wish to experience the sheer luxury of a quintessential 5 star, this is the place! Known to be India’s only Cliff-Top Beach Resort, The Leela will offer you a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea from its spacious rooms and suites. We stayed at the Beach View Cottage… the property is humongous and trust me when I say that those little golf carts are really made to good use here.

 

A Short Trip to Kovalam, Kerala

The Leela Kovalam

 

A Short Trip to Kovalam, Kerala

Leela Kovalam

 

There’s more than just one swimming pool, vast lawns with coconut trees, an awesome sky bar overlooking the sea – perfect for those lovely sundowners, luxury Spa and a gymnasium, and an awesome private beach (well almost private 🙂 )

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Leela Kovalam, Lobby

Lobby Area @ Leela, Kovalam

 

Leela Kovalam, Beach Cottage

Beach Cottage

 

Beach Shack

Shacks on the Beach

 

A Short Trip to Kovalam, Kerala

Light house Beach

 

The sky bar

The Sky Bar

 

Speed Boat Ride

Apart from chilling at the hotel and the beach we did go for a pretty awesome speed boat ride. The boat was in superb condition and the prices were very reasonable. We wanted to check the view from the top of the light house but sadly it was shut at that time, so we would recommend you check the timings before-hand to avoid disappointment.

 

Speed Boat ride

Speed Boat ride

 

Experience the Backwaters at Poovar

The best way to experience backwaters is at Alleppey or Alappuzha. But since we were there for a short break, we settled for Poovar, which was only 40 minutes away from our hotel. The backwater ride was a bit stretched and boring, but you can always take a bit of a break and stop at the various restaurants in the middle of the water.

 

Backwaters at Poovar

Backwaters at Poovar

 

The Food

Apart from eating at Leela and Bait @ Taj we also did try some local eateries and really enjoyed the local food that is traditionally served on banana leaves.

A Short Trip to Kovalam, Kerala

Authentic Kerala Food

Overall, we felt that Kovalam was a fantastic getaway from the Mumbai madness – the serenity, its clean beaches with the backdrop of the iconic lighthouse and options for backwaters made it a perfect 10 in our books.

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