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Kerala Travelogue – Kovalam

Our annual vacation would be incomplete if it didn’t have a beach destination. Kovalam’s pristine beaches was our last stop in Kerala before we flew back home.

Day 1

We checked-out from the houseboat and headed straight for Kovalam. This was the first stretch where we didn’t halt on the way and it took a little over 4 hours to reach there. We had booked Garden View Room at Turtle on the Beach via MakeMyTrip and the only non-Oyo & non-budget booking. As soon as we entered the hotel we were welcomed with shell garland, drink and wet hand towels. After finishing the formalities, we headed to the room and were accompanied by a lady staff who explained all the hotel amenities and in room features. WOW! Especially since, we had never ever received such a warm welcome from any of our previous hotels and it felt really awesome. The room was very clean and spacious. And guess what, it had a bath tub, which we thought was only there in the costlier beach view rooms. The last leg of our Kerala trip had got off to a wonderful start. For us Turtle on the Beach has set a new benchmark in luxury hotel.

Previously they had private access to beach, but since the pathway no longer exists they provide free pickup and drop to beach, which we never used since Hawa Beach is just 200 meters from the hotel.

Turtle on the Beach – Garden View
Turtle on the Beach – Garden View Room
Turtle on the Beach – Garden View Room
Turtle on the Beach – Garden View Room – Bathtub

In the evening we headed to the beach and explored around. The main beach area consists of two interconnected beaches, Hawa beach and Lighthouse Beach, former getting its name from the topless tourists that used to throng there (doesn’t happen anymore) and the later from the lighthouse at the end of the beach. We headed to the lighthouse only to find out that it closes doors at 5PM. We headed back to the beach, enjoyed the beautiful sunset and retreated back.

Kovalam – View Point
Sunset @ Hawa Beach Kovalam
Steep access path to Hawa Beach