What a Christmas vacation it was! Sitting in my office idly I am pulled back into the “Beach land” of Kovalam. It’s a place which is submerged into the blue ocean water which has only beauty and peace to offer. Kovalam is articulated with three adjacent crescent beaches which include the Lighthouse Beach, Hawa Beach and the Samudra Beach and I visited all of them and on many occasions!
My hotel Vendata Wake up was situated at the Lighthouse beach. It was like a dream come true, my room facing towards the marvellous beach and the cool breeze refreshing me every now and then. I started my exploration with the most popular beach, the Lighthouse Beach. The serene beach, the Vizhinjam Lighthouse, the gentle waves and the coconut trees just added more beauty to the gigantic beach. It was at this beach that I went for wooden boat ride called the Catamaran which is rowed with a bamboo paddle. It was fun swinging on the rocking waves of the sea. Walking on the damp sand I was led to the Hawa beach, it was a mixture of pure beauty and tranquillity. Going still further I found myself on the Samudra beach which hosts no huge crowd and is the ideal place for peace. The dim moonlight with the twinkling stars and the babbling sound of the royal waves made me forget my existence.
Next day I started early in the morning for the Vizhinjam Rock Cut Temple which is about 5km from Kovalam. The temple is a living example of the sculpturing of 18th century. I was smashed by the beauty of the unfinished statues of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi on the wall of the cave. The next destination was the Parashurama Temple which is 2000 years old, located on the banks of River Karamana, and is the only temple dedicated to Shree Parashurama in Kerala. Next I moved out to visit the Vellayani Lake which has a beautiful Durga temple on its bank. There is a bund constructed on the lake, walking on it under the sparkling starlight and the quiescent night was just amazing. I took a boat ride back to Kovalam from the lake. I was moved by the scenic beauty of the crystal clear water of the lake which was gleaming in the moonlight and the swaying coconut trees that I did not even realise when I was back to Kovalam.
Kovalam is not only a picnic spot but also an informative place which sensitises the tourists to protect ecology and the perfect example of this was the Artificial Coral Reef. The place is also a hotspot for surfing which I did not wish to miss; it was a race between me and the massive wave to reach the shoreline first. Similarly, the Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium hosts a treasure of aquatic life which includes fishes, corals and other flora. This place is famous for the unique image of Pearl Production. To learn about the local culture, I visited the Kovalam Art gallery which has great display of artefacts, paintings related to Sanskrit Culture and art works. It was late afternoon when I came out of the gallery and so processed to Edakullu. This place lying between the Lighthouse and Hawa beach is known as the sunset point. I was lucky enough to see the red hot ball hiding into the watery blanket. While returning to the hotel, I felt the need of refreshment and so visited the Ayurvedic Center. The massage there re-energised me to take up the journey back home.
While returning home back, I kept swapping to the time spent in Kovalam. Throughout the journey I kept imaging walking on the wet sand in the shinning sun on the Samudra beach. The memories of Kovalam are still fresh in my mind which makes me re-visit the “God’s own Country”.