Kovalam, situated 16 kms away from the state capital Thiruvananthapuram, offers excellent diversity with Kovalam beaches to suit all desires and occasions. The backdrops of Kovalam, by precipitously mounting headlands and the three carved shaped beaches, separated by the stony outcroppings, make for the highlights of this coastal resort. The clear water at the beaches with shallow bottoms up to a height of hundred meters makes Kovalam a swimmers’ heaven. The picturesque surroundings of Kovalam are renowned to be the first place in Kerala to be featured on the International tourism map in a big way. The pristine beaches of Kovalam are also popular for being lined with an array of shacks and shops offering all kinds of services like the curio shops, money changers, hawkers of Tibetan and Kashmiri products etc.