The pristine beaches of Kovalam in Kerala have always been a favorite haunt of tourists who have flocked to this blissful patch of tranquility for swimming and sunbathing, Ayurveda and holistic healing and catamaran cruising. Our Kovalam itinerary is planned around the three crescent shaped beaches, adjacent to each other -- Hawa, Lighthouse, and Samudra where you can surf, swim and relax.
With the capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram just 16 km away, you can also plan a city tour. We would recommend you visit the backwaters at Alleppey for a houseboat experience after a few heavenly days on the beaches. Our selection of private houseboats at Alleppey transports you to another world where you will be pampered like a king. As you relax on board, the cook will prepare your meals with the best of local ingredients, while the navigator guides the boat through lagoons and lakes. On the way, you can buy fresh fish from floating vendors, hop off for tender coconut juice, and observe the laid back lifestyle of the backwaters. A trip to Karamana will give you a chance to take off Robinson Crusoe-like in a canoe and float the river or even go kayaking.
And as a fitting finale to this trip, we recommend a day at Kanyakumari or Cape of Comorin, the southernmost tip of India. There, see the Vivekananda Rock, a sacred monument dedicated to Swami Vivekananda, one of the most revered spiritual leaders of India and spend some time at the local markets shopping for silk and cotton, spices and shell jewelry. We at Flying Squirrel Holidays promise to take you to boutique hotels that boast of an exotic but healthy local fare and friendly English-speaking staff. We recommend date shakes and banana pancakes, a wellness treatment at one of our chosen yoga resorts, meditation sessions, and herbal body toning