Kovalam FAQs

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Area geography

Kovalam is a beautiful beach town by the Arabian Sea in Thiruvananthapuram city of Kerala. Kovalam has a 17-kilometre-long coastline and has three important beaches – Lighthouse beach, Samudra beach and Hawa beach.

Notes currencies cards

The currency of India is Indian Rupee (INR). You can withdraw money from various ATMs across the city. Credit cards are not widely accepted and so make sure you carry cash along.

Cellular service for tourists

Tourists from foreign cities can buy prepaid SIM cards to avoid high roaming charges while travelling in Kovalam. You can get the prepaid SIM cards from one of the many mobile recharge shops in Kovalam.

Wifi internet

You can avail Wi-Fi services at most hotels and even some restaurants in Kovalam. The Wi-Fi services might be payable or complimentary.

Drinking laws

The legal age for consumption of alcohol in Kerala is 21 years.


Tipping is an important part of etiquettes to be observed while touring anywhere in India. It’s a common practice to tip waiters in restaurants and the cab drivers while sightseeing.


Kovalam has a low crime rate and therefore considered relatively safe. However, petty crimes like pickpocketing or bag snatching are common. It’s advisable to always be cautious of your surroundings and avoid visiting isolated areas, especially after dark.

General information

Languages spoken

Malayalam, Tamil, English

Time zones


Major religions

Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism, Christianity

Electricity standards

In India, the standard voltage is 220 Volts. If you have equipment that runs on a different voltage, please procure a suitable voltage adaptor to run your equipment. In India, the power plug-in is generally two pin plug and three pin plug.

Common greetings

Hello - namasthe/namaskaram

Welcome - swaagatham

How are you? - sukhamalle?

What is your name? - perenthaa?

Listen - sraddhikhu

Please - dayavaai

Thank you - nanni

Goodbye - poyivaraam

Can you help me please? - onnu sahaayikkumo?

Excuse me/sorry - kshamikkanam

How much will it cost? - ithinu enthu vila varum?

Can I make a phone call from here? - Onnu phone cheyyan pattumo?

Where can I hire a taxi? - evide taxi kittum?


Emergency numbers

Upasana Hospital 
Phone: 2480632 

Kovalam Medicals 
Phone: 2480911 

Phroze Framroze & Co. Pvt. Ltd. (Money Exchange Office)
Near Kovalam Bus Station
Phone: 2487450 

Post Office 
Kovalam Junction
Phone: 2481330 

Kovalam Junction 
Phone: 2451860 

Tourist Facilitation Centre
Phone: +91-471 2480085 

Kovalam Police Station 
Phone : 0471-2480255 

Tourist Information Centre 
Phone: +91-471-480085