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Facts About Kovalam
- The world-famous Kovalam Beach is situated in this area of Trivandrum City.
- Kovalam is an area of Trivandrum City in Kerala, India, located around 17 km south of the city centre.
- Kovalam first received attention when the Regent Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi of Travancore constructed her beach resort, Halcyon Castle, here towards the end of the 1920s.
- Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and true to its name the village offers an endless sight of coconut trees.
- Kovalam has three beaches separated by rocky outcroppings in its 17 km coastline, the three together form the famous crescent of the Kovalam beach.
- The larger of the beaches is called Lighthouse Beach for its 35 meters high lighthouse which towers over it atop Kurumkal hillock.
- The nearest train station is Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station, about 16 km (9.94 mi) away.
- The sands on the beaches in Kovalam are partially black in colour due to the presence of ilmenite and Monazite.