Kovalam - Arabian Sea Escape
Post Confluence Retreat 2
Take in the beauty of one of Kerala’s most charming beach destinations, Kovalam, during this rejuvenating getaway. Watch the local fisherman cast their nets into the ocean waves, soak up the sunshine and breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea from the hilltop pool of your lovely hotel, and indulge in the freshest and most delicious local cuisine. Kovalam’s palm tree lined beaches and private coconut groves are a wonderful place to relax and reflect on your experiences at the Confluence.
Sun, Sand, Sea and Ayurveda
Famous for having the most pristine beaches in India, Kovalam literally means “a grove of coconut trees” and it remains true it’s name, with endless rows of these swaying trees. Its three most famous beaches form a crescent with shallow waters stretching for hundreds of meters, making it ideal for swimming and the beach lover’s ultimate delight! The beaches have steep palm covered headlands and are lined with many charming shops and boutiques. If you are interested in more than just sunbathing you can go diving, parasailing, wind surfing or visit one of the many upscale Ayurveda resorts Kovalam has to offer.
Your Lavish Coastal Sanctuary
You will be staying at the luxurious 5-star seaside resort Vivanta by Taj. This posh resort offers mesmerizing beach views, lush gardens filled with towering palm trees, and serene backwaters. Vivanta is tucked away on the hillside with lavish cottages and villas that are palatial, modern and serene. You could be waking up to Balinese style gardens peaking through your French windows, or panoramic views of the Arabian Sea. With Kovalam’s most celebrated restaurants just around the corner you can savor the delectable cuisine in a variety of backdrops. The aromas and flavors are a treat for the senses and you can enjoy them in the restaurant, poolside or in a private gazebo. Pamper yourself at their world-class Jiva Spa with the best spa therapies that India has to offer. Amidst the beauty of nature, Vivanta promises an indulgent and invigorating experience that will be unforgettable.
3 nights of luxury accommodations overlooking the Arabian Sea. (All based on double occupancy, single rooms available at additional cost.)
· Fresh and delicious breakfast every morning.
· Daily yoga classes for practitioners of all levels.
· Train transportation from Kumarakom Lake Resort to Trivandrum. Ground transport from Trivandrum to Kovalam.
· Participants should book flights to depart from the Tiruvananthapuram airport. Transfer from hotel to airport is not provided
· Limited to 20 people.
We will provide transportation for you from Kumarakom Lake Resort to the gorgeous Vivanta in Kovalam. This involves a 3-hour train ride – an adventure in itself – followed by a drive from the station to the resort.
Day 6 & 7
Spend a couple of days sunbathing and swimming at the beautiful pool, pampering yourself at their spa, and indulging in the excellent local cuisine.
Here the tour concludes and you can arrange to continue your stay in India or head to the airport to catch your flight home.
All participants who choose this post-Confluence option should book their departure flights out of the Thiruvananthapuram (TRV) airport. It’s an international airport 20 minutes away from the hotel with access to most major airlines. Though you will initially fly into Cochin for the Confluence, from Kovalam, Cochin airport is over 5 hours away.
Please note that we will NOT be providing a transfer from the Taj Kovalam to Thiruvananthapuram (TRV) airport on Day 8. This can be easily arranged through the hotel.
Things to do in Kovalam
Explore a variety of tempting restaurants that Lighthouse Beach has to offer just walking distance away.
If you are into surfing Kovalam is a wonderful place to surf! Make sure you speak to the locals to learn about the best and safest spots to enjoy the waves.
If you’re an early riser, get up early and head down to the beach. One of the most beautiful things to see is the fisherman bringing home their catch in majestic old wooden boats.
Vizhinjam Lighthouse is one of Kovalam’s most unique treasures. Situated at the southern end of the beach, this candy cane colored lighthouse has an amazing spiral staircase that leads you up to breathtaking panoramic views of the coastline.
Enjoy the gorgeous and luxurious hotel that you will be staying at and simply relax and do nothing…for a change.