Somatheeram Beach Resort, Kovalam
This ayurvedic beach resort has consciously attempted to preserve its natural settings. Guests stay in traditional houses or simple cottages along twisted paths on 13- lush acres above the Sea.
With two doctors, 8 -technicians & a yoga master, Somatheeram is well prepared for stressed out Westerners. Various traditional treatment programs (normally 14 - day sessions) are available, as well as one time treatment. Massage, medicated steam bath etc.
Somatheeram is located Nine kilometers south of the renowned Kovalam Beach, 21 Kilometers from Trivandrum Airport, 160 Kilometers from Kumarakom Backwaters, 250 Kilometers from Cochin, 250 Kilometers from Thekkady.
A granite built palace like house with a spacious octagon shaped living room, a gorgeously decorated bedroom with king size bed, overlooking an inexplicable panorama. Steps leading to a terrace with an eye-catching view, an open courtyard with a palm tree and an open roof bath are added attractions.
Illam (Deluxe & Ordinary)
Traditional Kerala houses mostly wooden built with antique doors and furniture. Each house has 2 bedrooms, one being deluxe with a living room and the other an ordinary room rented separately. Taken together you own an exclusive compound with greeneries and the ocean for sight.
Arappura (Deluxe / Ordinary)
A traditional Kerala house with one deluxe and one ordinary accommodation. The wood based house.
Jeeva & Jyothi
A Kerala house with two bedrooms rented separately situated on the slopes to the beach amidst verdant coconut grooves.
A traditional Kerala house with four bedrooms, rented separately, mostly wooden built surrounded by a verandah with an inner open courtyard with antique doors and pillars overlooking the ocean.
Round thatched villas, build of natural mud, bricks and having more sea view.
Round stone or brick built thatched villas with attached toilet and bath room.
Round villas thatched and built of bricks vis-à-vis the ocean. They are provided with common toilet.
A Restaurant serving
¤ Regional, Indian, Tandoori, Grilled, Continental & Chinese cuisines.
Places of Interest :
Along the 600 kilometer length of the Kerala coast, there are many sandy beaches, rocky promontories and coconut palms. The fishing village of Kovalam lies 10 kilometers south of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. Kovalam is the only beach resort of Kerala, and is very popular with the Indian as well as international tourists. Industry is relatively small scale in this area and the prices low.
The beach is just a few minutes walk from the village. Kovalam consists of three successive small crescent beaches; the southern most known as Lighthouse Beach, is where most of the visitors spend their time. The beach is bordered with low cost lodging houses, and restaurants which offer adequate facilities, at affordable tariffs - ideal for a long stay.
The light house on the promontory at the southern end of the beach, offers a spectacular view across to the Vizhinjam mosque. Photography is prohibited here. The middle beach, overlooked from a rocky headland by the five star Ashok Radisson resort, functions each morning as a base for local fishers. North of Ashok, is the third beach which is very little affected by the changing times. It is dotted with a few rudimentary wooden fishing vessels.
The capital of the state of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram or the City of the Sacred Snake, is built over seven hills. Named after Anantha, the thousand - headed serpent of Hindu mythology, the city once formed a part of the Travancore kingdom, its capital at Padmanabhapuram, now a part of Tamil Nadu.
Thiruvananthapuram is, decidedly, one of the cleaner and well-planned cities of the country. The city's scenic appeal, its enchanting beaches, and overwhelming greenery only add to its uniqueness.
It embodies the magical feel of Kerala, as a whole, and lends terrific insight into the culture of the state. The red-tiled roofs, the never-ending stretches of palm trees, the maze of narrow, winding streets and above all, the sea, make for a fascinating mixture.