The Leela Kovalam Beach
Kovalam, Kerala and Karnataka, India
At a Glance
Oversized swimming pool overlooking the Arabian sea
A great spot to stay at the beginning or at the end of your trip
Fantastic dining options on offer - Continental, Oriental, Indian and Keralan cuisine
Perched on the cliff top is Sky Bar, a great location to watch the sun set and enjoy a sun downer
A short walk to the beach
Best time to Visit
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Isolated from much of India by the Western Ghats, the climate of Kerala & Karnataka is tropical and as a result of the mountain ranges the area isn’t as dry as much of India. The best time to visit is from January through to April. While there can be the occasional light showers these are just a prelude of the wet weather to come. The weather is generally hot and humid during this early summer. The monsoon season arrives in early June and thus can wash out July and August. September is much more humid as a result of the rainy season, and the fall can be dry but with the humidity this makes it feel quite warm. There can be a little rain in the night in October and November. The temperatures cool down and the humidity lets up as winter comes in around December, with this season lasting until February when the dry spring returns. Winter can be a pleasant time to visit, especially if you’re looking to head off the beach and explore the rest of this Indian land of mystery.
The Leela Kovalam Beach has a unique setting, perched on a rock-face overlooking the Arabian Sea and is a deluxe retreat with impeccable service with a luxurious finish. The Leela Kovalam Beach is conveniently located just 15km from Trivandrum airport.
The Leela Kovalam Beach has 183 rooms and suites spread over forty four acres. The property overlooks two long beaches, ideal for those looking for some beach time.
Built on the rock-face, most rooms at The Leela Kovalam Beach have beautiful views due to the high elevation. The Deluxe Club Wing offers excellent sea view rooms, located high up with a separate club lounge, ocean rim infinity swimming pool and superbly furnished rooms. The Beach View Wing offers sea-facing rooms designed in an ethnic Keralan theme and all come with the modern amenities. Finally, the Pavilion Wing has forty two rooms and is located on the ground level.
There is a delightful swimming pool which opens out from the lobby on the top floor, offering truly exceptional views of the sea. The hotel also has two restaurants; a main restaurant with a wood-fire pizza oven and buffet and a Beach Restaurant. There is also a bar offering excellent views and a Pool lounge offering snacks. There is also a spa offering Ayurvedic and wellness treatments. For those looking to keep active during their stay, the hotel also has a range of activities on offer from tennis to yoga.
The Leela Kovalam Beach offers 183 rooms and suites, each with a elegant design creating a feeling of sophistication. Please note that the rooms either have garden views or beach views.
Children are welcome but there are no specific facilities.
Services at the hotel include yoga lessons, 24 hour in room dining, laundry, concierge and there is also a doctor on call.
Facilities at The Leela Kovalam Beach include a spa, gym, activity center, tennis and badminton courts and 2 restaurants serving Oriental, Continental and Indian cuisine along with local Keralan specialties. There is also a bar, gift shop, library, Mahon pool, cafe (Club only), Club Pool and Club Spa.
Activities at The Leela Kobalam Beach include use of the Ayurveda and Wellness spa, badminton, beach volleyball, use of the fitness center, jogging, library snooker, table tennis, tennis and yoga. The hotel also offers a variety of excursions and day picnics in the surrounding area.
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Perched on the cliff with fantastic views out to sea the Kempinski hotel is large and feels more like a resort than many others you can experience in Kerala. The hotel provides a variety of dining options including a wonderfully tasty Asian fusion restaurant on the beach, where you can relax and listen to the waves lap against the yellow sand. The hotel is located no more than 40 minutes from Trivandrum airport, so the hotel is convenient for a relaxing break but also a great hotel to combine with an adventurous vacation through Kerala.
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Periyar - Boating at Lake Periyar
Boating in the splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar river adds to the charm of the park. Spot some fascinating wildlife from the boat including animals coming to drink on the lake.
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Kovalam, Kerala and Karnataka, India
Kerala’s largest beachside resort, The Leela Kempinski Kovalam Beach, is set in a beautifully verdant location, hugging the rocky shoreline between two private beaches, offering wonderful panoramic views of the famed Kovalam shoreline.