Kovalam (vizhinjam) lighthouse - Timings, Lift and other details


  • Practical Tips
  • Kovalam (vizhinjam) lighthouse timings : 10am–12:45pm, 2–5:45pm [Closed on Mondays]
  • Entry Fee (Indians): Rs.20/ adult + Rs.10 for camera [Parking Rs. 20]
  • Entry Fee (International visitors):Rs.50/adult
  • Elevator (lift) will take you to the second floor. From there, you will have to climb 13 steep steps to reach the viewing platform.
  • Children under 5 are not allowed to climb the stairs of Kovalam (vizhinjam) lighthouse . However, children will enjoy the nearby aquarium and sunset with lighthouse as the backdrop.
  • Gets crowded after 4pm.
  • Even today, it acts as a regular lighthouse with powerful lights beamed between 5:30 pm and 6:00 am.
Kovalam (vizhinjam) lighthouse - Timings, Lift and other details

Kovalam lighthouse is the unquestioned lord of the Lighthouse beach. Go there for mesmerizing views of the blue Arabian sea. There is a lift (elevator) to take you to the top of the lighthouse. Entry fee is just Rs. 20/-. Visitor Timings - 10am–12:45pm, 2–5:45pm [Closed on Mondays]

Reaching Vizhinjam Kovalam Lighthouse

Kovalam lighthouse is just 11 kilometres from Trivandrum city. It is situated at distance of 4Kms from the center of Kovalam. In the evenings, you can simply walk it down to the lighthouse. If you are visiting in the afternoons, hire an autorickshaw. If you are driving down, you can park your vehicles just below the light house in the dedicated parking area. ( Parking - Rs 20 for car and Rs 10 for bike)

Stunning Views

From the lighthouse, you can enjoy stunning views of the blue green sea on one side and endless green of the coconut trees on the other side. You can reach the viewing platform with help of an elevator(lift) which takes you onto the second floor. From there, you will have to climb a steep ladder. The last part of the climb can be tedious for senior citizens and very young children.

If you are fit, then please do not take the lift, instead walk all the way up and you will be rewarded with amazing 360 view.

Timings of Vizhinjam Kovalam Lighthouse

The lighthouse is open to general public from 10am–12:45pm and again from 2–5:45pm. The Vizhinjam Kovalam Lighthouse is closed on Mondays.

At 6 pm sharp, guard will ask all tourists to move out of the lighthouse. Please note that this is a working lighthouse guiding local fishermen. The lighthouse lamp is lit between 5:30 PM and 6 AM.

Post 4PM, it gets crowded. The small space makes it claustrophobic. Thus will recommend visiting Kovalam Lighthouse before 4 PM.

Post the visit, you can head to black sand beach to admire the sunset. Pathway to the beach is full of small stores selling souvenirs, beach cloths and other such items.

Kovalam Lighthouse Entry Fee

  • Entry Fee (Indians): Rs.20/ adult
  • Entry Fee (International visitors):Rs.50/adult
  • Rs.10 for camera

Visiting Vizhinjam Kovalam Lighthouse with Children

Adoloscents and teenagers will love the climb. Children under 5 will find it difficult to climb the stairs of Kovalam (vizhinjam) lighthouse. There are other attractions nearby - Vizhinjam aquarium, cycle rides and music fountain show (between 1900 and1930 hours)

Restaurants near Kovalam Lighthouse

There are plenty of beach shacks serving local seafood cuisine ( Kerala style fish curry). If you’re looking for European cuisine, head to German Bakery. At German bakery, food is great as are the views of the sea. For seafood and local cuisine, I will recommend, ABC - A Beach Café for its fish dumpling and coconut rice.