Consolidating Kerala’s standing as a fast-emerging hub of destination weddings and MICE tourism, Samudra Kovalam, the beach side resort of the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) is all set to reopen after adding a whole range of world class features as part of the first phase of its renovation.
Tourism Minister PA Mohamed Riyas will open the sea-front resort at Kovalam near here on January 30 at 5.30 pm, in the presence of KTDC Chairman P K Sasi, Tourism Secretary K Biju, Tourism Director P B Nooh and KTDC Managing Director Sikha Surendran.
Nestled on a sprawling coconut tree-lined site overlooking the Arabian sea, Samudra Kovalam has for long been the hallmark of Kerala’s highly successful beach tourism.
Starting with 50 rooms in 1981, Samudra Kovalam has earned a reputation as the favorite choice for domestic and international tourists to enjoy the salubrious ambience of Kovalam. Keeping up with the growing demand, a new block of 12 rooms and two cottages were added to the property in 1997.
The current round of renovation has added another 40 rooms, completed on a budget of Rs 12.68 crores provided by the state government, turning the property and its surroundings into an ideal locale for high-end weddings and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) tourism.
As part of the renovation, the G V Raja Convention Centre has been made more attractive, enhancing the ambience of the whole complex as an ideal destination for weddings and conferences.
The renovation was taken up on the basis on an upfront plan and design, factoring in the hugescope the property has in playing host to international conferences against the backdrop of the refreshing natural setting.
A major advantage of the property is that all its rooms are sea-facing.The property now flaunts such high-end options as Sea View Cottages, Superior Sea View and Premium Pool View rooms and a lawn area for guests to relax, all together making the stay at the Samudra, a totally different experience.
The resort will also have a cozy restaurant, whose renovation will be completed by March and will serve a richly diverse menu including local cuisine
The renovation saw the installation of several other improvements like an AC plant, aesthetically planned ambience lightings and other electrical works and a thoroughly done approach road. The renovation of the balance 20 rooms will be completed in the next phase.
Starting with four hotels in 1964, KTDC has since grown into India’s largest and most reputed public sector hospitality and tourism venture, having over 70 properties across the state including premium hotels and resorts, medium range hotels and a string of motels to cater to all categories of travelers.
KTDC has its properties on beaches, backwater and river sides, hill stations as well as heritage and pilgrim centres. Of these, seven are premium resorts, 11 budget hotels, eight economy hotels & numerous motels.
KTDC is also a leading tour facilitator offering diverse tour packages combining its various premium properties connecting major destinations of the state, and has played a key role in firmly positioning destinations like Thekkady, Munnar and Kovalam on the world tourism map.
Booking for rooms, and for weddings or conferences can be done by directly contacting Samudra Kovalam on 0471-2480089 / 2481412 or KTDC’s Central Reservation on 1800 425 0123. For more details, visit www.ktdc.com