Covelong (known as “Kovalam”) is a fishing village in Chennai. It is 40 kilometres south of Chennai, on the East Coast Road towards Mahabalipuram route. Kovalam was a port town developed by the Nawab of Carnatic, Saadat Ali. The French had taken over the place in 1746, and then the British destroyed it in 1752. The Taj Fisherman’s Cove (a famous luxury resort) was earlier a fort built by Dutch during the colonial times. A Catholic church, ancient one is another spot of attraction on the beach. There is also a Dharga (Mosque) & a temple nearby the beach.
The village of Covelong along the beach is famous for its fishing activities that draws many tourists. Not to forget to mention that this beach is also said to be the India’s first surfing village. There is also a surfing school where one can surf and stand up paddle in the right hand breaks like Bay of Life. There is a surf school with resort in the beach. Covelong beach is one of the few places in the East Coast where wind surfing takes place.
Kovalam Beach is a Mid Sea Diving spot.