Halcyon Castle was constructed as a
retreat for Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bai’s royal
family. The Castle is situated at Travancore in Kerala, God’s Own Country. Not only is the retreat for the royal family
highly splendid, it is exemplary manifesting the beautiful art of Travancore’s traditional
The majestic castle is surrounded
by a beautifully expensive lawn that nobody fails to appreciate! The castle,
sold to the Kerala Government was purchased by a hotelier. Thus the Castle was
transformed into one of Kovalam’s 5 Star hotels. Though the ownership of the
hotel has changed many a times till the present date, it never fails to attract
tourists from all across the world.
The prim Castle stands at one of
the outcrops of the Kovalam Beach. It provides an interesting panoramic view of
the beach that encompasses the beautiful sunsets. Moreover, the guests at the
hotel may also choose either the rooms or even the beautifully comfortable
cottages surrounded by the coconut trees that stand tall facing the Nature’s
delight called the Kovalam Beach.
As the Castle stands converted into
a 5 Star Hotel, the guests are provided with the best of the amenities. The
Kerala cuisine provided here is simply mouth watering. Besides, exploring the
beach or enjoying a dip in the ocean or a splash of swimming are irresistible! The majority of the tourists who visit Kerala
opt for Halcyon Castle for a stay rather than any other accommodation.
More on Halcyon Castle
History of Halcyon Castle
M.R.Ry Sri Rama Varma
ValiyaKoilThampuran, the consort of Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bai got the Castle
constructed in the year 1934. Apart feom being a residence for the Royal
family, the Castle was employed for the rejuvenation holidaying activities by the Royals. It is believed that
the successor, Queen HH KarthikaThirunal and her husband, Prince GV Raja, had
opted for the Castle in 1936 for their honeymoon.
The natural beauty of the beach
simply mesmerized the royal couple so much so that they made it a point to promote
Kovalam, as a tourists’ attraction, among their friends from Europe. Later, the
Castle was sold to the Kerala Government in 1964. Further, the Castle was
purchased by a hotelier. In association with Leela Group of Luxury Hotels, it
was converted into a 5 Star Hotel.
Best Time to Visit Halcyon Castle
It is in between October to March
as the weather is pleasant and the sea is calm.
Tips for Visiting Halcyon Castle
1. It is advisable to opt for an
advanced booking if you want to stay here overnight.
2. Entry is restricted to some of the areas of Castle.
3. You may click your cameras and there are no extra charges for allowing photography.
How to Reach Halcyon Castle?
Tourists may make use of
the public transport to reach the Castle as Kovalam is connected well by road.
And there is no dearth of the buses, autorickshaws, taxes or the cabs that you
may hire to explore Kovalam. Once you reach the central point of the town, you
may reach the Halcyon Castle in 10 min via Beach Road.