Vizhinjam is 2 km away from Kovalam. Europeans, Portuguese and Dutch had commercial ties with the local kings during the pre-colonial days. Ruins of rock-cut temples have been found, substantiating the port town's centuries-old heritage.
Today, it offers nothing but a slice of Kerala's coastal life: fishing boats jostling for space; wiry fishermen hastily repairing fishing net. Petty altercations among fishermen over the price of days catch perfectly blends with rumblings of bellowing waves. Come dusk, shore would be reverberating with the heehaw of fishermen pushing fishing boats to the sea.