Top things to do in Kovalam

Top Choice Seafood in Kovalam

Bait

Designed as an upmarket al fresco beach shack, the fabulous Taj Green Cove seafood restaurant fronts the sea, with waves and palms on one side and chefs in a semi-open kitchen on the other. Seafood and spicy prepara…
Top Choice South Indian in Kovalam

Varsha

In the lanes behind southern Lighthouse Beach, this little restaurant plates up some of Kovalam's best vegetarian food at reasonable prices, in a simple garden-like space with sandy floors, plastic chairs and a few …
Multicuisine in Kovalam

Fusion

With its imaginative East-meets-West menu and stylish terrace vibe, the restaurant at Beach Hotel II is one of Lighthouse Beach's top dining experiences, rustling up Continental favourites, Asian fusion such as chil…
International in Kovalam

Terrace Restaurant

One of Kovalam's most scenic (and expensive) restaurants, overlooking the turquoise-tinted infinity pool at the top-end clifftop Leela. The elegant menu plays with Indian and international flavours; tempting bites r…
International in Kovalam

Waves Restaurant & German Bakery

The burnt-orange balcony, ambient soundtrack, sea views and wide-roaming, well-executed menu keep Waves (atop Beach Hotel) busy with foreigners. It doubles as the German Bakery, a great spot for breakfast with fresh…
Keralan in Kovalam

Suprabhatham

It doesn't look like much, but this rustic pure-veg courtyard restaurant hidden back from Lighthouse Beach dishes up excellent Keralan-style cooking, vegetarian thalis and fresh fruit juices. It's all fresh and full…
Hindu Temple in Kovalam

Rock-Cut Temple

Amid neatly tended, banyan-shaded grounds 500m north of Vizhinjam harbour, this small shrine is one of Kerala's most ancient rock-cut temples. A sculpture of Dakshinamurthy is flanked by unfinished reliefs of Shiva …
Indian in Kovalam

Malabar Cafe

The busy red-cloth tables tell a story: attentive service, candlelight at night and views through pot plants to the crashing waves set the tone for Malabar's tasty India-wide cooking, including nightly fresh-seafood…
Multicuisine in Kovalam

Curry Leaf

On a gently sloping hillside above Samudra Beach, this two-storey restaurant boasts enviable ocean and sunset views beyond slender palms, while keen staff deliver fresh seafood, Continental dishes and tandoori delic…
International in Kovalam

Rock Cafe

A friendly, simple seaside old-timer with check-print tablecloths and reliably good fresh cooking, hidden behind fishing boats where Hawa Beach meets Lighthouse Beach. Sample local lobster, mussels and tiger prawns,…