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Top Choice Seafood in Kovalam

Bait

The seafood restaurant at the Vivanta fronts Samudra Beach, a golf-buggy ride from the hotel itself. It's designed as an upmarket alfresco beach shack, where you can watch the waves on one side and the chefs at work…
Top Choice South Indian in Kovalam

Varsha Restaurant

This little restaurant just back from Lighthouse Beach serves some of Kovalam's best vegetarian food at budget prices. Dishes are fresh and carefully prepared. It's a great spot for breakfast and lunch in particular…
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Waves Restaurant & German Bakery

With its broad, burnt-orange balcony, ambient soundtrack and wide-roaming menu, Waves is usually busy with foreigners. It morphs into the German Bakery, a great spot for breakfast with fresh bread, croissants, pastr…
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Fusion

This terrace restaurant at Beach Hotel II is one of the better dining experiences on Lighthouse Beach, with an inventive East-meets-West menu, a range of Continental dishes, Asian fusion and interesting seafood numb…
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Curry Leaf

On a small hilltop overlooking Samudra Beach, this two-storey restaurant boasts enviable ocean and sunset views, eager staff and a menu ranging from fresh seafood and tandoori to Continental dishes. It requires a bi…
Lighthouse in Kovalam

Vizhinjam Lighthouse

Kovalam's most distinguishing feature is the working candy-striped lighthouse at the southern end of Lighthouse Beach. Climb the spiral staircase – or the brand-new elevator – for vertigo-inducing views up and down …
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Beatles Cafe

This sweet little cafe on the promenade has been around for a long time and is a good little spot for breakfast or a burger, but the menu ranges from pizza to momos and South Indian curries.
Indian in Kovalam

Malabar Cafe

The busy tables tell a story: with candlelight at night and views through pot plants to the crashing waves, Malabar offers tasty food, including the nightly fresh seafood display, and good service.
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A Beach Cafe

ABC is an easygoing balcony restaurant overlooking Lighthouse Beach, with good coffee, soups and a wide-ranging menu.
Beach in Kovalam

Lighthouse Beach

Kovalam's main beach, notable for the candy-striped lighthouse at the southern end.