Southern Kerala restaurants

Top Choice Keralan in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Villa Maya

Villa Maya is more an experience than a restaurant. Dining is either in the magnificent 18th-century Dutch mansion or in private curtained niches in the tranquil courtyard garden. The Keralan cuisine is expertly cra…
Top Choice Seafood in Kovalam


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 Multicuisine in Alappuzha (Alleppey)

Chakara Restaurant

The restaurant at Raheem Residency is Alleppey’s finest, with seating on a bijou open rooftop, reached via a spiral staircase, with views over to the beach. The menu creatively combines traditional Keralan and Europ…
Top Choice Arabian in Alappuzha (Alleppey)


A breezy open-air restaurant with wrought-iron chairs, specialising in cheap, tasty and spicy halal meals like chicken kali mirch, fish tandoori and chilli mushrooms. Lots of locals and travellers give it a good vib…
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…
Top Choice Cafe in Kollam (Quilon)

8 Point Art Cafe

On the fun side of Ashtamudi Lake, this excellent cafe in a restored heritage building is part local art gallery, part trendy hang-out, with changing free exhibitions, good coffee, soups, pasta and a small library.
Top Choice South Indian in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Ariya Nivaas

Trivandrum's best all-you-can-eat South Indian veg thalis mean Ariya Nivaas is always busy at lunchtime, but service is snappy and the food fresh.
Multicuisine in Kovalam

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…
Multicuisine in Alappuzha (Alleppey)


Designed to vaguely resemble a kettuvallam (rice barge), Dreamers is across the road from Alleppey Beach where it's unfortunately being blighted by the construction of a massive concrete flyover. Still, it's a rusti…
Multicuisine in Kovalam


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…