Southern Kerala restaurants

Top Choice Keralan in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Villa Maya

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


Designed as an upmarket alfresco beach shack, the fabulous seafood restaurant at the Taj Green Cove fronts the sea, with waves and palms on one side and chefs in a semi-open kitchen on the other. Seafood and spicy p…
Top Choice International in Varkala

Soul Food Cafe

Fresh local ingredients fuel inspired, artfully prepared dishes at the beautifully located clifftop garden cafe at Soul & Surf. Here zingy mezze platters arrive with mini pappadams and slithers of chapati, coffe…
Top Choice South Indian in Kovalam


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 …
Top Choice South Indian in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Ariya Nivaas

Trivandrum's best all-you-can-eat South Indian veg thalis mean long-running Ariya Nivaas is always busy (especially at lunchtime), but service is snappy and the food fresh. There's an air-con dining room upstairs.
Multicuisine in Alappuzha (Alleppey)


Opposite the beach, this elegant restaurant at the 1860s heritage-style Raheem Residency is Alleppey’s finest. It has seating on a bijou open-sided terrace reached via a spiral staircase (though the sea views are no…
Keralan in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Padmavilasom Palace

At elegant, history-rich Padmavilasom Palace, Kerala's traditional vegetarian sadya (banquet) is delivered in all its banana-leaf sumptuousness within the courtyards of an exquisitely restored 19th-century ammaveedu…
South Indian in Kottayam


This lovely, spotlessly kept 1st-floor dining room with slatted blinds is a swankier version of Kerala's typical set-meals restaurants. The South Indian food here is great, including Malabar fish curry, thalis, masa…
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…
Multicuisine in Kovalam


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…