Top things to do in Southern Kerala

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.
Top Choice Museum in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Museum of History & Heritage

In a lovely heritage building within the Kerala Tourism complex, this beautifully presented museum traces Keralan history and culture through superb static displays and interactive audiovisual presentations. Exhibit…
Top Choice Museum in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Napier Museum

Housed in an 1880 wooden building designed by Robert Chisholm, a British architect whose Fair Isle–style version of the Keralan vernacular shows his enthusiasm for local craft, this museum has an eclectic display of…
Sports in Alappuzha (Alleppey)

Nehru Trophy Boat Race

This is the most renowned and fiercely contested of Kerala’s boat-race regattas. Thousands of people, many aboard houseboats, gather around the starting and finishing points on Alleppey's Punnamada Lake to watch sna…