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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 22, 2016
money exchange  (3 Answers)

Where is the best place to get good exchange rates in the kovalam area apart from banks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 15, 2015
New Year Eve Party

Can anyone suggest good party options for new year eve in Kovalam. Is there a specific beach party? Can these be prebooked?

Also would the new year eve scene be better in Trivandrum than Kovalam?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 17, 2015
Best beach in Kerala  (5 Answers)

I would be travelling to Kovalam in the first week of March, with my family and could I get suggestions for the locations to stay and some decent hotel on the beach.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 25, 2014
volunteer work in Kovalam  (1 Answer)

Hi, I am looking for a good voluntary project in Kovalam, I am from a psychology/ counselling background with play therapy and teaching certificate. Thanks Jacqui

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 14, 2014
what to do to kill time in kovalam  (3 Answers)

I am in Kovalam now and I have about 6 hours to kill. I have seen all the famed places here. What to do now?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 14, 2014
need advise for honeymoon trip.  (3 Answers)

i am going to Kerala(india) for my honeymoon in July please advise ...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 05, 2013
Night Entertainment in Kovalam  (1 Answer)

Hi All
Coming to Kovalam in late Jan and staying at the Turtle Beach hotel. Can you tell me if there is any evening entertainment in and around Kovalam please, any kathakali show? With bar would be great.
Many thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 24, 2013
Tour of Kovalam, Munnar & Kodaikanal  (2 Answers)

I want to make a tour plan of Kovalam, Munnar, Kodaikanal. Ca anybody guide me about the road plan starting from Kolkata to come back ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 03, 2013
Apartment for 3 months in Kovalam

Hello VT members!

My husband and I are arriving to Trivandrum on November 4... We need a flat or apartment... large studio or one bedroom for 3 months...Nov>Feb.. furnished, wifi internet, pool, and sea view... preferred in good  location of Kovalam.   On internet i am only finding expensive luxury places above our budget of 25,000. rupees per month..

Any suggestions or contacts is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 30, 2013
water sports in kovalam  (4 Answers)

are there any water sports activities in kovalam ????

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 30, 2012
Floating restaurants.  (3 Answers)

I have heard that there are 'floating restaurants' on the backwaters at Kovalam. can anyone confirm this and , if so, give some details etc, if poss.

Also, how far is Kovalam Junction to the nearest beach and is it safe enough to walk?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 15, 2012
looking to find house for rent in kovalam for 1/2 months july august  (7 Answers)

Namaste hello everyone,

I m looking to rent a house in kovalam for two months, anyone has an house to rent in july/august?

thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 16, 2011
Kovalam - Santana - Some news from my friend ?  (4 Answers)


My first time in Kovalam was in 1995. I remember, August the 14th in the night. The beach near the light house was almost empty. I arrived in front of the Santana and the owner was alone, looking sad. I asked him - You look sad, why ? - Sit down there. What do you want to drink ? Do you want to share my food ? -. - Sure -. - Look at the light house, what do you see on the top ? -. - A flag ? -. - Yes a flag. Tomorrow is Independance day and this evening I had a hard problem with a client, an English woman*. This is the reason why I am sad -. We spent, we shared a good, a friendly time together.

In 1998 I went back with my wife. He was starting a new Santana (he has been obliged to leave the previous place). He offered us to sleep in a bedroom near his own room. For lunch we were sharing with him his own family's food. Hot and gorgeous. He and his friends invited us to kathakali (art "total"). With my wife the first and the second half-time (make-up and the the theater itself), and the third one without my wife in his room with the kathakali "khelari".

I don't like to say "he". But I was so affraid by the foreign languages, I was not sure about his first name, I was affraid not to speak good. Raju ? Please don't tell him I don't remember his name.

What happened to Santana ? What happened to my friend ? We want to visit him again between January 18th and 21th. Can somebody give me some news about him ? How to contact him ?

Thanks for your answer

Jacques (who is a little late wishing happy birthday to Bharat)

* I supposed an Algerian restaurant owner would be very sad if July the 4th in the night a French client would manage to have a quarrel with him (I am French). Alas, I know it could happen...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 29, 2011
Kovalam - To - Goa  (6 Answers)


I need to travel from Kovalam to Goa (palolem). Any suggestions?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 24, 2011
eatouts  (1 Answer)

plz suggest a nice place for sea food,and not to heavy on wallet.also some place for live music. planning to visit on 25 march

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 24, 2011
Need a good dentist in Kovalam


I am coming to Kovalam in February and i am looking to get some dental work done and could do we some recommendations.

I need to get several crowns and an implant fitted and i don't know which dentist to choose. I have seen many advertised online, but i would be more interested in hearing from any VT'rs that know of a good dentist in the town.

The reason for being cautious is that i had two Nobel Biocare implants fitted in Goa last year and i found out that from having an X-ray back home that the dentist fitted one of the implants incorrectly so im worried its going to happen again, or im going to have another bad experience.

any help or recommendations would be most grateful.

Thanks and happy travels.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 24, 2011
The best beach hotel to stay in Kovalam  (6 Answers)

Hi there,

Can anyone recommend a good hotel/b&b in Kovalam. Ideally, we are looking to pay around 2000/2500 INR per night and be on the beach, or close by. Ideally the hotel should have sea views rooms with a terrace/balcony, a pool and wi-fi internet. I've seen many advertised but the pictures aren't that great so any personal recommendations would be fantastic.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 19, 2010
NYE in Kovalam  (3 Answers)

Hi there

I will be in Kovalam for New Years Eve. Are there any real safety concerns if two females are out and about on the beach for NYE? Also, is there anywhere to kick on after festivities finish up at the beach at 12:30?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 18, 2010
Kovalam to Periyar - an easy journey?

Hi there,

As an alternative to the post below, my boyfriend and I are planning to maybe travel from Kovalam to Periyar Lake / National Park and can't find any info on whether this is easy to do!

Can anyone tell me the best way to do this? Method of transport / time it takes (roughly) / cost if known? We are not against hiring a driver, but would still like an idea of length of time and cost for this option.

We will spend one night in Kovalam, then 3 nights at Periyar, then will need to return to Kovalam for 2 nights to meet a friend. Therefore this journey is not just one way - so if there is any difference between the 2 (Kov - Per / Per - Kov) please can you supply info for both if possible.

Thanks in advance :D

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 17, 2010
Hotel minefield  (3 Answers)

Hi all,

I'm going to Kovalam with my boyfriend next month and we have been looking online and at travel books and forums and we have found that it is very tricky to know for sure which of the hundreds of hotels would be a good option.

Each seems to have a mix of good and terrible reviews. We are only in Kovalam for 5 nights before travelling round Kerala... but really would like a great value for money hotel, ideally with a pool (even a small one) and also would like it to be near one of the beaches.

Does anyone have any mid range, but with top notch family-run-type service they can recommend? ....we realise that it also may be too late now to find anywhere to book at short notice! If you have good websites to book through too, this would be great!

Any suggestions welcome and appreciated.

Jess & Ilia

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 20, 2008
Shopping  (3 Answers)

Any tips as to where to shop in and around Kovalam.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 20, 2008
Weather  (1 Answer)

Whats the weather like at the moment and whats it likely to be in December.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 13, 2008
Transport to and from Periyar  (1 Answer)


My friends are needing to get from Cochin to Periyar and then from Periyar to Kovalam in January.

I understand that this journey has to be made by bus.

Has anyone got any further information regarding bus times/location/journey times/prices/how and where to book. Can reservations be made in advance?

All info gratefully received!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 30, 2008
Does anyone have an update.  (3 Answers)

Have any travellers been to Kovalam, especially the Uday Samudra Hotel, this year who can give me an update on my earlier question on Have Things Changed over the past four years. Thanks in advance to all who may respond to this request. Brynn and Pam Welch. Stafford, England.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 24, 2008
House Boat Sockets  (3 Answers)

Hi all, Wer'e goining to Kovalam in March and would like to go on a houseboat overnight. However I have sleep apnea and need to use a CPAPs machine plugged into an electric socket...question is do the houseboats have electric sockets? Any Info greatfully received. thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 13, 2008
Tipping?  (3 Answers)

Another question! Can anyone advise on the subject of tipping,such as how much for room maids/boys,taxis and in restaurants etc. What is appropriate, also if you go on trips/backwaters for staff on boat? Many thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 10, 2008
Have things changed  (6 Answers)

I visited Kovalam in 2004 and stayed at the Uday Samudra Hotel. Then it was a small hotel with the rooms surrounding one outside pool. I have just booked a holiday at the same hotel for November this year and see that it now is much larger with 3 pools and a lot more rooms. My question is : - Has the increase in the tourist capacity of this hotel spoilt the small beach by bringing in too many tourists. Are the outside bars and shacks ( for eating ) now full of tourists. Anyone got any advice they can give to me.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 06, 2008
Clothing?  (3 Answers)

We are off to Kovalam in Feb staying at the Uday Samudra hotel. It is our first time to Kerala and having read a bit about it being disrespectful to go around in the sort of clothing you might wear in say mediterranean resorts I am not really sure what sort of clothing would be appropriate. With temps being high we want to stay cool but also don't want to cause any offence. I am quite happy to wear long trousers/skirts but are strappy sun tops a no-no and also away from the hotel/resort is it ok for men to walk around in shorts? Any advice would be much appreciated. Is it easy enough to find clothing shops to suit western tastes in Trivandrum? Many thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2008
Samudra Hotel Kovalam  (5 Answers)

We will be staying at the Samudra Hotel in Februay. Although we have been to Kerala several times we have always stayed on Lighthouse Beach, and wondered what the beaches near the Samudra Hotel are like and are there places to eat. Also is it possible to walk from the hotel to Eve's and Lighthouse beaches in the daytime.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 28, 2007
Currency  (3 Answers)

what currency is best to take from the UK to Kerala? Is it best to take sterling or US Dollars? Is it true you cannot get Indian Rupees here than take them to India? Should we take travellers chewues in sterling,euros or US Dollars or should I take a combination of cash and travellers chequers? thanks for any help!

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