Shirleysbeach Hotel

behind Coconut Groove Restaurant, Kovalam, 695527, India
Shirleysbeach Hotel
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  • Families80
  • Couples85
  • Solo75
  • Business0

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Best hotels for honeymoon

by topup

I am in the process of booking a a 7 day stay in a nice place for my honeymoon.
My budget is max 5000r per night.

All the best ones are all booked up with some a bit too pricey for me also.

I was thinking of at the moment Hotel Neelakanta or Rockholm. Has anyone been to these recently and recommend them?

Neelakanta looks very nice but heard there may be building works going on, does anyone know if they are still going on?

Failing that any other personal recommendations?

All help greatly appreciated.
Many thanks!

Re: Best hotels for honeymoon

by wll14

ROCKHOLM is Best. I can vouch for that. Great Food, Great Ambience. Wilfred

Re: Best hotels for honeymoon

by mayuri

hi, last year i had gone to kerala. It is a beautiful state with full of greenery. We had stayed there at swagath holiday resorts. We got to know about this resort from we got all the details from there. I must mention that the services of this resort are very prompt. U must visit this resort whenever it is possible for u

Travel Tips for Kovalam

Travel Light!!!

by suvanki

Your luggage will get battered during its journey to/from warned!
It's often a long walk from bus stop/taxi rank to accomodation,usually involving walk along the beach/uneven surfaces..even the lightest of bags can feel heavy after a long flight from the UK winter to the heat and humidity of Kovalam.

If on package trip, porters are usually arranged and paid for by the company..

In case of luggage going astray, A piece of A4 with name address and accom details clearly marked and placed inside your case, on top of your packing can assist in you being reunited. (officials don't wade through your luggage to find address details)

You'll be asked for toiletries/clothes etc by locals near departure date..great way to make way in your case for new purchases and avoid excess baggage penalty! Well worn comfortable sandals/shoes(can be discarded at end of hols)
Loose cotton/silk clothing..can easily be purchased or even made to your own design at the many tailors.
Sun protection essential..sea breeze can be misleading..
Sunglasses prescription or not can be purchased from opticians on Lighthouse Beach (sight tests performed) or "The Sunglasses Man". Basic supplies of toiletries available from kiosks, best to bring your own favourite brands as stock can be a bit haphazard.
Beware of Sun lotions sold at kiosk..often rescued from hotel waste bin , and either half full or filled with moisturiser or coconut oil. Photographic shop on Lighthouse Beach stocks good quality film/cameras and batteries etc .provides developing service. Nudity/topless bathing not allowed at beach or pool.......even in your most demure cossie you'll be stared at.. Indian women/girls swim/paddle in their sari's.
If planning to swim in your bikini..a sports style is recommended..the current is very strong, and it's hard to look cool, when scrambling about trying to rescue your bikini top/bottoms and your modesty!
Shorts sunvests etc tolerated around beach, further afield you may receive disapproving looks/comments Torch and batteries, tealights for frequent powercuts.

Antiseptic hand wash wet wipes etc
Not all restaurants have soap/paper towels

Packs of tissues
Again, often lack of toilet paper, so unless you fancy "going native"..pack these.

Bubble wrap..a sheet of this can protect delicate souvenirs and duty free

Spirits and ensure you have your favourite brand.
Cigarettes available from kiosks, but supplies are haphazard.
Govt liquor store, I think near Kovalam Junction and not sure which brands are stocked

dawn chorus/noise from bars / hotels / creaking ceiling fan can all disrupt sleep

Rehydration case of travellers tummy (or hangover!)

Local Fishing Boats

by herzog63

I think I noticed that twice per day these guys would take there net very far out and drop it off and let 2 groups of fisherman pull it back in. I'm not excactly sure how far out but it was several hundred yards! The 2 groups that pull the lines in start at the opposite ends of the beach and they get closer to each other as the net gets closer to shore. Some days I joined in on the net pull.
It was a lot of work for those guys with very little rewards! Most of the time there wasn't hardly enough fish in the net to sell.

'Kovalam' - God's gift to 'Keralam'

by ushar


Kovalam is the rejuvenating touch of waves at the foot of a tired traveler.
Kovalam is a popular tourist resort with shops, restaurants and a full range of tourist facilities. The season is October - April, when the average temperature is around 32 degrees.

One of the world's greatest beaches now a magnificent resort of the sun, surf and sea. A beach paradise: the boundless blue of the Arabian Sea and the unwinding miles of the fine sanded beaches washed by a surf which roars and hisses at the feet of the stalwart palms.


by eeyan

Arrived there on Christmas Eve and it seemed quiet we didn't waste any time getting into the sea - I'm not used to warm seas!!

Christmas Day was busier with lots of Indian families enjoying a day on the beach but it still wasn't crowded.

The day after the place was almost deserted apart from the western tourists and there weren't many of them.


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