Favorite thing: Whilst several shacks on the main run at Lighthouse beach have recently been added the location is still primarily a fishing village. Commercialised by Indian standards but still almost undiscovered at present especially in comparison to Goa. The location attracts generally a 30 plus tourist of perhaps a wealthier background to Goa which unfortunately makes the prices slightly inflated but still a fraction of the cost of the UK. The locals are generally nice genuine people who always have a smile for you and beggars are relatively few.
Money - Bring Euros and get them changed in one of the many places around the backs of the Restaurants and shops on the beach front, they're safe sop don't worry it's just that you usually get a better rate than in one of the places on the beach. Other than that enjoy :)
Cloths - If you're getting cloths reproduced or just a suit made from scratch, give them a few days to do it, some places will create shirst and shorts within hours but a suit can take 3-4 days and even then give them 5 in case you need it taken out or adjusted.
Beer - Comes in bottles and a paper bag or news paper, the licence to sell alcohol is so expensive that it's cheaper for them to bribe the local police and then give you the beer like this, they usually ask you to place the bottle at your feet too.
Favorite thing: The carnival was organised here for the first time by the tourism department and it was nothing great to boast of, but nevertheless we had a fun-filled evening and we left the place with our tummy heavy with the yummy food that we had. This is supposed to be an annual event in the future like the Goa Carnival. A good begining ....
Favorite thing: Lots of choice around Kovalam for buying new clothes both mens & womens. The cost appears fairly cheap and quality is fairly basic. It appeared to me by comparing prices around the village that there was almost a cartel. Whilst appearing inexpensive to us the price was I think fairly hiked up in comparison bearing in mind they only have the tourist season to make their money. I believe that it would probably be cheaper to buy from one of the non tourist villages if buying a few items, bearing in mind a taxi ride is nominal cost, one trip to order, one to collect.
Kovalam was once a fishing village turned completely into a tourist destination. Probably it's glorious days have already gone by. Most of the shops and hotels are struggling to survive this economic downfall.
Sands are white and water clearer if you visit non-monsoon season although it will be crowded with foreign tourists.