Run by a Goan, Beatles is the closest place to a bar on the lighthouse beach. The place tends to play older rock music but it's popular with the toruists and the food is average.
The Beatles did vist Kovalam in the 1960's, but have no affiliation to the establishment.
Favorite Dish: Pizza and Beer.
This is the Restaurant at the Jeevan Ayurvedic Beach Resort what makes it different from the others is that it has an open air terrace fringed by palms and with spectacular views of the beach and sea. Ideal for sunsets and dinner.
Favorite Dish: Go with the fresh Seafood.
It's one of the best places where U can have a taste of good sea food.A multi cuisine restaurant on the shore of the serene sea as the very name indicates.I felt the service excellent.It was a wonderful experience to have the gorgeous varieties of sea food that they offer all together it was AWESOME..........
Favorite Dish: Sea food Basket:
It's a combination of all kinds of seafoods cooked in the sauces that we need.This will be a better dinner item for two persons.
This is a quiet little Vegetarian restaurant with a super menu and very reasonably priced. It has a small balcony area with some seatings (which get very full and often are reserved). The food is tasty and portions large.
Favorite Dish: chole-bhature... you have to try this!
Hotel Neelakanta has a good restaurant right outside the lobby entrance that serves traditional southern Indian cuisine. The service was a bit slow, but then we had a group of 14 people, so that may have been a factor. Dining is available inside or outside.
This restaurant is quite informal but the food and staff make dining here a pleasure.
The restaurant is partly based inside and partly based on the sea wall of samudra beach, the views of the sunset from here are great , as most of the restaurants in kovalam offer fresh seafood I wouldn't say that this one is extra special but it is the attention to detail and the service that makes the samudra sands standout
Favorite Dish: All the food we ate there was excellent my personal favourite was the Potato/vegetable Mappas -yum yum
Located on the Lighthouse Beach this restaurant is like many others in that it caters to western palettes.
Right at the entrance is a table with all the fresh catch of the day laid out for you to choose from. Choose what type of seafood (fish, crabs, mussels, shrimp etc), how you'd like it cooked (local curry / tandooried / steamed / grilled) grab a seat and enjoy the view.
Favorite Dish: Always look at the fish for a while and make sure you choose the freshest (even day old fish needs to be sold), this will make all the difference.
The Barracuda in curry and Shrimps grilled and basted with a Butter Garlic Sauce.
Perhaps the best in Decor on the beach. The restaurant is located at a height so try and get tables overlooking the beach. The interiors is done up in a very green manner with beautiful illuminated palms serving as props.
Favorite Dish: Fusion Cuisine
A mix of Indian and western food.
The concrete benches can leap out in front of you (well thats my story it was nothing to do with the cocktail I'd just drunk - see picture of me)
Favorite Dish: Chicken in a honey+mustard sauce
Qiute simply it was really tasty tender chicken
There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in Kovalam. Most of them serving similar food though. In my opinion, they are overpriced (in local standards) and if you are craving for "real" Indian food, there are better places elsewhere.
The good news though is that fishes are almost always fresh since the day's catch is sold on the beach each day.
Finding the place can be a little adventure if you tend to stick close to the beach. The restaurant is between Spices and the Sumagali Hotels. Serves only veg food.
Favorite Dish: Dhal and Rice
Serving everything under one roof, with the specialities being the baked goods. It also has good pizzas and lasagnes if your missing home.
Favorite Dish: Lasagne.