Kovalam Hotel
Hotels to the South and North of Kovalam

Finding a Kovalam Hotel for that memorable holiday is easy if you read on. Kovalam is chock-a-block with hotels, though budget places here cost more than usual and are becoming a dying breed. Beachfront Kovalam hotels are the most expensive and have great sea views. Look out for smaller places tucked away in the labyrinth of paths behind the beach among the palm groves and rice paddies: they are much better value. You can also find many top-end accommodation choices.

Have a look at few of hotels in Kovalam. It may help you to find how a hotel of your choice looks. Hotels in Kovalam include five stars and Kovalam four star hotels

Beach Hotel

Tel: +91 471 22481937

Brought to you by the long- running German Bakery; this beachfront Kovalam hotel has rooms designed with minimalist flair, ochre tones and finished with smart, arty touches. Plus Waves restaurant is just upstairs.

Beach Hotel II

Tel: +91 471 2481937

The Beach Hotel's upmarket new cousin, this is a stylish Kovalam hotel with the best views on the seafront. Rooms have plate-glass windows opening onto terraces and the decor is simple chic, with printed sheets and curtains and white walls. It is home to the new Oasia terrace restaurant.

Treetops

Tel: +91 471 2481363

Indeed in the treetops, this friendly expat-owned Kovalam Hotel is a breath of fresh air, hidden away from the hustle. The three bright, sparkling-clean rooms have hanging chairs on the terraces, the view from the roof is awesome, and there is a yoga centre next door.

Paradesh Inn

Mob: +91 9995362952 Paradesh House Avaduthura

Next door to Treetops, tranquil Italian-run Paradesh Inn resembles a Greek island hide-away-a whitewashed building highlighted in blue. Each of the six fan-cooled rooms has a hanging chair outside; there are sweeping views from the rooftop and fabulous breakfasts.

Leela

Tel: +91 471 22480101

The only top-end option in town, the Leela is located in extensive grounds on the headland north of Hawah beach. There are three swimming pools, an ayurvedic centre, a gym, two private beaches, several restaurants and more. Rooms are sumptuous with period touches, colourful textiles and Kerala artwork.

Sea Flower

Tel: +91 471 2480554

Next door to Beach Hotel II, this dowdier place offers similar views at smaller prices. Rooms are simple and plain but freshly painted.

Dwaraka Lodge

Tel: +91 471 22480411

With regular licks of paint helping to cover up the war wounds of this tired old-timer, friendly Dwaraka is the cheapest ocean-front property. There's nothing flash inside, just clean sheets and a basic bathroom.

Hotel Greenland

Tel: +91 471 22486442

Family run and as friendly as they come. The refurbished rooms in this nultilevel complex have lots of natural light- some even have small kitchenettes for self-catering. Will cook up yummy food on request.

Green Valley Cottages

Tel: +91 471 22480636

Also way back amongst the trees, this serene complex is the place to revel in serious quiet time. The rooms are simple, but have good views from the terraces in front. They also have a house for rent, a short heft up the hill.

Maharaju Palace

Tel: +91 471 22485320

This Kovalam hotel is more of a quiet retreat than a palace. This place has more character with wooden furnishings, including the odd four- poster, and different coloured mosquito nets. The breakfast terrace is hung with chintzy chandeliers.

Hotel Sky Palace

Mob: +91 9745841222

This little two-storey place lies down a small lane; rooms are well kept, with a mix of colours and dark masculine tiling about the place; the ground-floor rooms are cheaper, but the same.

Varmas Beach Resort

Tel: +91 471 2480478

Has a wood-panelled, Kerala-style facade and breezy rooms with exceptional views and comfy sitting areas on private balconies. However, this still doesn't justify these prices - try it off-season.

Jeevan Ayurvedic Beach Resort

Tel: +91 471 2480662

Expect inoffensively decorated, decent-sized rooms with bathtubs and an alluring, clean pool. Upstairs rooms have balconies with sea views.

Moon Valley Cottage

Mob: +91 9446100291

There is nothing but swaying palms around here, the rooms are a decent size and it's a peaceful spot.

Aparna

Tel: +91 471 2480950

Aparna has just a handful of cute, oddly shaped little rooms. All are cosy with private balconies, nice sea views and welcome sea breezes.

Samudara Beach - North of Kovalam


Samudra beach, about 4 km north of Kovalam by road has seen a growing number of resorts edge out what was a small fishing village. Although more peaceful, the beach is steep and rough, and only accessible for swimming in December and January

Vivanta by Taj-Kovalam

Tel: +91 471 2487733

Set amid more than 12 acres of lolling green grounds, the Kovalam branch of an elegant Indian hotel chain, has smashing individual chalets with sunken baths, an enticing infinity pool, several restaurants (one on the beach) and a spa.

Pulinkudi, Nellikunnu and Chowara-South of Kovalam


Around 8 km south of Kovalam, amid endless-seeming swaying palms colourful village life and some empty golden-sand beaches, are some tantalizing high-end alternatives to Kovalam's crowded centre.

Dr Franklin's Panchakarma Institute

Chowara Tel: +91 471 2480870

For those serious about ayurvedic treatment, this is a reputable and less expensive alternative to the flashier resorts. Accommodation is tidy and comfortable but not resort style. There are therapy packages for whatever ails you including spine problems, purification/detox treatments, general rejuvenation and stress relief.

Surya Samudra Private Retreats

Pulinkudi Tel: +91 471 2480413

Proffers a-list-style seclusion, with 22 transplanted traditional Kerala homes, with four posters and open-air bathrooms, set in a palm grove above sparkling seas. There is an infinity pool carved out of a single block of granite, ayurvedic treatments, and spectacular outdoor yoga platforms.

Somatheeram

Pulinkudi Tel: +91 471 22266501

In ayurvecdic planted gardens, Somatheeram is a good place to have an ayurvedic and yogic sojourn. The setting is paradisiacal and rooms range from simple cottages to more luxurious houses. You can pay for treatments separately, or there are various packages (rejuvenation, slimming, etc).

Bethsaida Hermitage

Pulinkudi Tel: +91 471 2267554

Bethsaida Hermitage is a resort with a difference: this is a charitable organisation that helps support two nearby orphanages and an old people's home. It is also an inviting, somehow old-fashioned beachside escape, with sculpted gardens, friendly welcome and putting-green perfect lawns. It offers a variety of cottages, from large rooms with golden friezes to spacious cool Kerala-style huts.

Thapovan Heritage Home

Nellikunnu Tel: +91 471 2480453

Thapovan Heritage Home offers a midrange alternative next to a beautiful stretch of beach (no pool, AC or TV). There is a choice between pricier Kerala teak cottages, with wood-lined, slightly dated interiors, or some cheaper, plainer rooms, including a few overlooking the beach just a few paces away. Available ayurvedic treatments range from one-hour massages to 2S-day treatment marathons.


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