I am back packing India and plan to arrive in Kovalam on 3rd January 2007. Im looking for recommended budget accomodation prefferably one that you have actually stayed at yourself and would recommend, and is NOT recommended by lonley planet as they are usually over priced and over subscribed. I plan to head for Lighthouse beach or that area
Many thanks everyone and enjoy your travels
I will be trying to Kovalam for Christmas. Will post here some options for accommodation on my return.
Please check out the following options which were on the official webpage of Kerala Tourism, which gives the Tariff rates for different hotels in each major tourist places of Kerala and the corresponding webpages or contact details. As I mentioned, I had stayed at Hotel Samudra which was located on the northernmost beach of the Kovalam beach and had the advantage of being more of a private beach. I would highly recommend this option when compared to other options on the Lighthouse beach, which was so crowded in the two days I was at Kovalam.
The Travancore Heritage is a heritage hotel that looks very good on its webpage. It might be worth checking out its rooms and the prices which are quoted in the broad range of INR 1950 - 12500. Also, Kadaloram Beach Resort located near the Kovalam beach but proclaims to be less crowded on its webpage is a budget option in the range of INR 1800 - 3500.
I looked up accommodation tariffs at Poovar, which is south of Kovalam but find that Poovar Island Resort and Isola Di Cocco are more expensive than those available in Kovalam.
[ Edit: Edited on Dec 28, 2006, at 7:45 AM by Ahila ]