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Kovalam junction: there are four ATMs here which accept all the major cards. They are open 24 hours a day and protected by security guards.
There is an ATM just inside a hotel driveway just a short distance (10 minute walk) from Hawa Beach toward Kovalam Junction. This ATM only accepts Visa cards but is often out of money as it is closest.
The ATM's are:-
You can grab a top fruit salad from the fruit ladies with all the trimmings for less than $1USD. But, they'll remember you and if you don't buy from them again they will take it very personally.
Head up the hill from the beach to Kovalam Junction and sample some of the many local restaurants. The specialty of the area is Chicken Fry. Fried chicken in a red masala paste with freshly cut chillis. Some places are spicier than others. For between $2 & $3USD you will get 2 pieces of chicken fry, vegetable sambal and some paratha (a richer version of roti). Beef fry and fish fry are sometimes available as well. Note: These establishments are very local orientated so do not expect cushy surroundings, its : it's very much eat, pay, leave. Expect great chicken.
*'''The German Bakery''' - Go for the date shake and the excellent banana pancake. A full range of baked goods are available too, plus one of the best views in Kovalam. Easily the most popular place for breakfast on the main beach.
*'''The German Bakery''' - Go for <eat name="Bethel" alt="" address="" directions="down the date shake alleyway between Fusion and the excellent banana pancakeSwiss Cafe" phone="" email="" hours="" price="Mains Rs. 50-110" lat="" long=""> - A full range good vegetarian restaurant in Kovalam. Friendly staff and comfortable, cozy, open-air seating with two levels. They serve delicious Keralan and other Indian foods, as well as a medium selection of baked goods are available too(equally tasty) Continental and Chinese cuisine. Plus one of the best views The owner (who cooks there) was a chef in an upscale veg restaurant in Kovalam! Easily the best and most popular place Varkala for breakfast on the main beach8 years.</eat>
*<eat name="BethelCoconut Grove" alt="" address="Lighthouse Beach" directions="down the alleyway between Fusion and Swiss Cafe" phone="" email="" hoursfax="" priceurl="Mains Rs. 50-110" lathours="" longprice=""> - A good vegetarian restaurant in Kovalam. Friendly staff and comfortable, cozy, open-air seating with two levels. They serve delicious Keralan, and other Indian foods, as well as a medium selection of (equally tasty) Continental and Chinese cuisine. The owner (who cooks there) was a chef in an upscale veg restaurant in Varkala for 8 years. </eat>
* <eat name="Coconut GroveFusion restaurant" alt="" address="Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam" directions="" phone="0471 2484153" url="" emailhours="" faxprice="" urllat="" hourslong="" priceemail="[email protected]">First floor restaurant on the beach front (recently moved to the end of the beach near the lighthouse) with beautiful ambiance and great food. Unique menu offers food from the East, the West and fusion of both. Great seafood, good service, super atmosphere.</eat>
*<eat name="Fusion restaurantSpice Restaurant" alt="" address="Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam" directions="" phone="04 712484153" email="[email protected]" hoursfax="" priceurl="" lathours="" longprice="">First floor restaurant on the beach front with beautiful ambiance and great food. Unique menu offers food from the East, the West and fusion of both. Great seafood. Good Service. Super Atmosphere. Highly recommended.</eat>
* <eat name="Spice RestaurantSuprabatham" alt="" address="Kovalam" directions="200m away from Lighthouse Beach, Kovalamacessible via a path between German Bakery and Hotel Orion" phone="" directionsurl="" phonehours="" emailprice="" faxlat="" urllong="" hoursemail="" pricefax="">One of the best vegetarian restaurants in Kovalam. Friendly waiters.</eat>
* <eat name="Suprabatham" alt="" address="Kovalam" directions="200m away from Lighthouse Beach, acessible via a path between German Bakery and Hotel Orion" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">One of the best vegetarian restaurants in Kovalam. Friendly waiters.</eat>*<eat name="Malabar Cafe" alt="Malabar Hotel" address="in front of light house beach, kovalam." directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
== Drink==
* <sleep name="Kovalam Beach Hotel" alt="A Superior Heritage Boutique Hotel" address="" directions="" phone="+91 471 248 3200" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.kovalambeachhotel.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=80&Itemid=472" checkin="" checkout="" price="Arabian Sea View AC room from Rs. 3,000 onwards, very good guest satisfaction rating"></sleep>
 
* <sleep name="The Leela Kovalam" alt="The Leela Kovalam" address="" directions="" phone="(+91) 9895758991" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.karmakerala.com/details/the-leela-kovalam.html" checkin="" checkout="" price=" Rs.8000 per person sharing a Beach View room">The Leela Kovalam-Beach View room</sleep>
* <sleep name="The Beach Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+91 471 2480179" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.thebeachhotel-kovalam.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Double non AC room Rs. 4,000 - 11,000">Private veranda towards the sea.</sleep>
==Get out==
*[[Vizhinjam]] - Head down to the harbor at sunset for some spectacular shots of the area with the seaside Mosque in the background. The atmosphere is quite lively with fisherman heading to and from the sea. Note: Once the sun is down, it is probably best to head back to Kovalam unless you are with a guide. While hostility/violence to foreigners is VERY rare, you do not want to get caught up in a scuffle between the rivaling Christian and Muslim communities.
*[[Akkulam]] lake and picnic spot in [[Thiruvananthapuram]]
*[[Ponmudi]] hill station and [[Golden Valley]] River Resort and Eco Point
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