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Surya Samudra, Kovalam
Why we like it
- An eco-friendly beach resort, located on the Kerala coast
- All rooms are sea facing and most are authentic Keralan houses
- An Ayurveda spa
- Two restaurants and one bar offering an array of global cuisines as well as the traditional Indian offerings
- Activities include catamaran and motorboat rides, astrology and cooking classes
- A private beach area
Enjoy a handmade cocktail in the bar on the cliff top overlooking the Arabian Sea, an amazing place to sit and relax to watch the sunset.
The A&K staff on the ground were tremendous. Our driver, Bhupinder Singh, was exceptional. He was a very competent driver, which in India is no mean feat! We always felt safe when being driven by him. He was unfailingly courteous and his conversation as always interesting and very informative. He rates a AAA from us!
- MW, Glasgow
Situated on a rocky promontory between two beautiful beaches, Surya Samudra offers a unique peaceful ambience to relax and enjoy your Kerala holiday, away from the hustle bustle of the city life. Located at just 20 km from Trivandrum, the Surya Samudra offers excellent accommodation, dining and recreational facilities. Many of the rooms are authentic Kerelan houses that have been transported from their original location. They have heavy wooden doors and window shutters and the interiors are finished in traditional style, with outdoor garden bathrooms. All rooms face the sea to get the full effect of the cooling breezes. Great care is taken to use local produce, the property has its own garden for fruit and vegetables and the seafood comes directly from the local fisherman on a daily basis.
Best time to be there
From October to March the weather is refreshingly cool with minimal rainfall in most places. India's main festivals also take place during this time, such as the Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan, the Republic Day of India and Holi, the festival of colours.
8 hours 20 minutes non-stop
GMT +5 1/2 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
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