After 2 weeks in the wild backwaters we nave come to Kovalam for a 2 day luxury break. It is full of rip off merchants, hawkers, beggars and overly inflated shops- as much as 4-6 times!! We have spent more in less than 2 days than the rest of our trip!!

Don't come to this place if you visit India. Yes, the beach (from a distance as it is overused) is beautiful, but there are far more beautiful and authentic places in India to visit and your money will last 4-6 times longer than here!