Samudra Theeram Beach Resort , Kovalam
Opposite Lighthouse Beach, this laid-back budget hotel overlooking the Arabian Sea is 2.4 km from Padmanabhapuram Palace and 8 km from the Thiruvallam Sree Parasurama Temple. Modest rooms with colourful decor provide TVs, free Wi-Fi and minifridges, plus tea and coffeemaking equipment. Some have air-conditioning, balconies and/or sea views, while the suites add sitting areas. Room service is available.