We travel to Koalam January and February and have done so for many years, the climate at this time of the year is great 31/34 degrees and dry, and best of all by 6pm a drop of 10 degrees makes a very comfortable eavening.The monsoon season normally the u.k summer/autum is best avoided for the humidity and also many establishments close. If you haggle well a a/c room with a sea view is very affordable,contact the hotel direct by e.mail or telephone as l now call India for 2p to 4 p a minuet. Ask the regulars where to eat, we all know where to avoid, but do try the5* Taj Hotelat Samudra beach regular theme dinners for 750/- to 1000/- all you can eat, as well as endless fosters beer(Fridays), Mollys for roast dinner Sundays(not tried) and steak & mushroom pie Wednesdays excellent but do remember to book. The italian , waterfront, and third rock resturants nearby are all very good, and l find the Palm beach resturant on Lighthouse beach one of the best for fresh fish and sea food, but do remember you have to have patience as you will have to wait for your meal, its allways prepared fresh from scratch. happy hour at the Leela 6pm to 8pm 5* surroudings local bar prices, do make sure you ask for the happy hour drinks, also the all you can eat buffet is good but do go hungry. we normally allocate £12 to £15 per day for food & a few drinks, with the exception when we vist the 5* hotels. The new airport at Trivandrum should be open this June makeing arriveing and departing a lot better. A little note on Goa much more organised than Kerela rather hectic at times but like Benidorm all you could wish for in the way of resturants, flea markets and entertainment.
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