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Kovalam Local Customs: 4 reviews and 8 photos

  Kingfisher Beer
by suvanki

My first night in Kovalam, I was ready for a cold beer, but on walking past the restaurants, I hadn't spotted anyone with a glass of beer/lager.
Everyone seemed to be supping tea!
Eventually, I gave up, and walked into a restaurant, reckoning I would be drinking a fruit drink.

The waiter whispered "Gin & Tonic?" I asked if he had beer, he said yes. This was shortly presented to me in a teapot with a mug!!

The laws on selling alcohol in Kovalam (and Kerala) can be a bit confusing. Officially it's not to be consumed in public places, or non designated places, such as bars.

Dry days can be enforced too, according to festivals etc.

In other restaurants I was served Kingfisher beer with the bottle wrapped in newspaper, sometimes placed under my table.

Cocktails were often listed with non alcoholic ingredients, but the waiter checked which spirit you wanted adding!

If the police were patrolling, the waiters could get a bit jumpy!

A few hotels serve alcohol.

There is a government liquor store at Kovalam junction, just hire a tuk tuk.

Probably a good idea to stock up with your fave spirits etc at Bahrain etc. duty free or bring from home!

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  • Updated Jan 25, 2008
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