Kovalam is a lovely place to unwind. Believe me whatever mood you are in, if you go to Kovalam you will totally relax. Guess that's the power of the sea. The rumbling sea and the wind really put you at ease. At the Howa ( malayalam for "eve" as in Adam and Eve)beach there are plenty of small shacks which offer sea food. You don't have to be formally dressed up or anything. Just wear what u want. No one could care less. You can put your feet up while you engage in a conversation or read a book all by yourself.
The Swiss Cafe is a great place to get some grub. Here you can taste a bit of authentic Swiss food. I simply love their Schnitzels and Rosti. The Bolognese and sea food platter are also yum. The restaurant is on the first floor of a building. So look out for their board and take the stairs.
Wish I had a plate of Schnitzels and Rosti Now!!!