I came to Kovalam in October and ended up staying at Sumangali Tourist Home. I found the place to be really clean and just a stone throw from the beach and restaurants. The staff and owner were very accommodating to my every need. I ended up returning again in February and got the same treatment. They remembered me and bent over backwards to assist my every need. I would highly recommend this place as it's spotless, near the beach and great value for money!