Kerala is blessed with a 600-km long coastline that extends its length to 11 of the 14 districts of Kerala. On Kerala's beaches, you can bathe in the glory of the sun or bask in the splendor of the sunset and refresh yourself with a sip of tender coconut milk. The exotic, palm-fringed Kerala Beaches are considered the finest and the most scenic beaches in the world. These beaches of Kerala offer surf and sand like no other coastal place in India. Among the facilities you can enjoy at the beach sites of Kerala include boating, sunbath, swimming, water sports and Yoga. All beaches are as peaceful as the rest of the land, washed by the pleasant tropical sun and as pristine as ever
Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and truly the coconut trees along the beaches gives it a ravishing look. This internationally renowned beach of Kerala comprises of three adjacent crescent shaped beaches. The palm-fringed bays in secluded coconut groves, promise a relaxed stay. The boundless blue waters of the Arabian Sea and miles of white sands washed away by the surf at the feet of the palms makes
Kovalam a beach paradise. Where when you are tired of aquatics, swimming or sunbathing, you can explore the handicrafts, jewellery and cloth shops spread along the waterfront. Not to speak of the delightful sea-food fare including lobsters available at the beachside restaurants. The crescent-shaped beaches of Kovalam can be divided in three parts. The southern most beach, and the most popular, is the Lighthouse Beach. Further south on the beach one can have a spectacular view of the Vizhinzam mosque. Photography is prohibited here.
The Shanghumugham Beach lies about 8 km away, on the Western part of Thiruvananthapuram city. This is a favorite haunt of sunset viewers. This Beach has an indoor recreation club, the Matsya Kanyaka ( a giangetic 35m long sculpture of mermaid) made by the famous sculptor Sri Kanai Kunjuraman, a restaurant shaped like a starfish and a traffic training park for children.
A star-shaped restaurant is also seen here. The Thiruvananthapuram International Airport and a flying club are located near by. Fishing is an attractive scene in Shanghumugham Beach. Shanghumugham beach wears a festive look during the temple festivals. The beach is more crowded during the weekends and local holidays. Sunset at this beach is sight worth seeing. The number of people visiting the beach has increased in recent times. You can also have some snacks and delicious food as there are many vendors who put up street side stalls around the beach
Poovar is one among the natural wonders where the Lake, River, Sea and Beach meet the land. The Poovar beach separates the river from the sea and is quite breathtaking. Because of the active fishing population the beach is not really used as a sunbathing spot or for swimming as the currents are quite strong. Poovar Beach in Kerala is one of the most picturesque Beaches in India. Poovar Beach is approximately a 45 minutes drive away from Kovalam. Poovar Island is truly a window into paradise. Time stopped a few decades ago bowing to the sheer beauty of Poovar.
The tranquility of Poovar is punctuated by the sound of waves and the birds. The area is abundant in well-preserved local flora, with hundreds of species of spices, exotic flowers, complete with banana and coconut groves. Poovar Beach is a beautiful location in Kerala. This stunning location has been successful in an attracting many tourists over the years. This charming beach is considered as one of the leading tourists spots in Kerala. Poovar Beach is a place where life goes on as it did hundred years ago, nonchalant of the worldly transformations.
Poovar is unspoilt and unexplored, enveloped by the most serene backwaters, and opening out to the sea and a dream golden sand beach. Poovar Beach, near the Kovalam Beach, separates the River Neyyar from the sea. Poovar is basically a fishing village and the only way to reach Poovar is through water. Known for its pristine and virginal beauty, Poovar Beach is haunted by those who love solitude. Beach activities and water sports are not developed in this beach because of the fishing population.
Vakala is a seaside resort and spa, as well as an important Hindu centre of pilgrimage. High cliffs with rich mineral springs rise majestically from the coastline. The 2000 year old Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple and the Nature Care Centre are the two main attractions there. Atop the hill has brought a sobriquet for the region, Southern Kasi (Benarus). The sight of the sun melting into the sea would blossom your poetic sense. The mineral water gushing from the hill is believed to have medicinal properties. The Varkala sands have become an ideal spot for confluence of cultures exotic and alien.
A dip in the holy waters of Varkala beach is believed to purge the body and the soul of all the sins hence the name 'Papanashini' for this shore. At the break of dawn following the new moon in the Malayalam month of 'Karkidakam', thousands offer 'Vavu Bali', a ritual believed to help the souls of ancestors rest in peace.
Alappuzha Beach (Alleppey Beach)
Alappuzha beach also known as Alleppey beach is one of the most popular spots of Alappuzha district. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is around 140 years old. With the Arabian Sea on the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and several freshwater rivers criss-crossing it, Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty.
Referred to as the Venice of the East by travellers from across the world, the town has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala.
Alappuzha is also famous for its Boat races, Houseboat Holidays, Beaches, Marine Products and Coir Industry. There is also an old lighthouse nearby that is of immense interest for the visitors.
Marari Beach is an endless vista of sand and surf, but it is more. An authentic experience of the world of Kerala's traditional fishing villages, and a recreation of an ancient, harmonious way of life. Marari originates from “Mararikulam ", one of the local fishing villages. Here life still goes on much as it did a hundred years ago, with the men going out to sea each day to earn a living bringing in the daily catch. Marari offers endless miles of superb sand beaches. The tourists can experience the local charm and traditional Kerala Hospitality at its best. You couldn't be in a better location for exploring the marvellous backwaters, where the tranquility, the stunning scenery and the feeling of being transported back in time, make it a superbly relaxing and inspiring experience.
Fort Kochi Beach
Fort Kochi is also home to one of India's oldest churches - the St.Francis Church. The raw and unused stretch of beach is a loner's delight, where one could swim, play cricket or volley ball and even manage to practice yoga. If you are lucky, you also get sight of a dolphin. A favorite haunt of Kochi, the beach at Fort Kochi is a tranquil experience at any time of the day. Do it alone or in the company of your loved ones, it offers the ideal ambiance to relax and to let your thoughts soar to new heights of creativity.
The main attraction on this beach site is the historic fort which helps you to get familiar with its eventful colonial history and European regimes who ruled it. Cochin Carnival on the New Year eve is a colourful festival not to be missed at the beach site. Kochi thus became a haven for seafaring visitors from all over the world.
An obscure fishing village that became the first European township in India, Kochi has an eventful and colourful history. The town was shaped by the Portuguese, the Dutch and later the British.
This is the historic beach located at a distance of 16 km from the Kozikode town, the Kappad beach is wrapped in a sheet of history. Uncover it to know that this was the land where the famous Portuguese sailor, Vasco da Gama set his feet in the year 1498 along with 170 men. This marked the beginning of a new era and new relationship between the Indians and the Portuguese which lasted for 4 to 5 centuries later.
Welcome to the sands of Kappad Beach in Kerala. Touch the rocks once touched by the great explorer Vasco da Gama. Here you will be overwhelmed to experience many interesting and uncanny folklores from the local fishermen. Savour a fresh coconut under the swaying palm trees and listen to their day to day activities. Take up beach tour of Kerala in India to see more. The landscape of Kappad beach is trimmed with rocks of various sizes and shapes creating a fascinating vista to behold. Don't forget to see the sprawling rock, engraved with inscriptions of Vasco da Gama's arrival. This rock is one of the major Kappad beach attractions in Kerala. Visit the 800 year old temple located on the shores of Kappad, while on a holiday trip to the beach. Witness some of the grand celebrations that augment the charm of this ancient shrine during festive seasons. Kappad beach vacation in Kerala shows you more.
Cherai Beach : A typical Kerala Village nearby with paddy fields and coconut groves is an added attraction. The beach is just 23kms. from Cochin. 15 Kilometre long Cherai Beach is the best clean golden beach of Kerala and is rightly called " The Prnicess of the Queen of the Arabian sea". this lovely beach bordering vypeen island is ideal for swimming. Dolphins are occasionally seen here. A typical kerala village with paddy fields and coconut groves nearby is an added attraction. The newly beautified 400 Meters of the main beach with the walkway adds to the charm and the Highmask lamps makes the beach enjoyable even at night. Cherai is well known for the mouth lingering fresh sea food.
Natika Beach : This Beach is fringed by Palm trees, this picturesque beach is a hot spot for picnickers. The lovely beach is 24kms. from Thrisssur.
Beypore Beach : This Beach is just 10kms. from the south of Kozhikode. It is one of the prominent ports and a maritime trading centre of ancient Kerala. Beypore is located at the mouth of the Chaliyar River.
Payyambalam Beach : This beach is famous for its flat late rite cliff that just out in the sea, well- laid garden and the massive landscaped sculpture of Mother and Child make this beach extremely captivating. The adjacent Baby Beach through the Burnassery Cantonment is delightfully quiet. The beautiful Beach is just 2kms. from Kannur.
Kizhunna Beach: The beach is just 11kms. from Kannur . The beautiful stretch of sand is one of the most secluded beaches in Kerala.
Meen Kunnu Beach : This beach is a tourist paradise with golden sand & surf. The beach is 12kms. from Kannur. The name of the beach is derived from the Malyalam Language where Meen means fish and kunnu means hill.
Bekal Fort Beach: This beach is just 1kms away from Bekal Fort in Kasargod .The sobriquet name of the beach is Pallikere Beach this scenic seaside offers a spectacular view of the historic fort and has ample facilities fro recreation & relaxation.
Kappil Beach : Kappil beach is just 2kms. from Bekal fort , a winding lane meanders through Palm – fringed landscape to this totally unpolluted Seccluded beach. The Kodi Cliff close by offers a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea. 2km. away from the Pallikunnam Temple.
Payyoli Beach : The shallow water of this beautiful payyoli beach is ideal for swimming. During November – December hordes of the endangered Olive Ridley turtle come to lay eggs.
Vadakara Sand Banks : On this beach the Kottakal River merges into the sea stunningly beautifully and is a favorite spot for locals & tourists. The nearby Birla Bungalows offers a delightful view of the Sandbank Beaches.
Vizhinjam Beach : The beach is just 15 kms from Trivandrum; this is a historic spot, which was left unnoticed for a long time. The capital of Ay-Vel kings of the 8th - 9th century, the only thing that has withstood time is a rock temple, assigned to the period of the Cheras because of a strong influence to die Pallava Pandya architecture. The rock temple is just a little off the main junction, and is a protected monument under the Archeological Survey of India