Kerala, ‘God’s Own Country’, is a popular tourist destination in India, which is flocked by a crazy number of tourists from all around the world. The serene pristine beaches of Kerala are dotted with coconut palm trees and bustle with high-spirited tourist activity throughout the year. The sand on the beautiful beaches of Kerala range of silver to gold to gravel. Spend a day at any of the Kerala beaches, enjoy the sun, the scenic beauty, water sports, attractions, Ayurveda massages and get completely rejuvenated. Kerala is an ideal destination for family vacations as well as honeymooners.
Here are some of the popular beaches of Kerala:
The Alleppey or Alappuzha beach is quite popular for its 140-yr old pier. It is one of the most well-known beaches in Kerala and is around 45 km from the Kochi airport and around 5 km from Alappuzha station. Another prime attraction is the Vijaya Beach Park that has water sports facilities for both adults and children.
The Kovalam beaches with its silver sand is one of the first discovered beaches as a tourist destination. Known for its Ayurveda therapies and water sports, the beach town of Kovalam, consists of three beaches- Lighthouse beach, Samudra beach and Hawah beach. All these beaches have their own attractions and are a must-visit.
Also known as Papanasam beach, Varkala beach is about 54 km from Trivandrum. It is believed that the sea waters of this secluded beach have special properties and one who takes a dip in it, washes away all his sins. The Nature Center, Sree Janardhana Swamy temple and the stream of mineral water placed nearby are the major attraction of this beach.
A part of Vypin Island, Cherai Beach stretch is around 15 km long. This spectacular beach is shallow and clean and attracts an amazing number of tourists every year. About 20 km from Cochin International Airport, this beach offers opportunities for sunbathing, Dolphin viewing and swimming. Cherai village, located nearby is the main attraction.
A haven for ocean lovers, Bekal Beach is around 16 km from the Kasargod town. Spread in 35 acres of land, this beach is dotted with rows of palm trees. Placed nearly is the Bekal fort that is famed for being one of the best preserved forts in Kerala. Enjoy the waves, the beauty, the local charm and tourist activity during your visit.
Blessed with natural beauty in abundance, Kappil beach is a clean shallow beach. You can indulge in various fun activities such as sunbathing, swimming as well as Dolphin viewing. It is also popular as a weekend getaway and as a picnic spot. Spread in 25 acres of land, this is a beautiful beach, which is perfect for tourists who love being in solitude.
Marari or Mararikulam beach is close to the Mararikulam village, home to the fishing communities who still follow the centuries old style of living. The enchanting beach with golden sand is dotted with swaying coconut palms and is around 40 km from the city of Cochin. During a visit to the beach, you can visit the Mararikulam village, can observe the nuances of local fishing style and can also enjoy a relaxing Ayurveda massage.
Fort Kochi Beach
Fort Kochi Beach with its serene sea waters and golden sands is a perfect beach to visit if you want to have a quiet and relaxing vacation. This beach is surrounded by a number of attractions such as Jewish Synagogue, Bolghatty Palace and the man-made island of Mattancherry. If you love water sports, there are several options for you like snorkeling, para –sailing, scuba diving, wind surfing, canoeing, kayaking and cataraman sailing. This beach is also famous amongst picnickers.
Around 10 km from the Kozhikode town, Beypore beach is a haven of serenity that becomes lively with the dishing boat and a 2 km long stone pathway that leads to the sea. This beach is around 23 km from Calicut. Placed in the mouth of the River Chaliyar, this beach was an important fishing harbour during the days of the Arabs, Chinese and European traders. The beach is also famous for its ship building yard, over 1500-yr old.
Popular for its historical importance, Kappad beach is that place from where Vaso Da Gama discovered India through the sea route. Locally known as Kappakadavu, this beach is around 16 km from Kozhikode town. A rock protruding into the sea with an 800-yr old temple on the top is the marking feature of this golden sand beach. Some of the other popular attractions of Kappad are Pookot Lake, Thali temple and the commemorative pillar of Vasco Da Gama.
Around 45- minute drive away from Kovalam, Poovar beach is one of the most enchanting beaches in the country. You can relax, enjoy sunbathing or simply take a leisurely walk. You can also visit the traditional villages of Kerala to observe their centuries-old style of living. This beach is quite popular for its secluded location and local charm. This beach, spread in 25 acres of land, is a perfect place to unwind.