Sandy Beaches

The beaches of Kerala are famous the world over for their golden sands lined with green coconut groves. Kerala has a 600 km long shoreline with some of the most picturesque beaches of the world amidst natural harbours, lagoons and sheltered coves. These sun washed beaches in pristine locations hold a charm mesmerizing travellers from all over the world.

The main beaches in Kerala are:


Alappuzha beach is a glorious stretch of soft sandy beach fringed with palms at the edge of the Alleppey backwaters. It is a sight to behold with its natural lagoons, lakes and rivers and is a perfect retreat for a beach holiday. It is a most popular tourist destination in Kerala and the beach has a 140 years old pier, which extends into the sea.


Located in a sleepy village on the coast of Arabian Sea the Bekal beach, 64 km south of Mangalore is fast developing as an international beach destination. The beach has a centuries’ old Fort, on an outcrop between two scintillating beaches. The fort faces the Arabian Sea and is the largest, well preserved fort in Kasargod District of Kerala, south India.


Beypore beach is renowned since ancient times as one of the major ports and fishing harbours of ancient Kerala. It is located at the mouth of the Chaliyar River in Kozhikode district and was also an important trade and maritime centre. The boat building yard here was much sought after by merchants from Western Asia, for the construction of the Uru, the traditional Arabian trading vessel.


Cherai Beach situated 45 kms from Ernakulam city, is acclaimed as the cleanest golden beach of Kerala. This lovely beach bordering Vypeen island is ideal for swimming. Dolphin sightings are occasionally found here. A stretch of the beach has recently been beautified with the walkway and street lamps, which makes the beach enjoyable even at night.


The Fort Kochi has an eventful and colourful history which was shaped by the Portuguese, the Dutch and later the British. It was the first European township in India and you can get glimpses of the Indo European architecture which still charms the visitors as they leisurely walk through the lanes of the city. The beach offers a fine opportunity for relaxing.


Kappad, a historic beach about 16 kms from Kozhikode (Calicut) is where Vasco-da-Gama landed and changed the history of India. A monument on the beach commemorates this historic event. The rock studded beach is locally known as Kappakadavu and has the interesting feature of a sprawling rock protruding into the sea. The temple on this rock is believed to be 800 years old. The sleepy beach in the picturesque backwaters of Kozhikode offers an enchanting experience. A ride down the backwaters through the Korappuzha River brings you to the beach.


Kovalam is a beach paradise with a beautiful landscape lined by coconut palms. The sea port of Vizhinjam is about 3 km away and famous for old Hindu temples, churches and also a Muslim shrine. Kovalam with its Ayurvedic salons is also an acclaimed health destination. There is small light house in the Eve's beach. The normal tourist season is from November to March.


Payyamblam beach based in Kannur is quiet, secluded & beautiful. This enchanting sandy beach bordering Kannur has a well laid out garden and the massive landscaped sculpture of mother & child erected by noted sculptor Kanayi Kunhiraman that makes it extremely captivating.


Shanghumugham Beach near Thiruvananthapuram airport is a popular beach for the domestic and foreign tourists. Located 8 kms from Thiruvanathapuram, the beach wears a festive look during the temple festivals. An indoor recreation club, the Matsya Kanyaka (a gigantic, 35 m long sculpture of a mermaid) and a restaurant shaped like a starfish are the major attractions here. Chacha Nehru Traffic Training Park here provides opportunity for children to learn the traffic rules.


Thangasseri beach situated at a distance of about 5 kms from Kollam town has the ruins of an Old Portuguese fort and churches built in the 18th century. Thangasseri Lighthouse, open to visitors is one of the major attractions here. The Light house 144 ft tall was first used in 1902 to warn the seafarers about the dangerous reefs in the Thangasseri coastline. It is open to the public from 1530 to 1730.


Varkala Beach is situated 54 Km north to Thiruvananthapuram. This beach is fit for a relaxing beach holiday and also is famous for mineral springs and Ayurveda massages. The mineral springs here are said to have curative properties. The beach has a high rocky cliff which ends abruptly and a stretch of clear sand extends down to the sea. Here the beautiful sunset paints the sky crimson and this sight at the Varakala Beach is really amazing.

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