God’s own country is bestowed with numerous stunning beaches which are solitary in its seaside tranquillity, towering pines dotting the coastal area, breeze rumpling the palm trees, ayurvedic resorts that offers natural soothing treatments, pristine waterfronts etc. We have some of the best beaches in india that are spread along the 550-km occupying the west coastline on the arabian sea.
These are of many types pointing with laid back beaches, white sand beaches, party beaches, unfrequented beaches and so on by its characteristics. In places such as bekal, thalassery and kannur the northern parts of the state, here promontory is looking above the shore from the border of the beaches, hence view of the framing area is elegant. In the western side including bekal, kappad and fort beach historical importants can be explored. From kozhikode, the view changes to flat lands with rocky outcroppings sticking out with large number of coconut trees line the coast.
KOVALAM BEACH - The 'Paradise Of The South'
Kovalam is a pleasant tourist spot which is 16 km near the state capital Thiruvananthapuram. Kovalam came upon its name meant 'a grove of coconut trees’, by which the whole area beyond the shore is literally filled with endless sight of coconut trees. It is known for its serenitical ambience, rocky shores, low tidal waves, steep palm mounted headlands , privy coves, sun kissed beaches, sunset views and less muddy water, thus it is entitled as the 'paradise of the south'.
It is an internationally renowned, pristine beach which is surrounded by lot of health resorts and wellness centres. The tourists who aimed to visit kovalam can enjoy the entertainment in surfing, wooden boat ride, motor boat ride etc. Major attractions of this coastal beach complex includes ayurvedic salons, string of budget cottages , herbal body toning massage centres, recuperation and regeneration resorts, safe swimming hubs, ayurvedic massage centres, seabathing, yoga centres, special cultural programmes and convention facilities.
EVE'S BEACH/SEA ROCK BEACH/HAWAH BEACH - First Topless Beach In India
Kovalam is the beach town located 16 km from Thiruvananthapuram city, the capital of Kerala. Eve’s Beach, more commonly known as Hawah Beach and also Sea Rock beach, is one of the three main beaches at kovalam. It is covered with a high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, which creates a unique aquarelle on moonlight nights. It is a crescent beach of Arabain Sea from the west coast of India in which its water is cleaner and less muddy.
It's a magnificent beach supported by sharply mounting headlands and is enhanced by the stack of palm grooves which reward a special gracefulness to this place. This beach is located between Kovalam Main Beach and Light House Beach and is separated by the foreland of Edakkalu. Sea Rock beach paradise in a picturesque natural setting, in which visitors can choose for week-end trip or for stay-and-visit.
VIZHINJAM BEACH - Natural Sea Port & Fishing Harbors in Kerala
Vizhinjam is an international shipping natural port located at a distance of 3 kilometers from Kovalam in Trivandrum. This scenic hamlet is a home to some of the aboriginal cultures and traditions in Kerala with diverse aspects.
Vizhinjam is rustic and earthy Beach, there the most often pleasure is to experience the fishing by village fishermen venturing into the distant sea at dawn, rowing out to the sea, swinging their nets out into waters and reach back by dusk. Other attractions include Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium with wide varieties of rare aquatic species, rock- cut temple of 18th century with brilliant sculptures and the Vizhinjam mosque. November to February is considered as the best time to visit Vizhinjam Beach.
LIGHTHOUSE BEACH KOVALAM - The Largest Lighthouse in Kerala
It is the most frequently visited and one of the oldest lighthouse beaches of Kerala, located at the southern range, as one among the three red-hot beach of Kovalam. The 35 mtr long lighthouse which stands tall on the rocky headland and looks like perching at top of the palm covered Kurumkal Hill, sticking out on to the sea like a cape. Visitors can climb at the top of the lighthouse tower having four floors which is built by red and white bands. The spectacular view of entire beach zone including city, sea port and the Beemapalli mosque is worth watching and can be clicked to get the acquainted effect.
SHANKUMUGHAM BEACH – ‘Mathsya Kanyaka’ The Statue Of Mermaid By Kanayi Kunjiraman
One of the main beaches in capital city of Kerala at about 8kms, Shankumugham Beach opted different from others because of a sculpture called ‘mathsya kanyaka’. It is a 35m long mermaid statue created by Kanayi Kunjiraman, one of the famous sculptor, completely out of stone. Jawaharlal Nehru Park of Traffic signs for children, Veli Tourist Village, valiyathura Pier, starfish shaped restaurant are the major attractions around this beach.
NEENDAKARA BEACH – A Beach With Long Seashore Area
Located about 9 kms from north of Kollam, Neendakara Beach is one of the biggest fishing port in the region, with the capacity to contain over 500 fishing boats at a time, due to its long seabank. The delightful sight of converging of the Ashtamudi Lake into the vast Arabian sea from Neendakara Bridge makes the visitors excited and indelible. The nearby tourist regions include Varkala Beach, St. Sebastian church built during the Dutch era, Kappil Lake, Sivagiri pilgrimage centre, Janardana Swami kovil, Thangassery Light House, Kollam Beach etc.
PAPANASAM BEACH– Root Out Impurities And Sin ie; ’Papanasham’
Located at the district of Kollam, Papanasam beach or Varkala Beach is the only place in southern Kerala where ridges are found abreast of the Arabian Sea. Papanasam means to root out impurities of bodies and sin of souls, in which it is believed that dipping in beach water gives a holy experience. There are two divisions North Cliff and South Cliff were Varkala Beach lies in between these ridges. Further nearby north cliff is surrounded by Black Beach, quiet Odayam
Beach and Edava Beach. The Janardana Swami Temple, Sivagiri Mutt are major nearby attractions.
ALLEPPEY BEACH – Town Is Covered By Canals, Backwaters, Beaches, and Lagoons
There is a unique characteristics which makes Alleppey beach popular, is its 140 yr old bridge that extends into the deep sea from shore. Even though it is muddled, it reminds the acclaimed part of Alleppey, that it was a major sea port of Kerala.
Like Kovalam it has a lighthouse for long sightseeing and enjoying the beach intrinsic natural views as a whole. The entertainment facilities at the Vijaya Beach Park as well as Sea View Park are attractions for visitors. Elevated Alappuzha bypass is ease for accessing the beach and it is constructed in a way to preserve the natural atmosphere.
The beach of Alleppey is also perfect for various water sports activities such as a motorboat cruise, surfing, diving, para-sailing and swimming in the blue waters of the Arabian sea. Beach festival at Alappuzha, Sand art festival are also great experience those who seeks in different mode.
MARARI BEACH – One of The World’s Top Five HAMMOCK BEACH by National Geographic Survey
The traditional Fishing Village Mararikulam nestled in the Alappuzha District of Kerala, is a tranquil Beach site with golden sandy shore lined with Coconut palm trees. Marari Beach has come up as one of the world’s top fifth ‘HAMMOCK BEACH’ at the rating survey of National Geographic Traveller.
Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport and Mararikulam railway station is about 5kms from beach location. Alleppey backwaters, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kumarakom backwaters, coir-making units, Marari Beach Resort nearby Marari beach also gives an energizing experience.
The famous traditional art and sensual classical dance form of Kerala called ‘Mohiniyattam’ and martial art ‘Kalaripayattu’ are organized as events to motivate the graceful atmosphere for visitors.
BEYPORE BEACH- World Famous Land For Designing Boats Called ‘Urus’
Located in Kozhikode district on the banks of the Chaliyar River, 15 km away from Kadavu, Beypore beach is pristine and perfect for a quiet adventure.
A rocky pathway bridge about 1km stretching in to the sea made by piling stones called ‘Pulimuttu’ is the main attraction. It is also the second biggest port in Kerala after Cochin which utilizes trading and fishing harbor. Kadalundi(land of mangrove forests, beaches and rivers), Vallykkunnu, Chaliyam beach, Feroke, Beypore Light house, Thusharagiri Waterfall, Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary etc can also be visited in and aroud Beypore Beach.
Beypore can also be said to a machine free ship yard, which wooden ships ‘Urus’ are made with alert minds and nimble-fingers in minimal pace. Beypore Urus were in great demand among Arabs, Chinese and the folks of Western Asia.
KAPPAD BEACH – Beach Were ‘Vasco Da Gama’ Landed
Kappad Beach got its fame due to the arrival of Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama during 1498 on a mission to connect the Atlantic and the Indian oceans. He reached India at Kappad and open a sea route from Europe to the East. Hence Kappad beach has important historic significance, which is located about 16 km away from Kozhikode town. One of the attractive feature is formation of rocks lined all sides of shore that projects into the sea. Fishing, boat riding, swimming like beach activities can be enjoyed too. There are number of places in and around the beach that are worth-visiting includes Thusharagiri Water Falls, Thali temple, Canoli Backwaters, Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, Pookot Lake etc.
MUZHAPPILANGAD BEACH – The Longest Drive-In Beach In Asia
Located parallel to National Highway in between Thalaseri and Kannur, Muzhuppilanghad Beach is featured among the top 6 best beaches in the world BBC article for driving. Even though Goa treasures best enchaunting beaches in India, only drive-in beach is our treasure in God’s own country. The sand is hard enough to drive all along four kilometres that offers a blissful blend of adventure, fun and ardour. Nearby popular tourist spots are Dharmadam Island, Thalassery Fort, Payyambalam beach, St. Angelo Fort, Snake Park, Moppila Bay, Ezhara Beach, Arakkal Museum, Sree Koormba Temple, Meenkunnu Beach, Wellesley’s Bungalow, Kannur Fort etc.
NATTIKA BEACH – ‘Chemeen’, Famous Malayalam Fad Classic Movie Was Shot
The small village Nattika is located about 25 km from Thrissur, beside the Arabian Sea. Nattika Beach was formerly known as ‘Attakkuzhi bandaar Kadappuram’. The popular classic Malayalam cinema ‘Chemmeen’ was completely shot from Nattika beach, which describes the whole range of routine activities of fisher-citizenry very lively and misery. At the eastern border of this beach there is a Canal called Conolli Canal which was constructed for about 12kms long. Nattika Beach offers so many allurements such as elephant rides, cultural performances, boat rides through country side, backwater voyage etc.
CHERAI BEACH – A Suburb Of The City Of Kochin
Located at the distance of 30 km from Ernakulam town and on the north-end of Vyppin Island in Kochi, Cherai Beach is one of the few places where the backwaters and the sea can be seen in a single frame. It has a long stretch of sand with coastline of 15 km, dotted with seashells of several shapes and shades.
This enchanting beach is refreshed by scampering of dolphins in the sea. Cheena Vala or Chinese fishing nets on the waterfront, thick coconut groves and acres of paddy fields surely makes the visitors worth choosing this place. Nearby attractions includes Portuguese Fort, Munambam Beach, Pallipuram Syro-Malabar Church, Kottakkavu Pilgrim Church etc.
BEKAL BEACH- The Land With Historic Importance
Bekal is located on the Malabar coastline in Kasargod district, which is well preserved for its backwaters, historic forts and natural surroundings. Bekal Beach is situated on a headland that extends for 35 acres to reach the Arabian Sea, hence it offers endless miles of unique charm. ‘Yerumadam’ and Multi-sheds can be used for resting facilities to admire the real nature. other prime attractions in and aroud Bekal Beach includes Kottancherry hill station, Nityanandashram / Kanjhagad with 45 caves, Posadigumpe hillock, Valiyaparamba backwaters, aqua park, Chandragiri Fort, Ranipuram landscape, Azhithala Beach etc. The proper time to visit Bekal is from September to March.