In between the Western Ghats and sharing a 550 km long coastline overlooking the splendid Arabian Sea is the magnificent state of Kerala. Being on the coastal front of the country, Kerala is an abode to some beautiful beaches. Here are top best beaches in kerala
Kovalam Beach, Trivandrum
Kovalam has three beaches separated by rocky outcroppings in its 17 km coastline, the three together form the famous crescent of the Kovalam beach.
Lighthouse Beach: The southernmost beach, the Lighthouse Beach is the one most frequented by tourists, Lighthouse Beach got its name due to the old Vizhinjam Lighthouse located on a 35 meter high on top of the Kurumkal hillock. The lighthouse is built using stones, is colored in red and white bands and enjoys a height of 118 feet. It’s intermittent beams at night render the beach with an unearthly charm.
Hawah Beach: Eve’s Beach, more commonly known as Hawa Beach, ranks second, in the early day, is a beehive of activities with fishermen setting out for sea. With a high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights.
Samudra Beach: A large promontory separates this part from the southern side. Samudra Beach doesn’t have tourists thronging there or hectic business. The local fishermen ply their trade on this part.
Shallow waters stretching for hundreds of metres are ideal for swimming. The beaches have steep palm covered headlands and are lined with shops that offer all kinds of goods and services. Sunbathing, snorkelling, catamaran rides, sunset viewing, cycling on the beach, swimming are the major activities on this beach.
Bekal beach, Kasargode
The Bekal beach is one among the major tourist beach destinations in Kerala.It is as much famous for its scenic beauty as it is for the long historic fort that juts into the sea. The Bekal beach surroundings are excellent and the environment just right for relaxation and recreation.The Bekal beach is located 16 km south of Kasargode district on the National Highway – 17. The place is ideal for those who enjoy the combination of sun and surf. The Bekal fort beach that is located near the Bekal fort is a shallow one and along with the seas, it also provides a spectacular view of the Bekal fort. The Kanvatheertha beach near here has a large swimming pool-like formation in the sea itself which is a huge attraction for the tourists.
Varkala beach, Trivandrum
The main beach is known as the Papanasam Beach. The beaches here are divided into the two parts, Northern area and the southern area. The southern area leads of a sacred Hindu temple whereas the Northern area is the main tourist spot. The beach is famous for being located at the bottom of a cliff. There is another small beach, affectionately called as the Black Beach due to the presence of black sand on the beach. This beach is a heaven for enjoying the Arabian Sea from a cliff. Popular for beach activities like swimming and sunbathing, this beach offers a striking sunset views.
This beach is very famous for spa, mineral springs and ayurvedic centers, offering the best treatments and therapies. Cliff clad beaches and pretty vibrant environs give a joyous feel that attract beach lovers or honeymooners to spend holidays at this place. The edge of the cliff offers fascinating views of sand and sea. Holidaying in Varkala gives a pleasant experience as there are many attractions that flock large numbers of tourist from all over the world.
Cherai beach, Kochi
Around two dozen kilometres from the industrial district of Ernakulam and to the side of the Vypeen Island lies every swimmer’s paradise, Cherai Beach. It is a favourite haunt of those looking for a relaxing swim with the backdrop of coconut groves being the added incentive. It provides a wonderful view of the famous Chinese Fishing Nets or Cheena Vala well. The nearby shacks provide you with fresh cuisine that fills you up perfectly after a delightful swim.
The seashells found here are unique and one often runs into dolphins in this area. It is the ideal blend of both the backwaters and the sea. The area itself has seen many new resorts and hotels crop up, which have facilitated the increase in tourist activity.
Kozhikode beach, Kozhikode
Kozhikode Beach or Calicut Beach is a beach on the western side of Kozhikode, situated on the Malabar Coast of India. The beach is accessible through four road overbridges in the city. The beach has paved stones and illumination. There is one Lions Park for the children and an aquarium. Kozhikode beach has always been a prominent place for conducting public meetings.
Sunset from the beach is the main view. One gets a fresh supply of seafood in the shacks that surround the place. Kallumekaya (mussels) is a local favourite. A walk to Dolphins Point at dawn ensures a meeting with playful dolphins. You are also greeted by a majestic lighthouse and two piers opening into the sea.
Alappuzha beach, Alappuzha
Alappuzha has always basked a major place in the maritime history of Kerala. Alappuzha (Alleppey) is a landmark between a network of rivers flowing into it and the Arabian Sea. Tourists visit here to hangout and relax as it has tremendous and tempting natural beauty all around. This place has huge network of freshwater rivers, meandering lakes, and lagoons. Alappuzha beach is a famous picnic spot and so it’s a favorite gateway for locals. Amusement amenities at the Vijaya Beach Park add charm to the beach.
One can find an old lighthouse nearby Alappuzha beach which is very bewitching to visitors. This beach is also popular for the grand event of Nehru Trophy Boat Race that takes place every year in the month of August.