God’s Own Country, Kerala is known for its beaches and backwaters that are the most cherished attractions at Kerala. The coastline has some of the most exotic coconut and palm tree fringed sandy beaches that are popular for water sports and tasty sea food. The beaches also have some other popular tourist attractions in the form of historic monuments and temples. Here is a list of the most beautiful beaches in Kerala where one can go and enjoy the best of sun, sand and sea.
Kovalam Beach – the hotspot for Europeans
Kovalam beach is the most famous beach among the Europeans since the 1930’s compared to the other beaches in Kerala. This beach offers many relaxation options like sunbathing, herbal body toning massages, cultural programs, catamaran cruises etc and it even has low cost lodging houses and restaurants that offer best facilities at a very nominal cost. One can enjoy the luxury here by just lying on the sands and retreating in the beach cafes.
Beypore – the harbour of ancient Kerala
A road that never seems to endNo matter how far I’ve walked there’s no end in sightBut I’ll keep on going than turn backWill I reach the end? Beypore beach is situated at the mouth of Chaliyar River and is one of the most important fishing harbors and ports of Kerala. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Kerala. The main attraction to the tourists is the 2 km long path built using the big stones piled up together in to the sea.
Kappad – the rocky boulder beach
Kappad, or Kappakadavu locally, is famous as the beach near Kozhikode (Calicut), India, where the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama landed on May 20, 1498.
Kappad beach is the place where Vasco Da Gama landed on 24th May, 1428 and even after so many years the beach remains quaint and is adorned with rocks and pleasing waves. The protruding big rocks and the rock temple which is 800 years old are the highlights of this beach. An isolated village is found near the beach which is surrounded by dense vegetation of coconut palms, banana plants and tamarind, jackfruit and cinnamon trees.
Alappuzha – Venice of the East:
Alappuzha also called as the Venice of the East, is located near the Arabian Sea on the west along with a huge network of lagoons, lakes and freshwater rivers. This awe-inspiring place is home to several species of birds and animals with it being the unique area in the maritime of Kerala. Alappuzha is especially known for its boat races. It is also known houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry.
Varkala Beach – the isolated beach
Cliff-side shops lining the Varkala coastline, Kerala, India. This was an impromptu shot with a wide-angle from the hip as I noticed this man pass by. We were looking for a place to eat and I had almost put my camera away for the day.I shot the sky separately once the guy had gone and combined it in.
Varkala beach is more peaceful and less crowded compared to the Kovalam beach and is gifted with long stretch of cliffs that extend over the Arabian Sea. It has a footpath that runs along the length of the cliff which is beautifully outlined by the coconut palms. The beach, surrounded by many shops, hotels and guest houses, is nestled under the bottom of the cliff and can be reached by the steps down from the top of the cliff. The mineral water springs, the Sivagiri Mutt and a 2000 year old Vishnu temple are some of the other tourist attractions near the beach.
In order to experience the true essence of the state Kerala, one has to visit the beaches of Kerala. The peace, serenity and the beauty of the silver and golden sands and the palm fringed groves are truly captivating and help to calm down the elements. A Kerala beach tour is ideal for those who want to refresh and rejuvenate their souls and hence gain inner peace.