Blessed with nearly 600 kilometers of the Arabian Sea shoreline, Kerala is dotted all along its west side with beautiful beaches. The golden sand and the blue waves can be resisted by few and thousands throng in every year to bask under the glorious sun.
In Kerala, one can find all kinds of beaches including secluded beaches, party beaches and white sand beaches. If you are looking to spend time with your romantic one, there are beaches that cater exclusively for couples. It is quite difficult to point out the best beaches, as each one is unique in its natural beauty. The best times to visit the beaches are from December to March as the sun is not too harsh and the waves are at its best. Recently, monsoon tourism is also being promoted here, and you can take advantage of some fantastic off-season discounts.
Action Filled Kovalam Beach
Kovalam beach is the most popular and the most developed beach in Kerala. It attracts tourists year through where one can enjoy its warm sand and adventure filled waves. The beach is made up of two main coves – the Eve’s beach and the lighthouse. The lighthouse is lined byopen-air restaurants and coffee shops, giving you the double treat of food and the picturesque sea. The light house also provides excellent venue for talking long walks or cycling.
The Serene Marari Beach
Marari beach in Allepey is a beautiful stretch of never ending golden sand and provides a peaceful quiet environment for its visitors. Marari beach gives you original experience of Kerala’s traditional fishing villages and its ancient ways. Coconut trees making the whole scene a perfect canvas shot line the beach. The main attraction near Marari Beach is the houseboat ride in Allepey’s backwaters where you can enjoy village scenes and spicy Kerala dishes.
Vypeen Island in Cochin is famous for its natural beauty, backwaters and off course it beach, the Cherai. Necklaced with paddy fields and beautiful backwaters, Cherai beach is the perfect getaway for all. This paradise is the perfect blend of warm sand and calm waters that is ideal for sunbathing and swimming. The beaches are not much crowded thus providing a serene environment for you to relax. It is the perfect place to spend with your loved one taking long walks while water brushed your legs, enjoying the light breeze and to top it all you can occasionally spot a cute dolphin.
Located about 51 kilometers from the capital city, Thiruvananthapuram, Varkkala Beach is fast becoming a favorite tourist destination. The beach is a beautiful 10-kilometer stretch of golden sand and blue waves break open frothing on its shores. Varkkala is a small and peaceful hamlet and the beach too mirrors the character. The palm-lined beach is frequented by tourists throughout the year and they love riding her waves. Also known as Papanasam Beach, there is a natural spring near it believed to wash away all your sins if you take a dip in its water. The beach is also famed to be the site of a 2000 year old Lord Vishnu Temple. History, mystery and natural beauty – Varkkala Beach has all that can awaken your senses.
The Fishermen of Vizhinjam
One of the most famous fishing harbors in Kerala, Vizhinjam is frequented by those who love to watch fishermen venturing into the sea in the early hours of the morning. Vizhinjam is preserved in its original rusty way, offering another panorama altogether. The 18th century rock cut temple, near Vizhinjam is another attraction here.
One can taste traditional dishes from the fishing villages here and the menu includes a rich variety of squirrelfish, piranhas, lionfish, surgeonfish, clownfish, giant turtles, moon wrasse, butterfly fish, trigger fish as well as sharks.
The Historical Kappad Beach
Located about 17 kilometers from Calicut Town, Kappad beach is historically famous for being the scene where Vasco Da Gama first landed in 1498. The beach has safe waters with small waves, and again is a spot where you can see traditional fishing in catamarans. One can take an enjoyable walk in the evening on the rocky headland stretching a few kilometers into the sea. There is also an 800-year-old temple in the beach, which will give you a glimpse to its rich past.
The best way to reach Kappad is along the backwaters of Kozhikode, offering you a bewitching treat of its beauty. The beach is quite and not much crowded; altogether a serene place to relax.
Port at Beypore Beach
Famous for building the traditional wooden ships called Urus, Beypore’s history dates back centuries old. It was a buy port and was very active in trade relations with the Middle East and romans. The Beypore beach is a quiet stretch of golden sand and there is a kilometer long bridge stretching into the sea. One can take a walk along this bridge enjoying the wind and sunset. Another main attraction is a spot near the bridge where you can see the Chaliyar River merging with the sea. The Beach also offers water sports for the adventurous minds likeswimming, parasailing, skiing, surfing, angling, kayaking and sunbathing.