Set amid a beautiful setting about 10 km away from the calm and quiet hamlet of Varkala, Varkala Beach is a beautiful stretch of sand renowned for its solitude unlike other commercial beaches of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Also known as the Papanasam Beach meaning 'Destroyer of Sins', is unlike any other beach in the area with impeccable beauty.
Kumarakom Beach is a famous for recreational activities and water sports. The pristine clear waters are apt for swimming. The glimmering sands, the gentle waves, several restaurants and resorts make it a perfect tourist attraction in the city. This is one of the beaches near Munnar where one can find delicious seafood.
Scrumptious food, comfortable and affordable lodging, and breathtaking views - the Lighthouse Beach of Kovalam offers it all. This is precisely why the beach is today one of the most visited places in the entire region of Kovalam, and why tourists make it a point to visit this beach the first thing in Kovalam. Located in southern Kerala, it boasts of a lighthouse that is 30 metres in height, which is what gives the beach its name.
Cherai Beach, which is one of the best-voted beaches near Munnar, is situated at a distance of 30 km from Kochi city. Its strategic location on the northern end of the Vypeen Island in Kochi makes it a perfect mixture of the sea as well as the backwaters. The surrounding greenery and the seashells present in different shapes makes the beach more beautiful than it already is. One can smell the coconut groves, and the Chinese fishing nets present on the waterfront add a different charm to the place altogether.
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Situated along Fort Kochi in Kochi, Kerala, Fort Kochi Beach is a tranquil beach adjoining the Arabian Sea. Lined with a beautiful sidewalk, the beach also has a fort to boast of which is also a major tourist attraction of the spot. People usually visit it for routinely morning and evening walks or just to spend some quality time in solitude.
Veeranpuzha Beach is one of the popular beaches near Munnar. With beautiful blue waters and golden sandy shores, the beach is lined with green vegetation. The proximity of fishing villages from the beach ensures the activity of fisherfolks at work all day long at the shores. You can visit Veeranpuzha to watch the fishermen at work, or to have a glimpse of the laid back rural vibe, or to witness the beautiful sunset and sunrise, or just to soak in the natural environment.
Puthuvype is a 3 kms long beach situated in Puthuvype near the lighthouse in Kochi, Kerala. One among the least explored beaches of Kochi, the highlight of the beach is also a lighthouse. Still unexploited by tourists, the beach is crowded by the fisherfolks at work. You can visit on a weekend for a perfect break from the city in peace and solitude.
Located at a distance of 30 kms from Kochi, Andhakaranazhi Beach is an extension of the tiny village of Andhakaranazhi. The virgin beach is still noncommercialized and unexploited from tourism and a well-kept secret of the city. Also, its distance from the city makes it a perfect serene spot from the pell-mell of the city. You can find fishermen at work and their huge nets are strewn all over the shores. This is one of the beaches in Munnar to experience nature in its raw form with immaculate sands, clean waters and beautiful coastline.
At a distance of 3.5 kms from Cherai Beach in Kochi, Kuzhuppilly Beach is remotely located and really well hidden even from the localites. Lined with huge rocks all along the shore, the place makes for a perfect romantic spot or even if you want to spend some time away from the hustle-bustle of the city. The drive to the beach is equally beautiful with two lakes flanked on the side of the narrow road.
Also known as Muziris Beach, Munambam Beach is situated 4 kms north of Cherai Beach. Covered in Chinese fishing nets of the village fisherfolks, the beach boasts of calm sands merging into the indigo waters of the Arabian Sea. This beach near Munnar also has an adjacent playground for the kids.
Located at a distance of 12 kms from Kochi in Chellanam, Puthenthode Beach is a relatively newly made beach. Slightly smaller in area than the other beaches with only half a km in length, it is popular for its peaceful vibe and calm environs.
A beautiful extension of the Samudra Beach, Ashoka Beach is a quiet, deserted stretch of land in Kovalam, Kerala. Mostly frequented by romantic couples owing the serenity and solitude of the place, the beach also has several ayurvedic spa centres to help you destress, refresh and rejuvenate from the monotony of life.
One of the great delights of the Malabar Coast, the Marari Beach is an idyllic destination for a serene beach vacation. Clear turquoise waters that meet the shimmering golden sands with the coconut palm trees in the background make it about as picturesque as anyone could imagine the appearance of the shore. About 11 km from the city of Alleppey, this is one of the beaches near Munnar which is a hotspot for fishing activity, deriving its name from the local fishing village Mararikulam. It has a peaceful and laid back ambience perfect for those looking to relax and unwind by the calming waters.
Andhakaranazhi Beach is a pristine beach that is basically an azhy or a shoal which is a naturally formed ridge formed underwater and rises up to the surface. It is one of the attractions that are not often crowded and is mostly used to regulate the inflow or outflow of water via two motor operated shutters installed to the north and the south of the beach. Water levels are erratic in the region and tourists are advised to be careful while exploring.
The Alappuzha beach, also known as the Alleppey Beach is famous for local getaways due to its blissful surroundings. Known as the Venice of East, Alappuzha Beach is a great tourist attraction in Kerala. It is known for its intrinsic beauty and a 150 years old pier which stretches into the sea. Alappuzha Beach is the venue for a number of fun-filled and thrilling activities ranging from adventure sports to one of the quaint beaches near Munnar.
Famed through a celebrated novel and movie 'Chemmeen', Thottappally Beach is a quiet escape in the village. It an active fishing harbour that draws locals every day. The Thottappally Spillway located nearby is also quite an attraction. It helps separate the freshwater of the Thottappally Lake and the saline water at the mouth of the river that drains into the Arabian Sea. Tourists visit often for its conserved picturesque beauty and a soul-soothing experience.
Punnapra Beach is a serene getaway famous for its golden stretch of sand and pristine waters. It is an isolated beach and doesn't have a lot of visitors. It is, therefore, one of the beaches near Munnar that is preferred by tourists looking for a romantic holiday away. Ayurvedic massages on the beach are quite famous here, making it a good place to replenish one's mind and body.
Thumpoly Beach is a hidden gem located in the state of Kerala. This beach is famous for its scenic beauty and cleanliness. A number of canals make their way into the Arabian Sea through here, making it a must explore. The big blue waves crashing on the shore are quite a sight to see. You can even visit the fishing villages that surround this beach.
Located around 45 kms from Thrissur in Azhikode, Munakkal Beach is the largest beach in the Thrissur district based on the banks of the mighty Arabian Sea. The beach offers sweeping views of the sun, sea and sand.
A sea shore adorned with rare scenic beauty, the Chavakad beach is renowned as being one of the best beaches along the West Coast.
The Snehatheeram Beach situated in Thrissur is one of the most super-scenic beaches present here, and a trip to Thrissur without coming down here is incomplete with the sun, sand and the Arabian Sea all coming together in perfect harmony and descending upon the beach right in the middle of the coastline. It is when one sets foot on its coast that they realize the reason the beach is known as Snehatheeram (meaning love shore). It is impossible for the person coming here to not fall in love with the music of the sea waves hitting the against the shore softly while watching the sun disappearing in water.
Nattika Beach is predominantly a fisher folk beach and was relatively unknown to people. It only became popular after the Malayalam movie Chemeen was shot here. The beach also encourages a lot of adventure sports, backwater cruises, elephant rides, horse rides etc.
Vadanappally is a small coastal village in Kerala inhabited by fishermen. The beach adjacent to the village settlement is known as Vadanappally Beach which is lined with coconut palm trees and coral reefs. This is one of the beaches near Munnar that is also linked to the backwaters.
Located on the Chvakkad- Ponnani highway, some 5 kms from Thrissur, Periyambalam Beach is one of the most serene and beautiful beaches near Munnar. Lined with beautiful plantations and casuarina forests, the beach makes for a perfect day out in the sun.
Untouched and unspoilt by tourist activities, the Edava beaches are the virgin stretches circling a blue lagoon where sea and backwaters run parallel divided by a more-than-one km of straight road. There is also an estuary that connects the sea with the backwaters here.
Lying 1 km off Thiruvamdabi road, this black sand beach adjacent to the North cliff is an ideal picnic spot amidst lush coconut groves to relax and unwind.
Papasnanam Beach/ Papanasam Beach is a scenic seashore famous amongst the beaches near Munnar. The beach is called Varkala Beach and is famous for spiritual/ religious purposes. People believe that taking a dip in the sea washes one's sins away. The water also washes the plants nearby, most of which have medicinal properties, thus giving healing properties to the sea water. The picturesque location is also famous for the Varkala Cliff and a natural water spout nearby.
Kappil Beach is a strip of land by the Kappil Lake. The beautiful beach is lined with coconut trees and offers a beautiful view of the backwaters. A bridge used to cross the lake also is a good location to get a stunning view of the backwater including the point where the backwater enters the splendid Arabian sea.
Chilakoor Beach is located at a distance of about 15 kms from the town of Varkala in Kerala. Lined with gorgeous casuarina groves, the drive to the beach takes you through traditional coastal villages which lets you have a glimpse of the rural Kerala life. This is one of the beaches near Munnar which is popular for its serene environment and beautiful sunset views.
Hawah is a stretch of isolated beach famous for its enchanting sunset views. Renowned as the second largest beach, it is also known as Eve's Beach for it being the first topless beach in India. However, topless bathing is banned now.
A large promontory separates this Northern beach from the southern side. Samudra Beach is where you can enjoy the sight of shoreline fishing and watch local fishermen ply their trade. There is also a mosque on this beach.
Pozhikkara is a beautiful beach in Kovalam at the inter-junction of the backwaters meeting the sea. Lined with tall towering trees and healthy vegetation, the beach is one of the greenest beaches near Munnar. Perfect for swimming and sunbathing, the beach also has myriad other options to make your trip fun. You can also try the delicious mouth watering local food from the stalls and shacks on the shores.
Situated in the southern part of Kovalam, Chowara Beach is popular for its fishing spots. Besides the regular fishermen at work with their huge Chinese fishing nets and big boats, you will also find several picnickers gathered here with their basket of food. The highlight of the beach is a Chowara Ayyappa Temple which gives a hilltop picturesque view of the shores and adjoining villages.
Vizhinjam Beach is one of the most popular beaches near Munnar which houses a lighthouse and an impressive marine aquarium. The beach is also known to be one of the largest ports in India.
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