Best Beaches in Kerala That Every Traveller Must Visit

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List of Best Beaches in Kerala

The beaches of Kerala need no introduction, interlinking with the beautiful backwaters to form an elaborate network of heavenly water bodies. The Allapuzha beach is most well-known, connected to the (Read More)beautiful backwaters of Alleppey earning the city the title of Venice of the East. Check out Varkala beach to recapture the hippie vibe of Goa. Enjoy the azure blue waters at Bekal beach with the brilliant view of the majestic Bekal fort. Or simply head to Cherai Beach in Kochi, with view a gorgeous sunset that lights up the golden sands of the shore.

Here is the list of 34 Best Beaches in Kerala That Every Traveller Must Visit

1. Kovalam, Kerala - Beaches, Ayurveda and Shopping

Kovalam, Kerala - Beaches, Ayurveda and Shopping
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Known For : Vellayani Lake, Kovalam Water Sports in Kovalam Lighthouse Beach

An idyllic village along the coastlines of the Arabian Sea, Kovalam is most famous for its three pristine beaches with shallow waters and low tidal waves where one can go surfing, wooden and motorboat riding. Some of the best beaches in Kerala are in Kovalam - Lighthouse beach, Samudra beach and Hawah beach, which together form its majestic rocky crescent. Kovalam essentially means a 'grove of coconut trees' and the little town is filled with these palms.

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2. Varkala Beach - The Cliff Beach

Varkala Beach - The Cliff Beach
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Set amid a beautiful setting, about 10 km away from the calm and quiet hamlet of Varkala, Varkala Beach is a beautiful beach renowned for its solitude unlike other commercial beaches of Goa. Among foreign tourists visiting Kerala, Varkala beach is the most famous one.

3. Alappuzha beach, Alleppey

Alappuzha beach, Alleppey
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Alappuzha is referred to as the Venice of the East which has always enjoyed an important place in the maritime history of Kerala. Presently it is famous for its boat races, backwater holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. Alappuzha beach is a popular picnic spot and a huge tourist destination, hence making it one of the best beaches in Kerala. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is over 137 years old. Entertainment facilities at the Vijaya Beach Park add to the attraction of the beach. There is also an old lighthouse nearby which plays a fascinating sight to the visitors from far and wide.

4. Muzhappilangad Beach - Drive-In Beach

Muzhappilangad Beach - Drive-In Beach
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Muzhappilangad beach, located 8 km from Thalassery is often tagged as a paradise for swimmers. Known as the Drive-in-Beach of Kerala, this Muzhappilangad charges just Rs. 10 if you wish to drive your car here. Apart from driving, Muzhappilangad is one of the top beaches in Kerala for relaxing, swimming and sunbathing.

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5. Bekal Beach - The Beach Beside The Fort

Bekal Beach - The Beach Beside The Fort
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Covering a huge area of 35 acres, Bekal Fort Beach is considered as one of the best maintained beaches in Kerala.

6. Cherai Beach, Kochi

Cherai Beach, Kochi
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Located on the north end of Vypeen Island, the Cherai Beach offers a beautiful sunset point. The beach in Kerala is also popular for its golden sand, palm trees and a wide expanse of blue water.

7. Marari Beach, Alleppey

Marari Beach, Alleppey

One of the most serene beaches of the Malabar Coast in Kerala, the Marari Beach is an idyllic destination for a laid-back and peaceful beach vacation when in Kerala, and one of the cleaner beaches of India.

8. Kappad Beach, Kozhikode

Kappad Beach, Kozhikode
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Kappad or locally known as Kappakadavu is a famous beach in Kerala near Kozhikode (Calicut) in Kerala, where the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama landed on 20 May 1498. His voyage established the sea route from Europe to India. This heralded the arrival and permanent route from Europe to India. This heralded the arrival and permanent presence of various European merchant companies, leading to eventual domination and rule by the East India Company and later the period of British colonial rule.

9. Beypore Beach, Kozhikode

Beypore Beach, Kozhikode
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Beypore is one of the best beaches in Kerla in the northern part of the state. Located at the mouth of the Chaliyar River, 10 km from Kozhikode, Beypore Beach is famous for its Shipbuilding yard more than 1500 years old. During the trading days of Arabs and Chinese, and later the Europeans, this was one of the most important fishing harbours in Kerala and all of South India.

10. Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam

Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam
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Mainly known for its 35 m high lighthouse atop Kurumkal hillock, this beach offers are sandy walk and lip smacking sea food to its visitors.

11. Payyambalam Beach, Kannur

Payyambalam Beach, Kannur

The impeccably unspoilt Payyabalam beach is adorned with sparkling pearls of golden sand and foamy white waves of the Arabian Sea. The highlight of Kannur and one of the many beautiful beaches in Kerala, it has an incredibly peaceful and inviting aura.

12. Kozhikode Beach

Kozhikode Beach
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Famous for its sunsets, Kozhikode Beach commemorates the beauty of the colonial era with its lighthouse and two dilapidated piers which are more than 100 years old.

13. Kappil Beach, Bekal

Kappil Beach, Bekal
3.5 /5

Spanning over an area of 25 acres; Kappil Beach is located 6 km away from the Bekal Fort. The beach bounded by plethora of picture perfect views will leave you absolutely spellbound.

14. Thottada Beach, Kannur

Thottada Beach, Kannur
3.5 /5

Between the coastal towns of Kannur and Thalassery along the Malabar Coast lies the scenic Thottada Beach. The cleanliness, solitude and tranquillity are part of the charm of the beach, making it the ideal getaway for anyone looking to escape the noise of the city and reconnect with nature and themselves.

15. Hawah Beach, Kovalam

Hawah Beach, Kovalam
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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 Kerala and all of India. However, topless bathing is banned now.

16. Samudra Beach, Kovalam

Samudra Beach, Kovalam
3.3 /5

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.

17. Thiruvambadi Beach, Varkala

Thiruvambadi Beach, Varkala
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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.

18. Edava Beach, Varkala

Edava Beach, Varkala
3.2 /5

Untouched and unspoilt by tourist activities, the Edava beaches in Kerala 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.

19. Hosdurg Beach, Bekal

Hosdurg Beach, Bekal
3.2 /5

Hosdurg Beach, rich in flora and fauna is a perfect place to explore with family and friends. One will find Casuarina orchards populating the beach.

20. Island of Pathiramanal, Kottayam

Island of Pathiramanal, Kottayam
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A beautiful natural abode to various species of birds, Island of Pathiramanal is situated in Alappuzha District offering a paradise for ornithologists.

21. Meenkunnu Beach, Kannur

Meenkunnu Beach, Kannur
3.1 /5

An extension of the famous Payyambalam Beach in Kerala, Meenkunnu Beach is a sight of pure beauty. Located a few kilometers from Kannur in Azhikode, the beach is a long stretch of sandy coastline and clear water.

22. Shanghumukham Beach, Trivandrum

Shanghumukham Beach, Trivandrum
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One of the most popular beaches in Kerala, Shanghumukham Beach is known for its pristine waters and soulful sunsets. It runs next to the Trivandrum airport and a must visit for those seeking tranquillity.

23. Chavakad Beach, Thrissur

Chavakad Beach, Thrissur
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A sea shore adorned with rare scenic beauty, the Chavakad beach is renowned as being one of the best beaches in Kerala along the West Coast of India in Kerala.

24. Mahatma Gandhi Beach and Park, Kollam

Mahatma Gandhi Beach and Park, Kollam
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Lying at a distance of just 2 km from kollam town is Mahatma Gandhi Beach and Park which is quite popular as a picnic spot among locals and tourists.

25. Thirumullavaram Beach, Kollam

Thirumullavaram Beach, Kollam
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A perfect place to relax and unwind, to swim and to sunbath, Thirumullavaram Beach is surrounded by calm and serene surroundings. The beach is located hardly 6 km from the kollam town.

26. Padinharekara Beach, Ponnani

Padinharekara Beach, Ponnani
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A long stretch of glowing sand and changing colors of sky makes this Padinharekara Beach a charming place to visit. Situated at Malappuram on Tipu Sultan Road, the major attraction of this beach in Kerala is majestic view of the Arabian Sea, Bharathapuzha River and the Tirur Puzha River.

27. Kollam Beach

Kollam Beach

Voted as the first 'Beach Wedding Destination' in Kerala, the Kollam Beach requires no introduction. This scenic and breathtaking natural wonder is also known as the Mahatma Gandhi Beach and boasts of pristine blue waters that seem to unite with the bright sky at an infinite distance, while tourists marvel at the sheer magnificence of the majestic scene.

28. Ezhara Beach, Kannur

Ezhara Beach, Kannur

This palm-fringed beach in Kerala is actually a rock-strewn one with crimson cliffs and giant rocks lining up the coastline in the most attractive and scenic way possible. The Ezhara Beach is sure to charm you with the panoramic view of the azure waters of the Arabian Sea and its foamy white waves crashing against the rocks.

29. Baby Beach, Kannur

Baby Beach, Kannur

The Baby Beach in Kannur, as the name suggests, is a tiny yet an extremely attractive beach along the shore of the Arabian Sea. Don't be mistaken by its name or size, this beach is a very happening picnic spot for the locals of Kannur and attracts the attention of many tourists with its panoramic view of the azure Arabian Sea.

30. Snehatheeram Beach, Thrissur

Snehatheeram Beach, Thrissur

The Snehatheeram beach in Kerala 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.

31. Thumpoly Beach, Alleppey

Thumpoly Beach, Alleppey

Located at a distance of 6 kms from Alappuzha and 90 kms from Kochi International Airport, Thumpoly is a coastal town in Kerala. With the majestic Arabian Sea on one side, and a charming quaint lake on the other, Thumpoly has been graciously blessed with golden sandy beaches, verdant green meadows and numerous canals which finally make their way to the ocean, by nature.

32. Punnapra Beach, Alleppey

Punnapra Beach, Alleppey

Punnapra beach in Kerala 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, preferred for tourists looking for a romantic holiday away from the chaotic city life. Ayurvedic massages on the beach are quite famous here, making it a good place to replenish one's mind and body.

33. Thottapally Beach, Alleppey

Thottapally Beach, Alleppey

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.

34. Andhakaranazhi Beach, Alleppey

Andhakaranazhi Beach, Alleppey

Andhakaranazhi beach in Kerala 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 is 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.

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FAQs on Best Beaches in Kerala That Every Traveller Must Visit

How many beaches are there in Kerala?

34 beaches

Which is the largest beach in Kerala?

Kovalam Beach

Does Alleppey have a beach?

Yes, Alapuzha beach

Is Alleppey Beach clean?

It's an average beach but not the best. great for a short picnic

Which is better - Kovalam or Poovar?

Poovar offers serene views and is a quaint getaway, while Kovalam had 3 beautiful beaches joining the backwaters

Which is Kerala's Drive in Beach?

Muzhappilangad beach

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