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 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 before it was hit by the storm of commercialisation. Enjoy the azure blue waters at Bekal beach as you get a brilliant view of the majestic Bekal fort. Or simply head to Cherai Beach in Kochi, where you can view a gorgeous sunset that lights up the golden sands of the shore.
Here is the list of 35 Best Beaches in Kerala That Every Traveller Must Visit
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.
Known For : Water Sports in Kovalam | Lighthouse Beach | Hawah 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.The beach town of Kovalam has three famous beaches - 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.
Best Time : September to March
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. 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.
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.
Kappad or locally known as Kappakadavu is a famous beach 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.
Located at the mouth of the Chaliyar River, 10 km from Kozhikode, Beypore Beach is famous for its Ship building 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.
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.
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.
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 is majestic view of the Arabian Sea, Bharathapuzha River and the Tirur Puzha River.
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.
Located on Dharmadam Island on the edge of the rustic but vibrant city of Kannur, the Dharmadam Beach is a stunning golden shore and an absolute heaven for those who want to treat themselves after a weary week. The Dharmadam Island is an attraction of its own and its peculiarity is that during a low tide, you can literally walk up to this island by wading through water that is barely even knee deep.
This palm-fringed beach 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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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 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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