Kerala "Gods own Country" is known for its beautiful beaches and extensive backwaters, and is one of the major tourist attractions in India, both for Indians and foreigners. The famous and most alluring beaches of Kerala India are Kovalam beach, Poovar Beach, Varkala Beach, Marari Beach, and Kappad Beach etc. Kerala has a 600 km long shoreline dotted with some of the finest, charming beaches of the world, coconut groves, natural harbors, lagoons and sheltered coves. All these are as peaceful as the rest of the land, washed by the pleasant tropical sun and as pristine as ever.
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Beaches of Kerala
Kovalam Beach: Kovalam Beach of Kerala is internationally renowned as the best beach of Kerala which comprises of three adjacent crescent shaped beaches. The southernmost, known as the Lighthouse beach, is the most popular. The amazing Arabian Sea, the golden glowing sands and the coconut canopies all come together as a package for the picture perfect holiday. Kovalam Beach is just 16kms. from Trivandrum.
Shanghumugham Beach: Shanghumugham Beach of Kerala is a favorite haunt of sunset viewers. This Beach has an indoor recreation club, the Matsya Kanyaka ( a giangetic 35m long sculpture of mermaid), a restaurant shaped like a starfish and a traffic training park for children. A star-shaped restaurant is also seen here. Fishing is an attractive scene in Shanghumugham Beach. This beach of Kovalam wears a festive look during the temple festivals. This Kerala beach is more crowded during the weekends and local holidays. Sunset at this beach is sight worth seeing. The Chacha Nehru Traffic Training Park here attracts children and helps them to learn the traffic rules.
Poovar Beach: Poovar Beach in Kerala is one of the most picturesque Beaches in India. Poovar Beach is approximately a 45 minutes drive away from Kovalam. Beach of Poovar is a beautiful location in Kerala. This stunning location has been successful in attracting many tourists over the years. This charming beach is considered as one of the leading tourists spots in Kerala. Poovar Beach is a place where life goes on as it did hundred years ago, nonchalant of the worldly transformations.
Varkala Beach: The Beach of Vakala is a seaside resort and spa, as well as an important Hindu centre of pilgrimage. High cliffs with rich mineral springs rise majestically from the coastline. The 2000 year old Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple and the Nature Care Centre are the two main attractions there. The sight of the sun melting into the sea would blossom your poetic sense. The mineral water gushing from the hill is believed to have medicinal properties. The sands of Varkala Beach have become an ideal spot for confluence of cultures exotic and alien.
Alappuzha Beach: Alappuzha Beach is one of the most popular picnic spots in Alappuzha. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is about 140 years old. Visit during sunset and you'll find the same sea quietly jostling against the pure white sands, its waters abundant with catch for the fisher folk. After meeting the roaring sea, you can enjoy a lifetime boat cruise on the emerald backwaters by a romantic night, the famous attractions in the beach of Alleppey. The tinges of green and blue also reflect themselves in the glistening backwaters, for which Alappuzha is famous.
Cherai Beach: This Lovely Beach bordering Vypeen Island is ideal for swimming. Dolphins are occasionally spotted here. A typical Kerala Village nearby with paddy fields and coconut groves is an added attraction. The beach is just 23kms. from Cochin. 15 Kms long Cherai Beach is the best clean golden beach of Kerala and is rightly called “The Princess of the Queen of the Arabian sea". 45 kms from Ernakulam city, this lovely beach bordering Vypeen Island is ideal for swimming. Dolphins are occasionally seen here. A typical kerala village with paddy fields and coconut groves nearby is an added attraction. The newly beautified 400 Meters of the main beach with the walkway adds to the charm and the High mask lamp makes the beach enjoyable even at night. Cherai is well known for the mouth lingering fresh sea food.
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Marari Beach: Marari Beach of Kerala is an endless vista of sand and surf, but it is more. An authentic experience of the world Kerala's traditional fishing villages, and a recreation of an ancient, harmonious way of life. Marari originates from “Mararikulam ", one of the local fishing villages of Kerala. Here life still goes on much as it did a hundred years ago, with the men going out to sea each day to earn a living bringing in the daily catch. Marari offers endless miles of superb sand beaches. The tourists can experience the local charm and traditional Kerala Hospitality at its best.
Fort Kochi Beach: Fort Kochi Beach is a favorite haunt of Kochi, the beach at Fort Kochi Kerala is a tranquil experience at any time of the day. Do it alone or in the company of your loved ones, it offers the ideal ambiance to relax and to let your thoughts soar to new heights of creativity. The main attraction on the fort Kochi beach of Kerala is the historic fort that is the best example of indo- European architecture. It is an obscure fishing village which became the first European township in India. A favourite haunt of Kochi, the beach at Fort Kochi is a tranquil experience at any time of the day.
Kappad Beach: This is the historic beach located at a distance of 16 km from the Kozhikode town, the Kappad beach is wrapped in a sheet of history. Uncover it to know that this was the land where the famous Portuguese sailor, Vasco da Gama set his feet in the year 1498 along with 170 men. This marked the beginning of a new era and new relationship between the Indians and the Portuguese which lasted for 4 to 5 centuries later. Though the Portuguese were welcomed in Kozhikode they were not too well encouraged or entertained for long by the Zamorins, which might be the reason they shifted their base to Kochi and Kollam down south. Today only a little stone monument is left at the Kappad beach to speak of its great historic importance. On the rocks nearby is a temple believed to be 800 years old.
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Nattika Beach: Here’s your chance for that long awaited rendezvous with nature. The lovely beach is 24kms. from Thrisssur. Stroll the beach with fascinating fantasies, reminding you of nature, the surroundings are gifted with backwaters surrounded by palm grooves; relax in the beach huts or unwind in the hammocks. The picturesque beach at Nattika village in Thrissur district is an ideal place to spend leisure time. It remains virgin, as the place is not much explored by visitors.
Kozhikode Beach: This beach is favorite haunt of sunset viewers. Adding to its natural beauty is the old – world charm retained by the ancient lighthouse and the two crumbling piers each more than a hundred years old that run into the Sea. It was here at Kappad that Vasco Da Gama landed in his search for the spices of the Orient. Today the serene beaches, lush green countryside, historic sites, all combine to make this a popular tourist destination filled with a warm ambience.
Beypore Beach: The Beach is just 10kms. from the south of Kozhikode. The Beypore beach is located at the mouth of the River Chaliyar and gives you an opportunity to enjoy dreamlike vistas. One of the prominent ports and fishing harbours of ancient Kerala was an important trade and maritime centre. Ancient Beypore was much sought after by merchants from Western Asia, for its ship building industry. Here, the time stands still as the specialist craftsmen design and shape "Uru" (the traditional Arabian trading vessel).
Payyambalam Beach: Payyambalam beach of Kannur is a vast stretch of golden sands dotted with coconut trees. The adjacent Baby Beach through the Burnassery Cantonment is delightfully quiet. The beautiful Beach is just 2kms. from Kannur. This secluded beach is an ideal getaway for you if you want to spend a relaxed and laidback evening amidst calm surroundings.
Kizhunna Beach: This beach is just 11kms. from Kannur . The beautiful stretch of sand is one of the most secluded beaches in Kerala. Kizhunna Ezhara Beach is palm-fringed stretch of sand where in seclusion you will find peace and retreat from daily drudgeries. The surrounding coconut groves strewn all along the beach promises a relaxed stay. In the evening the quiet atmosphere of the place is enlivened by Kathakali performances.
Meen Kunnu Beach: This beach is an uncrowded beach and a tourists' paradise. It is with golden sand and surf and attractive one. It is 12 km from Kannur. The beach is a tourist paradise with golden sand & surf. The beach is 12kms. from Kannur. The name of the beach is derived from the Malyalam Language where Meen means fish and Kunnu means hill. This beach attracts a lot of tourists with its beauty. Meen Kunnu beach is an expansion of Payyambalam Beach which is located two kilometers from the new rewritten of Kannur.
Bekal Fort Beach: The beach is just 1kms away from Bekal Fort in Kasargod. The sobriquet name of the beach is Pallikere Beach this scenic seaside offers a spectacular view of the historic fort and has ample facilities fro recreation & relaxation. Beautification of the beach includes installation of two sculptures of Theyyam created using laterite at the beach and a shed with walls adorning murals created by artisans from Nilambur. Apart from these a rock garden at the parking area has been developed where laterite boulders of various size has been utilized. Under the social forestry scheme planting trees has been done in the beach area.
Kappil Beach: Kappil Beach stretches along for more than 25 acres of land. The beach is just 2kms. from Bekal fort , a winding lane meanders through Palm – fringed landscape to this totally unpolluted Secluded beach. The Kodi Cliff close by offers a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea. 2km. away from the Pallikunnam Temple. For those who prefer Thoreau to Harold Robbins, the secluded and relatively unexplored Kappil Beach should prove idyllic. This sun-drenched beach is a perfect getaway after a hectic tour of the nearby Bekal Fort which is 6kms away. Besides the natural beauty of the beach, adventure-loving souls can even ascend the nearby Kodi cliff to get a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea.
Payyoli Beach: Payyoli will never fail to visit the Trikkottur Perumalpuram Temple in Kozhikode District. Ardent followers of lord Shiva will never fail to visit the temple during their visit. Payyoli offers a golden stretch of sand and queued up swaying coconut palm trees which enliven it further. A quiet and well groomed place for swimming, this remote village is creditable for its serenity and down to earth qualities. During the months of November and December, Olive Ridley turtles, an endangered species come on shore to lay eggs.
Vadakara Sand Banks: This beach where the Kottakal River merges into the sea stunningly beautifully and is a favorite spot for locals & tourists. The nearby Birla Bungalows offers a delightful view of the Sandbank Beaches. Vatakara is situated about 48 km to the north of Kozhikode city. The town lies by the side of a river known by different names as Moorad river, Kuttiadi river or Kotakkal river. Originally known as Vadakkekara (north shore) due to its position with respect to the Kottakkal puzha, the place came to be called as Vatakara by popular usage later.
Vizhinjam Beach: This beach is lying just 15 kms from Trivandrum; this is a historic spot, which was left unnoticed for a long time. The capital of Ay-Vel kings of the 8th - 9th century, the only thing that has withstood time is a rock temple, assigned to the period of the Cheras because of a strong influence to die Pallava Pandya architecture. The rock temple is just a little off the main junction, and is a protected monument under the Archeological Survey of India.
- Putting on hat is an intelligent step as that will cover up whole of head region of the body.
- Sunglasses of dark shades prevent eyes from sun rays. Also, sunglasses must have glasses composed of material that do not affect the eyes.
- Do not expose whole body to the sun and sands. It is recommended that one should put on and cover up upper region of the body as well. Also, knickers and lowers are useful in the beaches.
- Slippers or shoes are also required for the beaches.
LOTION AND OTHER GELS - Sun lotions or gels safeguard the body parts and coat the epidermis. However; one must be selective for the kind of gels and lotions used. Lip guard and other gels prevent skin from tanning and drying up of the skin.
OTHER PREVENTIVE MEASURES - Especially kids and old age people must be very cautious as they are overt to the beach hazards. One should be always prepared for any kinds of injuries like bruises and even sand getting into the eyes. Also, one must avoid going to the beaches when sun rays are direct and winds are blowing at high speed.