(Last Updated on : 19/07/2014)
Beaches of Kerala
are the perfect testaments of nature's bounty wrapped in tranquillity and fascinating surroundings. These beaches are spread along the coastline of Arabian Sea
and boast beautiful golden beaches with enchanting views of sunsets. A touch of colonial era can be experienced through the relics spread along the beaches. Tourism is very enjoyable in beaches of Kerala where the overpowering serenity presents an invigorating time to the visitors. Glimpses of local culture and tradition can also be witnessed here. The beaches attain a spirited visage during the beach festivals where the pulsating crowd and vibrant celebrations entirely changes the aura, presenting a distinctly charming flavour. The state of Kerala hosts a plethora of beaches and each one exhibits a unique charm of its own that bewitches the visitors.
is located in the Alappuzha district
adorned with marvellous natural beauty. Near the beach, a lighthouse stands which offers a panoramic view of the serene beach. The beach also hosts the ruins of Alappuzha Sea Bridge which is a memoir of the Alappuzha port, once an important port of Kerala. Alappuzha beach has also been a preferred destination for many film shoots.
Set along the Arabian Sea, Kovalam beach
is another natural magnificence of Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram district
. The beach is in fact a combination of three beaches namely Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach and Samudra Beach which are separated by rocky outcroppings. The beach is also renowned for hosting a number of Ayurvedic resorts. Kovalam beach allures tourists not only from India but also from different parts of the globe.
Marari beach is no less amongst the gorgeous beaches of Kerala. Located in Alappuzha district, it is an ideal place to spend leisure time amidst a serene environment. The beach is very clean and is frequented by swimmers for being a safe one.
Chavakkad beach, situated in Thrissur district
, is another addition to the beautiful beaches of Kerala. The beach hosts the confluence of a river and the sea and the meeting point is known as
Azhimokam in Malayalam
. The beach is quite unexplored by the local folks and thus exhibits an unspoilt beauty. Guruvayur Temple
is located at a distance of 5 kilometres from the beach.
, located between Kannur and Thalassery, is the largest drive-in beach of Asia. In the month of April, a beach festival is celebrated here which attracts tourists from far off regions. Black rocks border the beach. Dharmadam Island is located towards the south of the beach which can be reached by walking during low tides.
Snehatheeram beach lies in the Thrissur district. In the year 2010 the Department of Tourism (Kerala) selected it as the best beach tourism destination. The maintenance of the beach is administrated by the same department. A children's park is located near the beach. Snehatheeram beach invites a number of national as well as international tourists.
Payyambalam beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Kerala, situated in Kannur district
. The long beach has a pretty shoreline. The tranquillity of the beach has a distinct appeal on the tourists. The pollution free beach exhibits an untamed beauty away from the bustling city life.
Shankumugham beach is another tourist attraction in Thiruvananthapuram district. It has a vast expanse of white sand embraced in a mesmerizing serenity. It offers beautiful views of sunset which creates an ideal evening of relaxation. During the celebration of Arattu day, idols of Lord Krishna
, Lord Narasimha and Lord Padmanabhawamy are taken to the beach in procession.
Papanasham beach is a wonderful beach of Thiruvananthapuram district which is considered as holy by the devotees. The beach is dotted with red laterite cliffs. Spectacular sunsets can be witnessed from the top of the cliff. From the cliff a natural spring originates which possesses curative properties.
Kappil beach is a remote and secluded beach which has evolved to be a major tourist attraction. Kodi Cliff located nearby offers a spectacular view of the Arabian Sea. Pallikunnam Temple and Bekal fort
is also located nearby. Kappil beach is credited as one of the most clean and unpolluted beaches of the state.
Other Beaches of Kerala
In addition to these, the state nurtures many other beaches including Beypore Beach
, Chowara Beach, Kanwatheertha Beach, Kappad Beach
, Kizhunna Beach, Kolavi Palam Beach, Kollam Beach, Kozhikode Beach, Kuzhupilly Beach, Meenkunnu Beach, Munambam Beach, Nattika Beach, Neendakara Beach, Padinjarekkara Beach, Samudra Beach, Thaikadappuram Beach, Thalikulam Snehatheeram Beach, Thirumullavaram Beach
, Vakkad Beach, Vallikunnu Beach and many more.