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Beaches in Kerala

Kerala offers one of the longest stretches of beaches in the country. Kerala shares its western border with the Arabian Sea and has a 600 km long shoreline. This shoreline is dotted with some of the finest and charming sandy beaches, rocky formations, natural harbors, lagoons and coconut palms. Most of the India's finest beaches are located in Kerala. Each and every year, the large number of visitors visit Kerala due to these beaches. The world famous Kovalam beach and the historic Bekal beach is found only in Kerala.

Kerala Beaches

Kovalam Beach
Kovalam Beach is the internationally renowned beach in Kerala. This beach is located about 16 kms from Trivandrum and has been a favorite tourist place since 1930. Kovalam consists of three adjacent crescent shaped and palm fringed beaches. The southernmost beach is known as the Lighthouse beach and is the most popular beach. The Lighthouse beach and Hawah beach are separated from less populated beaches north and south by rocky highlands. The town proper is at Kovalam Junction, about 1.5 kms. from the beaches. Accommodation of every type and to suit every type of budget is available here. The beaches are visited for sunbathing, water sports, shopping, catamaran cruising, yoga, meditation and rejuvenative Ayurvedic body toning massages.

Samudra Beach
Samudra Beach is situated about 4 kms. north of Kovalam Beach. This beach is more peaceful, steep and rough and not as good for swimming.

Pulinkudi and Chowara Beach

Pulinkudi and Chowara Beach are two famous beaches about 8 kms. south of Kovalam. These two beaches are very peaceful and quiet and luxury alternatives to Kovalam's crowded beaches.

Thangasseri Beach

The Thangasseri beach is situated about 5 kms from the town of Kollam. This seaside village is historically important and has the ruins of an old Portuguese fort and various churches built in the 18th century.

Varkala Beach

Varakala beach is located about 41 kms. from the city of Thiruvananthapuram. This is a famous seaside resort and spa, as well as an important Hindu pilgrimage center. High cliffs with rich mineral springs rise majestically from the coastline. The two major attractions of this beach are the 2000 year old Sree Janjardhana Swamy Temple and the Nature Care Centre.

Shanghumukham Beach
The Shanghumukham Beach is located about 16 kms from Trivandrum. This beach is a favourite place for the sunset viewers. The main attractions of this beach are an indoor recreation club, the Matsya Kanyaka (a gigantic, 35 m long sculpture of a mermaid) and a restaurant shaped like a starfish.


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.

Cherai Beach

The Cherai beach is located in Cochin and border the Vypeen island. This beach is located about 45 kms from the Ernakulam. This beach is ideal for swimming. Dolphins can be seen occasionally at this beach. A typical Kerala village with paddy fields and coconut groves nearby is an added attraction of this beach.

Alappuzha Beach, Kerala

Thirumullavaram Beach
The Thirumullavaram Beach is situated about 6 kms. from Kollam. This secluded beach is a beautiful picnic centre and has frequent bus connections to the town.

Kappad Beach

Kappad Beach is situated about 16 kms. from kozhikode. This is the historic beach where Vasco da Gama landed on the 27th May, 1498 with 170 men in three vessels. The rock studded beach is locally known as Kappakadavu. An interesting feature of the landscape is the sprawling rock that protrudes into the sea. The temple on the rock is believed to be 800 years old.

Muzhappilangad Beach

Muzhappilangad Beach is situated about 15 kms. from Kannur. Muzhapilangad Beach is situated on the Thalassery Kannur route and is one of the longest and cleanest beaches in the state. The black rocks protect this log, clean beach from the currents of the deep, making its shallow waters a swimmer's paradise. This is perhaps Kerala's only drive-in beach where you can drive down the entire length of 4 km.

Payyambalam Beach
The Payyambalam beach is situated about 2 km from Kannur. This beach is famous for its flats laterite cliffs that jut into the sea. This long, secluded beach is a local picnic spot. The well laid out gardens and the massive landscaped sculpture of Mother and Child make it extremely captivating.

Padinharekara Beach

The Padinharekara Beach is situated at the end of the Tipu Sultan Road near Ponnani in Malappuram. This beach offers a breathtaking view of the confluence of the Bharathapuzha, the Tirur Puzha and Arabian Sea.

Vallikunnu Beach
The main attraction in the Vallikunnu Beach is the beach resort set in the middle of the coconut grove. The Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is just a short distance away.

Ezhimala Beach
The Ezhimala Beach is a small beautiful beach, situated about 53 kms. from Kannur. This beautiful beach has a

Ezhimala Beach, Kerala

hillock nearby (about 286 m in height). Carved stone pillars and an ancient burial chamber can be seen at the foot of the hills. The hills are mainly known for the rare medicinal herbs. A Naval Academy is also being developed here.

Kappil Beach
Kappil Beach is the remote and secluded beach, about 6 kms. from Bekal Fort. This beach is fast becoming a major tourist attraction. The Kodi cliff nearby offers a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea.

Pallikere Beach

The Pallikere Beach is situated about 1 kms. from Bekal fort. This enchanting beach offers a spectacular view of the fort and has ample facilities for recreation and relaxation.

Kanwatheertha Beach

Kanwatheertha Beach is situated about 3 kms. from Manjeswaram. A large swimming pool like formation of the sea on the vast beach is the main attraction.


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