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    Kerala Beaches

•  Kovalam Beach   • The Kappil Beach

Beaches
The entire 900-km length of the Kerala coast is lined with sandy beaches, rocky promontories and coconut palms that definitely merit a visit in every tourist itinerary. The long coastline lined with the swaying coconut palms and dotted with an occasional fishing hamlet is fast developing into one of the world's best string of beaches.

Alappuzha Beach

Blessed with nature's green beauties such as lagoons, vast lakes and numerous fresh water rivers, Alappuzha is a natural wonderland of Kerala state. With the Arabian Sea on the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and several freshwater rivers criss-crossing it, Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty. Referred to as the Venice of the East by travelers from across the world, this Backwater Country is also home to diverse animal and bird life. By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala. Entertainment facilities at the Vijaya Beach Park add to the attraction of the Alappuzha beach.

Cherai Beach

Located 45 kms from Ernakulam city, the Cherai Beach borders Vypeen Island. This beautiful beach is studded with seashells of various hues and shapes. The nearby village gives you glimpses of rural Kerala and Cherai's main industry is prawn farming.

Sankhumugham Beach

Beaches

Shankhumugham Beach is a favorite haunt for sunset watchers. The beach is adjacent to the Thiruvananthapuram Airport and Veli Tourist Village. A gigantic sculpture of a mermaid, the matsya kanyaka is a popular attraction.

Varkala Beach

Varkala is a seaside resort, as well as an important Hindu piligrim centre. High cliffs with rich mineral springs rise majestically from the coastline. The 2000 year old Janardana Swamy Temple and the Nature Centre are the two main attractions here. High cliffs border the excellent beach. Varkala beach is rich in mineral water springs that are known for their medicinal value.

Beypore

Beypore was one of the most important ports of ancient Kerala , famous for trade and its ship building industry. The Beach is located at the mouth of the Chaliyar River in Kozhikode district . Ancient Beypore was much sought after by merchants from Western Asia, for its ship building industry. The boat building yard here is famous for the construction of the Uru, the traditional Arabian trading vessel. The Beypore Beach has a bridge built nearly 2 kms into the sea. It is actually made up of huge stones piled together for nearly 2 kms making a pathway into the sea.

Kovalam Beach

Situated 16 kms south of Kerala's capital, Beaches Kovalam is a tourist hotspot. A sheltered bay, a wide range of aqua sports and a serene expanse of silvery beach makes Kovalam a perfect holiday destination. The boundless blue waters of the Arabian Sea and miles of white sands washed away by the surf at the feet of the stalwart palms and the rocky promontories, makes Kovalam a beach paradise. The beach is divided into three namely LIGHTHOUSE BEACH, HAWAH and SAMUDRA. Handicrafts, jewellery and cloth shops line the waterfront. One can enjoy Kathakali performances by renowned artists in the evening. From Kovalam, you can go for a backwater cruise to the beautiful countryside of Kerala paddling country boats, enjoying its lush greenery. A few hotels even offer houseboats, country boats and catamarans for the tourists at reasonable rates. Kovalam has excellent hotels, most of which offer Ayurvedic rejuvenation packages and treatment. This marvelous beach is a tourist's dream come true.

Kappad

The unique feature of the beach is the rocky expanses on the beach. Kappad beach a beach of history, when Vasco da Gama landed on its shores on 27th May 1498 with 170 men in three vessels , thus discovering a sea route to India. A pillar with inscription "Vasco Da Gama landed here, Kappakkadavau in the year 1498" stands on the beach. The beach here is very calm with a stretch of rocks projecting into the sea.

Fort Kochi Beach

Beaches

The town was shaped by the Portuguese, the Dutch and later the British. An obscure fishing village that became the first European township in India, Kochi has an eventful and colorful history. The town was shaped by the Portuguese, the Dutch and later the British. The result of these cultural interfaces is seen in the remains of the Indo-European architecture in Fort Kochi. Cochin Carnival on the New Year eve is a colorful festival not to be missed at the beach site.

Padinjharekara Beach

At the end of the Tipu Sultan Road near Ponnani, the beach offers a breathtaking view of the confluence of the Bharathapuzha, the Tirurpuzha and the Arabian Sea.

Kozhikode Beach

This beach is a favourite haunt for sunset viewers. It has a light house and the two crumbling piers , each more than 100 years old, that run into the sea. Entertainment facilities such as Lion Parks for children and marine water aquarium are other attractions.

The Kappil Beach

Beaches

The Kappil Beach is 6 Km from Bakel Fort. Remote and secluded, this beach is fast becoming a major tourist attraction.

Kanwatheertha Beach

A large swimming pool-like information of the sea on the vast beach is the main attraction.

Bekal Fort Beach

Bekal fort stands on a promontory between two long classically beautiful palm fringed beaches. This is the largest, best preserved fort in Kerala.

Meenkunnu beach

Beaches

This beautiful stretch of sand is one of the most secluded beaches of Kerala at Kannur.

Kizhunna beach

Clean and not crowded, the beach is a tourists' paradise with golden sand and surf.

Muzhappilangadu beach

Black rocks protect this long, clean beach from the currents of the deep, making its shallow water a swimmer's para Perhaps this is Kerala's only drive-in beach where you can drive down the entire length of 4 km.

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