india's finest beaches are in kerala. For virtually its entire 900 km
length, the kerala coast is lined with sandy beaches, rocky promontories
and coconut palms. The palm-lined beaches of kerala are renowned for the
gentle surf and azure blue waters. To this add a delectable seafood
cuisine, a smiling sun and frendly people to make an unforgetable holiday.
Each year greater numbers of visitors arrive here in search of the
tranquil, palm fringed beaches.
This internationally renowned beach resort is a favourite haunt of
tourists since the 1930's kovalam consists of three adjacent cresent
beaches. The southern most, known as the lighthouse beach, is the most
popular of the three. About 14 kms from thiruvananthapuram this is a
beautiful beach to relax.
08 kms from Thiruvanathapuram
this is a favourite haunt of sunset watchers. The beach is adjacent to the
thiruvananthapuram airport and veli tourist village. An indoor recreation
club, the matsya kanyaka and a restaurant shaped like a starfish are the
major attractions here.
41 kms from Thiruvananthapuram
city, Varkala is a seaside resort and spa
, as well as an
important Hindu centre of pilgrimage. A quiet, secluded stretch of sand,
the Papanasam Beach in Varkala is known for its mineral springs and rocky
cliffs. The 2000 year old Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple and the
nature care centre are the two main attractions here.
15 acres of green garden terraced heights sloping down to the sandy beach
stretching to the tranquil, turquoise sea changing colour and mood
momentarily as the white clouds sail past over it. This is the perfect
beach with a ayurvedic resort
for all kind of ayurvedic
Marari Beach (Mararikulam)
Right in the heart of the "spice coast"
an hour from Cochin and even less to Alleppey
Known as Alpuzzha) is the most fabulous stretch of soft sandy beach
fringed with palm, an idyllic retreat for those who want to "get away
from it all". Marari originates from "mararikulam", one of
the local fishing villages, where 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. Completely new to the holiday maker. Marari
offers endless miles of superb sand beaches backed by swaying palms,
virgin territory where you can experience to local charm and traditional
keralan hospitality at its best.
16 kms from Kozhikode (Calicut)
(Calicut), this is the historic beach where Vasco-da-Gama
landed on the 27th of May 1498
, with 170 men in three vessels. A
monument on the beach commemorates this historic event. 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.
11 kms from kannur, this beautiful stretch of sand is one of the most
secluded beaches in kerala.
The beautiful beach here has a hillock nearby (286 m high). Carved stone
pillars and an ancient burial chamber can be seen at the foot of the
hills. The hills are noted for rare medicinal herbs. A naval academy is
being developed here. Permission is required for entry.
5 km from kollam town, this seaside village of historic importance has
the ruins of an old portuguese fort and churches built in the 18 th
century. The thangasseri lighthouse is open to visitors from 1530-1730
6 km from kollam town, this secluded beach is a beautiful picnic centre
and has frequent bus connections to the town
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
The Fort Kochi Beach
12 kms from ernakulam
city, a leisurely walk through the lanes of the
city is the best way to discover historic fort kochi. An obscure fishing
village that became the first european township in india, kochi has an
eventful and colourful history. The town was shaped by the portuguese, the
dutch and later the british. The result of these cultural interfaces are
seen in the remains of the indo european architecture here.
At the end of the tipu sultan road near poonnani, the beach offers a
breathtaking view of the confluence of the bharathapuzha, the tirur puzha
and the arabian sea.
A beach resort set in the middle of a coconut grove is the main
attraction here. The kadalundi bird sanctuary is just a short distance
10 km south of Kozhikode, located at the mouth of chliyar river, beypore,
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. The boat
building yard here is famous for the construction of the uru, the
traditional arabian trading vessel
Bekal fort stands on a promontory between two long classically beautiful
palm fringed beaches. This is the largest, best preserved fort in kerala..
Remote and secluded, this beach is fast becoming a major tourist
attraction. The kodi cliff nearby offers a panoramic view of the arabian
This shallow beach offers a spectacular view of the fort and has ample
facilities for recreation and relaxation.
The small 5 adre island covered with coconut palms and dense bushes is a
beautiful sight from the beach. Permission is required to enter this
privately owned island.
2 kms from kannur this beach is a local picnic spot.