Top 10 Beaches of Kerala

by Arjun Dikshit

Kerala is known for its rich culture and history. Another reason why Kerala is a highly-visited tourist spot is because of its beaches. The beaches of Kerala are among the major reasons for travelers from all around the world to come flying into India.

Over the years, beaches in Kerala have gained so much importance that they rank second after the beach state of India, i.e. Goa. You can enjoy all kinds of experiences on the beaches of Kerala – be it quality time alone amidst seclusion or a vibe of romance with a loved one. Some of the tourist places in Kerala are also ideal for a picnic with just your family or friends.

The one season to come visiting these places is between the months of December and March. It is only during these times that the sun hasn’t exactly set in and it’s quite pleasant. This way, you will be able to better experience the place. Moreover, chances are you will also be able to avail some splendid discounts at some of these spots in Kerala.

Take a look at the top must-visit beaches of Kerala

Kovalam beach

Kovalam beach

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Are you looking forward to feeling young again? Well, Kovalam beach is definitely the place that you must visit. It goes without saying that the Kovalam beach comes top in the list of beaches of Kerala. Kovalam beaches are many-a-times compared to Goa’s Calangute and Baga beaches, which are known for its party-life. This beach is in the capital city of Kerala that is Trivandrum.

Two main coves, i.e. Hawa (also called Eve’s beach) and the Lighthouse make up the beach. Hawa is comparatively less crowded amongst the two. There are a lot of open-air restaurants that you can visit in Kovalam to experience the clean air. Apart from this, Kovalam is also identified as offering some of the best water sports across Kerala. This is easily one of the top tourist places in Kerala.

Varkala beach

Varkala beach

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While the party capital of beaches in Kerala is Kovalam, the beach that offers high levels of ambiance and facilities is Varkala beach. Unfortunately, this is also one of the main reasons why it is slowly becoming like Kovalam, i.e. highly crowded by nature. An increasing number of tourists are flocking every year to Varkala in search of themselves. It is true that one feels closer to themselves at a place like Varkala for the beautiful vibe that it has to offer.

The place gives out a traditional beach-like atmosphere as the region is lined with shacks and beach stalls selling local items through and through. There are homestays and hotels situated right at the edge of the cliff, which offer you a mesmerizing view of the ocean and the beach that kisses the same. This is one of the most popular beaches in Kerala.

Marari beach

Marari beach

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Marari beach is situated a few kilometers away from Alleppey. It is highly convenient for those who would like to experience Kerala for its traditional nature, i.e. in houseboats on the backwaters. Yes, you read that right! Marari is among the few beaches in Kerala that offer houseboat trip facilities for tourists. It goes without saying that it is a pretty huge attraction for tourists and travelers alike. The region is spread on a sprawling property that is filled with coconut groves and lotus ponds and is best known for offering Ayurvedic treatments as well as Yoga centers that help individuals rejuvenate themselves in a matter of few days.

Kannur beach

Kannur beach

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Kannur beach is amongst those beaches in Kerala that represents the most off-beaten tracks one would ever be able to see. It is a group of five beaches Payyambalam Beach, Adikadalayi Beach, Meenkunnu Beach, Thayyil Beach, Baby Beach. Located in a small town of Kannur of Northern Kerala, the place reeks of mysterious masked spirit-possession Theyyam rituals. For those who aren’t aware, the Theyyam season runs from October until May and Kerala Tourism has special programs scheduled for especially those who wish to understand the diverse culture lying behind the same. There are a lot of delightful and laid-back beach houses across the Thottada beach areas, which provide excellent customer service after a long day’s exploration in the field.

Bekal beach

Bekal beach

Bekal beach, which is located in the north of Kerala, is popular for its old fort. The fort is apparently the largest one in the list of tourist places in Kerala. Coming back to the beach, it is clean and unspoiled. Unfortunately or fortunately for some visitors, luxury hotels have started moving into the area.

It goes without saying that even though, such resorts and hotels attract crowd, they do play a major role at serving as a pampered gateway for most tourists. The Taj Vivanta and the Lalit Resort are perhaps some of the luxurious stays around the region. However, if you find them to be too pricey, then you can simply choose to settle for a homestay in the region.

Cherai beach

Cherai beach

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Cherai beach is approximately 10-kilometers away from Kochi on the Vypeen island and can easily be reached from Kochi through a ferry or a bus. It is advisable to organize the ride from the ferry’s stop till Cherai beach beforehand as the region is slightly isolated. A major part of the beach was recently beautified and the place looks even more spectacular than before. Cherai beach is easily one of the best tourist places in Kerala as it provides a perfect combination of a beach and lagoon so close together.

Alleppey beach

Alleppey beach

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This is one of the beaches in Kerala popular for its backwaters, houseboats, fishing and coir industry. However, little did anyone know, there’s a secret beach lying amidst all this. For your information, Alleppey beach is where a 137-year-old pier exists. The structure extends into the sea and it is due to this site that Alleppey beach is among the most-visited tourist places in Kerala. The beach also has a lighthouse and entertainment facilities that tourists can indulge in.

Vizhinjam beach

Vizhinjam beach

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The primary highlight of Vizhinjam beach is its fishing harbors. Tourists can view fishermen venturing into the distant sea at dawn. Vizhinjam is highly accessible as it is merely 3-kilometers away from Kovalam and one can simply hop on a cab ride. This is one of the tourist places in Kerala also famous for displaying a varied range of marine life, which includes squirrelfish, piranhas, lionfish, surgeonfish, clownfish, giant turtles, moon wrasse, butterfly fish, trigger fish and sharks. Another must-visit spot in Vizhinjam beach is the 18th-century-old, rock-cut temple known for its religious importance. This is among one of the must-visit beaches of Kerala.

Kappad beach

Kappad beach

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Kappad beach is another one of the tourist places in Kerala approximately 16-kilometers away from the town of Calicut. This region is identified as being the first landing spot for the famous Vasco Da Gama. He landed here back on May 27, 1498. The beach is enjoyable and has safe waters. You can even watch fishermen going out for fishing and coming back in the evening to spread their catches in Kappad beach.

Beypore beach

Beypore beach

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Beypore beach features a small port that holds high historic importance. Traders used to transport goods and services into India all the way from the Middle East through this route. This is top among the beaches in Kerala that is perfect for a leisurely walk by the sunset. You will be able to spot exotic rare birds like the egrets, curlew and more at the location.

These were some of the popular beaches in Kerala.

Kerala should be on top of your must-visit places in India. It is rich in every possible manner and has a lot to offer to its visitors. Once you visit the beaches of Kerala we suggest you have a look at the other things to do in Kerala. If you like beaches check out our list of beaches in North GoaSouth Goa,  and along the coasts of Konkan and Tamil Nadu. Also check out our packages to explore Kerala further. If you have any other question log onto our Community forums and just ask over there.

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