Popular Beaches in Kerala

Popular Beaches in Kerala

"Happiness comes in waves"

To travel is a voyage to your imaginations. Travel changes everyone i.e., nobody returns as the same as before a journey.  The monotony of work urges people for a break and rush from one place to another. Tours are meant to be not only for exploring the world but also exploring yourself.  People, in their hard life, have no time to ponder hence; they look for a pleasant trip.  A pleasing trip changes a person with a better outlook and determination because mingling with a new culture and people will make them a totally different human being. What if taking a break to the beaches? The tickle effect sand grains make on your feet presents you a sensation of happiness, as well as the waves, find pleasure in crashing into the shores.  Let us have a glimpse on the major beaches in Kerala.

Kappad Beach


Kappad beach in Kozhikode district of Kerala has a historic importance.  It was here the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama landed and it established the European Gateway. This discovery turned into a milestone in the chapters of history. Kozhikode then became the center of trade of spices.  It was the outset of the arrival of Arabs, the Greeks, the Romans, the Dutch and the English to Kerala and it led to the invasion and British colonial rule. This pristine beach still attracts tourists and calm in nature. History lovers can walk through this beach; moreover, there is an ancient temple, believed to be 800 years old, adjacent to the beach. Travelers visit here for a bewitching experience.  The beach establishes an ideal escape from the dull everyday life of metropolitan cities. People continue to visit this place to rest and relax in the nature's palm. An ancient temple of 800 year old is also there on the edges of the rock monument is another chief attraction on this unspoiled beach.

A solitary pillar is present on this beach to memorialize the visit of Vasco-da-Gama with the inscription, "Vasco DA Gama landed here, Kappakadavu, in the year 1498". This significant event opened up the famous sea route, to the trade between Europe and India and soon the Malabar route became the famous gateway of the east. The attractive beach remains relaxed and untouched making it one of the most peaceful and serene beaches of Kerala.

Muzhappilangad Beach

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Muzhappilangad Beach is the only drive-in beach in Kerala and located in Kannur district.  This beach bestows a driving-diving combination to the visitors. People who love driving can enjoy this beach’s vastness and you can’t resist splashing water in your vehicle. The crescent shaped clusters of rocks make the beach more attractive like candles to the cake already iced.  Muzhappilangad gives you adventure sports like paragliding, parasailing, and micro light flights. This beach has been chosen by the BBC as one of the top six drive-in beaches in the world, along with Fraser Coast beach in Australia, North Carolina etc.

Shankhumugham Beach, Thiruvananthapuram

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Shankhumugham beach is situated in Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala.  Shankhumugham is still preferred by tourists for watching the sunset. The breathtaking view of sun kissing the sea can be enjoyed best in this beach. The beach is spotless and secure for swimming and sunbathing. The beach is ideal for enjoying a relaxed evening. Shanghumugham beach has some religious aspects. ‘Bali Tharpanam’ held in the Malayalam month of Karkkidakam is a ritual of offering prayers to the dead. Shanghumugham is one among other places of Kerala where Bali Tharpanam is performed.  In addition, Aaraat, the festival procession, of the Padmanabhaswamy is held on the Shankhumugham beach.

Thalikulam Snehatheeram Beach

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Snehatheeram meaning ‘Love Shore’ is a beautiful coastal area located in Thrissur district and a perfect place to spend daytime and watch the sunset with your family. Maintained by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC), Snehatheeram is suitable for family, lovers, and friends to spend time.  It is the best place for photography as the ambiance of this beach is tranquil.  It is sure that you will fall for the calm and rhythm of waves.  Snehatheeram always hosts cultural or other programs like volleyball tournaments and other activities.


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Bekal Fort Beach is an exotic beach in Kasaragod district. The Bekal fort and the beach got fame with the Tamil movie Bombay by Manirathnam. This place has been a part of many movies and albums because of the mystique of the beach. You can’t see anywhere else in Kerala the blend of Arabian Sea with a man made composition. The Bekal Beach has been developed for keeping in mind the natural vicinity. The beach with Bekal Fort nearby gives sightseer a stunning and unforgettable view.  The Bekal Fort, a huge keyhole shaped fort is over 300 years old. It is architecturally significant and it is one of the top monuments in Kerala. So we can see sculptures and trees close to the beach. Visitors are provided with the relaxation facilities like sheds, eru madams (tree house), set Bekal apart from most other Kerala beaches. The mix of beauty and history

Cherai Beach, Kochi

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The charming Cherai beach, located on the north-end of the Vypeen Island in Kochi, is a combination of the sea and the backwaters. This beach has a greenish look because of the proximity of paddy field. A Chinese fishing net, which is the prominent feature of Kochi, and thick coconut groves add fascination to this spot. This captivating beach is one among the inevitable place for tourists. Swimming and sunbathing make tourists to get away from the busy life of metro cities.

There are many domestic people and tourists enjoying on the sea shores. Well-known by the name of 'Princess of the Arabian Sea', it's a great destination for spending leisure time with the beauty of waves and scenic view. At Cherai, you can see the night has a special beauty with the high mask lamps along the walkway. Other than this, kids can get entertainment in the children park on the beach. Visitors can test their riding spirit with the speedboats and water-scooter for rent. Cherai is the best place for celebrating the solitude for a span of time.

Lighthouse beach, Kovalam

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The swaying palm covered Kovalam beach with the spectacular view of surroundings is a prominent tourist spot among other beaches of Kerala. This beach is named after the proximity of major attraction 30 -meter height light house. There is a platform of 142 steps for observing famous Beemapalli mosque.  The cool breeze from the Arabian Sea has an enticing power which holds the traveler furthermore. A perfect spot for adventure, Lighthouse beach has activities like surfing, swimming, paragliding, and parasailing. This beach is a paradise for photographers as the picturesque view of the beach is insufficient even if the camera captured it gazillion times. The exquisite beauty at the evening time makes Kovalam is a preferred honeymoon destination.  For an enthralling trip, Kovalam Lighthouse beach is a perfect destination.

Varkala Beach

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The setting of Varkala beach is sufficiently outstanding to take your breath away. With a stretched cliff that extends over the Arabian Sea, Varkala beach has been included in the one of the seasonal beaches in the world by Discovery channel. Like other beaches, Varkala beach also provides visitors with swimming, sunbathing etc. Also called as papanasam, it is believed that taking bath in this beach will wash away all the sins and it has medicinal and curative power.  The cliff view offers a fabulous view which plays a vital role in generating tourists. A 2000-year-old Janardhanaswamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, stands on the cliffs overlooking the beach. During Sivagiri Pilgrimage days, the Samadhi of Sri Narayana Guru fills with a lot of people. Varkala tunnel, built by the provincial rulers of Attingal Palace for their own purpose, has now become a popular tourist attraction. One end of the tunnel guides to a channel which runs on the side of Sivagiri Mutt.

Beypore Beach

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Beypore is famous for trading through a small harbor to the Middle East. An attractive beach with a bridge to the sea where you can just walk to end and the sunset from the Beypore sea bridge gives you a fantastic memory. When you walk through the bridge you can see a variety of birds waiting to catch fish. The beautification of Chaliyar River merging with the sea will remain in your memory forever. You can buy Souvenirs of Kerala to preserve them for sharpening your fading memories.  The beach is best place for a getaway, especially in the evening.  Beypore beach is a best beach destination for nature lovers, adventure buff and traveler. The beach is very beautiful and you will fall for its unique charm at once. It is an immense point to spend some time in serenity and enjoy the sunset.

The Beypore Beach in Kozhikode is unavoidable if you want to enjoy the cool and tranquil atmosphere plus take a look at how the ancient trade of ship business is flourishing even today. Before, the beach was a dock of trade and maritime centre. Now, it is a prominent attraction of Kerala and people from all over the world visit here to enjoy some great time with their family and friends. If you longing to spend some time in order to gain peacefulness and feel revitalized, then it is best to take a walk around the beach.

Samudra beach

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Kovalam bestows excellent diversity with Kovalam beaches to suit all requirements and events. As one of the celebrated beaches of Kovalam, Samudra beach covers the northernmost part which attracts Indian as well as International tourists. One can enjoy the view of waves gently sloping on rocks. The basic requirements like spacious resorts, shopping complexes and restaurants adjacent to the beach give a peaceful and relaxed experience. Catching the fishes in an amazing background of the beautiful sunset is a really calming experience. The beach is well-known for its local markets and also one can experience the wooden boat ride and Motor boat ride.

Some close attractions to Samudra beach are Kovalam beach, Valiathura, Lighthouse beach, Meshan Mani, Hawa beach, Panathura temple, Thiruvallam, Parasuarama Temple, Beemapalli, and Ashoka beach.

Ideal time to visit Samudra beach is from November to February when the weather is pretty nice. The beach is linked with all major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.

Alleppey Beach

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Alleppey is termed as the Venice of East by Lord Curzon because this city is enclosed by channels and other waterways from all sides. This beautiful town greets you with the crystal clear blue waves of the Arabian Sea. Alappuzha or Alleppey beach is one of the most recognized tourist spots in Alleppey. This oldest designed town has an extensive quay, more or less 137 years old. You can get lost in a number of activities while on the beach. Take a leisure walk around the serene beach or watch the marvelous view of the sunset. Pay a visit to the old lighthouse, reasonably celebrated among the tourists. The historic colonial-style buildings are unavoidable so you must watch and absorb the architectural style. The beach will be busy with activities during peak season otherwise it is a quiet beach where you can see local hawkers selling their things. The delicious peppery street food some hawkers serve can create on during your beach visit

The beach of Alleppey is apt for various water sports activities such as motorboat cruise, surfing, diving, Para-sailing and swimming in the sapphire blue waters of the Arabian Sea. Besides, boating, sightseeing also included in other things to do in this beach. The camel ride is another well-liked activity at the Alleppey beach. Among the tourists, this hygienic and enchanting beach makes camel ride a popular activity. Riding a camel’s back in the beach shore is a marvelous experience for everyone.

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