With a long coastline of 550kms, Kerala is home to some of the country?s best beaches. Over 20 spectacular beaches of pristine white sands, picture perfect sunsets, safe swimming, and a good variety of beach activities like kayaking, surfing and water skiing. Among them are:
5 kms from Alappuzha railway station and 90 kms from Kochi airport, Alappuzha, referred to as the ?Venice of the East?, is a popular backwater tourist spot. It is a quiet beach perfect for unwinding.
Declared Special Tourism Area by the Government of India, and located 64 kms from Mangalore, Bekal is fast developing into a popular international destination. The key-hole shaped Bekal Fort stands grandly between two palm-lined beaches against a backdrop of scenic mountain ranges and is one of the largest preserved forts in the state.
Since the early days, Beypore has been an important trade centre mostly for its ship building industry. Located 23 kms from Karipur International airport, this prominent port and fishing harbour is known for the Uru, a typical Arabian trading ship which one can get to see being made.
This 10 km stretch of warm golden sands meets shallow and serene waters ideal for swimming. Located 30 kms from the nearest airport at Kochi, the business capital of Kerala, this beach boasts of clean and clear waters and is one of the few places where one can see the ocean and the lagoon separate by only a few hundred metres. If one is lucky, one may spot the occasional visiting white dolphin.
Kochi having been the first European township in India, still bears a legacy of the Portuguese, Dutch and the British, and has a shoreline dotted with beautiful European-styled bungalows. Apart from the beautiful sandy beach and the shore filled with Chinese fishing nets, the historic fort is another major attraction.
About 17 kms from Kozhikode, the nearest railhead and airport, this little village was first thrown into the world map when Vasco da Gama chose it as his port of entry to India. Time stands still in this sea-side village where the rustling palms and gentle lapping of the waters creates an ideal atmosphere for relaxation.
Located 50 kms from Mangalore, this is a clean and very appealing beach with a coastline of swaying coconut palm trees. Walk to the Bekal fort about 6 kms away.
About 11 kms from Kannur, this is a secluded beach, splendid in its isolation.
Kovalam is undoubtedly one of the best beaches in India. This long coastline is fast developing into a one of the world?s major tourist destinations. The nearest airport is in Thiruvananthapuram, 16 kms away.
This beach off the Tellichery ? Kannur road, is a drive-in beach that emerges after a drive through unpaved roads winding through coconut trees. Black rocks on its coastline protect it from the strong currents of the sea. It is about 15 kms from Kannur and 8 kms from Thalassery.
This beach at the confluence of the Bharata Puzha, Tirur Puzha and the Arabian sea exudes a calm and enthralling atmosphere.
1 km from the Bekal fort, it offers a great view of the majestic fort.
Situated 2 kms away from Kannur, it is a popular local tourist spot. It is often featured in tourism related publications as a beautiful beach.
Just barely a kilometer from Thiruvananthapuram, this interesting beach with a long, sandy shoreline, offers a perfect holiday spot.
About 15 kms from Thiruvananthapuram, this beach is known more for the Somatheeram Aurvedic Health resort in the vicinity.
This 3 kms long beach situated about 5kms from Kollam offers peace and quiet for those looking for total relaxation. Walk through the village and come by some old Portuguese monuments.
A picturesque beach just 6 kms? north of Kollam, this secluded and serene beach, is an ideal picnic spot.
A secluded beach fringed with tall swaying palms, it has the advantage of having a Bird Sanctuary just a short walk away.
Located 42 kms away from Thiruvananthapuram, the Varkala sands offers the most amazing sunsets in Kerala. Watch the sun sink into the sea as wonderful colours fill the sky.