Beaches

Most of India's finest beaches are in Kerala. For virtually its entire 600 km length, the Kerala coast is lined with sandy beaches, rocky promontories and  coconut palms. Each year, greater numbers of visitors arrive here in search of the tranquil, palm-fringed beaches.

Kovalam Beach - SunsetKovalam:

(16 km from Thiruvananthapuram) Internationally renowned, this seaside destination comprises three adjacent crescent-shaped beaches, of  which the southernmost, known as the Lighthouse Beach, is the most popular. Kovalam offers a variety of activities including snorkelling, catamaran rides, sunset viewing, cycling on the beach etc.

Shankhumugham:

(8 km from Thiruvananthapuram) Adjacent to the airport, this beach has an indoor recreation club, the matsya kanyaka (a gigantic, 35m long sculpture of a mermaid), a restaurant shaped like a starfish and a traffic training park for children. Nearby are two popular picnic spots - Akkulam and Veli Tourist Village.

Chowara:

(8 km south of Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram)) Pristine and serene, this fishing hamlet is an unending stretch of white, sandy beaches.

Poovar:

(12 km sauth of Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram) An isolated but spectacular beach, Poovar is situated close to the Neyyar River estuary. A  trading port in its early days, it is today an important tourist destination.

Papanasham:

(45 km fram Thiruvananthapuram in Varka/a) A dip in the sea at Papanasham, meaning redemption from sins, is believed to be holy. Fringed by red laterite cliffs, near to the beach are the cool mineral springs, serene backwaters, the 2000-year-old Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple, a century  old tunnel and a Nature Cure Centre.

Thirumullavaram:

(6 km narth of Kollam) This secluded beach is a beautiful picnic centre.

Alappuzha Beach:

(3.1, km from the city) A 137-year-old pier which extends into the sea and an old lighthouse add to the attractions of the beach. Ph: 2242960

Fort Kochi Beach:

(21 km from Ernakulam) Overlooking the Arabian Sea, with its legendary Chinese fishing nets dotting the foreground, Fort Kochi Beach offers a view of spectacular sunsets. Another highlight here are the waterfront stalls serving fresh catch prepared according to taste.

Cherai:

(23 km from Ernakulam) This lovely beach bordering Vypeen Island is ideal for swimming. Dolphins are occasionally spotted here. A typical  Kerala village nearby, with paddy fields and coconut groves is an added attraction.

Natika Beach:

(24 km [rom Thrissur) Fringed by palm trees, this picturesque beach is a hot spot for picnickers.

Padinjarekkara:

(5 km from Chemravattom, Ponnani in Ma/appuram) Famous for bird watching, the beach also offers a breathtaking view of the confluence of the Bharathapuzha, the Tirur Puzha and the Arabian Sea.

Vallikunnu:

(40 km from Ma/appuram) A beach resort set in the midst of a coconut grove is the main attraction here. Close to it is the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary.

Kozhikode Beach:

(1/2 km from the city) This beach is a favourite haunt of sunset viewers. Adding to its natural beauty is the old-world charm retained by the ancient lighthouse' and the two crumbling piers, each more than a hundred years old, that run into the sea.

Beypore:

(10 km south of Kozhikode) One of the prominent ports and a maritime trading centre of ancient Kerala, Beypore is located at the mouth of the Chaliyar River. The boat building yard here, famous for the construction of the Uru (Arabian trading vessel), boasts a tradition of almost 1500 years.

Kappad:

(16 km from Kozhikode) This is the historic beach where Vasco da Gama landed on the 27th of May 1498, with 170 men in three vessels. The rock-studded beach Is locally known as Kappakadavu.

Payyoli:

(40 km north of Kozhikode) The shallow waters of this beautiful beach is ideal for swimming. During November-December, hordes of the endangered Olive Ridley turtle come in to lay eggs.

Vadakara Sandbanks:

(50 km from Kozhikode) This beach where the Kottakal River merges into the sea is stunningly beautiful and is a favourite spot for locals and tourists. The nearby Birla Bungalow offers a delightful view of the Sandbanks Beach.

Payyambalam:

(2 km from Kannur) Famous for its flat laterite cliffs that jut out into the sea, well-laid gardens and the massive landscaped sculpture of Mother and Child make this beach extremely captivating. The adjacent Baby Beach accessed through the Burnassery Cantonment is delightfully quiet.

Kizhunna Beach:

(11 km from Kannur) This beautiful stretch of sand is one of the most secluded beaches in Kerala.

Meenkunnu:

(12 km from Kannur) Uncrowded, the beach is a tourist's paradise, with golden sand and surf.

Muzhappilangad:

(15 km from Kannur) A swimmer's paradise, this is Kerala's only drive-in beach. Adventure sports like paragliding, parasailing, micro-lite flights and a variety of watersport options are possible here.

Bekal Fort Beach:

(1 km from Beka/ Fort in Kasaragod) Also known as Pallikere Beach, this scenic seaside offers a spectacular view of the historic fort and has ample facilities for recreation and relaxation.

Kappil:

(2 km from Beka/ Fort in Kasaragod) A winding lane meanders through palm-fringed landscape to this totally unpolluted, secluded beach. The Kodi Cliff closeby offers a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea. 2 km away is the Pallikunnam Temple.

Kanwatheertha:

(3 km from Manjeswaram in Kasaragod) A large swimming pool-like formation of the sea on the(vast beach is the main attraction here.