Kerala Beaches Kerala Beaches unfurl along the entire stretch of the western coast of the state of Kerala, from the tip of the borders of Cape Comorin in the south to the Ezhimala beach in the northern district of Kasargode. The beautiful coastline fringed with palm trees offers more than a dozen breath-taking beaches, some
Kerala Beaches unfurl along the entire stretch of the western coast of the state of Kerala, from the tip of the borders of Cape Comorin in the south to the Ezhimala beach in the northern district of Kasargode. The beautiful coastline fringed with palm trees offers more than a dozen breath-taking beaches, some of them of historic or religious importance, others have gained for themselves an international fame by their sheer natural beauty. It goes without saying that all these beaches are unique in themselves each with its own characteristics catering to the mood of the visitor.
Referred to as the Venice of the East by travellers from across the world, Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty with the Arabian Sea on the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscrossing it. This backwater country is also home to diverse animal and bird life. By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala.
Today, Alappuzha has grown in importance as a backwater tourist centre, attracting several thousands of foreign tourists each year. Alappuzha is also famous for its boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. A singular characteristic of this land is the region called Kuttanad. A land of lush paddy fields, Kuttanad is called the Rice Bowl of Kerala and is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level. Entertainment facilities at the Vijaya Beach Park add to the attraction of the Alappuzha beach. There is also an old lighthouse nearby that is of immense interest for the visitors. .
The enchantment of this town is its ancient ship building center. Located at the mouth of the Chaliyar River in Kozhikode district, 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.
The Beypore Beach has a bridge built nearly 2 kms into the sea. It is made up of huge stones piled together for nearly 2 kms making a pathway into the sea.
Bekal Beach is located at the northern tip of Kerala in old-fashioned little town of Kasargod, 79 km from Kannur.Bekal is lined with long palm trees and a rocky headland topped by the` huge historic Bekal fort. You can relish the breathtaking view of the serene Lakshadweep Sea from the tall observation towers of the fort’s once huge cannon emplacements. An old mosque believed to be built by Tipu Sultan stands near the fort. The fort perched on a hilltop gives a spectacular view of the beach and countryside. A Navel academy is nearing completion at Ezhimala, in Kannur near Bekal.
Dharmadam Island is a beautiful beach, located 17 kms from Kannur. The small 5-acre island covered with coconut palms and green bushes is a beautiful sight from the beach. Permission is required to enter this privately owned island. It is 100 metres away from the mainland at Dharmadam.
Nestled atop a cluster of hills at an altitude of 286m is situated Ezhimala, 55 kms from Kannur. Carved Stone Pillars, an ancient Burial chamber and an ancient Cave can be seen at the foot of the hills. The Hills are noted for rare medicinal herbs. Furthur uphill is an ancient Mosque.
Fascinating Sculptured stone pillars are scattered all over the place. Bordered by the sea on three sides, Ezhimala Beach is poised to occupy a significant niche on the naval history of India when one of the largest naval academies is commissioned here. A naval academy is being developed here in Ezhimala. Prior Permission is required for entry in Ezhimala Beach.
Fort Kochi Beach
Location: Kochi, Ernakulam
Fort Kochi Beach is just 12 km away from Kochi 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 colorful history. The town was shaped by the Portuguese, the Dutch and later the British. The result of these cultural interfaces is seen in the remains of the Indo-European architecture in Fort Kochi. Cochin Carnival on the New Year eve is a colorful festival not to be missed at the beach site.
Kappad beach 16 km from Kozhikode, has gained for itself historic importance with the landing of Vasco Da Gama on 27th of May, 1498 thus discovering a sea route to India. Even after 500 years of the epoch-making event Kappad remains calm, as if cataclysmic changes had just scrubbed around this spot. The beach, strewn with country fishing boats, is still in pristine beauty. The shore, bereft of concrete monstrosities, is in perfect silence ever since Gama left for other destinations. 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.
Location: Kovalam, Trivandrum
This internationally renowned beach resort of Kerela has been a favorite haunt of tourists since the 1930s. . Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and truly the coconut trees along the beaches gives it a ravishing look. Kovalam consists of three adjacent crescent beaches. The southernmost one, the Light House Beach, is marked by a prominent red-and-white striped lighthouse and is the most popular of the three. The northern most beach, Samudra, is least affected of all by the changing times. It is dotted with few rudimentary wooden fishing vessels. Between the two lies the Eve’s Beach. Each morning this beach acts as a base for the local fisherman.
The coast is at many places lined with beautiful patches of coral reefs. From Kovalam, you can go for a backwater cruise to the beautiful countryside of Kerala paddling country boats, enjoying its lush greenery. The unforgettably marvellous image of Kovalam is that of the coconut-palms-lined high rock promontory that cuddles the calm and wide expanse of the blue waters. Kovalam is also a natural bay ideal for kayaking, swimming, surfing and skiing.
Mappila Bay Beach
Moppila bay in Kannur is a famous fishing harbour, situated near the St.Angelo’s Fort. The beach is a natural and now a modernised fishing harbour built with assistance under the Indo Norwegian pact.
The remnants of the temple & fort are still seen in Moppila bay. The bay was famous during the Kolathiri’s regime as a commercial harbour that linked Kolathunadu with Lakshadweep and foreign countries, in imports. A sea wall projecting from the fort separates the rough sea and inland water. If the weather is favourable a ride in the sea will be a memorable experience.
Muzhappilangad, one of the longest beaches in Kerala is located 15 kms south of Kannur. The long beach is the only drive-in beach in India. Still untouched, this long, clean beach protected by the black rocks from the deep currents, make its shallow water a swimmer’s paradise. One can drive down the entire length of 4 kms from Kannur to Tellicherry. The enchanting ambience of the beautiful Muzhappilangad beach invites one to swim, sunbathe, or just laze around.
From Muzhappilangad, one can view the Dharmadam Island or the Green Island. A remarkable conjunction of beach and island is just across the Anjarakkandy River.
The magnificence of the Marari beach is endless as it offers miles of superb enchanting sand beaches with swaying palms, virgin beaches where you can experience the local charm and traditional Kerala Hospitality at its best, an ideal beach to relax. Marari originates from “mararikulam”, one of the local fishing villages, where life is same as it was in the bygone days.
The little island of Pathiramanal, on the Backwaters is a favourite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the land.
This island lies between Thaneermukkom and Kumarakom and is accessible by boat only. It is surrounded by the Vembanad Lake.
The green island thus forms an ideal place for a break in the journey while on a backwater cruise. The mainland Alappuzha has a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers criss-crossing it and is a district of immense natural beauty.
The Payyambalam beach located near the Kannur town is one of the beautiful beaches in the state of Kerala. This beautiful stretch of sand and surf is the best locale for a relaxed evening. The Payyambalam beach is a popular picnic spot of the local people and holds much potential for development into a tourist resort. Nearby is Ezhimala, the capital of the ancient Mooshika kings, considered to be an ancient historical site. It is a conspicuous, isolated cluster of hills, forming a promontory. A flourishing seaport and centre of trade in ancient Kerala, it was one of the major battle fields of the Chola-Chera war of the 11th century.
Located 8 kms from Thiruvananthapuram city, the Shankhumugham Beach 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’, a gigantic 35 m long sculpture of a mermaid and a restaurant shaped like a starfish are the major attractions here. The long stretch of clean sand is located near the airport. The water here, however, is not suitable for bathing. Shankhumugham Beach is a popular city beach situated near to the airport. This beach provides good facilities like an indoor recreation club, children’s traffic training park and a star shaped restaurant.
The small coastal fishing town of Tanur was one of the earliest settlements of the Portuguese. It is believed that St. Francis Xavier visited the place in 1546 AD. About 3 km south of Tanur town is Keraladeshpuram Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and believed to be one of the oldest temples in Kerala.
Located 5 kms from Kollam town is the Thangassery Beach, which is a sea side village of historic importance. The rural settlement has the ruins of an old Portuguese Fort and churches built in the 18th century. The 144 feet high Thangaserry Lighthouse is open to visitors from 1530-1730 hours every day.
This beautiful beach filled with coconut palms is ideal for an early morning walk as one can see fishermen gliding into the sea for the days catch. Roughly 6km north of Kollam, Thirumullavaram is a beautiful beach that is well linked by road and with good facilities.
Varkala is a sea side resort, as well as an important Hindu centre of pilgrimage. The beach has a more than 2000 years old shrine of Lord Vishnu. The 2000 year old Janardana Swamy Temple and the Nature Centre are the two main attractions of Varkala Beach. A dip in the holy waters of Varkala beach is believed to purge the body and the soul of all the sins hence the name ‘Papanashini’ for this shore. At the break of dawn following the new moon in the Malayalam month of ‘Karkidakam’, thousands offer ‘Vavu Bali’, a ritual believed to help the souls of ancestors rest in peace.
This beach of Kerala is rich in mineral water springs that are known for their medicinal value.
Vizhinjam is 2 km away from Kovalam. Europeans, Portuguese and Dutch had commercial ties with the local kings during the pre-colonial days. Ruins of rock-cut temples have been found, substantiating the port town’s centuries-old heritage.
Today, it offers a slice of Kerala’s coastal life: fishing boats jostling for space, weary fishermen hastily repairing fishing net. Petty altercations among fishermen over the price of days catch perfectly blends with rumblings of bellowing waves. Come dusk, shore would be reverberating with the heehaw of fishermen pushing fishing boats to the sea.