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Top Beaches in Kerala, India

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

With its nearly 400 miles (650 km) of coastline, the beaches of Kerala are one of the primary reasons that this area is a favorite tourist destination in southern India. Although the different beaches at one time were the targeted stops seafarers and traders, they were re-discovered in the 1960’s by backpackers and those seeking a great place to tan. That allure continues today as this is one of the more popular coastal areas in the country. The following is a list of the top beaches in Kerala, India to visit when vacationing there.

photo by Kerala Tourism

 

Kovalam Beach – a favorite of locals and international travelers alike since the 1930’s, the beach is actually comprised of three separate, crescent-shaped beaches. Lighthouse beach, the southernmost one of the three is the most popular.

Poovar Beach – enveloped by calm backwaters, this beach remains unspoiled and part of an unexplored and undeveloped island. It is Poovar’s golden sands that make it so beautiful and extremely popular.

Shanghumugham Beach – if it’s ocean sunsets that you crave relaxing to, this is the place to visit. It sits adjacent to the Thiruvananthapuram airport and the tourist village of Veli. Because of its proximity to the airport, many tourists choose to stay here.

Varkala Beach – this Hindu pilgrimage center is a very popular seaside resort and spa community with high cliffs that seep mineral springs dotting the coastline. The Nature Care Center and the Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple, which was built 2,000 years ago, are the two primary attractions of this beach area.

Kozhikode Beach – historical significance beast describes what this beach is all about as it was the first place that the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama landed in India. This basically marked the start of the Age of Discovery as well the beginning of the European colonization period. Today it is one of the more popular and pristine beaches of southern India.

Kappad Beach – another one of the beaches that de Gama landed on, three vessels carrying 170 men landed here in May of 1498. It is locally known as Kappakadavu and is known for its rock-studded landscape. Protruding out into the sea is a sprawling rock that features a Hindu temple constructed roughly 800 years ago.

The beaches listed above are by far the most popular of Kerala’s beaches where tourism is concerned. However, there are a few others worth mentioning here that should also be considered if you vacation in Kerala:

Alapuzha and Kollam Beach – these are a little more secluded and offer a bit more privacy than the others mentioned above. It just takes a bit longer to get to these.

Cherai Beach – located near the city of Kochi, this is a popular spot because of its golden sandy beach.

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Top Beaches in Kerala, India

With its nearly 400 miles (650 km) of coastline, the beaches of Kerala are one of the primary reasons that this area is a favorite tourist destination in southern India. Although the different beaches at one time were the targeted stops seafarers and traders, they were re-discovered in the 1960’s by backpackers and those seeking a great place to tan. That allure continues today as this is one of the more popular coastal areas in the country. The following is a list of the top beaches in Kerala, India to visit when vacationing there.

Kovalam Beach – a favorite of locals and international travelers alike since the 1930’s, the beach is actually comprised of three separate, crescent-shaped beaches. Lighthouse beach, the southernmost one of the three is the most popular.

Poovar Beach – enveloped by calm backwaters, this beach remains unspoiled and part of an unexplored and undeveloped island. It is Poovar’s golden sands that make it so beautiful and extremely popular.

Shanghumugham Beach – if it’s ocean sunsets that you crave relaxing to, this is the place to visit. It sits adjacent to the Thiruvananthapuram airport and the tourist village of Veli. Because of its proximity to the airport, many tourists choose to stay here.

Varkala Beach – this Hindu pilgrimage center is a very popular seaside resort and spa community with high cliffs that seep mineral springs dotting the coastline. The Nature Care Center and the Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple, which was built 2,000 years ago, are the two primary attractions of this beach area.

Kozhikode Beach – historical significance beast describes what this beach is all about as it was the first place that the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama landed in India. This basically marked the start of the Age of Discovery as well the beginning of the European colonization period. Today it is one of the more popular and pristine beaches of southern India.

Kappad Beach – another one of the beaches that de Gama landed on, three vessels carrying 170 men landed here in May of 1498. It is locally known as Kappakadavu and is known for its rock-studded landscape. Protruding out into the sea is a sprawling rock that features a Hindu temple constructed roughly 800 years ago.

The beaches listed above are by far the most popular of Kerala’s beaches where tourism is concerned. However, there are a few others worth mentioning here that should also be considered if you vacation in Kerala:

Alapuzha and Kollam Beach – these are a little more secluded and offer a bit more privacy than the others mentioned above. It just takes a bit longer to get to these.

Cherai Beach – located near the city of Kochi, this is a popular spot because of its golden sandy beach.

 

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Anita Choudhary is a freelance writer and travel blogger based in New Delhi, India. She loves to travel and has traveled extensively in India. Exploring new places, reading and writing are her hobbies.

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  1. Kumar says:
    October 13th, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Alapuzha and Kollam Beach – these are a little more secluded and offer a bit more privacy than the others mentioned above. “It just takes a bit longer to get to these.”

    Bit Longer? Kollam beach is hardly a km away from the city centre.. It has been recently renovated and perhaps one of the cleanest and best in Kerala…


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