10 Must Visit Beaches of Kerala You Should Add to Your Wish List


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Beaches are one of the best places to relax and de-stress and are a staple holiday destination. Lined with tall, green palm trees, beautiful golden sand and a heartwarming view, the beaches in Kerala are a must-visit. Having in-store a boatload of fun for every person, these beaches never fail to impress. So attractive are these beaches that you are sure to loathe leaving these seashores. If you visit these beaches with your family or friends to witness the natural bounty of the state of Kerala, make sure to check the below-listed places out. Believe me, you won’t regret it.

1. Kovalam Beach


Situated in the grand city of Trivandrum, the Kovalam Beach is world-renowned. When you visit this beach, you are sure to notice its best feature: coconuts. The tall palm trees and wide seashore will leave you awestruck. The Kovalam Beach is large in size and comprises three smaller beaches known as the Hawa beach, Lighthouse beach, and Samudra beach. Especially famous amongst the Europeans, Kovalam beach offers various water sport activities, spa centers and one can also pay a visit to the nearby tourist attractions. A popular beach for the right reasons, indeed!

2. Varkala Beach

Beaches of Kerala-Varkala Beach

Varkala beach is located on the outskirts of the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram and is highly famous for its clean surroundings and refreshing greenery. It is alternatively known as Papanasam beach due to an interesting belief which states that dipping in the waters of Varkala will wash off the sins that you have committed. This beach is a popular honeymoon site with plenty of adventure activities for thrill-seekers. Unwind in the precious serenity that the Varkala beach has to offer.

3. Chavakkad Beach

Beaches of Kerala-Chavakkad Beach

The epitome of picturesque beauty, Chavakkad Beach is a great destination for you and your family. Nestled in Thrissur, this beach has an estuary. This means that here, a river meets a sea; and this unique characteristic is locally called Azhimukam. Enjoy the tranquil waters, take a dip in them and you are guaranteed to be mesmerized!

4. Kappad Beach

Beaches of Kerala-Alappuzha Beach
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You cannot leave Kerala without paying a visit to this magnificent heaven. Located in Kozhikode, this beach has unique rock formations and has always been a dream for most travelers. Aside from excelling in natural beauty, this beach also has historical significance. The famous explorer Vasco Da Gama walked the shores of this beach for the time while stepping foot in Kerala. A quaint destination for relaxation, you will feel amazed at the beauty of this beach.

5. Payyambalam Beach

Beaches of Kerala-Payyambalam Beach

Situated near Kannur, the Payyambalam Beach is an escape route from the usual monotony of city life. Step into this destination and you’re sure to fall in love with it. An extremely long stretch of land, enjoy long walks on the shore and sunbathe under the glaring sun. A favorite amongst the tourists, this beach also offers activities such as surfing and snorkeling. End your day by snacking at one of the many restaurants for a satisfying visit.

6. Meenkunnu Beach

Beaches of Kerala-Meenkunnu Beach

Known for the fascinating view of sunsets and sunrises that one can see from this beach, the Meenkunnu beach is truly captivating. As soon as you walk into the beach, the vast Arabian ocean and golden sand welcome you. This is a wonderful holiday spot and should be a part of your holiday package. Unravel in the soothing views of the beach as you let go of your worries!

7. Kozhikode Beach

Beaches of Kerala-Kozhikode Beach

A splendid situated in its namesake city, this beach is a breath of fresh air. It is highly famous in Kerala and is used for the conduction of public gatherings. Interestingly, the road which leads to the beach was named ‘Gandhi Road’ after Mahatma Gandhi’s visit in 1934. There are various tourist attractions at a short distance from the beach, such as Nadappuram, Murad River, Thuraserikkuadu Island, and many more. Also enjoy the activities on the beach namely, the Lion’s Park (park and aquarium), Dolphin Point, the famous Lighthouse, water sports, and fishing. To get to the best part of the trip that is eating, the Kozhikode beach offers several options for dining out and accommodation for its numerous visitors. Bon Appétit!

8. Bekal Beach

Beaches of Kerala-Bekal Beach

A tiny beach located on the shores of the Arabian Sea is all you need to have a good time. Release your stress and worries into the rejuvenating air of the Bekal beach. The major attractions of the place include several local forts, temples, and a stunning collection of caves known as Nityanandashram Caves. Experience the panoramic views and heartwarming hospitality of the locals when they offer their local drink ‘Payasam’ to you. A well-deserved break is needed now and then, no?

9. Alappuzha Beach

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The Alappuzha Beach is one of the most visited and well-famed destinations in the Alappuzha town. The pier extending over the sea has been present for over 150 years! Relish in the exquisite view of the sunset with your family and loved ones and pay a visit to the Alappuzha Lighthouse near the beach. Moreover, youngsters and artists frequently visit the beach to attend the annual Alappuzha beach festival. Also famous is the International Sand Art Festival which was held on the beach in 2015.

10. Neendakara Beach

Beaches of Kerala-Neelankara Beach

We all know that Kerala is highly famous all over the world for its seafood. The Neendakara beach is a famous fishing dock situated in the Kollam district. The village is connected by the Neendakara bridge to Sakthikulangara (a neighborhood in Kolham) and is a prime spot for the sale of fresh fishes. Hideout in this fabulous place to witness the wonderful natural beauty that the beach is blessed with.

Needless to say, these beaches can never grow old. The alluring beauty of Nature is evergreen and is a great way to keep ourselves healthy and fresh. Pack your suitcases and plan a getaway to your favorite beach as soon as possible. Trust me, it’s all worth it!

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