God's Own Country, Kerala is known for its natural beauty especially its beaches and backwaters that are the most prized attractions at Kerala. As situated on the shore of the Arabian Sea, the state has a long coastline of about 600km. This coastline features some of the exotic beaches found in India. Its coconut and palm fringed sandy beaches are popular for gentle surfs, exotic sea food and popular beach activities. The beaches of Kerala hosts a number of beach activities including sun bathing, swimming and other popular water sports. The beaches also have some other popular tourist attractions in the form historic monuments and temples.
Some most popular beaches of Kerala are :
Kovalam Beach - Lying on the Malawar coast, the beaches in Kovalam are the most visited destination in Kerala. The beaches in Kovalam are divided into three main regions : the northernmost beach, the middle beach and the southernmost or lighthouse beach. The southernmost is the most beautiful amongst the three. Some popular activities in these beaches include sun bathing, beach sport, swimming & beach walk. The beaches provide beautiful sunrise and sunset views filled with a unique charm.
Alleppey Beach - Located on the southern side of Kerala, the beaches of Allapuzha are some of the most renowned beach holiday places in India. The Vijaya Beach Park and the lighthouse nearby add charm to the beauty of beaches. This long stretch beach with several monuments and freshwater lakes in its vicinity along with various beach activities including surfing, swimming, beach volley ball became one the most ideal beach holiday spot.
Varkala Beach - Located at a distance of 54 km from the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram the palm fringed
Varkala beach is an ideal beach holiday destination in Kerala. It also offers some beach activities like swimming and sunbathing. There are also several other tourist attractions along the beach which include medicinal water spring and the 800 old Janardhana Swamy Temple which are worth visiting.
Bekal Beach - Located 2km from the Kovalam city, this small palm fringed beach is popular for beautiful views of sunset. This has now developed as a exotic beach holiday destination with the inclusion of a children's park, beach resorts and some small gardens near the famous Bekal Fort, which is the single major attraction near the beach.
Marari Beach - At a distance of 60km from Kochi, there is a long sandy beach near the local fishing
village Mararikulam. The swaying palm trees and coconut grooves add to the beauty of the Marari beach. Also one can get a first hand experience of the local tradition of Kerala by visiting the village. The beach also provides facilities for water sports like swimming, parasailing and surfing.
Besides the above mentioned beaches, there are several other beaches in Kerala which are ideal for beach holidays.