Its stunning backwaters have acquired worldwide fame, but there are numerous stunningbeaches in Kerala as well. Situated along the state’s beautiful coastline on the Arabian Sea, each of these beaches is unique in its beauty and ambience. You can cruise your vehicle on the state’s only drive-in beach at Muzhappilangad, pamper yourself at an upmarket resortnear Kovalam’s picture-postcard crescent beaches or spend days admiring Varkala’s gorgeous cliff-side setting Varkala. Soak in the region’s history at Bekal Beach and Fort, as well as at Kappad Beach, the landing place of Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama’s ship in 1498. If you’re looking tranquillity, explore the pristine beaches of Thiruvambadi, Cherai, Marari and Kappil.
Located between the southern and northern ends of Kovalam, Hawa Beach (also known as Eve’s Beach) is only a five-minute walk from the Lighthouse Beach.
Still unaffected by the tourist traffic, this beach is separated by a large promontory from the southern side of Kovalam.
So named because of the lighthouse perched on top of Kurumkal Hill, the southernmost beach of Kovalam—Lighthouse Beach—is one of the most stunning beaches in India.
Surrounded by the more famous beaches of Kovalam and Varkala, Alleppey beach is surprisingly solitary. At a drive of around 30 minutes from the town’s centre, it is a beach bum’s dream come true. A perfect place to watch…more
If isolation is what you seek then this stretch of sand, also known as the Black Sand Beach, fits the bill to a tee.
Synonymous with Varkala, this is the town’s most popular beach. With waves lapping its sun-kissed white sands at one end and breaking against the imposing red cliffs on the other, Papanasham is quite a sight to behold.
Kappil Beach and Lake
Still flying under the tourist radar, serene and picturesque Kappil is the one of the few beaches in Kerala that hasn’t been inundated by shops and eateries.
To the north of Cochin lies the beautiful Vypeen Island, lined with many beaches. The island which is approachable by both a ferry and road is well known for its lighthouse at Ochanthuruth.
Situated near Kannur in north Kerala, this is the only drive-in beach in the state. Surrounded by black rocks, the beach is protected from strong ocean currents, making its shallow waters ideal for swimming.
Located 11 km away from the small town of Alleppey, this peaceful beach is a perfect excursion for travellers headed to the backwaters south of Cochin. With palm trees lining the spotless silvery sand, the beach is a is a sight for sore eyes. Named after the tiny fishing village of Mararikulam, its tranquil and pristine character makes it suitable for relaxation.
Small and unassuming, Kappad Beach is famous for being the place where Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama landed with his entourage in 1498. Today, a stone plaque marks the historic event.
Situated in the small town of Kollam, this pretty beach is surrounding by fishing settlements, making it a vantage point for watching Chinese fishing nets and traditional boats out on the sea.
With the imposing Bekal Fort in the backdrop, this beach has a picturesque setting. Small and shallow, it is located at the foot of the 300-year-old fort in Kasargod, the northern-most district in the state of Kerala.