A Tryst With Sea, Sun and Sand in Kerala

The stunning beaches along Kerala’s scenic coastline need no special introduction. Whether it is a family trip or a romantic getaway, a visit to Kerala is incomplete without spending time at the beaches close to the chosen travel destination. Beach Holiday packages make it possible to spend the entire holiday on the beach-side, with short trips to tourist attractions nearby. Again choices can get slightly confusing for each beach is special in its own way, some suitable for family outings, yet others ideal for couples to spend quality time together.

Some beaches have sandy shores, yet other are lined with rocks, bordered by a promenade with seating arrangements to observe the vast horizon, literally staring out into infinity! Here are some of coastal destinations that boast of the best beaches in Kerala and you must visit on your Kerala Holiday Trip.


Kovalam is an evergreen favourite among beach lovers across the world. There are in fact three beaches in Kovalam separated by rock formations. While the Lighthouse Beach makes a perfect picture postcard locale, the Hawa Beach is a hub of tourist activity. Tourists can indulge in snorkelling, catamaran trips, cycling, apart from swimming, sunbathing or simply lazing out at the beaches to view the setting sun in all its glory. The Samudra Beach here is calm and secluded, offering a great place to unwind and relax without many disturbances.


Kozhikode is yet another destination with a great beach, which is an ideal location to catch the best sunsets in Kerala. A couple of piers amidst the waters, a lighthouse on the coast and hues of the setting sun create a stunning visual on this secluded beach front. The neighbourhood also offers quite a choice of beaches for tourists to explore and enjoy. The Kappad Beach is where Vasco Da Gama first set foot in India in 1498. This serene beach is perfect for a romantic escape. The Payyoli Beach nearby, also an equally serene and desolate location, is a nesting ground for turtles. The Beypore Beach at the Chaliyar River estuary which is serving as a busy fishing harbour and also the port had served as a commercial ship building centre for many years.


This district is home to few beaches all of which prove equally scenic and relaxing. The Bekal Beach adjoining the Bekal Fort makes a great locale to spend time with family or friends. The Kappil Beach at a Walk able distance from the Fort is also a popular, not-so-crowded retreat for locals. Kanwatheertha Beach in the vicinity is a natural pool like structure right by the sea, which is quite safe for a swim. Sandy beach lined with fringed Palms and a verdant park add a dash of colour to this already beautiful setting.


Varakala makes an excellent destination for a beach holiday in Kerala. The unique geographical formations here have been recognized at a Geological Monument by the Geological Survey of India. Settings even more appealing. A fresh water spring originating at the cliff is believed to have medicinal properties. Shankumugham and Valiathura are couple of other beaches in Thiruvananthapuram.


The secluded yet scenic beaches at Kannur are great places to laze in a hammock. Tourists can combine a visit to the Muzhappilangad Beach, Kerala’s only drive-in beach, check out the deserted Thottada Beach. The Payyambalam Beach and Meenkunnu Beach are few other scenic beaches with long stretches of sand along the sea shore, and an uninterrupted view of the horizon.

Thrissur, Kollam and Alleppey also have a great choice of beaches for enthusiasts on the lookout for new destinations. The Thangassery Beach in Kollam offers a great opportunity for surfing and scuba diving as well.

It may not be really possible to cover all these beaches in one tour. Plan your first trip to cover preferred beach destinations and you can always return to catch up on the others during the next holiday!

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