Coastal Circuit

Kovalam BeachThe 550 km coastline on India’s south western corner, covering the length of Kerala, is characterized by unique geographical features. Enriched by the age of traditions and customs of its people, the coastal area has fascinated visitors whoare like to explore Kerala tourism since ancient times.

The topography of Kerala’s coastal region, with its large sandy beaches, is distinctive.However, as we move inland, it changes abruptly. Towards the north, in places such as Bekal, Thalassery and Kannur, the headlands rise above the shore from the fringe of the beaches. With a panoramic view of the surroundings, these highlands are dotted with forts built by the early colonial rulers – the Ditch, the Portuguese and the British.

From Kozhikode, once the hub of the Malabar Coast, there is a marked change in topography. Flat land replaced the promontories and hills.However, one overriding feature of the coastline is the ubiquitous coconut tree. Dense groves of coconut line the coast and extend into the interiors of Kerala.Indeed, these tall, slender trees, which not only lend their name to Kerala, but also provide a source of livelihood for its people, constitute the most widespread vegetation of the coastal area.

Kerala’s history is inextricably linked to its long coastline. Long associated with the legends of buccaneer seafarers, traders and colonialists, today it is a haven for beach buffs and jet – setting tourists.Kerala's beautiful beaches is one of the major tourist attractions in India, both for Indian and foreign visitors. These sandy beaches and sea shores are ideal for sunbathing while the shallow coastal waters are extremely safe for swimming and refreshing sea bath. The most popular beach in Kerala is Kovalam,one of the India’s internationally acclaimed beaches.

Kerala BeachesKerala’s beautiful beaches is one of the major tourist attractions in India, both for Indian and foreign visitors. These sandy beaches and sea shores are ideal for sunbathing while the shallow coastal waters are extremely safe for swimming and refreshing sea bath. The most popular beach in Kerala is Kovalam,one of the India’s internationally acclaimed beaches. A cluster of three crescent shaped beaches, Kovalam is ideal for an adventurous water sports like wind surfing swimming and thrilling boat ride either in catamaran or a wooden craft. One of the most favored beaches in Kerala and tourism field, the Alappuzha beach is a long sandy beach. An olf lighthouse nearby and the entertainment facilities at the Vijaya beach park add to the attractions of the beach.Nattika,the hidden treasure of Malabar Coast is a beautiful with panoramic views.

The Beaches of Kerala - Varkala, Marari, Kovalam Lighthouse and Muzhappilangad - were featured in the India top-25 list of the ‘Travellers’ Choice’ awards for beaches, published by travel website TripAdvisor. Radhanagar beach in Havelock Island, Andaman & Nicobar, topped the list of Indian beaches.

In 2014, only three beaches from Kerala had found place in the list. Goa trumps other states and leads with 11 winning beaches, followed by Kerala (four), Andaman & Nicobar Islands (three), Orissa (two), Karnataka (two), Tamil Nadu (one), Maharashtra (one) and Pondicherry (one).

The Baia do Sancho beach in Brazil was selected as the best beach in the World. As a country, India tops the Asia list with eight beaches.

“TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Beaches offer a perfect recipe to escape to some of the most scenic beaches, not just globally but in India as well. It is also great to see India moving up the ladder in the world and Asia lists,” said Nikhil Ganju, country manager, TripAdvisor India.

List of Beaches

Alappuzha Beach : This is one of the most popular picnic spots in Alappuzha.A 137 year old pier which extends into the sea is the main attraction. An age – old Light House attracts large crowds.

Bekal Fort Beach : (1 km from Beakl Fort) This shallow beach offers a spectacular view f the fort and has ample facilities for relaxation.

Beypore : (10 km South of Kozhikode) Located at the mouth of the Chaliyar River,Beypore,one of the prominent ports and fishing harbors of ancient Kerala was an important trade and maritime centre.

Cherai Beach : One of the loveliest of beaches in India.Sandwitched between backwaters and the Arabian Sea.

Chowra : (8 km south of Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram) Pristine and serene, this fishing hamlet is an unending stretch of white, sandy beaches.

Fort Kochi Beach : (21 km from Ernakulam) overlooking the Arabian Sea, with its legendary Chinese fishing nets dotting the foreground, Fort Kochi Beach offers a view of spectacular sunsets.

Kappad : (16 km from Kozhikode) This is the historic beach where Vasco- Da- Gama landed on 27th May 1498,with 170 men in three vessels. A monument on the beach commemorates this historic event.

Kappil Beach : ( 6 km from Bekal Fort) Remote and secluded this beach is fast becoming a major tourist attraction. The Kodi cliff offers a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea.

Kanwatheertha Beach : ( 3 km from Manjeswaram) A large swimming pool like formation of the sea on the vast beach is the main attraction.

Kizhunna Ezhara Beach : ( 11 km from Kannur) This beautiful stretch of sand is one of the most secluded beaches in Kerala.

Kovalam : ( 16 km from Thiruvananthapuram) Idyllic and dreamy, this sea shore village was very tranquil and deserted one, except the fact that it was a fishing center. It consists of two palm fringed cover, Light house beach and Hawah beach, separated into north and south by rocky headlands.

Kozhikode Beach : This beach is a favorite haunt of sunset viewers. Adding to its natural beauty is the old world charm retained in the old light house and the two crumbling piers, each more than a hundred years old. Entertainment facilities are added attraction here.

Meenkunnu Beach : Uncrowded, the beach is a tourist paradise, with golden sand and surf.

Muzhappilangad Beach : (15 km from Kannur and 8 km from Thalasserry) Black rocks protect this long, clean beach from the currents of the deep, making its shallow waters a swimmer’s paradise. Perhaps this is Kerala’s only drive- in beach where you can drive down the entire length of 4 Km.

Nattika Beach : ( 30 km from Thrissur Town) Nattika Beach, the hidden treasure of Malabar cost, is the nearest beach of Coimbatore. This location is famous by the Malayalam Movie Chemmeen.

Padinjarekara Beach : This beach offers a breathtaking view of the confluence of the Bharathapuzha,the Tirur Puzha and the Arabian Sea.

Payyambalam Beach : (2 km from Kannur) This long and clean beach of Kannur town is famous for its flat laterite cliff that just into the sea.

Payyoli : This is yet another beautiful stretch of golden sands with shallow waters that border Velliyamkallu.

Poovar : (12 km south of Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram) An isolated but spectacular beach, Poovar is situated close to the Neyyar River estuary.

Sankhumugham Beach : (8 km from Thiruvananthapuram City) Sankhumugham beach adjacent to the airport is a lovely beach which attracts many people, particulally during the evening time. This is a favorite of sunset watchers. The matsyakanyaka is a major attraction here.

Vadakara Sandbanks : (50 km from Kozhikode) This beach were the Kottakal River merges into the sea is stunning beautiful and is a favorite spot for locals and tourists.

Vallikkunnu Beach : A beach resort set in the middle of a coconut grove is the main attraction here. The Kadalundi bird sanctuary, abode of variety birds is just a short distance away.

Varkala : (40 km from Thiruvananthapuram) Varkala is a religious, spiritual, pilgrim and tourist spot. It is also a sea side resort and spa. The Papanasam beach here is very famous. It is believed that anyone who takes a bathe here will be relieved of all his sins.

Thirumullavaram Beach: (6 km north of Kollam town) This secluded beach is a beautiful picnic spot with panoramic views.

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