Check out some of the stunning beach destinations of Kerala below. Rate each of them in the order of your interest to explore them. Kerala Tourism will take you through a video tour of the top-rated destination once the voting ends.
A globally famed destination, Kovalam has three crescent-shaped beaches - Lighthouse Beach Eve's Beach or Hawah Beach and Samudra Beach. It came into the limelight when Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi of Travancore Royal Family constructed her beach resort, Halcyon Castle during the 1920s. From sunbathing to swimming, catamaran cruise, boating and scuba diving, options for leisure and fun-filled activities at Kovalam are plenty and diverse. Accommodation facilities range from five star boutique resorts to budget hotels, Ayurvedic resorts and homestays.
Known as the Papanasam Beach and the Pearl of the Arabian Sea, Varkala Beach is a cliff beach situated in the coastal town of Varkala. A haven for sunbathing and swimming, Varkala is an ideal spot for paragliding also. It is also a major pilgrim destination with the presence of Sivagiri Mutt and various ancient temples including, the 2000-plus year-old Janardhana Swami Temple, often referred to as Dakshin Kashi. Tourists will be spoilt for choice while choosing a stay as the options range from budget hotels to homestays and Ayurveda/Yoga retreats.
India's first planned beach destination, the Bekal Beach offers a spectacular view of the Bekal Fort - the largest and best preserved forts in Kerala. Built in the 17th century, it offers a superb view of the Arabian Sea from its tall observation towers, which were occupied by gigantic cannons till a few centuries ago. Guests can indulge in various activities, including sunset viewing, bird watching and witnessing the everyday life of the farmers and fishermen Travellers can opt for five star resorts or boutique homestays for a comfortable stay and recreation.
The palm-fringed beach Alappuzha Beach is a popular picnic spot. The pier, built in 1862 by Captain Hugh Crawford, extends out to the sea here, though a mere skeleton of its past. Entertainment facilities at the Vijaya Beach Park add to the attraction of the beach. There is also an old lighthouse nearby which greatly intrigues all visitors. Popular among adventure seekers, Alappuzha Beach is an ideal spot for boating, swimming and surfing. The golden sands once played host to an international sand art festival.
Located at around 7 km from Thalassery in Kannur is Muzhappilangad Beach, Kerala's only drive-in beach You have a 4 km stretch of sand to drive along as you soak in the view of the beautiful Malabar Coast. Along the way, one gets to munch on delicacies from a number of shacks that offer authentic Malabar cuisine. A swimmers paradise, one can also partake in paragliding, parasailing along with water sports, boating or a catamaran ride. A bird watching hotspot, more than thirty species of migratory birds visit here in the winter.
One of the best beach destinations in Kerala for a one-day hang-out, Kozhikode Beach is a favourite haunt of sunset viewers. The old lighthouse, and two crumbling piers that run into the sea, add to the beauty of the beach and retain its old-world charm. The exotic destination is a perfect place to enjoy scrumptious food, served at the beach shacks. Tourists can indulge in activities like sunbathing, beach walking, fishing, etc. There are many accommodation facilities offering relaxing and comforting stay to the travellers.
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