Beaches in Kerala

Kerala Beaches

Kerela has a 600 km long shoreline dotted with some of the finest, most charming beaches of the world, coconut groves, natural harbors, lagoons and sheltered coves. All of it as peaceful as the rest of the land, washed by the pleasant tropical sun and as pristine as ever. 

Alappuzha Beach

Referred to as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha has always enjoyed an important place in the maritime history of Kerala. Today, it is famous for its boat races, backwater holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. Alappuzha beach is a popular picnic spot. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is over 137 years old. Entertainment facilities at the Vijaya Beach Park add to the attraction of the beach. There is also an old lighthouse nearby which is greatly fascinating to visitors. 

Facilities at the Vijaya Beach Park: Boating, a children's park with toy train and bicycles.Timings: Open from 1500 - 2000 hours. Entrance fee: Rs. 2 per person; Free entrance for children below 5 years. Boating charge: Rs. 10 for ten minutes. Video permit: Rs. 25; Camera permit: Rs. 5. 

Getting there:-
Nearest railway station : Alappuzha, about 5 km from the beach.
Nearest airport : Cochin International Airport, about 85 km from Alappuzha town.


Beypore Beach

Beypore is located about 10 kms south of Kozhikode town at the mouth of the Chaliyar River. Historically, it has a special place as being one of the prominent ports and fishing harbours, and was also an important trade and maritime centre during the days of the early Arab and Chinese travelers and later the Europeans. Soon after gaining prominence as a port and trade centre, Beypore slowly began to flourish as a centre for shipbuilding, since ships were 0in great demand merchants from Western Asia. The shipbuilding yard at Beypore is famous for its traditional construction of the Uru or the Arabian trading vessel. This tradition of shipbuilding is nearly 1,500 years old, and the craftsmanship of the workers here is exceptional. 

The sanctuary is spread over a group of islands in a scenic area surrounded by hillocks where the Kadalundi River flows into the Arabian Sea. The place is locally known as Kadalundi Nagaram.

Getting there:
Nearest Railway Station: about 10 kms from Kozhikode town.
Nearest Airport: Karipur International Airport, about 23 kms from Kozhikode town.


Dharmadam Beach

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Best time to visit : October to May 

Dharmadam beach is on the island with the same name. . Located 17 km from Kannur town, the beach has a five acre stretch of coconut palms and green bushes.Permission is required to enter this privately owned island.

How to reach there:- 
The nearest airport to Kannur is at Karipur in Kozhikode, 95 km away. Kannur railway station is linked to major towns within the state as well as the country as are the roads.


Ezhimala Beach

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Best time to visit : October to May 

Nestled atop a cluster of hills at an altitude of 286m is situated Ezhimala, 55 kms from Kannur. Carved Stone Pillars, an ancient Burial chamber and an ancient Cave can be seen at the foot of the hills. The Hills are noted for rare medicinal herbs. Furthur uphill is an ancient Mosque.

How to reach there:- 
Air : The nearest airport to Kannur is at Karipur in Kozhikode, 95 km away.
Rail: Kannur railway station is linked to major towns 
Road: Kannur is linked road to major towns


Kappad Beach

For the people of Kozhikode, this pleasant stretch of rock studded beach is Kappakkadavu. To the tourist it is one of the most charming of Kerala's beaches. Kappad finds mention in history and geography texts as the gateway to the Malabar coast. Here, 501 years ago, 170 men led by the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama (1460-1524) sailed in and stepped into Kerala to create a new chapter in history, the story of a long and tumultuous socio-political relationship between India and Europe. It was the spices and wealth of Malabar that first brought the Arabs, the Phoenicans, the Greeks, the Romans, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English to Kerala. Kappad has witnessed many such landings. Kozhikode was then the most important trade centre of the Malabar region and the Zamorins who ruled this mighty land were powerful and shrewd. Though the Portuguese were welcomed in Kozhikode they were not too well encouraged or entertained for long by the Zamorins, which might be the reason they shifted their base to Kochi and Kollam down south. Today only a little stone monument is left at the Kappad beach to speak of its great historic importance. On the rocks nearby is a temple believed to be 800 years old. To the tourist, however, this little seafaring town is a haven. The best route to Kappad is along the backwaters. Unspoilt and uncrowded, the picturesque backwaters of Kozhikode offer a bewitching experience. A ride down the backwaters through the Korappuzha river brings you to the beach.

Getting there:-
Nearest railway station: Kozhikode, about 16 km.
Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode about 23 km from Kozhikode town.


Kochi Beach

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Best time to visit : Through out the Year 

Cochin has been a port of call for foreign traders from early times. Its cosmopolitan character is reflected in the buildings and structures representing different regions of the World. A city of peninsulas and islands, today it is Kerala's commercial hub.

How to reach there:- 
Air : The nearest airport is cohin international airport.
Road: cochin is connected by road with several tourist centers in India. It is Bangalore 565 Kms, Chennai 470 Kms.
Rail: Cochin is connected by rail to most of the importand cities like Delhi, Mumbai & Chennai.


Kovalam Beach

Location :Just 16 km from Thiruvananthapuram city,south Kerala.
Best time to visit: September to March, though it is an all year destination.

Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches.It has been a favourite haunt of tourists,especially Europeans,since the 1930s.A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse-sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages,special cultural programmes, Catamaran cruising etc.The tropical sun acts so fast that one can see the faint blush of coppery tan on the skin in a matter of minutes.Life on the beach begins late in the day and carries on well into the night.The beach complex includes a string of budget cottages,Ayurvedic health resorts, convention facilities, shopping zones, swimming pools, Yoga and Ayurvedic massage centres etc.Thiruvananthapuram,the capital city of Kerala, is just 16 km away from Kovalam and getting there is no hassle.But if you are on holiday it is better to stay in Kovalam and visit the city.Thiruvananthapuram has interesting places to see like the Napier Museum, the Sri Chitra Art Gallery,the Padmanabhaswamy Temple,Ponmudi hill station etc.SMSM Institute, a State owned handicrafts emporium,is the ideal place to pick up ethnic curios and other articles.To know more about the crafts on sale here see Treasure Chest from the Archives dated 14 January '99 to 15 July '99. 

Getting there:-
Nearest railway station :Thiruvananthapuram central,about 16 km
Nearest airport :Thiruvananthapuram International Airport,about 10 km.


Mappila Beach

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Climatic Conditions : Humid climate with an oppressive hot season 
Best time to visit : October to May 

Moppila bay, the famous fishing harbour is situated near the St.Angelo's Fort. The beach is a natural and now a modernised fishing harbour built with assistance under the Indo Norwegian pact.

How to reach there:- 
Air: Nearest Airport Kozhikode (Calicut) (93 Km)
Rail: Kannur is An Important Railhead Of The Southern Railways 
Road: An Excellent Road Transport System Connects Kannur To All The Major Towns Of South India.


Marari Beach

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Best time to visit : October to May 

Marari originates from " Mararikulam ", one of the local fishing villages.Here life still goes on much as it did a hundred years ago, with the men going out to sea each day to earn a living bringing in the daily catch. Marari offers endless miles of superb sand beaches.The tourists can experience the local charm and traditional Kerala Hospitality at its best.

Beach activities:-The tourists can participate in various activities at Marari beach that includes cruises on the backwaters, visits to traditional coir-making units etc. They can indulge themsselves in lazing in the sun ,exciting water sports such as surfing or parasailing, or go swimming in the clear blue sea, or even playing a game of beach volleyball.

How to reach there:- 
Air : Nearest international airports Thiruvananthapuram ( 150 km ); Kochi ( Nedumbassery - 85 km).
Rail : Well connected to major cities. 
Road : An excellent road network links the distrit to major towns and cities in India.


Meenkunnu Beach


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Uncrowded, the beach is a tourists' paradise, with golden sand and surf. It is situated at Azhikode, 12km from Kannur.

How to reach there:- 
The nearest airport is at Karipur in Kozhikode, 95 km away. Kannur railway station is linked to major towns within the state as well as the country as are the roads.


Muzhappilangad Beach

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Climatic Conditions : Lovely and pleasant climate
Best time to visit  : October to May 

Muzhappilangad, one of the longest beaches in Kerala is located 15 kms south of Kannur. The long beach is the only drive-in beach in India.Still untouched, this long, clean beach protected by the black rocks from the deep currents, make its shallow water a swimmer's paradise.

How to reach there:-

Air: The nearest airport is at Karipur, Kozhikode, about 93kms south.

Rail:Kannur railway station is an important rail head of the Southern Railway and is well linked to major towns up country as well as within the State.

Road:Kannur is accessible by road.


Pathiramanal Beach


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Best time to visit  : Throughout the year

The little island of Pathiramanal, on the Backwaters is a favourite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the land. This island lies between Thaneermukkom and Kumarakom and is accessible by boat only. Surrounded by the Vembanad Lake, stretching from Alappuzha to Kochi and the Kayamkulam Lake.The green island thus forms an ideal place for a break in the journey while on a backwater cruise. The mainland Alappuzha has a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers criss-crossing it and is a district of immense natural beauty

How to reach there:-

Air: The Nearest airports are the Cochin International Airport, about 85 km north of Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram, about 150 km towards the south.

Road: State Bus services also available from every part of india and Kerala

Rail: Alappuzha is the nearest railway station.  


Payyambalam Beach

Location: 2 km from Kannur town, Kannur district, north Kerala.

Quiet, secluded, this beautiful stretch of sand and surf is the best locale for a relaxed evening. The Payyambalam beach is a popular picnic spot of the local people and holds much potential for development into a tourist resort.The rest of the land - Kannur - is equally fascinating to explore. Being the cradle of ageless folk arts like Theyyam and folk music , Kannur has always remained a land of ageless charms.However, if you decide to hide away at this beach destination, your stay should be arranged in the town 2 km away. Comfortable accommodation is available.

Getting there: National Highway 17 passes through Kannur.

Nearest railway station : Kannur, about 2 km.

Nearest airport : Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode, 93 km to the south.


Shankhumugham Beach


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Best time to visit  : October to May 

Located 8 kms from Thiruvananthapuram city, the Shankhumugham Beach is a favourite haunt of sunset watchers. The beach is adjacent to the Thiruvananthapuram Airport and Veli Tourist Village.An indoor recreation club, the 'Matsya Kanyaka', a gigantic 35 m long sculpture of a mermaid and a restaurant shaped like a starfish are the major attractions here. The long stretch of clean sand is located near the airport. The water here, however, is not suitable for bathing.

How to reach there:-

Air: Nearest Airport is Thiruvananthapuram

Rail:Nearest Railway Station is Thiruvananthapuram 8 Kms From City

Road: 8 Kms From Thiruvananthapuram City.The roads too are good and connect Kerala's capital with cities in south India and elsewhere. 


Tanur Beach


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Best time to visit  : October to May 

The small coastal fishing town of Tanur was one of the earliest settlements of the Portuguese. It is believed that St. Francis Xavier visited the place in 1546 AD. About 3 km south of Tanur town is Keraladeshpuram Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and believed to be one of the oldest temples in Kerala.

How to reach there:-

Air: The nearest airport is at Kozhikode, 36 km away.

Rail:The nearest railway station is also Kozhikode.

Road: Malappuram is well connected with major cities in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. 


Thangassery Beach

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Best time to visit  : October to May 

The Thangassery Beach, located 5 km from Kollam town, is a seaside village of historic importance. Besides the 144-feet high Thangaserry Lighthouse which is open to visitors everyday, there are ruins of an old Portugese Fort and churches built in the 18th century near the beach.

How to reach there:-

Air : The nearest airport is the Thiruvananthapuram International and Domestic Airport, 76 km away

Rail: Kollam is connected to most Indian cities and is on the railway routes

Road: Kollam is connected by major cities.


Varkala Beach

Location : 51 km north of Thiruvananthapuram city and 37 km south of Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram district, south Kerala.

Attractions: Beach, mineral watersprings, the Sivagiri Mutt and a 2000 year old Vishnu temple.

Varkala, a calm and quiet hamlet, lies on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram district. It has several places of tourist interests like a beautiful beach, a 2000 year old Vishnu temple and the ashramam- 'Sivagiri Mutt' a little distance from the beach.At the serene Varkala beach is a quiet sea resort rich in mineral water springs.A dip in the holy waters at this beach is believed to purge the body of impurities and the soul of all sins. Hence the name 'Papanasam beach'.A two thousand year old shrine the Janardhanaswamy Temple, stands on the cliffs overlooking the beach,a short distance away. The Sivagiri Mutt, founded by the great Hindu reformer and Philosopher Sree Narayana Guru (1856 - 1928) is also close by.The Samadhi (the final resting place) of the Guru here attracts thousands of devotees every year during the Sivagiri Pilgrimage days - 30th December to 1st January. Sree Narayana Guru propagated the ideology:"one caste, one religion and one god",in a society torn by the taboos of caste system.Varkala offers excellent accommodation facilities for the tourist and is fast becoming a popular health resort with many Ayurvedic massage centres.

Getting there:-

Nearest railway station : Varkala.

Nearest airport : Thiruvananthapuram international airport, nearly 57 km away. 


Vizhinjam Beach


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Best time to visit  : November till March

Vizhinjam was once a commercial centre for the Europeans, Portuguese and Dutch who had trade ties with the local kings. The attractions at Vizhinjam are the ruins of rock-cut temples. The beach offers everything that is associated with seaside destinations of Kerala. There are fishing boats jostling for space, fishermen repairing their fishing nets and women haggling over the price of the day's catch. All around is the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks. It is a pleasant sight to see fishermen pushing their boats into the sea at dusk.

How to reach there:-

Air: Nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport,about 12 km.

Rail:Nearest railway station is Thiruvananthapuram central, about 16 km

Road: Vizhinjam can be reached by direct and regular bus services from Thiruvananthapuram.