Top 7 Beaches In Kerala

Varkala Beach

Kerala known for its spick and span landscape with mind pleasing natural attractions has many pretty beaches to add to its beauty. You can find all types of beaches such as white sand beaches, secluded beaches, laid back beaches and party beaches in this land of beauty that can make your holidays enjoyable. This article talks about the top 7 beaches in Kerala that every beach lover must visit.

1. Kovalam Beach

Kovalam BeachPhoto by bjoern, CC BY 2.0

Kovalam, the most admired beach in Kerala, is located 16 km from Thiruvananthapuram. This beach includes 3 coves – Hawah Beach, Lighthouse Beach and Samudra Beach. The most popular one that attracts many tourists every year is the Lighthouse Beach. If you are looking for a peaceful and quiet experience, then Samudra Beach makes a great option. For a sunbathing experience as seen in Hawaii, the Hawah Beach is a good option.

The Kovalam beach is a blend of more relaxed environment with laid back outlook, glittering ocean, swaying palm trees and golden crescent shaped sands. The best time to visit this beach is from November to March.

2. Varkala Beach

Varkala BeachPhoto by Saad Faruque, CC BY-SA 2.0

Varkala, one of the most photographed beaches in Kerala, is situated about 50 km from Thiruvananthapuram. This beach with its rocky coastline & cliffs attracts tourists with 2000-year-old Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple, seaside resort & spa, and nature care centre.

Varkala is also known as Papanasham beach. It is a great beach to enjoy the breeze, and to experience the most beautiful sunset in Kerala.

3. Kappad Beach

Kappad BeachPhoto by Dijaraj Nair, CC BY-SA 2.0

Kappad is the most historic beach in Kerala. You can reach Kappad by travelling a distance of 16 km from Kozhikode. A lighthouse, a couple of very old piers, and a huge rock mounted with an 800-year-old temple are the attractions in this beach.

The Kappad beach which is partially rocky and partially smooth is full of divine natural beauty and historical significance. This beach is a historical landmark where the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama landed during his first voyage to discover new lands. This popular tourist destination is a striking place to watch stunning sunsets.

4. Payyambalam Beach

Payyambalam Beach

Sunset at Payyambalam Beach

Photo by manu sankerms, CC BY-SA 2.0

Payyambalam, one of the most attractive and calm beaches of Kerala, is situated 2 km from Kannur town. A well-structured garden and a huge sculpture portraying mother & child are sure to get your attraction when you visit this beach.

Payyambalam is one of the longest beaches in northern Kerala. This laid back beach with a beautiful stretch of sand is a famous picnic spot for people around Kannur.

5. Bekal Beach

Bekal BeachPhoto by pravin8, CC BY-ND 2.0

Bekal, a really long and clean beach, is located 16 kms south of Kasaragod town and 60 kms north of Kannur. The beach is popular for the largest and best preserved Bekel fort adjacent to it. The beach also has a park, a zoo and a kids play area nearby. Splashy waves and incredible views of sunset are the things which attract the visitors of this beach.

Bekel is an exquisite beach surrounded with palm trees. You can experience a great view of the Bekal Fort from this beach.

6. Marari Beach

Marari BeachPhoto by nborun, CC BY 2.0

Marari, a quiet and undeveloped beach, is located near Alleppey, between Cochin and Alleppey. Marari Beach Resort, Ayurveda treatments and yoga classes are big attractions at this beach.

Marari beach looks attractive with white sandy sea shore and coconut trees. It is a great place to spend your vacation with memorable experience. It is ideal for those who want to explore the Alleppey backwaters for enjoying houseboat trip or day cruise.

7. Muzhappilangad Drive-In Beach

Muzhappilangad Drive In BeachPhoto by Goutham Mohandas, CC BY-SA 3.0

Muzhappilangad Beach, the only drive-in beach in Kerala, is located between Kannur and Thalassery. This largest drive-in beach in Asia has an attractive sea shore with hard sand suitable for driving a car/ bike or for learning car-driving. This long and wide beach is protected with black rocks, and has a private island called Dharmadam Island.

Muzhappilangad Beach is parallel to the National Highway between Kannur and Thalassery, and curves along a wide area. This is a must-see tourist destination beach with firm sand and is ideal for enjoying power boating, water sports, catamaran ride and adventure sports like microlite flights.

Each beach in Kerala is unique. Most of the beaches are perfect vacation spots to enjoy with your family or friends and experience the beauty of Kerala, the God’s own country. If you are a beach lover, I am sure you will adore the beautiful beaches in Kerala.