Kerala, a beautiful coastal state in India so blessed by nature that it is recognised as God’s own country. Mainly popular for its pristine backwaters and serene hill stations, Kerala may not be the top of the line beach destination, but the beaches here certainly contribute to its allure. There are plenty of beaches along the 380 km long coastline of Kerala that are bound to amaze you, but here are the best beaches that you must consider visiting.
This beach is the most popular beach in Kerala. The Kovalam coastline comprises of three beaches, the iconic Lighthouse beach, the Hawah beach, and the Samudra beach, all three together forming the 17 km long famous crescent of the Kovalam beach. All the three beaches offer picturesque landscapes and are dotted by several restaurants and cafes. The lighthouse beach remains fairly crowded and if you wish to find a more secluded spot, head to Hawah or Samudra beaches.
Cherai beach, Kochi
A secluded white sand beach near Kochi, Cherai beach is a thin 10 km long land strip with the Arabian Sea on one side and backwaters on the other. Ideal for swimming, the waves on this beach are mostly calm and you can even sight dolphins here. Off the coast, you will find dense coconut groves and some pocket friendly restaurants as well as resorts.
Varkala Beach, Thiruvananthapuram
Another beach frequented by foreign tourists, Varkala beach is the only beach in Kerala with a stretch of rolling cliffs running through its length. Several cafes, restaurants, and beach shacks that are setup throughout the edge of the cliff provide excellent views of the Arabian Sea. A great place to relax and meditate, the beach is famous among youngsters, hippies, and yoga enthusiasts.
Alappuzha Beach, Alappuzah
If you are in Alappuzah, it’s probably because of a houseboat stay in its pristine backwaters. Apart from the beauty of the backwaters, the beauty of the Alappuzha beach is something you must soak in. An abandoned pier at the beach that is more than 130 years old stays extended into the sea and can work as a great photography prop. The beach is at its liveliest best during festivals that are held here during the months of October- February.
Muzhappilangad drive-in Beach, Kannur
A beach where you can drive? Yes, Kerala’s only and India’s longest drive-in beach, Muzhappilangad Beach is known for all the right reasons. The hard sand along the 4 km long stretch of this curvy beach makes it perfect for driving cars and bikes without any issue. Nominated by BBC as one of the top 6 beaches in the world for driving, this beach is also equally enjoyable off the wheels as it presents a picture perfect landscape and a wonderful sunset.