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Beaches and Backwaters of Kerala - "The God's Own Country"

Updated on May 3, 2017
House boat in Vembanattukayal, Kerala
House boat in Vembanattukayal, Kerala | Source

Famous Beaches and Backwaters of Kerala

The beaches and backwaters of Kerala are famous for their enchanting and captivating beauty. Kerala has a number of very long sandy beaches fringed by coconut palms, which always offer a mild, and cool breeze. The beaches of Kerala have facilities for variety of activities to satisfy all visitors – from swimming to sun set watching.

Kovalam Beach
Kovalam Beach | Source

Beaches of South Kerala, India

Kovalam

It is one of the most famous beaches of Kerala and the largest number of visitors arrive here to enjoy the thrilling sea shores of Kovalam. It offers catamaran rides, sunset watching, cycling on the beach and a variety of other activities. Panchakarma treatment, Ayurvedic health check ups and home stays are the other facilities available here. Kovalam is about 15 km from Thiruvananthapuram international airport.

Shankhumugham

This charming beach lies near to the international airport, Thiruvananthapuram. The beach offers a wide variety of entertainment facilities for the young and the old. An indoor recreation club, a gigantic 35m long sculpture of a mermaid (Matsya kanyka), a restaurant shaped like a starfish are the other attractions here.

Chowara

It is famous for white sand on the beaches and serene and cool atmosphere.

Poovar

It is a fascinating beach which offers a variety of activities for the visitors. It is about 10 km from Thriuvanthapuram airport. The isolated but spectacular beach has many attractions including waterfront stalls with dishes of fresh fish.

Cherai

It is a alluring beach where the sea is at its best always. Fringed by coconut palms, this picturesque beach is a hot spot of picnickers. Dolphins are occasionally spotted here.

Puvar Beach, Kerala

Puvar Beach, Kerala
Puvar Beach, Kerala | Source

Beaches of South Kerala

Papanasham, Varkala

It is a alluring beach where the sea is at its best always. Fringed by coconut palms, this picturesque beach is a hot spot of visitors. It is believed that a dip in the sea at Papanasham offers redemption from sins. The serene backwaters, a 2000 year old Temple, facilities for swimming are the major attractions here. It is situated 45km from Thiruvananthapuram city.

Thirumullavaram

It is a fascinating beach which offers a variety of activities for the visitors. It is about 6 km from Kollam. This isolated but spectacular beach attracts thousands of visitors everyday.

Alappuzha Beach

It is a fascinating beach which offers a variety of activities for the visitors. It is about 4 km from Alappuzha city. The old light house, facility for swimming, and the long stretches of white sands are the major attractions here.

House Boat
House Boat | Source

Beaches of Central Kerala, India

Fort Kochi Beach

It is the well known beach of Kerala and the largest number of visitors reach here to enjoy the thrilling sea shores. It offers a variety of activities including catamaran rides, sunset watching, cycling on the beach. Panchakarma treatment, Ayurvedic health check ups and home stays are the other facilities available here. Chinese fishing nets is also an attractive sight here. It is about 20 km from Ernamkulam.

Natika Beach

It is a spectacular beach with long stretches of white sands . The beach offers excellent swimming facilities, mesmerizing sunset, cool climate and serene atmosphere. A walk through the beach, fringed by coconut palms, in the evening itself is very refreshing and appealing. It is about 25 km from Thrissur.

Payyambalam Beach, Kerala

Payyambalam Beach, Kerala
Payyambalam Beach, Kerala | Source

Beaches of North Kerala, India

Kappad

The beach has a very prominent role in the history of India as well as south Asia. Vasco da Gama landed here on 27 th May 1498. It is also known as Kappakadavu. It is situated 16 km from Kozhikode city.

Kozhikode Beach

It is a fascinating beach which offers a variety of activities for the visitors. It is about 0.5 km from city. The old light house, facility for swimming, very lone stretches of white sands are the major attractions here. This beach is favorite place of sunset viewers.

Beypore

It is a splendid beach which offers a variety of activities for the visitors. The boat building yard here is famous for the construction of the Uru (Arabian trading vessel), which has a tradition of almost 1500 years is the major attraction here. It is situated 10 km from Kozhikode.

Payyoli

It is a enthralling beach which offers a variety of activities for the visitors. The isolated but spectacular beach is a hot spot of picnickers. It is about 40 km from Kozhikode .

Vadakkara

This beach where the Kottakal river merges in to the sea is stunningly beautiful and is a favorite tourist spot. It is situated 50 km from Kozhikode.

Padinjarekkra

This beach is situated in Malappuram and is famous for bird watching and swimming. The view of the confluence of the Bharathapuzha, the Tirur Puzha and the Arabian sea is a wonderful sight to watch.

Payyambalam

This beach is famous for its flat laterite cliffs that just out in to the sea and serene atmosphere. The massive landscaped sculpture of mother and child, the long stretches of white sands make are the major attractions here. It is situated 2km from Kannur.

Meenkunnu Beach, Kerala

Meenkunnu Beach, Kerala
Meenkunnu Beach, Kerala | Source

Kizhunna beach

It is a wonderful beach where the sea is at its best always. Fringed by coconut palms, this picturesque beach is a hot spot of tourists. It is situated 11 km from Kannur .

Meenkunnu

It is a spectacular beach with long stretches of white sands . The beach offers excellent swimming facilities, mesmerizing sunset, cool climate and serene atmosphere. A walk through the beach, fringed by coconut palms, in the evening itself is a very much refreshing and appealing for visitors. It is about 12 km from Kannur.

Muzhappilangad

It is a alluring beach where the sea is at its best always. Fringed by coconut palms, this picturesque beach is a hot spot of travelers. It is situated 11 km from Kannur .

Bekal fort beach

It is a fascinating beach also known as Pallikere Beach which offers a variety of activities for the visitors. The scenic seaside offers a spectacular view of the historic fort. Facility for swimming, very long stretches of white sands are other the major attractions here. This beach is favorite place of sunset viewers. It is situated Kasaragod district.

Nehru Trophy Boat Race

Nehru Trophy Boat Race
Nehru Trophy Boat Race | Source

Backwaters of Kerala, India

Backwaters are meandering inland lakes and lagoons networked by canals lying parallel to sea coast. The prominent picturesque backwater stretches of Kerala are Alappuzha, Kumarakom, Kochi, Kollam, and Thiruvallam. A backwater cruise between Kollam and Alappuzha is the longest in Kerala which takes nearly eight hours. The splendid Snake Boat races are held during festive months of August and September attracting thousands of people from India and abroad. Some of the world renowned boat races are Aranmula Vallamkali (boat race ), Champakulam Boat Race, Nehru Trophy Boat Race, and Payippad Boat Race. The enchanting and mesmerizing Houseboat ride in the backwaters of Kerala is a major tourist attraction.

Aranmula Boat Race, Kerala, India

Aranmula Boat Race, Kerala, India
Aranmula Boat Race, Kerala, India | Source

Backwaters of Kerala, India

Backwaters are meandering inland lakes and lagoons networked by canals lying parallel to sea coast. The prominent picturesque backwater stretches of Kerala are Alappuzha, Kumarakom, Kochi, Kollam, and Thiruvallam. A backwater cruise between Kollam and Alappuzha is the longest in Kerala which takes nearly eight hours. The splendid Snake Boat races are held during festive months of August and September attracting thousands of people from India and abroad. Some of the world renowned boat races are Aranmula Vallamkali (boat race ), Champakulam Boat Race, Nehru Trophy Boat Race, and Payippad Boat Race. The enchanting and mesmerizing Houseboat ride in the backwaters of Kerala is a major tourist attraction.

Thiruvallam

It is a calm and enchanting backwater stretch. The main attractions of here are canoe rides, kayaking and cruises in traditional houseboats. It is situated about 10 km from Thiruvananthapuram.

Kappil

Kappil is alluring backwater stretch where the sea and river meet. Water sports facilities and boating are available. It is about 50 km from Thiruvananthapuram.

Alappuzha

Alappuzha is one of the most well known backwater stretch in India. The net work of lagoons, lakes and fresh water rivers, house boat ride, snake boat races, enchanting boating, fishing are the major attractions here.

Kollam

Kollam also offers the all the splendors of backwaters. The alluring boat ride in the backwaters and lakes of Kollam is cherishing experience for a life time for the visitors. The eight-hour trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is one of the longest backwater ride in the world.

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    JR Krishna 

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    Kerala is blessed with fresh waters, greenery and beaches. You have portrayed the beauty of coastal Kerala in this hub

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