Kerala, popularly known as 'God's Own Country', is sandwiched between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea.
The pleasant climate, serene beaches, tranquil stretches of backwaters, lush green hills and exotic wildlife, waterfalls, sprawling plantation,and paddy fields are the major attraction of Kerala.
Alleppey Beach, Varkala Beach, Bekal Beach, Cherai Beach and Kozhikode Beach are the famous beaches to visit in Kerala apart from Kovalam Beach.
Top beaches in Kerala
Bekal Fort Beach is an attractive and charming beach that lies in the Kasaragod district of Kerala. The beach is popular for its backwaters, forts and scenic beauty. The beautiful stretch of the shallow beach has been developed as an exotic beach location by the Bekal Resorts Development Corporation (BRDC). The beach offers an amazing view of the grand Bekal Fort which stands on the shores of the Arabian Sea. Bekal beach became a major holiday destination and one of the most renowned beaches of Kerala.
Varkala is a popular beach town as well as a place for pilgrimage in Kerala. Also known as Papanasam Beach, Varkala Beach is one of the top and beautiful Kerala Beaches and also one of the top tourist places in Kerala. One of the highlights of this beach is the cliffs that are adjacent to the sea and from which mineral water pours out containing important medicinal properties. The beach also offers adventurous sports activities like water skiing and surfing. One can also visit the 2,000 year old Sri Janardhana Swamy Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the nature care center on the beach.
Kozhikode Beach is one of the most popular beaches and the major tourist places in Kerala. Kozhikode Beach is blessed with wonderful scenery and peaceful, refreshing ambiance. The sound of the gushing waves, the mighty Arabian Sea and the clean azure waters, attracts tourists from all around. The old lighthouse and two crumbling piers that run into the sea, adds the beauty of the beach and retain its old world charm. The beach offers common activities like sunbathing, windsurfing, para- sailing, beach walking, fishing, etc.
Cherai Beach with its stunning beauty has become a hugely popular tourist attraction, located on the north-end of the Vypeen Island in Kochi. It is also called as the Golden Beach of Kerala and the Princess of Arabian Sea. The far end of Cherai Beach is lined with Chinese fishing nets which offer a pleasing view. The beach offers various water sports activities like water scooters, speed boats, snorkeling and canoe ride. Cherai Beach is famous among the people in Kochi and the must visit place in Kerala.
Alappuzha Beach, also known as Alleppey Beach is one of the top places to visit in and is one of the top attractions of Kerala. Often referred as 'Venice of East', Alleppey is one of the popular destinations of Kerala Backwaters. The beach of Alleppey is also perfect for various water sports activities such as a motorboat cruise, surfing, diving, para-sailing and swimming in the blue waters of the Arabian Sea.
This beach is also popular for the grand event of Nehru Trophy Boat Race that takes place every year in the month of August.