Beaches in Kerala
Kovalam Beach – Kovalam is one among the most popular beach hangouts in India. The extended grove of coconut trees with the secluded palm fringed bays promises its visitors a tranquil and relaxing stay. The illimitable blue waters and miles of white sand make this shoreline a real ecstasy to beach and water enthusiasts – the three successive crescent beaches that make up Kovalam include, the Lighthouse Beach, noted for the 35 meter towering ancient light house, the middle beach called Hawah, named thus as Euopean women used to enjoy bathing here, and the northern most beach, Samudra, where the local fishermen pursue their trade. Kovalam offers the most excellent of facilities to its visitors like sunbathing, swimming, ayurvedic massages and more So get your energy levels recharged; feel refreshed, at the impressive coastal line of Kovalam.
Kovalam is a very famous beach resort all over the world. Since 1930’s the international tourists, especially the Europeans, frequent the Kovalam Beach. Kovalam along with the crescent-shaped beaches bordered by coconut and palm trees makes for a splendid setting for a sun and sea bathing. The Lighthouse Beach is the southern most beaches and is popular among the tourists who spend most of their time at this beach.
Kovalam, 10 km from the capital city Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) comprises of three small crescent beaches adjacent to each other, namely, the Lighthouse Beach, Hawa Beach and Samudra Beach. The Lighthouse Beach, the southern most beach is the place where most of the visitors spend their time. Overlooking the rocky headland is the Hawa Beach. It is the middle beach and a base for local fishers each morning. The Samudra Beach is the last beach, is least affected by the changing times. A few simple wooden fishing vessels line the beach.
There is no dearth of beach activities at Kovalam Beach. Water sports at Kovalam beach include swimming, catamaran ride, kayaking, parasailing, surfing and windsurfing. If you are interested in just relaxing, you can enjoy the sunbathe on the golden sands of the beaches and get a lovely tan. An Ayurvedic massage will help take away all your stresses and tensions. The seaside stalls sell souvenirs and trinkets. There are several seaside restaurants and stalls preparing fresh and delicious seafood all along the edge of Kovalam Beach.
This stunning beach, located at a distance of 54 Km north of Thiruvananthapuram, is an ideal holiday destination frequented by foreigners. It offers a serene atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Varkala Beach is renowned for its exceptional landscape formed by the high rocky cliff, ending abruptly and a stretch of clear sand extending down to the sea. This contrast makes Varkala Beach a marvelous sight.
Varkala beach is also called ‘Papanashini’, since a dip in the holy waters of the beach is believed to cleanse one’s body and soul of all the worldly sins. The other tourist attractions, close to the beach are the Janardana Swamy Temple (a 2000 year old shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu) and the Nature Centre.
Once at Varkala Beach, you will never get bores, as there are lots of tourist attractions. The mineral water springs near Varkala Beach is considered to have medicinal properties. Many people come here to drink and bathe in the mineral water of the springs. The Varkala Beach is also famous as the Papanasam Beach among the tourists as there is a general belief that bathing here washes all the sins away. The Sree Janardhana Swami Temple dedicated to Ayyapan and Hanuman at Varkala is 800 years old. According to the new moon day in the month of Karkidakam, according to Malayalam calendar is considered auspicious. People also come to Varkala to pay Vayu Bali in memory of their relatives who have left this world.
You can swim in the cool waters of the sea or sun bathe to acquire a tan. There is a Nature Cure Center located near Varkala Beach. You can follow the Nature Cure regime to relax and rejuvenate your body.
Cherai Beach located near Vypeen Islands is a swimmers paradise. The sea on the western side and the backwaters on the east, gives the beach a very unusual touch. This place is also blessed with thick and dense coconut groves and some captivating Chinese fishing nets. Cherai beach, however, stands exceptional for its cleanliness. The extended shoreline of about 10 km in length, along with recently beautified main beach area and the attractive walkway decked with high mask lamps, is incredibly pleasing to eyes.
The 10 kilometer long Cherai Beach is the best golden beach of Kerala and is rightly called “The Princess of the Arabian sea”. One should really feel the warmth of the golden rays of sunset. Dolphins are occasionally seen here.
The beach is shallow, calm and is ideal for swimming & sunbathing. Enjoy a game of beach volley ball & take a dip in the sea. We are providing all beach amenities like beach benches, towels, umbrellas etc. for your comfort.
The newly beautified main beach with the walkway adds to the charm and the Highmast lamp makes the beach enjoyable even at night.
Kozhikode, one of the scenic towns of north Kerala, was the capital of Zamorins and has been a prominent trade and commercial centre from the times of yore. This beautiful and spic and span looking beach at Kozhikode is the much preferred haunt of sunset lovers. The beach holds a light house and two sea piers that are almost 125 years old. The Lion’s club and the Children’s park are the other attractions in the beach.