If you are searching for tranquil places covered with greenery and by the sea, Kerala could well be your next destination. The state, situated on the western edge of India verging on the great Indian peninsula, has a long coastline along the Arabian Sea. It is known for the tranquil family beaches dotted with palm trees, charming backwaters, tranquil canals and mountain slopes with brisk cultivation of coffee, tea, and spice and wildlife.
The beaches in Kerala radiate a unique appeal as the shoreline of Kerala is encased by the gorgeous Western Ghats. These beaches are all the more alluring because of a lack of footfall of tourists in some of them. Many of them are comparatively virgin and pristine. If living by the sea or spending a day amidst nature is in your scheme of things, you should not give a miss to Kerala beaches and sunset points. You can not only escape the daily grind of city life but also beat the crowd and enjoy a great vacation with your friends or family in solitude.
Located near Trivandrum town, Kovalam is the most popular among family beaches in Kerala. It is also the most developed beach in the state. Often compared to Goa’s famed Calangute beach, Kovalam has three beaches in total separated by rocky terrain. The two main beaches here are Eve’s Beach and Lighthouse Beach. Lighthouse Beach is the bigger of the two. It is also the most crowded and developed beach with open-air restaurants and paved pathway for visitors. Surfing is one of the most popular fun activities at Kovalam Beach. If you are looking for a secluded and pristine beach, there is the Samudra Beach, the third and the most recluse part of Kovalam.
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If you are looking for a beach where you can spend an entire day looking at the azure blue sky and the deep blue sea, there is Varkala beach for you in the Trivandrum municipality area of Kerala. The mystical combination of the arch-shaped beach and the tranquil cliffs by the sea is an excellent draw for tourists all over the country as well as the world. There are a lot of fun activities to do here too. You can take a boat ride on Lake Kappil, lying at a distance of about 8km from Varkala Beach. You can also visit Ponnumthuruthu Island, a tranquil and uninhabited island located within the backwaters of Anjengo. There are some restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, and juice huts that can help you munch and sip away while experiencing some beautiful moments on the beach. Or, you can check out the sunset points for an amazing end to the day.
Marari Beach, in Alappuzha District of Kerala, is a perfect location for spending your vacation with family. The golden sand and coconut palm trees on the beach beckon weary travellers hounded by city life and seeking to spend some peaceful time by the sea and amidst nature. Bordered by the peaceful Mararikulum village, the sight and sound of this beach can perk up your senses. It can rejuvenate your mind and body.
There are plenty of opportunities here for sightseeing and fun activities. You can enjoy adventure sports like parasailing, sea surfing, deep sea fishing, water skiing, etc. If adventure is not your forte, watch the Snake Boat Races held here during the month of August. You can also take a trip in areas a little off the beach such as Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, traditional coir-making cottage units, backwaters and more.
Kannur, a small town in northern Kerala, is home to this beautiful, pristine and secluded beach with ample natural treasures. Apart from enjoying the pristine beauty, you can do a lot here. The beach offers a lot of opportunity for sightseeing which includes historical monuments, religious places, and backwaters, mysterious Theyyam rituals performed by the locals, handloom weaving and more. If you want to witness the Theyyam ritual, you need to come here between October and May. Apart from the beach, you can visit the Bekal Fort, Arakkal Museum, Thalassery Fort, Madayi Para, Kannur Fort, etc. There are a lot of temples too.
Situated in extreme north end of Kerala in Kasaragod, the Bekal Beach is popular for its dilapidated forts, backwaters, and natural scenery. The unparalleled charm of the beach in combination with various sightseeing opportunities makes this one of the most attractive family beaches in Kerala. The deep blue sea, the sun, the rocky and jagged terrain bordering the beach, the sand, and the swaying palm trees make for a great combination for your eyes. It is not just the beach and the sea, but also the landscape beyond the beach that makes it an enigmatic destination for tourists. A visit to this pristine and clean beach can rejuvenate your senses. The old and dilapidated fort on the beach, one of the largest in Kerala, is also a place to experience and enjoy.
Located 30km off Ernakulum and lying on a side of the Vypeen Island, is the Cherai Beach. It is one beach in Kerala where you can satiate your craving for swimming in the sea and also enjoy an enchanting view of the vast expanse of blue water touching the horizon and a landscape dotted with paddy fields and green coconut groves. It is a 10km long beach bordered at places with Chinese fishing nets. The vast rice fields and the coconut trees on and around the beach look picture perfect.
A portion of the beach has been given a touch of modernity that includes construction of a new pathway along the beach for visitors. There is also a lagoon adjacent to the beach. The sight of the beach and the lagoon together is a sumptuous feast for the eyes of visitors. You can also enjoy the backwaters here.
The Kappad beach in Kozhikode is as scenically appealing as it is historically significant. There is indeed a significant piece of history attached to this beach. Vasco Da Gama, the noted explorer had landed on the shores of India on this beach. The town was known as Calicut at that time, but now is it known as Kozhikode. It is a serene beach punctuated by rocky hillocks and few adjacent places for sightseeing. Janaki Forest and Thusharagiri Falls are some of the places for sightseeing around this beach.
The Alappuzha or Alleppy Beach in Kerala is one of the most popular beaches. It is also one of the most beautiful beaches in Kerala where sunset points abound. Alappuzha is also known as Venice of the East, and it has played an important role in the maritime history of Kerala. The land of Alappuzha is tucked in the midst of a network of rivers flowing into the Arabian Sea. This typical geographical location has bestowed it with a number of backwaters. Tourists to this beach relax in the midst of tempting natural beauty. The network of freshwater rivers, lagoons and meandering lakes makes this an eye-catching destination for beachgoers and nature lovers.
You can take a boat ride on these rivers, enjoy a show of Kathakali or take part in heart pumping canoeing or kayaking while enjoying the beauty of the beach and the sea. There are a number of adventurous and fun activities on this beach too. You can try boating while your kids can enjoy the adjacent children’s park. The beach is also a popular picnic spot for locals as well as outsiders who come here with families. In the adjacent Vijaya Beach Park, there is ample opportunity for amusement activities too. The ancient pier on this beach is a popular spot for tourists as well as locals. The backwaters of the region offer ample opportunity to beachgoers to enjoy the hospitality of houseboats. It is a perfect destination for couples and newlyweds who are looking for family beaches with alluring beauty.
In the south of Kovalam Beach, there lies a serene beach which is famous for its Ayurveda centres. If exploring something extra is on your mind, the Somatheeram Beach can be the perfect beach for you. While the big waves splashing against the shores and receding with multiple surfs is a sight to behold, the Ayurvedic treatments in the adjacent spas are there to calm your senses and rejuvenate your mind and body. It is more like a tropical garden than a beach. The opportunity to enjoy the serene beauty of the sea and its surroundings while taking a nice sea bath is an excellent opportunity that is not offered by many family beaches.
It is a part of the long sandy stretch South of Kovalam. A climb up the hillocks running along the clean beach is one of the irresistible fun activities on this beach. The pleasant sea breeze enjoyed from atop the hillocks is simply enchanting. The splendid view of the vast expanse of deep blue sea on one side and the statue of Jesus Christ on the other make a climb to the top of the hillocks worth the pain.
If you are not swimming, strolling along the beach or enjoying the beauty from the rocky hills, you can relax under the beach umbrellas. There are a number of beach umbrellas available for hire. You can also engage in some beach fishing here.
Nonetheless, the most significant and popular aspect of Somatheeram Beach is its Ayurvedic spas. If the daily grind of your urban life has resulted in aches and pains, you can try to address them in this scenic locale. People also take to the spas for resolving their chronic problems. There are many units here who carry out rejuvenating massages with herbal ingredients.
Located in the Kozhikode district of Kerala, the Payyoli Beach is counted among the quietest and desolate family beaches of Kerala. It is also the birthplace of P. T. Usha, the former sprint queen of India.
It is a serene beach where nature flows in its own rhythm. While the swinging palm trees epitomise the quintessential beachside beauty of Kerala, the golden sand, the bevy of turtles, and the shallow waters on the beach showcase the unique appeal of Payyoli Beach. The sight of baby turtles making their way to the sea can transport you to a different world altogether. Indeed, this beach is known for breeding turtles, and that makes it unique among all the family beaches in Kerala.
Thikkodi Lighthouse is a popular spot for sightseeing from this beach. There is also a charming sandbank located at the estuary of Mpprad River. If you are lucky, you can also watch a number of migratory birds here.
Here you can engage in a number of fun activities too. You can swim with elan and also engaged in water sports.
A visit to Kerala is incomplete without visiting its pristine and scenic family beaches. In fact, a visit to just some of these beaches can fulfil your desire of experiencing beaches in their wholesome beauty. The combination of deep blue sea, hillocks, turtles, lighthouses, pristine landscape, backwaters, and lagoons is extremely alluring and soothing. You can also engage in fun activities like swimming, climbing the hillocks, trekking to nearby villages, visit ancient forts, walk along the footprints of Vasco Da Gama and go fishing. Just remember to book your stay and flights in advance, so that you get the best deals and can beat the rush.
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