10 Best Beaches in Kerala

By Anit Jyothi George
Updated On May 06, 2019

Best Beaches in Kerala

Kerala, known as God's Own Country, is bestowed with some of the best tourist destinations in India. Backwaters, coconut groves, elephants, breathtaking landscapes, waterfall, and pristine beaches make the coastal state one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the country.

Recently, Kerala Tourism was recommended by CNN Travel in its 19 best places to visit in 2019.

With an impressive stretch of 590 kilometers of coastline, Kerala is adorned by a plethora of beaches, along with its pristine backwaters. The state's coastline on the Arabian Sea alone pulls in large crowds to enjoy the unique beauty of the shores.

The beaches in Kerala have got plenty of fun things to offer other than sand and sea. If you want to explore that tranquility of a beach vacation, then head to Kerala. Here are the 10 best beaches in Kerala.

1. Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach

Best Beaches in Kerala - Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach

Being the only drive-in beach in Kerala which stretches for 4 kilometers, Muzhappilangad beach is located parallel to NH 66 (formerly NH 17) between Kannur and Thalassery. This largest drive-in beach in Kerala brings a large number of local and foreign crowd. Driving on the shores of Muzhappilangad is one of the most exciting activities one can pursue here. The tourists will get a beautiful view of Malabar Coast while munching authentic Malabar cuisine. The beach is the swimmers' paradise as it is bordered by black rocks which protect the beach from stronger currents.

Nearest Major Railway Stations: Kannur, Thalassery
Nearest Airport: Kannur International Airport
Nearest Bus Stations: Thalassery, Kannur

2. Kovalam Beach

Best Beaches in Kerala - Kovalam Beach

Kovalam, the most beautiful tourist spot in Kerala, is the heaven of serenity and tranquility. Located around 16 kilometers away from the state capital Thiruvananthapuram, Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach destination with three adjacent crescent beaches. Kovalam beach, known for sunbathing, offers many leisure options including herbal body toning massages, adventure sports, catamaran rides, cultural programmes and more.

Nearest Railway Station: Trivandrum Central
Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport
Nearest Bus Station: Kovalam

3. Varkala Beach (Papanasam Beach)

Best Beaches in Kerala - Varkala Beach

Varkala, one of the most important tourist destinations, is a calm and quiet hamlet located in Thiruvananthapuram. The municipality cum coastal town has got several attractions including the beach, which is located around 10 kilometers from Varkala. Unlike other beaches in Kerala, Varkala Beach is believed to purge all sins, hence called the Papanasam Beach. The sublime beauty of the beach can be well experienced with its brown sand, crystal blue waters and cliffs that give a unique view of the coastline.

Nearest Railway Station: Varkala Sivagiri
Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport
Nearest Major Bus Stations: Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam

4. Kollam Beach

Best Beaches in Kerala - Kollam Beach

Blessed with the beautiful coastline, the pristine Kollam Beach attracts huge tourists flocks all through the year. The beach is located around 70 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram, offering the tourists a complete package of fun activities. The panoramic view of the Arabian Sea, Chinese fishing nets, traditional boats, mesmerizing backwaters are some of the other attractions. One can also visit the most-visited Ashtamudi Lake in Kollam, the best getaway to Kerala backwaters.

Nearest Railway Station: Kollam Junction
Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport
Nearest Bus Station: Kollam

5. Bekal Beach

Best Beaches in Kerala - Bekal Beach

Bekal is a small town in the northernmost district of Kasaragod in Kerala. Bekal beach is known for its unusual natural beauty, which strengthens the pride of Malabar coastline. Known for its backwaters, fort, and other scenic attractions, Bekal Beach and fort are the most popular shooting locations. The Bekal tourists experience traditional Keralite hospitality with unparalleled charm. The beach gets an evergreen look thanks to the palm trees along the ridges of Bekal beach. All these give an everlasting impression for the visitors.

Nearest Railway Station: Kasaragod, Kanhangad
Nearest Airports: Mangalore Airport, Kannur International Airport
Nearest Bus Station: Kasaragod, Kanhangad

6. Alappuzha Beach

Best Beaches in Kerala - Alappuzha Beach

Often termed as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha (Alleppey) is one of the most exotic tourist destinations in India. The beaches, palm groves, lighthouse, backwaters, boat races, coir industry, and other marine products - Alappuzha has got everything to allure the visitors. Alappuzha beach is the major picnic spot where the traveler finds almost everything that delights his/her eyes and soul. The tourists can indulge in a number of activities at the beach including water sports, camel rides and more.

Nearest Railway Station: Alappuzha
Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport
Nearest Bus Station: Alappuzha

7. Payyambalam Beach

Best Beaches in Kerala - Payyambalam Beach

A major picnic spot in Kannur, Payyambalam beach is an impeccably beautiful place decked with golden sands and clear water waves. The beach allows visitors to relax in an absolute tranquil atmosphere. Located just 2 kilometers away from Kannur town, the long stretch of the beach is frilled with coconut palms. The cool breeze and green vegetation at Payyambalam beach will surely rejuvenate each soul. One of the major attractions of the beach is the sculpture of a mother and child, by the famous sculptor, Kanayi Kunjiraman. One can also see the monuments to commemorate the lives of the legendary leaders who belonged to Kannur.

Nearest Railway Station: Kannur
Nearest Airport: Kannur International Airport
Nearest Bus Station: Kannur

8. Shankumugham Beach

Best Beaches in Kerala - Shankumugham Beach

Shankumugham Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the city, located 8 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram, but in close proximity to the airport. Everyone who visits the beach loves and admires the panoramic view of the Sunset in the Arabian Sea. Another prime attraction of the beach is the sculptor of Jalakanyaka (mermaid) by Kanayi Kunjiraman. Its amazing architectural beauty catches the attention of the tourists. The serene atmosphere and the long stretches of white sand make the beach an ideal place for a relaxed evening.

Nearest Railway Station: Thiruvananthapuram Central, Kochuveli
Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport
Nearest Bus Station: Thiruvananthapuram Central

9. Kappad Beach

Best Beaches in Kerala - Kappad Beach

Locally called as Kappakadavu, the historically-significant Kappad Beach is located at a distance of 19 kilometers from Kozhikode city. The beach is the place where the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama first landed onto Kerala in 1498 to mark the beginning of the socio-political relationship between India and Europe. There's a monument erected on the beach to commemorate this historic event. The beach stretches from the north of Kozhikode along the Kannur road. Nestled away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the legendary location is surrounded by rocks that protrude into the sea. The tranquil and serene atmosphere make Kappad beach a majestic destination. 

Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode
Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport
Nearest Major Bus Station: Kozhikode

10. Cherai Beach 

Best Beaches in Kerala - Cherai Beach 

The panoramic Cherai Beach, located at the northern end of Vypin Island, is a leisure destination to relax and rejuvenate oneself with the splendour of nature. The beach makes the best fun-day getaway from Cochin, located just 35 kilometers away. Tourists visiting Cherai beach can see the alluring beauty of backwaters merging with the mighty Arabian Sea. The shallow depth of seawater is ideal for swimming, water sports, and other fun-filled beach activities. This picturesque beach is undoubtedly a safe place for its visitors. 

Nearest Major Railway Station: Ernakulam North
Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport
Nearest Major Bus Station: Ernakulam KSRTC

[Image Courtesy: keralatourism.org, Flickr, Pexels]

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