Kerala boasts of some of the most pristine and stunning beaches anywhere in India. Spread along 370 miles of palm fringed coastline by the Arabian Sea, the topography along the coast is as distinctive as it is varied as one proceeds from North to the South. What remains consistent are the miles of soothing palms that make each of these beaches a haven for travellers.
The coastline is also inextricably entwined with the history, culture and traditions of the State. Memories of early seafarers and traders have faded but many historical landmarks have survived and form the backdrop of some of these beaches today. To this add a delectable seafood cuisine, a smiling sun and friendly people to make an unforgettable holiday.
Each year greater numbers of visitors arrive here in search of the tranquil, palm fringed beaches. Palm lined beaches, pristine waters, waterfront resorts, restaurants and water activities are just some of the reasons people flock to Kerala’s golden beaches.
With twenty-one beaches lining the coast, you have plenty of choice and are able to choose the beach that best suits your purpose. Whether you are looking for a relaxing sun-soaked spot upon a quiet beach or a lively time on a surf board in the gleaming waters, Kerala beaches have it all.
Whilst most of the popular beaches like Kovalam and Varkala are located in the South, there are as yet undiscovered beach locations as you travel further North along the coast. These include the quaint like Neeleshwar Beach set between the sea and the backwaters, the serene Marari beach located in a sleepy fishermen’s village and the Bekal beach which is set against the background of a historical fort.
Many of the beaches at Kerala were rediscovered by back-packers in the 1960s. That started the transformation of this casual fishing village into a popular tourist destination that began attracting travelers from across the world. Kovalam and Marari offer some of the finest beach stays. Located 10 miles from the state capital of Thiruvanthapuram, Kovalam has three crescent shaped beaches separated by rocky outcrops. The largest of the beaches is called the 'Light House Beach' after the 115 ft high lighthouse which towers over the Kurumkal hillock.
The second largest beach is called 'Hawah' and is named after the European women who used to frequent this area to sunbathe. The northern part of the beach is known as Samudra beach. The shallow waters here are ideal for swimming and the beaches have steep palm covered headlands which are lined with beach shacks that offer many varieties of food.
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