Kerala is not only the land of coconuts, but also the land of the most picturesque beaches in the country. Each beach has its own vibe, its own character and something unique to offer every traveller. Here’s a quick list of a few beaches from the coastal paradise of Kerala that are a must-visit for every beach bum:
- Alleppey Beach
Alleppey Beach is a part of the coastal town of Alleppey which is also known as Alappuzha. After sailing through the backwaters of Alleppey and feeling completely relaxed, you can visit the lazy confines of Alleppey Beach.
This is a popular hangout spot of the locals that visit the beach to play cricket, soak in the sun, dip in the waves and munch on some fish delicacies. The beach bears the remains of an old, rusty peer that opens into the sea water.
You can get a bird’s-eye view of the whole beach from a nearby lighthouse, but make sure that you reach the Alleppey Lighthouse before dusk as it closes early.
- Kovalam Beach
Kovalam Beach is a part of the little beach town of Kovalam not very far away from Trivandrum. It is a short ride from the main city area of Trivandrum with lots of buses plying their way to the spot.
The main beach is made of three small beaches: Lighthouse Beach, Hawa Beach and Samudra Beach. All of these are connected to each other much like the beaches of Goa. Lighthouse Beach houses the Kovalam Lighthouse in the tradition of all Kerala beaches. It’s a massive tower that overlooks the coastline. Similar to Alleppey Lighthouse, a panoramic view of the entire beach stretch can be seen from the Kovalam one. You have to make sure that you land there before late afternoon as even this lighthouse closes early.
Lighthouse Beach also has a string of cafés and outdoor eating areas where travellers can feast on delicious food while their eyes feast on the awe-inspiring view of the beach. Hawa Beach is connected to Lighthouse Beach and includes water sports and other daredevil sea bound activities. The crowd at these two beaches is a mix of Indian and foreign tourists that have come to the shore to enjoy the comeliness that Kovalam has to offer.
By far the best beach of Kerala, Varkala can give any Goan beach a run for its money. It is full of pristine water, speckled sand and a lazy, hippie vibe. It is not very far from the city of Trivandrum and one can reach Varkala by private cabs or local buses.
You can go for a quick dip in the waters and return to laze on the beach, and forget all else. You can even test the waters on a surfboard during season time as there are many surf schools that offer crash courses at Varkala Beach, or simply hire a surfboard and ride the waves on your own.
The crowd is mostly foreigners with a bevy full of beach beauties and surfer hunks enjoying Varkala to the fullest. Varkala Beach is also the only beach in the south to have cliffs near the coastline. A string of hippie cafés and eateries are located on the cliff top with each commanding a beautiful, aerial view of the beach below.