When visitors first discovered the beauty of this virginal tract of seaside - a small fishing village 13km from Trivandrum - the locals must have felt pretty miffed. But the lure of commercial enterprise caught on as the influx of foreign tourists changed the scene on the golden sands. Kovalam today is rated as one of the hundred places not to be missed in a lifetime. Beachside fun, Ayurvedic massages and fishing are popular pastimes here.
Beaches in Kerala
Kerala has always been known for its immaculate landscape of blue and green with a 590 km coastline. This pristine state in southwest India promises travellers an unforgettable seaside sojourn. Although there are numerous beaches in Kerala there are only a few with good infra structure. We bring you a roundup of some of the prettiest beaches in Kerala to visit and resorts to stay at during a holiday to Kerala.
Beaches in Kerala..
Kerela has a long coast line dotted with some of the finest beaches of the world, coconut groves, lagoons and sheltered coves. One of the beaches in Kerala, Kovalam has been rated as one of the 100 places not to be missed in a lifetime by National Geographic. There are numerous other beaches in Kerala, we have tried to list the more frequented beaches in this page to start with.
Probably the most historic beach in Kerala, Kappad is where Vasco da Gama moored his ships in 1498. Approach to the beach is particularly striking, as you have to make your way through the backwaters of Kohzikhode.
Located 11km from Alappuzha, Marari is reputed for its stunning ecology. At Marari, unlike other popular beaches in Kerala, you can catch a glimpse of typical Kerala village life.
The contrast between the cliffs, sand and sea makes Varkala Beach or Papanasam Beach, a striking sight. it is believed that bathing here will wash away all of one's sins. With numerous hotels and resorts Varkala is a popular beach destination in Kerala.