15 Most prominent beaches of Kerala

Kerala is known as God’s own country and justifiably so. In addition to pristine backwaters and natural diversity, it has some of the best beaches along the western coast of India, some wonderful hill station like Wayanad and Munnar of the Nilgiris and a treasure trove of wildlife sanctuaries such as Periyar. The famous backwaters are the main attraction of Kerala, and a cruise on the houseboats are an unmissable attraction. The backwaters are serene water streams connecting the sea with beautiful lakes. The beaches however are some of the most pleasant and clean beaches of India which are worth exploring for all their glory! The following are some of the most important beach destinations of the state:

1. Varkala

Varkala is a rocky beach in Kerala. The Varkala cliffs are very famous and are perfect for trekking to the shore. Apart from the natural beauty of the place, there are other attractions in Varkala such as the Janardana Swami Temple which is more 2000 years old and the Sivagiri Mutt, which is a mausoleum to a religious leader located on top of a hill. The Papanasam beach is located very close to Varkala Beach. It is said that the water here is holy and washes away all sins. The Ponnumthuruthu island is also located close by and is very picturesque. One can enjoy paragliding over the beach here. For tourists, Varkala is also a great shopping and dining experience. The place is located about 40 km from the state capital city of Trivandrum. The nearest airport is Trivandrum and Varkala is connected to the major cities in India by railway.

2. Kovalam

Kovalam is a picturesque beach by the Arabian Sea. It is located in Thiruvananthapuram and very close to the centre of the city. The beach is a crescent shaped one cut into three parts by rocky outcrops. Kovalam translates to a grove of coconut trees and it is named so because the whole beach is lined with coconut trees. There are actually three beaches in Kovalam and these three beaches are the Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach and Samudra Beach. The Lighthouse beach has a lighthouse built of red and white stones