Thousands of tourists visit Kerala because it has the most diverse varieties of beaches anywhere in the world. Kerala Beaches are spread along the 900 km Arabian Sea coastline. The coasts of Kerala have their own seafood cuisine, relaxing spas, water sports and safe places to stay for a refreshing holiday. Kerela has long shoreline with some of the finest, most charming beaches, coconut groves, natural harbors and lagoons. The hospitality of the people adds to the charm of the beautiful surrounding.
Kovalam consists of three adjacent crescent beaches separated by rocky outcroppings. The southernmost known as 'lighthouse beach', is the most popular and largest among three. Many hotels, restaurants, lodges and shops are located here. It is frequented by outsiders who stay and enjoy Kovalam. The second largest one is Hawah Beach where sun-bathing is a pleasure is nearby. The Northern most crescent is crowded on the weekends, is very popular with the locals, day-travellers, and passing-by tourist buses Kovalam is becoming a new notable place in the light of several ayurvedic resorts, and recuperation and regeneration centers which offers a wide variety of ayurvedic treatments for tourists. Kovalam offers a variety of activities including snorkelling, catamaran rides, sunset viewing cycling on the beach etc. Kovalam offers good accommodation facilities. Kovalam is most popular in Kerala Beaches
The crescent shaped beach is considered to be very sacred, as it is believed that one is absolved of his sin by taking a bath in the sea water here. This is the only place in southern Kerala where we can find cliffs adjacent to the Arabian sea. The red laterite cliffs along the beach enhances the beauty of the beach. There are numerous water spouts and spas on the sides of these cliffs.
Other important places to visit are Sivagiri Mutt, the final resting place of Sree Narayana Guru, one of the most illustrious spiritual leader and social reformer and Janardhana Swami Temple- The ancient shrine believed to be over 2000 years old is one of the holiest temples of Lord Vishnu
This is a new-generation tourist hot-spot very near to North Paravur town with golden beaches, coconut groves and backwaters. This beautiful, very quiet beach bordering Vypeen island is ideal for swimming. The maritime friend of humans, the Dolphins can occasionally be sighted. Cherai is famous for sea food and coconut toddy. The sea on the western side and the backwaters on the east give a uniqueness here which can be found only in Kerala
The Fort Kochi Beach is located 12 Km far from Ernakulam city. It is originally a fishing village that became the first European township in India. The historic fort with its eventful colonial history, is the main attraction on this beach. There is a colourful Carnival on New Year eve.
Kappad, where the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama landed on May 27, 1498, located 16 km away from the Calicut (Kozhikode) city. Vasco Da Gama's expedition gave the Europeans a sea route to reach the Malabar coast, and resulted in European domination of India for about 5 centuries. The main attraction in the beach is the sprawling rock that protrudes into the sea. The temple on the rock is about 800 years old
Varkala, a calm and quiet hamlet, lies on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram district. It has several places of tourist interests like a beautiful beach, a 2000-year-old Vishnu Temple and the Ashramam - Sivagiri Mutt a little distance from the beach.
The Papanasam beach (also called as Varkala beach), which is ten kilometers away from Varkala, is renowned for the natural spring. It is considered to have medicinal and curative properties. A dip in the holy waters at this beach is believed to purge the body of impurities and the soul of all sins; hence the name 'Papanasam beach'.
A two thousand year old shrine the Janardhanaswamy Temple stands on the cliffs overlooking the beach, a short distance away. The Sivagiri Mutt, founded by the great Hindu reformer and philosopher Sree Narayana Guru (1856 - 1928) is also close by. The Samadhi (the final resting place) of the Guru here attracts thousands of devotees every year during the Sivagiri Pilgrimage days - 30th December to 1st January. Sree Narayana Guru propagated the ideology: "one caste, one religion and one god", in a society torn by the taboos of caste system.