The majestic Arabian Sea borders the entire west coast of Kerala. Hence, the state is home to many exotic beaches. Each of these beautiful beaches features a unique charm. One of them has a towering lighthouse while another has an imposing cliff next to it and yet another has fishing nets that create a picturesque sight. A trip to Kerala is certainly incomplete without visiting the scenic beaches of the state. They are sunny, pleasant and cheerful.

In most beaches, all you can do is watch the sunsets, walk on the sand or build a sandcastle. But beaches in Kerala are a lot more fun. They offer plenty of exciting activities so that travelers can have a complete beach experience. These activities bring out the little adventurer that lives inside you. Have a look at some of the most famous beaches in Kerala and also get to know what you can do when you visit them.

  1. Kovalam Beach

Kovalam Beach is one of the most pristine beaches in the country. It is a golden sand beach with partially black sand. Because of it shallow waters and low tidal waves, the Kovalam beach is extremely popular among both locals and foreigners. The most significant attraction at the Kovalam Beach is the towering light house that looks heavenly when lit. Since the beach is a commercial one, travelers can get many things to eat and drink on the shores. But the beach, of course, is famous for its exhilarating activities. Some of them are:

  • Wind surfing
  • Parasailing
  • Water diving
  • Speedboating
  • Traditional catamaran ride
  • Herbal body toning massages

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  1. Varkala Beach

Unlike the Kovalam Beach which is bustling with people and activities, the Varkala Beach is a place of complete peace and serenity. It is also known as Papanasam Beach. The name ‘Papanasam’ means ‘Washing away of sins’. Many in Kerala strongly believe that a dip in the waters at the beach has the power to wash away one’s sins. The famous Sivagiri Mutt and the 2000-year old Vishnu Temple are a little distance away from the beach. Travelers can enjoy swimming as well as sunbathing against the backdrop of the majestic cliff at the Varkala beach. Especially beautiful are the sunset views from the beach. Some special activities at the beach are:

  • Snorkeling
  • Ayurvedic massages
  • Wind surfing
  • Parasailing
  • Surfing
  • Shopping for souvenirs and handicrafts

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  1. Fort Cochin Beach

The Fort Cochin Beach is another tranquil beach in Kerala. It is a white sand beach with clear waters. The beach is famous for its scenic views of the Chinese Fishing Nets. The most popular attraction of the beach, however, is the historic Fort. The fort is a stellar example of the grand and rustic European architecture. Every year, the annual Kochi festival takes place at the fort. The Fort Cochin Beach is a must-visit attraction for travelers who are into history and culture. The beach offers activities like:

  • Boat cruise
  • Fishing
  • Dolphin sighting

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  1. Poovar Beach

Poovar Beach is a serene and secluded beach located near the Neyyar River Estuary in Thiruvananthapuram. Since it is never overcrowded, the Poovar Beach is ideal for travelers looking for complete relaxation. Travelers can reach the beach only via a boat ride. And because the beach is difficult to access, many fishermen just avoid it. So it enjoys a calm and tranquil atmosphere. The beach is unique since it is close to an estuary and you get to see the confluence of the Arabian Sea, the backwaters and the river.  Some activities at the beach are:

  • Motor boat ride
  • Country boat ride

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  1. Muzhappilangad Beach

Muzhappilangad Beach is the longest drive-in beach in Kerala. A winding road hemmed by coconut trees leads you to the beach. Since the beach is wide and the sand on the beach is hard, you can easily drive a car on the shores. A drive along the beach, especially during the sunset, is truly a memorable experience. There are huge black rocks bordering the beach that protect it from the stronger waves of the majestic ocean. Many young locals come to the beach and try to perform stunts on their cars and bikes. They’re a treat to watch. A short distance away from the beach is a beautiful Dharmadam Island. The activities at the beach are:

  • Car drive
  • Parasailing
  • Paragliding
  • Microlite flight
  • Power boating
  • Catamaran ride

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Other notable mentions

  1. Alleppey beach
  2. Shakumugham Beach
  3. Kollam Beach

The above mentioned beaches do not offer many activities. But if you get in touch with a local fisherman at these beaches, you can go along with them for fishing during the night time. It’s a fascinating experience.

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