Beaches in Kerala are spread along the 550-km Arabian Sea coastline. Kerala is an Indian state occupying the south-west corner of the subcontinent. The topography of the coastline is distinctive and changes abruptly as one proceeds from north to south. In the northern parts of Kerala, in places such as Bekal, Thalassery and Kannur, the headlands rise above the shore from the fringe of the beaches. The highlands are dotted with forts built by the colonial powers – the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British. The view of the surrounding area is exquisite. From Kozhikode, once the hub of the Malabar coast, the view changes to flat lands with rocky outcroppings jutting out. One feature is common all through – the coconut tree in large numbers. Dense groves of coconut trees line the coast and extend to the interiors.
Some of the most known beach hideouts of Kerala include Fort Kochi Beach, just 12 km away from Kochi city. Taking a leisurely walk through the lanes of the city is the best way to discover historic Fort Kochi.
The historic beach of Kappad is remembered as the one where Vasco da Gama landed on the 27th of May 1498 with 170 men in three vessels, thus discovering a sea route to India. Varkala beach is a seaside resort cum spa and is also an important Hindu centre of pilgrimage. No beach visit to Kerala is complete without visiting the Kovalam beach, comprising of the most salubrious coastal beauty than any other beach site of Kerala.
Some Popular Beaches in Kerala –
One of the revitalizing beaches of Kerala, Beypore Beach is located on the mouth of the Chaliyar River. Beypore is the commercial centre for Uru – Arabian trading vessel building. Tranquility and serenity of the beach along with a warm embrace of cold breeze is what that makes Beypore beach so dear to its travelers.
Fort Kochi Beach
Fort Kochi Beach is located about 12 km from Cochin. Originally a fishing village, Fort Kochi is believed to be the first European township in India, which still maintains its old colonial charm. Much of the heritage tourist attractions in Fort Kochi are located within the vicinity of the beach. The tiny stores put up along the walkway to the beach have stunning collection of stone and shell decorative and ornaments. The New Year Eve carnival and celebrations at the beach will give you immense moments to behold.
Bekal Fort, which is considered to be the largest and best-preserved fort, is about 130 feet above sea level, standing on a 35-acre cliff that runs into the Arabian Sea. Bekal beach that seamlessly adjoins the fort thus possesses a historical and archeological significance. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the sea from the fort and also visit the Bekal fishing village. One of the most popular locations for Bollywood movies, Bekal is one among the worth seeing beach hangouts of Kerala.
Kozhikode, one of the scenic towns of north Kerala, was the capital of Zamorins and has been a prominent trade and commercial centre from the times of yore. This beautiful and spic and span looking beach at Kozhikode is the much preferred haunt of sunset lovers. The beach holds a light house and two sea piers that are almost 125 years old. The Lion’s club and the Children’s park are the other attractions in the beach.
Kappil beach is secluded and is blessed with immense natural beauty. Fresh and moderately shallow, this beach attracts many vacationers who love swimming and sun bathing. Also, the beach has it peck for adventure lovers; a thrilling trek to the nearby Kodi cliff can render one a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea.