Top Beaches In Kerala

In Kerala there are numerous Beaches which you can see, each more beautiful than the other. Out of those , here we list out the top Beaches to see in case you are on a short trip to Kerala. Even if you are on a long visit, these are the ones which you must not miss out. Read more about them...

Kerala is a state on the tropical Malabar Coast of southwestern India. Nicknamed as one of the "10 paradises of the world" by the National Geographic traveller

Kerala is famous especially for its ecotourism initiatives. Its unique culture and traditions, coupled with its varied demography, has made it one of the most popular tourist destinations in India


Kerala is one of the most enchanting destinations with a wide range of features like the most beautiful beaches, complex maze of waterways, placid bays, and also amazing 44 rivers.

Truly, in Kerala, you can find finest beaches of India. Kerala Coast, having a total length of 900 km, is fraught with sand beaches, coconuts, palm groves, and high-land rock promontories.

Every beach has its own unique characteristics. There are large areas of palm groves that are closely attached with these beaches.

Moreover, healthy, cool air blowing over the beaches would work like a soothing balm to your body and soul.

While you laze and stroll on the kerala beaches, you would feel rejuvenating with sands, cool breeze, and also with clear blue waters.

The unvitiated virgin beach of Kappad is a private rendezvous with Nature. As you walk through the milky sandy shore, delight in the palm grove that fringes the beach, listen enthralled to the songbirds, and wet your feet in the crystal clear waters, your soul will open up to new vistas.

Realization will descend, alone does not mean loneliness; no one can remain lonely when at such close quarters with Mother Nature.

Bekai beach payyambalam Kappad Beach Beypore beach Cherai Beach Alappuzha beach thiru varkala beach shanghumukham kovalam

1 Kovalam Beach

As a commercially valued beach in Kerala, life never stops here in Kovalam. The activities here run deep into the night and the beach is highly acclaimed for water sports. It is situated 16 km from the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram and has been an ideal one for sun bathing and massaging. You can also view a beautiful bay of calm waters created by a huge rock promontory.

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2Cherai Beach

Cherai Beach lies at a distance of 45 km from the Ernakulam city and forms the border of the popular Vypeen Island. It is highly popular amongst tourists because of Dolphins. Dolphins, of course exude an infinite beauty and perhaps even make the hearts of visitors leap out in delight. Swimming is also quiet a good option in the Cherai beach.Beach is generally reckoned as one of the must visit spots in southern parts of India. It is also known by the name of “Princess of Arabian Sea” due to its proximity to the city of Cochin, which in turn, is called as the “Queen of Arabian Sea.” It has all the components which would make a beach a world class beach. The coconut palms, the paddy fields, the backwaters – and everything else makes it one beach which you cannot afford to miss.

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3 Varkala Beach

Varkala beach, also known as Papanasham beach, is found between Alleppey and Kovalam. Being an epitome of picturesque beauty, it feeds the photographers with varieties of stills thereby satiating their desire of capturing exquisite things. It is said that one dip – if made in the waters of this beach removes the sins committed for a life time.

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Varkala Beachflickr/ Maxime

4 Ezhimala Beach

Located in the Kannur district, the Moppila Bay shot into limelight during the reigns of Kolathiri. However, the bay is presently recognized as a fishing harbour. For a bit of sightseeing, there are ruins of an old fort (St Angelo's) and a temple.

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Ezhimala Beachflickr/ Neo Light

5 Bekal Beach

Bekal is a very famous beach in Kerala.This beach is merely 14 km away from the city of Kasodgarh in the district by the same name in the northernmost part of Kerala. The beach boasts of a 3 century old fort in its background which lends its a historic significance. The panoramic beauty here is breathtaking. Adjacent to it is a giant keyhole shaped fort which is supposed to be the biggest in Kerala which adds to its popularity. It is a very cleanly maintained beach and therefore it entices more people to visit. The highlights of the beach are the splashy waves and remarkable views of the sunset. Almost all the people in India who are movie buffs might have seen this beach without knowing it’s name. There was a song shot in this place featuring the hero in a sober mood in Maniratnam’s “Bombay.” No prizes for guessing which song it was.

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Bekal Beachflickr/ Joseph

6 Marari Beach

Undeveloped and quiet Marari Beach is situated very close to Alleppey. It is not a very recognized beach and more often than not, it gets overlooked. Though not very popular as a beach, it is a perfect place for those who love to explore backwaters of Kerala. Marari got its name from a small and sleepy fisherman’s village called Mararikulam.

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7Fort Kochi Beach

Cochin or Kochi is a very popular tourist destination and the beauty of the place seems to coming from the numerous backwaters and scintillating beauty of the beaches found here. Fort Kochi Beach Kerala is one such fascinating beach located in Kochi and this place has been a huge crowd puller for its sheer beauty.

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8Kozhikode Beach

There is no better place to view a sunset in Kerala than the Kozhikode beach. The beguiling ebullience of this beach makes it a much sought after tourist spot. A very old lighthouse, a marine aquarium and a lions’ park are other attractions of this most celebrated beach. It is just 1 km away from the railway station of Kozhikode which makes it easily accessible.

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9Kappad Beach

Kappad beach is known for the visit of Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama who landed here on May 20 1498 in an endeavor to establish a sea route to India. To honor the day of historical significance, associated with this beach, a monument has also been erected, proving the presence of Portuguese explorer in this part of the world. Thanks to the deliberations of tourism ministry in cleaning the beach, it has now become one of the most visited places in Kerala.

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Kappad Beach flickr/ Manoj

10Beypore Beach

This one is in the Kozikode district of Kerala and also an erstwhile significant port city of the state. Right from the very beginning, Beypore has been renowned for its excellent construction of Urs, the Arabian trading vessel. These ships were in huge demand earlier and even today, shipbuilders, known as Khalasis, have big customer line up from Middle East as well as across Arabian Sea. On your visit to the Beypore beach, you can still find experienced Khalasis at their work (which surprisingly is completely manual).

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Beypore Beach flickr/ Kamaljith

11Dharmadam Beach

This beach is the pride of an island known by the same name. Spread in an area of five acres, this island is not a public property which means that permission has to be sought before you can actually step on the sands of this beach. The beautiful island with coconut palms and green bushes is located at a distance of 17 km from the Kannur town (in the district of same name) in the northern part of Kerala.

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12Alappuzha Beach

Alappuzha beach is one of the most popular spots in the district of Alappuzha. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is around 140 years old.With the Arabian Sea on the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and several freshwater rivers criss-crossing it, Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty.

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13Moppila Bay

Located in the Kannur district, the Moppila Bay shot into limelight during the reigns of Kolathiri. However, the bay is presently recognized as a fishing harbour. For a bit of sightseeing, there are ruins of an old fort (St Angelo's) and a temple.

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Moppila Bay flickr/Srikanth

14Muzhappilangad Beach

This beach is widely known for its length which is perhaps the largest in entire Kerala. The beach which is located in the Kannur district is pleasantly clean and allows safe waters for swimming. The particular feature of this beach that sets it apart from the other beaches is that it is the only drive in beach in entire Kerala.

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15Pathiramanal Beach

Lying in the Vembanad Lake, the Pathiramanal island has a mythological legend attached to it. The island is home to numerous variety of migratory and endangered birds.

16Payyambalam beach

Situated close to the Kannur town, the Payyambalam beach is counted amongst the best beaches of Kerala because of its serene beauty. Opportunities to relax and sunbathe is plenty. The beach has also a historical significance attached to it in the form of mortal remains of famous personalities like Swadeshabimani Ramakrishna Pillai, A.K. Gopalan, Pamban Madavan and K.G. Marar are buried here.

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17Shankhumugham Beach

This is beach is quiet favourite amongst the lovers of nature. Pretty close to the Thiruvananthapuram Airport and Veli Tourist Village, this beach provides easy access for visitors. There is also a 35 m large sculptural image of a mermaid known as 'Matsya Kanyaka'.

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18Thangassery Beach

This beach and its little village has a historical significance to make them popular. There is a lighthouse that welcomes visitors desirous of paying a visit. The village also has the remnants of an old Portuguese fort.

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19Thirumullavaram Beach

With fresh air flowing all around, the Thirumullavaram beach is just perfect to enjoy a walk early in the morning. The swaying coconut palm trees contribute to the tranquil beauty as you watch fishermen setting out to the sea in search of catch. Bathing is quiet a good option in this beach.

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thirumullavaram beachflickr/Anurag

20Kappil Beach

Kappil beach is a pristine holiday spot along the Malabar shore line, located about 15 kilometres south of Kasaragod town.The beach has captivating beauty that attracts tourists who are looking for a serene location, to spend an evening, or even to settle for a few days of relaxing beach holidays.

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21Kizhunna Ezhara

Kizhunna Ezhara Beach in Kerala, the well defined beach stretches for 11 kms from Kannur.Kizhunna Ezhara Beach is a beautiful stretch of sand in Kerala, God's own Country.This is one of the most secluded beaches in Kerala

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More great destinations can be found in the Explore Beaches in India page.

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