The best part of visiting Kerala is the wide variety of places we can choose from. This tiny state of India, located in the south, is home to all sorts of landscapes—right from the fresh tea gardens of Munnar, a popular hill station, to the calm shores of its many beaches. Backwaters, beaches, hill stations and the rich and unique culture of Kochi are some of the most exciting bits of God’s Own Country.
However, this article focuses on the beautiful beaches of Kerala. Flanked with coconut trees and clear white or golden sand and secluded, Kerala is the ideal place to be when you want to sink your feet deep in warm sand while relaxing on the shore. Here's a list of the beaches you can visit, which are lesser known to tourists.
Padanna Beach, Kasaragod
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Retaining the rustic, old-world charm, Padanna Beach and the backwaters of Kasaragod is a scenic place that is untouched by commercialisation. A unique feature about the beach is the practise of oyster farming done by the locals. Take a day off to enjoy the breathtaking view of the beach and don't miss out on the delicious oysters while you're here.
Vallikunnu Beach, Malappuram
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Located in the city of Malappuram, Vallikunnu Beach is a secluded and charming beach, one that is sought by those who seek solitude. It is beautifully bordered with palm trees on one side and clear blue waters of the beach on the other.
While you're at the beach, you can visit the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary which is located at a walkable distance from here. Go to the Kadalundi bridge from where you can witness magnificent, seasonal birds of the sanctuary.
Cherai Beach, Kochi
Kochi, the city steeped with rich culture, tradition and places of historical importance, is famous for the Marine Drive.Cherai Beach is a relatively lesser-known place that is located about 30 km from Ernakulam city and is also close to Vypeen island.
The beach offers a fantastic view of the Chinese fishing nets from a distance. Cherai is safe for swimming and thus, is a swimmer’s haven. If you’re lucky enough, you may even spot a few dolphins in the water.
Chowara Beach, Kovalam
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Chowara is a quaint fishing village near Kovalam that is home to a clean, white-sand beach, where you may see beautiful birds, like kites, encircling the sky. Its clear sand and quiet village is bound to make you fall in love with its nature of pristine.
Visit the Ayyappa temple that is located on the hilltop of Chowara, at a height that overlooks the beautiful beach. The temple is usually crowded during the 56-day festival that usually takes place between November to January.
Kappil Beach, Varkala
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Situated at a distance of 58 km from Thiruvananthapuram, Kappil Beach is a mesmerising beach in Varkala that is one of the capital city’s favourite secluded getaways. Here, boating facilities are available from places nearby.
Indulge in sunbathing, boating, swimming and even dolphin spotting—at times—at this beach. You can visit the Bekal Fort which can be reached through a small auto ride.