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Popular Beaches of Kerala
A visit to the state on the southwestern belt of Indian subcontinent along the Malabar Coast will help you explore some of the excellent beaches of Kerala. Each and every beach exclusively beautiful in its own way, offers some of the common elements like the glistening golden sands, the palm trees flanking the beaches and the tender coconuts sold here by the locals. Among the many beaches available, the most popular beaches of Kerala are discussed as follows:
A choicest option among tourists since the 1930s, the Kovalam Beach consists of three adjoining crescent beaches, Lighthouse, Hawah and Samudra. The southernmost, called the Lighthouse beach, is the most frequently thronged one and one of the most popular beaches of Kerala. The resorts that dot the beach here offer boating, sightseeing, picnicking, and beach sports facilities and some even offer Ayurveda packages as well.
A beach resort and spa, Varkala is also an important Hindu pilgrimage site. High cliffs with rich mineral springs fringe majestically from the coastline of one of the most visited among all Kerala beaches. You can also opt to visit the two main attractions there - the 2000 year old Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple and the Nature Care Centre.
Famous for being the place where Vasco da Gama first landed in India on 27th of May, 1498, Kappad Beach is located 16 km from Kozhikode town in North Kerala. Locally as Kappadkadavu, this beach has a single large rock juts out to the sea and on this rock there is a temple that is believed to be 800 years old.
With dense palm groves and a 140 year old pier, which extends into the sea, Alappuzha beach is one of the most popular beaches of Kerala. For further entertainment the Vijaya Beach Park and an old lighthouse nearby are ideal options for visitors.
Basically a fishing village, the rather less explored beach of Poovar separates the Neyyar River from the sea. Reached only by water taxis, this tranquil beach is strictly not used for water sports and beach activities due to the thriving fishing population.
Fort Kochi Beach:
The Cherai Beach, bordering Vypeen Island is home to some dolphins and is perfect for swimming as well. The Fort Kochi Beach located at 12 km far from Kochi city that was shaped by the Portuguese, the Dutch and later the British, has a fort that is an excellent example of Indo- European architecture.
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