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5 Top Beaches in Kerala
Kerala is known for its lush coconut groves, balmy weather, pallid backwaters and splendid beaches. The beaches in Kerala are characterized by long stretches of golden sand, clear skies, and rows upon rows of swaying palm trees. Easily available accommodation is the icing on the cake. Here are our top 5 picks of the best beaches in Kerala
#5. Bekal Beach
Bekal Fort is the largest as well as the best preserved fort in Kerala. It stands on a rocky promontory between two long classically beautiful palm fringed beaches. Bekal beach is located 60kms north of Kannur, near the border with Karnataka. The beach isn't very crowded and is visited mostly by people wanting to have a look at the Fort or take pictures. This actually makes it a great option for some alone time. The fort has great views of the coast and swimming on the beach is safe.
#4. Payyambalam Beach
One of the most beautiful and serene beaches of Kerala, Payyamblam is a laid back beach located at Kannur town. There is an organized garden and a massive landscaped sculpture of mother & child which are the main attractions here. The town of Kannur which is attached to the beach is equally interesting. Being the cradle of ageless folk arts like Theyyam and folk music, Kannur has always remained a land of timeless charm.
#3. Kozhikode Beach
Kozhikode has a beautiful beach from which you can watch some stunning sunsets. There is a lighthouse and 2 very old piers that extend towards the sea. This beach is said to be full of historical significance as it was here near this beach that Vasco Da Gama landed, in his search for the spices of the East. Today the serenity and lush green countryside combine to make this a popular tourist destination with divine natural beauty and old world charm.
#2. Varkala Beach
Varkala is a seaside resort and spa and an important Hindu centre of pilgrimage. Varkala is known for its mineral springs and rocky cliffs. The 2000-year-old Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple and the nature care centre are the two main attractions here. Varkala is one of the most photographed beaches owing to its dramatic rocky coastline. Since it is a mainstream beach, it is always buzzing with tourists out to catch some rays and enjoy the breeze.
#1. Kovalam Beach
Located 10 kilometers off the city of Thiruvananthapuram, the golden, crescent shaped sands of Kovalam are unforgettable. There are 3 beaches : Hawah Beach, Lighthouse Beach, and Samudra Beach. The soft, yellow expanses of these beaches are backed by swaying palm trees and fronted by the glittering ocean. The gentle breeze that blows constantly, along the coastline is simply divine. The best time to plan a trip to Kovalam beach is from November to March.