The beaches in Kerala are amongst the best in the country and in the world. Few of the beaches remain empty and deserted, which means a private and secluded space. In case you don’t want to relax, you can find plenty of water activities to indulge yourself in.
This guide to the best beaches in Kerala will take you to all the right places and point you towards the most suitable beach for you. Weather-wise, the best time to visit Kerala is between September and March. But, if you visit Kerala during the monsoon season, you may get heavy discounts.
# Kovalam Beach
Kovalam Beach is the right place to find all the action in the state. It is one of the most developed and most popular beaches in Kerala. Often compared to Goa’s Baga Beach and Calangute Beach, Kovalam is located very near to the capital, Trivandrum. This beach is made up of two main coves, Hawa and Lighthouse Beach. The lighthouse beach is the biggest and busiest one and boasts a promenade of open-aired restaurants. The beach is also one of the best surfing destinations in India. And if you are looking for somewhere a little more secluded, then you can find the nearby Samudra beach a better option for you.
# Varkala Beach
With amazing ambience and facilities, Varkala Beach is one of the best beaches in Varkala town. Every year a huge number of tourists visit the beach but still, it remains less crowded than Kovalam and the scenery is awe-inspiring. The beach is peppered with shacks and shops and is located at the bottom of a long stretch of cliff. Hike up to the top of the cliff and enjoy an amazing view of the ocean or relax at the beach while reading a book. Varkala beach is incredibly romantic and visitors from India and beyond enjoy spending relaxed days here.
# Marari Beach
Situated not so far from Alappuzha, Marari Beach is at a convenient location for those who would like to jump between going on a houseboat trip along the backwaters and relaxing at the quiet beach. The major attraction here, earth-conscious Marari Beach Resort makes it one of the best beaches in Kerala. The resort is a sprawling property sprinkled with coconut groves and lotus ponds and many other things related to Ayurveda treatments and yoga classes in the vicinity.
# Kannur Beach
Off the beaten small town in northern Kerala, Kannur is known for its quiet beaches, masked spirit-possession Theyyam rituals, and handloom weaving. Kerala Tourism promotes Theyyam rituals by placing the events in their comprehensive calendar. It is one of the best beaches in Kerala because it has some delightful and laid-back beach houses in the Thottada Beach area. The district of Kannur is home to Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach where you can drive all the way along its long stretch of golden sand.
# Bekal Beach
Situated far north in Kerala, almost a 90-minutes drive from Mangalore airport, Bekal Beach is famous for its old fort, which is known for its gigantic size. The beaches here are some of the cleanest and unspoiled best beaches in Kerala. Slowly, with the entry of luxury hotels in the area, the place is becoming a pampered getaway destination. Some of them boast private beaches with backwaters running through.
# Cherai Beach
Cherai Beach is a 10 - kilometers long stretch of sand that makes an appealing side trip from Kochi. Situated on the Vypeen Island, Cherai Beach can be reached from Kochi by a boat ride, bus, or auto-rickshaw ride through the paddy fields and villages. With a substantial part of the beach recently beautified, which includes an addition of a new walkway, Cherai Beach is no doubt one of the best beaches in Kerala. The best thing about this beach is that the main beach and the lagoon are closely located. Stroll around the beach for some of the best views out there.