List of Famous Tourist Beaches In Kerala

Sharing its western border with the Arabian sea, Kerala has a 600 km long shorelines dotted with some of the finest, most charming beaches of the world, coconut groves, natural harbors, lagoons and sheltered coves. Most of India’s finest beaches are in Kerala.

Kerala Beach photo

For virtually its entire 600 km length, the Kerala coast is lined with sandy beaches, rocky promontories and coconut palms. Each year greater numbers of visitors arrive here in search of the tranquil, palm-fringed beaches.

Kovalam Beach In Kerala (16 km from Thiruvananthapuram):

Kovalam beach in Kerala is internationally renowned, this seaside destination has been a favorite haunt of tourists since the 1930s. Kovalam beach comprises three adjacent crescent-shaped beaches, of which the southernmost known as the Lighthouse Beach, is the most popular.

Kovalam beach offers a variety of activities including snorkeling, catamaran rides, sunset viewing, cycling on the beach, swimming, sun-bathing etc. Kovalam is a must see tourist center for anyone who has a fascination for sun, sea and sand.

Distance to Kovalam beach from Thiruvananthapuram: 16 km.

Shankhumugham Beach In Kerala (8 km from Thiruvananthapuram):

Shankhumugham beach in Kerala is adjacent to the International Airport, Thiruvananthapuram, this beach has an indoor recreation club, the "Matsya Kanyaka" (a gigantic, 35 m long sculpture of a mermaid), a restaurant shaped like a starfish and a traffic training park for children.

Akkulam and Veli Tourist Village are nearby two popular picnic spots to Shanmukham tourist beach. Veli is a popular picnic spot offers landscaped gardens and water-sports facilities including pedal boats, rowboats, and motored boats.

Distance to Shankhumugham Beach from Thiruvananthapuram: 8 km.

Chowara Beach In Kerala (8 km south of Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram):

Pristine and serene, this fishing hamlet is an unending stretch of white, sandy beaches.

Distance to Chowara Beach from Kovalam: 8 km.

Poovar Beach In Kerala (2 km south of Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram):

An isolated but spectacular beach, Poovar is situated close to the Neyyar River estuary. A trading port in its early days, Poovar is today an important tourist destination.

Papanasham Beach In Kerala (45 km from Thiruvananthapuram in Varkala):

A dip in the sea at Papanasham, meaning redemption from sins, is believed to be holy. Fringed by red laterite cliffs, near to the beach are the cool mineral springs, serene backwaters, the 2000 year old Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple, a century old tunnel and a Nature Cure Centre.

Thirumullavaram Beach In Kerala (6 km north of Kollam):

This secluded beach is a beautiful picnic center.

Alappuzha Beach In Kerala (3 ½ km from the city):

A 137-year-old pier which extends into the sea and an old lighthouse add to the attractions of the beach.

Fort Kochi Beach (21 km from Ernakulam):

Overlooking the Arabian Sea, with its legendary Chinese fishing nets dotting the foreground, Fort Kochi Beach offers views of spectacular sunsets. Another highlight here are the waterfront stalls serving fresh catch prepared according to taste.

Cherai Beach In Kerala (23 km from Ernakulam):

This lovely beach bordering Vypeen Island is ideal for swimming. Dolphins are occasionally spotted here. A typical Kerala village nearby, with paddy field and coconut groves is an added attraction.

Natika Beach In Kerala (24 km from Thrissur):

Fringed by palm trees, this picturesque beach is a hot spot for picnickers.

Padinjarekkara Beach In Kerala (5 km from Chemravattom, Ponnani in Malappuram):

Famous for bird watching, the beach also offers a breathtaking view of the confluence of the Bharathapuzha, the Tirur Puzha and the Arabian Sea.

Vallikunnu Beach In Kerala (40 km from Malappuram):

A beach resort set in the midst of a coconut grove is the main attraction here. Close to it is the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary.

Kozhikode Beach In Kerala (1/2 km from the city):

Kozhikode beach is a favorite haunt of sunset viewers. Adding to its natural beauty is the old-world charm retained by the ancient lighthouse and the two crumbling piers, each more than a hundred years old, that run into the sea.Distance Kozhikode Beach from Kozhikode city: half km.

Beypore Beach In Kerala (10 km south of Kozhikode):

One of the prominent ports and a maritime trading center of ancient Kerala, Beypore beach is located at the mouth of the Chailyar River. The boat building yard here, famous for the construction of the Uru (Arabian trading vessel), boasts a tradition of almost 1500 years.

Distance to Beypore Beach from Kozhikode: 10 km south.

Kappad Beach In Kerala (16 km from Kozhikode):

This is the historic beach where Vasco da Gama landed on the 27th of May 1498, with 170 men in three vessels. The rock-studded beach is locally known as Kappakadavu.

Distance from Kappad Beach from Kozhikode: 16 km.

Payyoli Beach In Kerala (40 km north of Kozhikode):

The shallow waters of this beautiful beach is ideal for swimming. During November-December hordes of the endangered Olive Ridley turtle come in to lay eggs.

Distance to Payyoli Beach from Kozhikode: 40 km north

Vadakara Sandbanks Beach In Kerala (50 km from Kozhikode):

This beach where the Kottakal River merges into the sea is stunningly beautiful and is a favourite spot for locals and tourists. The nearby Birla Bungalow offers a delightful view of the Sandbanks Beach.

Distance to Vadakara Sandbanks Beach from Kozhikode: 50 km.

Payyambalam Beach In Kerala (2 km from Kannur):

Famous for its flat laterite cliffs that jut out into the sea, well-laid gardens and the massive landscaped sculpture of "Mother and Child" make this beach extremely captivating. The adjacent Baby Beach accessed through the Burnassery Cantonment is delightfully quiet.

Distance to Payyambalam from Kannur: 2km.

Kizhunna Beach In Kerala (11 km from Kannur):

This beautiful stretch of sand is one of the most secluded beaches in Kerala.

Distance to Kizhunna Beach from Kannur: 11 km.

Meenkunnu Beach In Kerala (12 km from Kannur):

Uncrowded, the beach is a tourist’s paradise, with golden sand and surf.

Distance to Meenkunnu Beach from Kannur: 12 km.

Muzhappilangad Beach In Kerala (15 km from Kannur):

A swimmer’s paradise, this is Kerala’s only drive-in beach. Adventure sports like paragliding, para-sailing, micro-lite flights and a variety of water-sport options are possible here.

Distance to Muzhappilangad from Kannur: 15 km.

Bekal Fort Beach In Kerala (1 km from Bekal Fort in Kasaragod):

Bekal Fort Beach is also known as Pallikere Beach, this scenic seaside offers a spectacular view of the historic fort and has ample facilities for recreation and relaxation.

Distance to Bekal Fort Beach from Bakel Fort in Kasargod.

Kappil Beach In Kerala (2 km from Bekal Fort in Kasaragod):

A winding lane meanders through palm-fringed landscape to this totally unpolluted secluded beach. The Kodi Cliff close by offers a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea. 2 km away is the Pallikunnam Temple.

Distance to Kappil Beach from Bekal Fort: 2 km.

Kanwatheertha Beach In Kerala (3 km from Manjeswaram in Kasaragod):

A large swimming pool-like formation of the sea on the vast beach is the main attraction here.

Distance to Kanwatheertha Beach form Manjeswaram: 3 km