Kerala has enchanted its tourists with its world famous beaches and coastal
beauties. The historic beach of Kappad is remembered as the one where Vasco
da Gama landed on the 27th of May 1498 with 170 men in three vessels, thus
discovering a sea route to India. Varkala beach is a seaside resort cum spa
and is also an important Hindu center of pilgrimage. No beach visit to
Kerala is complete without visiting the Kovalam beach, comprising of the
most salubrious coastal beauty than any other beach site of Kerala. Some of
the exotic beaches of Kerala are:
Kovalam village is small village situated on the Malabar Coast along the
Kerala shoreline. Kovalam beach can be divided into three parts. The most
popular among the three beaches is the southern most known as the Lighthouse
Beach. Middle one is called Hawah, which acts as a base for the local
fisherman every morning. The northern most beach, Samudra, is least affected
of all by the changing times and the tourist inflow.
Situated at the northern tip of Kerala, 79 km from Kannur, Bekal is a beach
destination of the future. It has long palm-fringed beaches and a rocky
headland topped by the huge Bekal fort.
The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad
Lake, and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird
sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres is a favorite haunt of
migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise. The best way to watch the
birds of the Kumarakom sanctuary is a boat trip round the islands.
Alappuzha beach is quite a popular hangout and relaxation spot in the
district of Alappuzha. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is around
140 years old. It is blessed with nature's beauties such as lagoons, lakes
and numerous fresh water rivers.
Varkala beach is among the most popular beach resorts in Kerala, mainly
because of the mineral water springs with medicinal properties that gush out
of the high cliffs bordering the beach. This place is also an important
Hindu pilgrimage center.
Exhimala is a picturesque site with a hilly backdrop at an altitude of
286m, situated 55-kms from Kannur. Some of the major attractions over here
include carved Stone Pillars, an ancient Burial chamber and an ancient Cave
that can be seen at the foot of the hills.