Kerala Beaches: Which beach experience should you choose?

Article by: Jeevan Krishnakumar

Marketing Manager Indus Holidays

They say you never know how many friends you have until you rent a place by the beach. We all love beaches, they are the easiest way to cool off. Like any other beach destination the world, Kerala too promises a neat coastline andbeach activitiesbut its claim to fame is clearly its concept of yoga by the beachside and ayurvedic rejuvenation in the beach ambience. You won’t really get it till you feel it!

Along Kerala’s 550 km long coast line you will find the entire range from thrilling activity oriented beaches to calm spots where you can lie down and not be worried of getting trampled by hordes of tourists.So how would you pick a place?Here we give you the top six beaches of Kerala, so you can zero in on the beach experience that suits you best.

Come to Marari if you looking for a distinct beach experience centred around the slow life of a fishing village.This is the Second largest waterfall in the whole state of kerala,located in a unspoilt scenic surronting.

Marari doesn’t have the trappings of a typical tourist beach in Kerala; it has the slow pace of a traditional Keralan fishing village. The marari experience is for those who look forward to a peaceful place to unwind soaking up the serenity and tranquillity of a deserted sandy beach. You can spend your days here visiting traditional coir making units, exploring the harmonious way of life at the fishing villages, enjoying trips on the famed Keralan backwater canals and trying out simple dishes of the fisher folk.

Planning a trip here: Marari Beach is close to Kochi/Alleppey and is perfect for travellers who wish for the beach experience while also exploring the backwaters. Come here in August when you can check out the snake boat races or otherwise best time is from September to March.

Get Beached @ Marari Beach Resort

With the aim of creating a totally new experience in sensitive travel, at Marari beach resort in Kerala nature remains the chief architect.

Concept of stay

"A luxury resort modelled on the fishermen’s dwelling of Marari but with all modern amenities. It aims to capture the soul of the beach by recreating the ancient, harmonious way of life."


  • Yoga classes on the beach can be amazing.
  • Explore the nearby fishing villages by the beach.
  • Visit the Krishnapuram Palace, a glimpse into Keralaarchitecture, mural paintings and weaponry awaits you.
  • Experience Ayurveda treatments by the beach side.
  • Visit the traditional coir making units in the outskirts of the village
  • Cruise the backwaters of Alleppey at your own pace soaking in the slow relaxed life of the villages.

Bekal Fort and Beach

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Bekal is ideal for a pampered family getaway; experience this place while it still escapes the eyes of the masses

Thrashed unceasingly by stubborn waves, the Bekal fort, a 17th century edifice, stands nonchalantly stoic amidst legends of its battle-scared history. The beaches around the Kerala’s largest and well-preserved fort is absolutely the best place to do a bit of soul searching as you swim in calm waters (well, almost!). The sunset view is inviting, there are fishing villages to see and the best part there won’t be hordes of tourists around. I guess the facilities at this special tourism zone like rock gardens, aqua parks and walk ways with ample night lighting makes the place stand out.

Planning a trip:Bekal has some of the top luxury beach resorts in Kerala. Plan a long holiday to explore the area or as part of a northern Kerala tour along with Wayanad and heritage town of Mysore. Come here from September to March when the weather is inviting and the festivals season is on.

Facilities for Yoga by the beach side, adventure and unique cliff ambiencemakes Varkala the pick of the beaches in Kerala

A high rocky cliff ends abruptly and a stretch of clear sand extends down to the sea. You can stay right on the cliff, overlooking sun sinking into the sea without the bustle of some of the busier beaches of Kerala. It's incredibly romantic! Varkala beach is for the sporty kind having developed into a brilliant surf destination for beginners with warm waters and short waves. Paragliding of the cliffs facing the open sea is another exciting option here. With the 2,000-year old Janardhana temple, pious mineral springs and the nature care centre there is an element ofmysticism to the place too. The rejuvenatingAyurveda massages and yoga on the beach over here are fantastic drawing from years of tradition.

Planning a trip here: The best time to surf here is between September and November and from March to May. Being close to Trivandrum a trip here can be easily planned with any South Kerala tour. Plan a slow beach holiday, may be even stay a week here doing yoga and cooking. Chill!

This popular beach in Kerala is best if you are looking for the beach side ayurveda and yogaexperience.

If it is action you are looking for, you'll definitely find it at Kovalam beach - the most popular and most developed beach in Kerala. The fantastic beach resorts, with one-of-a-kind Ayurveda salons, yoga and meditation centres set in the ambience of golden sands make it distinct from the other beaches in Kerala. There are many beach spots in Kovalam –lighthouse (busiest with open air restaurants), hawah beach and Samudra beach (better for little more secluded experience). For the adventure enthusiasts, Kovalam is quickly developing into a professional surfing destination.

Planning a trip here:Kovalam is very close to Trivandrum, so getting here is easy. The best time to plan a trip to Kovalam beach is from November to March. However, very nice discounts are available during the monsoon season (July-August). Come here in September to witness Onam, the 10 day grand harvest festival of Kerala.

Slow down & Surya Samudra Resort

Traditional Kerala style dwellings that evoke a sense of romance with the past along with authentic yoga and ayurveda makes Surya Samudra a unique beach resort in Kerala.

Concept of stay

"A luxury resort modelled on traditional Keralite heritage homes. Effortlessly blending weathered wood with contemporary luxury thereby offering a perfect balance between old world charm and modern day comfort"


  • Private yoga classes on a roofless platform surrounded by sea on three sides.
  • Spend time in their globally acclaimed spa infused with timeless therapeutic traditions from across the world
  • Head to the Padmanabhapuram Palace to witness some of the finest examples o f Kerala’s architecture
  • Explore the nearby fishing villages in the coastal town of Vizhinjam
  • Take a day trip to Kanyakumari, a discovery at the lands end of India
  • Cruise the backwaters of Poovar at your own pace soaking in the sunset

Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach

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The longest drive-in Beach in Asia with 4km beach offers visitors a chance to zip along the surf in a vehicle

The name may be a tongue twister but the beach is straight as an arrow. The scene is magnificent with golden sunset, rocks dotting the shoreline and bikers/families enjoying by the beach side.The shallow waters and weak currents makes the place ideals for adventure sports like parasailing, paragliding and micro-light flights besides making it a safe place for swimming. Don’t forget to try the traditional moplah cuisine like unnakaya (banana fritter with coconut filing), Biryani, Pathiris and arikadukka (mussesl stuffed with rice).

Planning a trip here:Located near Kannur in north Kerala, plan this place along with a north Kerala exploration.April is good time to come here during the beach festival.You may want to beach-proof your car before you go here.

Safe, shallow and quiet beach very close to the heritage zone of Fort Kochi

Cherai beach qualifies among the best beaches in Kerala. Being clean and shallow it is very safe for swimming and sunbathing. The beach features a 400m long walkway with mask lamps which make it enjoyable during the night. Water scooters and speedboats are available on rent for action seekers. However Cherai is best as a family beach being very close to the heritage zone of Fort Kochi. Occasionally, people also see dolphins in the waters over here. The lagoons are very close to the beach making for a remarkable sight.

Planning a trip here:Very close to Kochi city area and can be easily visited for an evening by ferry or road. November to March would be the best time to come here

Other Unique Beaches in Kerala

Kappad Beach:

Famous from the historical standpoint as the place wherePortuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama landed in 1498 establishing the sea route from Europe to India. The beach has now been beautified with a lot of facilities.

Fort Kochi:

Set in backdrop of the legendary Chinese fishing nets, this place is ideal to spend a lazy evening viewing the romantic sunset. The granite walkway between the beach and Vasco da Gama Square where numerous stalls sell fresh seafood throughout the day is popular.

General tips for Beaches in Kerala:

The monsoon season (July-August) means raining discounts (up to 50% off) at the beach resorts in Kerala. The monsoon experience at the best beaches in Kerala has a charm of its own, so cash in on this if you want all the luxury, lesser crowds and light budget beach holiday.

Nudity is not allowed on any beach in kerala and public display of affection is seriously frowned upon. If you are looking for privacy then check in to resorts which have private beach front.

Get Beached in Kerala. Cheers!

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