Sun, sand and the sea in India - South Kerala

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The Indian peninsula hosts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. In addition, the beaches offer a unique perspective into the life of the communities that reside by the sea.

Today, we visit the sandy shores hosted by North Kerala on the Western Coast of the Indian sub-continent.

Kerala boasts of a 550 kilometre long coastline, with dense groves of coconut palms greeting the winds from the Arabian Sea. The quiet and undeveloped beaches of south Kerala are known for their golden sands and palm fringed waters. These beaches are popular among the tourists to the state, but are big enough to provide the traveller with a sense of solitude.

These are some of the best beaches Southern Kerala has to offer.


Mararikulam Beach

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Marari Beach is the cleanest sandy beach in the whole of Kerala. Located a little away from Alappuzha this is an ideal destination for people who want to experience serene beaches with stunning sunsets. It’s a quiet and placid beach in Mararikulam, a small and sleepy fisherman’s village.

There is nothing much to do here except unwind and relax while watching the changing moods of the sea with miles of pristine sandy beaches and swaying palm trees. For the adventure lovers there is the option of surfing, para sailing and water skiing in the calm waters of Arabian Sea.


Alappuzha Beach

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Referred to as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha has always enjoyed an important place in the maritime history of Kerala. Alappuzha beach is a popular picnic spot. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is over 137 years old.

Entertainment facilities at the Vijaya Beach Park add to the attraction of the beach. There is also an old lighthouse nearby which is greatly fascinating to visitors.


Azheekal beach

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It is one of the most unknown and untouched beaches on the coast of Arabian Sea. In Malayalam, Aazhee means place where the Back Waters and the Sea confluence. Azheekal is located at the northern end of the land mass of Alappad peninsula in the district of Kollam, Kerala.

The Beach is famous for its White Sands. The evening views of the Sunset are worth lingering over. One of the main attractions are the small islands near the Beach. Some of the islands are filled with Mangrove forests. A Pulimuttu which is 0.5 Km extended in to the Sea. The Beach is also a good spot for flying Kites.


Vizhinjam Beach

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Vizhinjam is known as fishing village. It is just 2-km south of Kovalam. Vizhinjam Fishing Harbour is a natural port which is about to be developed as a major port for which spade work is already in progress.

It is the busiest fishing harbour in Thiruvananthapuram district humming with activities all the days.


Kovalam Beach

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Kovalam is 16 kilometres away from Trivandrum. The beach area is known as the Paradise of the South. The name Kovalam derives from coconut trees. The lighthouse offer an amazing view of the moon-shaped beach and the Vizhinjam mosque.

Here there are three bays - a sheltered bay, the azure waters and the opulent reaches of the palm groves. Kovalam is a tropical paradise in every sense of the term. There are opportunities for sun bathing, swimming, Ayurveda, yoga and meditative contemplation.


Varkala Beach

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Varkala is a calm and quiet hamlet, lies on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram district. Varkala is what guidebooks refer to as a “traveller’s ghetto”—a place discovered by hippies in the 70s but now home to tourists of all types.

On the North cliffs, you’ll see almost twice as many tourists as locals. The stores sell “Free Tibet” T-shirts, bead necklaces and Buddhist prayer flags while posters advertise yoga classes, Ayurvedic massages and full moon parties at every corner.


Chowara Beach

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Chowara, a fishing hamlet near to Kovalam has many picturesque spots. The Chowara Ayyappan Temple atop a hill overlooks the Chowara beach and offers an amazing view of the beach below. Chowara is also home to the ancient Analothbhava Matha Church.

The beach here is identified as the only place where the sea recedes from the coast and does not eat into the beach during the monsoon.


Andhakaranazhi Beach

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Andhakaranazhi is located at Alleppey near Ezhupunna and is a serene and calm beach not frequented by tourists. It is one of the most beautiful and pristine beaches near Alleppey and is located at a distance of 30 kilometres from Kochi. There is a beautiful light house near the beach.


Neendakara Beach

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Neendakara is a famous fishing harbour located around 8 km from Kollam. Here, one can see the Ashtamudi Lake joining the sea from the Neendakara Bridge and also the Chinese fishing nets silhouetted against the sky.