Backwaters or beaches, Kerala is the perfect retreat for a languid vacation
- a refreshening break from the mundane hurried-one, studded with must-see
destinations. Close your eyes, stretch your legs and let the world hurry on,
while you escape into another world at the Spa parlors here. Ayurveda
(Indian herbal medicine) and Yoga (exercise) centers alone are drawing more
than 20,000 foreign tourists per year. The raves here are calmer than those
at Goa, but pulsating nevertheless. December to May offers the ideal season
to head for Kerala. The 600 km shoreline is laced with some of the best
beaches, coconut groves, lagoons and here is a bird's eye view starting from
the southernmost district.
» Beaches at Thiruvananthapuram
Kovalam Beach (16 km
Three crescent shaped beaches - Lighthouse, Hawah and
Samudra - has made it an international favorite ever since. The Ayurvedic
spas, resorts (Ashok Beach Resort), add to the fun with the sands. Stalls
sell colorful fabrics, pseudo-ethnic hippie trinkets, and fresh fruit, fish,
and coconut water.
Varkala Beach (40 km from city):
An otherwise Hindu pilgrimage
center, Varkala is known for the therapeutic mineral springs and the closely
guarded age-old massaging techniques. The seaside resort and the spa,
needless to say, are traveler-busted here.
Shanghumukham Beach (8 km from city):
The neighboring spots include
the Veli Tourist Village and the Thiruvanathapuram Airport. The 250 m tiled
walkway with granite seats make perfect seats to watch the sunset vista. The
recreation club, the matsya kanyaka (a 35 m long mermaid sclupture), the
star-fish shaped restaurants are what awaits the vision out there, other
than a smart beach.
» Beaches at Kollam
(6 km from town): Ideal for early morning
walks, with the fishermen swarming the shore-line. Bathing and lounging
under the sun is pleasant out here.
(5 km from town): A sea side village of historic
importance with ruins of an old Portuguese Fort and the 144 ft lighthouse
are the other beach attractions.
» Beaches at Alappuzha
(66 km from Kochi Airport): This golden piece of land woven with rivers,
lakes, lagoons and canals in south Kerala is often labeled as 'The Venice of
the East'. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is around 140 years
old. The Ayurvedic steam bath, herbal and oil treatment provided by some
centers in the vicinity is something one should not miss.
» Beaches at Malappuram
: Among the earliest Portuguese settlements in India,
comes a small coastal fishing town of Tanur. It is believed that St. Francis
Xavier visited this place in the year 1546 AD. The Keraladeshapuram temple,
3 km south is believed to be the oldest in Kerala.
» Beaches at Kozhikode
(10 km south): This was an once important ports and
fishing harbors of Kerala, still retaining part of its ship building
industry in the form of constructing Uru, the traditional Arabian trading
(16 km from town): It is the historical gateway to the
Malabar coast - the one where Vasco da Gama landed way back in 1498 and a
solitary pillar still stands tall with the inscription of the event. It is
one of those placid and quiet beaches honeymooners would rate ideal.
» Beaches at Kannur
(15 km from town): Fringed by huge black rocks,
this beach is the longest in Kerala, with shallow waters just perfect for
swimming. This beach is also the only drive-in beach in India.
The Dharmadam Island
(17 km from town): Coconut palm groves and
plenitude of greenery make it a seeming treasure trove from the distance and
once there, you realize it is more than true. However, this is a private
island and prior permission is required to enter it. Our agents will get the
formalities done, at your behest.
» Beaches at Kasaragod
(14 km from town): The beach embellishment is the
ancient Bekal Fort with canons on its ramparts reminiscent of the trading
ships approaching the shore under strict guard against pirate ships and
rival merchant ships. A nearby mosque built by Tipu Sultan adds to the
historic attractions of Bekal Beach.
Snore by the Shore
Beach Resorts with Ayurveda centers, spa joints are the ideal
lodging spots. Budget accommodations, though not very popular, also exist in