Nothing shouts vacation like white sand beaches, hammocks, cocktails with floating shiny paper umbrellas and a happy bunch of co- vacationers. And adding a little luxurious indulgence to your much awaited yearly getaway or post wedding hideout is quite reasonable.
Finding the best beach escape in Kerala is no easy task, at least, not when you have a 580 km long stretch of coastline and so many beaches to pick from. We are counting down 4 of the best beach destinations in Kerala that has all the ingredients for a rousing good time. From Luxury hotels, best rated home stays and eateries- these places have it all.
- Varkala Beach, Trivandrum: The place simply radiates some hippy happy vibes and my!! Will you fall in love with it! Cosy Inns, multi cuisine restaurants, beach shacks, quaint shops and coconut palms line the long winding stretch of red sand stone cliff that faces the Arabian Sea. Nestled at the bottom of the cliff is our vacation favourite- a long stretch of golden sand beach (there is a stairway leading you down to the beach from the cliff).
To pack a little excitement to your vacation, the place offers surfing (thanks to some really curly waves) and paragliding opportunities. You can hire surf boards, sun umbrellas and loungers. If you want more of a “finding oneself” vacation, fret not. There are all levels of yoga classes and a lot of spa centres available.
- Kovalam beach, Trivandrum: This beach comes with a bout of luxury. The Leela Kovalam, Turtle on the Beach, Vivanta by Taj, Niraamaya retreats and many more. There are a number of hotels and home- stays available on budget as well.
The 17 Km coastline has three beaches separated by rocky outcroppings and The Lighthouse beach is the most frequented and easily the most photographed beach in Kerala. Stroll for sea shells, build sand castles, surf or even have a volleyball match at the beach. The beachside cafeterias and restaurants serve some incredible food and the spas are an all time hit.
- Marari Beach: Not far away from Alappuzha which is the backwater haven of Kerala, Marari beach is an epitome of serenity and luxury. Head into an eco-luxury resort like the Marari Beach Hotel or the Abad turtle beach resort(they come with a private beach. Pure bliss!!), where you could be in unison with nature. Indulge in pure luxury at The Xandari pearl resort which is the best beach hideaway you could dream of. Or hit the refresh button on life and better health at the Carnoustie Ayurveda and Wellness Resort (don’t forget to check their website). Luxury and the beach is certainly our favourite combo. Right?! You can also add Marari to your itinerary while on the way to Alapuzha (We all know how important the backwater cruise is, don’t we?!).
- Bekal Beach: Backwaters, forts, scenery and then the star of the show, the white sand beach- This small region on the shores of the Arabian Sea radiate unparalleled charm and the hospitality is ah-mazing. The place is a cultural centre (catch up for a “theyyam” performance which is a great ritual affair in this part of the state) and has considerable historic significance thanks to the 300 year old Bekal fort (which is the largest fort in Kerala). Get the best of luxury at The Lalit Resort and Spa(surrounded by the river Nombili on three sides- it’s a treat for the eye) or the Vivanta by Taj( an all time favourite).
So get your beach bags ready for a vacation filled with excitement and vigour. Those sunny, sandy grounds are waiting for you.