KERALA BEACHES AT A GLANCE

Beaches are the most important tourist attraction in Kerala. There are many beaches which are beautiful. The long coastline lined with the swaying coconut trees and dotted with an occasional fishing hamlet is fast developing into one of the world's best string of beaches. Though substructure is yet to come up in many of the beaches, the vantages in those beaches are many, the most important being, less thronged.

Kovalam is a beautiful sea resort, the only one, in Kerala. This beautiful fishing village is situated 10 km from Thiruvananthapuram. Kovalam consists of three successive small crescent beaches; the southern most known as Lighthouse Beach, is where most of the visitors spend their time.
The beach is bordered with low cost lodging houses, and restaurants which offer adequate facilities, at affordable tariffs - ideal for a long stay. The light house on the promontory at the southern end of the beach, offers a prominent view across to the Vizhinjam mosque. Photography is prohibited here. The local fishermen crowd the middle beach in the daytime. Ashok Radisson resort, a five star hotel overlooks the beach. The third beach is situated to the north of Ashoka which has some fishing vessels.

Veli Beach Veli is an attractive beach resort on the coast 9 km from Thiruvananthapuram. Motor boats, paddle boats, rowing boats and ponies are available for hire. The ornamental park has several modern sculptures and there is also a playground for children. Buses go regularly from Veli to East Fort. Veli has a youth hostel offering dormitory style accommodation.
It has a lake where one can go boating and a small backwaters stretch with facilities for water skiing, diving and boating.

Kappad Beach 16 km away from Kozhikode (Calicut), the pleasant, calm beach, locally known as Kappakadavu, is constellated with rocks and caressed by friendly waves 
This is the historical beach where Vasco Da Gama landed on 27 May, 1498 with 170 men in three vessels - a site which found an event that changed the course of Indian history.

The landscape around the beach is very fascinating. as is the rest of Kerala. A towering lighthouse overlooks the beach.Alleppey Beach, Alleppey beach has a long stretch of shore that is laden by dense palm groves.

Shanmugham Beach
This is a popular city beach very near the Trivandrum airport. An indoor recreation club, children's traffic training park and a star shaped restaurant are some of the facilities at the beach.


Bekal Beach 
The old-fashioned little town of Kasargode, 153 km North of Kozhikode, near the Karnataka border, is principally a fishing village. This is one of the largest forts in Kerala and has been under the control of various powers including Vijayanagar, Tipu Sultan and the British. 
Flanked on both sides by long, ravishingly beautiful palm fringed beaches, the Bekal Fort stands proud on a promontory. The fort’s controlling position, with views across the bays to the North and the South are breath-taking.


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