Top 5 Beaches in Kerala to Visit

Planning to Travel to Beaches in Kerala? Here is the Article on must visit beaches in Kerala and it's specialities. Read more about how to plan the trip.

Jan 12, 2023
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Best Beaches In Kerala To Visit

Beaches in Kerala

Kerala houses the best beaches in India and are the best alternative to those in Goa. Most are unexplored pristine beaches that are popular and charming in their natural glory. 

Kerala beaches should be on your bucket list if you are a beach-savvy person. Perfect locations to unwind and relax, these beaches are full of beautiful coastlines, amazing seafood, local markets, swarms of coconut and palm trees, and fun-loving people. You can enjoy thrilling water sports here and be the best version of yourself.

Trip to top beaches in Kerala

The best time to visit Kerala's beaches is between September and March. The weather is pleasant, and you will surely love the different beach attraction in Kerala during these months. However, if you want to avail some off-season discounts in hotels, you can visit during the monsoons when the crowd is comparatively less. The best way to explore these beaches is to hire car rental services from IndusGo.

You can avail the best rental options as you can hire the car of your choice, opt for self-driven cars, and get complete flexibility to explore the destination as per your preference and timing. Having a self-driven rental car will allow you to stop at any pitstop and explore any location at any time. You can even hire a chauffeur from the company if you're not comfortable driving the rental car.

Famous Beaches in Kerala that Everyone should Visit

Here we give you the list of the top 5 beaches in Kerala and all you need to know about them

1.  Alapuzha beach 

A beautiful and peaceful spot in Alappuzha which is the best beach in Kerala. The water flows from the rivers of Kerala and then meets with the Arabian Sea. There are amusement parks and toy train rides made for the children. Therefore, visiting this place with a group of families will be a great choice. You need not worry about the food as there are lots of restaurants, where you can have breakfast.

Since you need to go to other beaches, you should start early in the morning. Therefore, you can come to Alappuzha beach and then have your breakfast. You can also enjoy some water sports or opt for parasailing if you're not afraid of heights. You can also consider enjoying boat rides in the backwaters. Alappuzha beach is at a distance of about 147 and 54km from Trivandrum and Kochi respectively. Rent a car in Alappuzha at affordable prices and starting exploring!

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 2.  Marari beach

The next beach that is quite close to Alappuzha beach is the Marari beach.Any list of beaches in Kerala is incomplete without of Marari Beach.This beach is half an hour from Alappuzha beach, 59km from Kochi and 162km from Trivandrum.  You can take a car or taxi to this beach. One word of advice here would be that, since you are planning to see a couple of beaches within a few days, you can hire private cars with a driver or self-drive rent a car in Alappuzha from a car rental agency. 

It will save you time that you would invest in hiring transportation at every beach to visit the next in line. The private cars will take you to different places, saving endless arguments in discussing what you want and what the cab driver is doing.

The main attraction of this beach is the lotus ponds. This beach is located on the outskirts of Alleppey. Tourists generally come to this lesser-known beach to spend quality time in nature's tranquility . While beaches like Alappuzha and Kovalam are quite crowded, this beach is less occupied by the people. You can take volleyball, football, or badminton kit to do some sports on this vast beach. 

 3.  Varkala beach 

 As this beach is close to Marari beach, before you move on from here,it will be lunchtime and you will feel very hungry in its maritime climate,so better to take your lunch there. Now, after lunch, you can head to the next destination - Varkala beach, which is at a distance of 3.5 hours from Marari beach.

People from Trivandrum and Kochi will have to travel about 1.30 to 4.30 hours, respectively. If you're reaching in the evening, the time will be very soothing, especially for your family members, who will be tired by now. You can sit and enjoy the beauty of this beach, without participating in any activity. This beach is also less crowded than the Alappuzha beach. 

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This is the cleanest beach in Kerala.The place contains a lot of shops, where you can buy some souvenirs for your friends and relatives. If you have the energy to do some sports on this beach, then you can try your hands on parasailing or paragliding. If you have small children in your group, then it better to try kayaking with them. Small children will not be able to do parasailing. Other than these you can try surfing. However, were commend surfing to those who know how to swim, in an emergency. The safest activity on this beach is kayaking, that is, if you are traveling with your kids.

 4.  Payyambalam beach 

You should make one day plan for Payyambalam beach and the locality of Kannur. From Kochi to here have a distance of 474km and from Trivandrum, and at a distance of 2 km from the Kannur railway station. You can take an auto-rickshaw or a private car to that place. The beach is very beautiful with a lot of boulders here and there. The tourists generally come and spend some quiet time here. If you are looking for some water sports, then you should do that on Varkala or Marari beach. Although you will find quite a number of water sports here, it is better to spend the time, watching the formidable sea waves and chatting with your family members. If you are planning to visit this Payyambalam beach, then you should also take a look around Kannur. This beach is at a great distance from the other popular beaches. Therefore, you will not be able to go to any other beach once you reach here. 

 5.  Kovalam beach

There are several beaches in this state of Kerala, which you can’t miss. You can plan your trip to see the beaches mentioned above. If you are planning to come to the city of Trivandrum first and then go to other locations, then you should first go to Kovalam beach,one of the must visit beaches in Kerala.

This is the most popular beach in Trivandrum and is reachable at a distance of 214km from Kochi and 18km from Trivandrum. If you are starting your visit from Trivandrum, then this is the beach you must first.There is a lighthouse on this beach. This beach is shorter than a few of the other beaches mentioned here.

Therefore, you can spend at most two hours here, eat lunch in any restaurant and go to the location. This beach is the most crowded among the others mentioned here. If you come a little early here,you can relax at the elegant spas of this beach.- Rent a car in Trivandrum at affordable prices.


There is no shortage of picturesque beaches in Kerala, and if you want to explore the best among them, visit the ones mentioned above. With a ton of beach activities to enjoy and boundless natural sceneries to soak your eyes, you will surely love your holiday to the top beach destinations of Kerala. 

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