Located 12 km from Ernakulam , Fort Kochi was once a fishing village of no significance in the Kingdom of Kochi in the pre-colonial Kerala, the territory that would be later known as Fort Kochi was granted to the Portuguese in 1503. An attraction on this beach site is the historic fort which helps you to get familiar with its eventful colonial history and European regimes who ruled it. Cochin Carnival on the New Year eve is a colourful festival not to be missed at the beach site. Chineese fishing nets, another unparalleled attraction of Fort Kochi, is awe inspiring and should not be missed.
Cherai Beach is a beach in the Cherai village of Ernakulum district of Kerala, south India. Cherai is a part of Vypin Island. Cherai Beach is just 30 km from Kochi, the business capital of Kerala and 30 km from Cochin International Airport. The nearby towns are North Paravur (6 km) and Kodungallur (10 km) and nearest railway station is Aluva (20 km).The 15 km of long golden beach is very clean, shallow, and attracts swimming and sunbathing. This is one of the few places where we can see the lagoon (poyil) and ocean separated only by a few hundreds of meters. One of the main events in this beach is the tourism fest during December. Best season to visit is all throughout the year barring the rainy season (June - October). Tourists can find beach resorts and cottages nearby the beach.
Location: Just 16 km from Thiruvananthapuram city, it is an all year destination. Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favorite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s.A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse-sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programs, Catamaran cruising etc.The tropical sun acts so fast that one can see the faint blush of coppery tan on the skin in a matter of minutes. Life on the beach begins late in the day and carries on well into the night. Sea Shells, Handicraft Items made from Seashells, Paintings, Carpets, Metal Work, and Woodwork Articles can be bought at the beach. This beach is Ideal for Kayaking, Swimming, Surfing and Skiing.
Varkala Thiruvananthapuram BeachVarkala, a calm and quiet hamlet, lies on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram district. It has several places of tourist interests like a beautiful beach, a 2000 year old Vishnu temple and the ashram am- 'Sivagiri Mutt' a little distance from the beach. At the serene Varkala beach is a quiet sea resort rich in mineral water springs. A dip in the holy waters at this beach is believed to purge the body of impurities and the soul of all sins. Hence the name 'Papanasam beach'. Activities like Water Skiing, Back Water Cruises, Water Scooters, Motor Boats, and Sunbath on Beaches. Special Attractions are, Watch special Kathakali dance performed in the beaches of Varkala by renowned artists.
Papanasam is a holy beach which means 'Destroyer of the sins'. Mineral water springs come gushing out from the cliffs bordering the beach and are known for their medicinal qualities. The narrow road leading to the beach from Varkala is flanked by paddy fields and tall palm trees, on both sides. A Nature Cure Centre and a Jagannath Swamy (Vishnu) Temple are situated near the beach. Visitors can pay homage to Kerala's saint and reformer Sree Narayana Guru.
This is the historic beach where Vasco da Gama landed on 27 May, 1498 with 170 men in three vessels - a site which witnessed an event that changed the course of Indian history. 16 km away from Kozhikode (Calicut), the pleasant, calm beach, locally known as Kappakadavu, Kozhikode, the most important region of Malabar in yesteryears, was the capital of the powerful Samarians and also a prominent trade and commerce center. It was here at Kappad that Vasco Da Gama landed in his search for the spices of the Orient. Today the serene beaches, lush green countryside, historic sites, all combine to make this a popular tourist destination filled with a warm ambience.
The old-fashioned little town of Kasargode, 153 km North of Kozhikode, near the Karnataka border, is principally a fishing village. Flanked on both sides by long, ravishingly beautiful palm fringed beaches, the Bekal Fort stands proud on a promontory. 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. The fort’s commanding position, with views across the bays to the North and the South are breath-taking.