Best Beaches near Thiruvananthapuram to visit on your Kerala holiday

Kerala is an exciting tourist destination that attracts tourists from world over due to its natural beauty, rich culture and heritage. Kerala is also famous for its beaches. Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala has plenty on beaches in its vicinity. These beaches of Thiruvananthapuram are a perfect getaway for families, couples and individuals looking for a break from the hustle bustle of the city life. In this article, let’s check out some of the beaches of Thiruvananthapuram that you must visit on your Kerala holiday.

Kovalam Beaches

Kovalam is the most famous beach in Kerala. The name ‘Kovalam’ was derived from coconut trees lining up on the sea shore. It actually consists of three beaches– Lighthouse Beach, Samudra Beach & Hawah Beach. The Lighthouse beach derives its name from the lighthouse painted in red and white. From the top of the lighthouse one can see the Beemapalli Mosque on one side and Poovar on the other. Samudra beach is a quiet beach perfect for relaxing and for long walks. Hawa beach has plenty of cafes and ayurvedic massage shops. The beaches of Kovalam are perfect for a nice and relaxing Kerala holiday.

Shanghumugham Beach

Kerala Becahes

Shanghumugham Beach is located at a distance of 8kms from the city. The main attractions at the beach are the 35mt long sculpture of a mermaid known as matsyakanyaka and a restaurant that is shaped like a star fish.

Varkala Beach

Varkala beach is located 51 km north of Thiruvananthapuram city, but is in Thiruvananthapuram district itself. Varkala beach is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea.Along the length of the cliff is the paved foot path, with quaint shops, hotels and coconut trees on either side. The major beach here is the Varkala beach also known as the Papanasanam beach. There are many other beaches as well along the stretch, like the Black Beach (named due to the black sand), Odayam Beach and Edava Beach. These beaches are perfect for swimming or to just laze around in the lap of nature. Varkala beach is popular among the tourists and a must visit beach on your Kerala holiday.

Varkala Beach
Poovar Beach
Poovar

Poovar is a popular tourist town in the Trivandrum district of Kerala. It is an isolated but beautiful beach surrounded by backwaters as well as a lake.

One can take backwater cruises on this beach. This beach is ideal for those who want a relaxing Kerala holiday and want to avoid the crowds. Poovar beach also provides some stunning views of sunrise and sunset.

Vizhinjam Beach

Vizhinjam is a natural port located close to international shipping routes in Thiruvananthapuram city. Apart from the beach, this area has a lighthouse, and Marine aquarium and a rock cut temple. This area is known for its Ayurvedic treatment centers and internationally acclaimed beach resorts.

Nellikunnu Beach

Nellikunnu Beach is a small beach located between Vizhinjam and Chowara. It has many private cottages facing the beach. One can have a relaxing Kerala holiday here surrounded by coconut trees and the breath taking views.