The Best Beaches of South India
The Peninsula of Southern India offers an unbelievably long, uninterrupted Coast Line. The Bay of Bengal to the East, The Arabian Sea in the West and the Indian Ocean in the South all create the most glorious coastline one has ever seen. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing the best beach from the millions dotting this unending shore line. That’s where we come in. Here’s a quick look at some of the best beaches that South India has to offer.
The lush green and stunning state of Kerala offers not just great views and scenery but enough peace and solitude to enrich you spiritually. Some of the best beaches in Kerala are:
Alappuzha Beach – has the romance of a town that was once a bustling pier and now is the centre for the backwater holidays in Kerala. It has earned the sobriquet of the “Venice of The East” because of the innumerable lagoons, canals and lakes that meander through it. The Vijaya Beach park provides visitors entertainment and the lighthouse is a wonderful picnic spot. It is quite easy to reach Alappuzha as it is merely 85 km away from the Kochi International Airport. A unique and tranquil holiday awaits you at Alappuzha.
Kovalam Beach – Kovalam is every beach lover’s paradise. The word Kovalam literally means a grove of palm trees and the trees dotting its beaches add to this wonderful place’s beauty. This oasis of calm and beauty has a variety of accommodations to offer, from budget rooms to five star luxuries. With post card sunsets everyday and the quaint charm of an untouched fishing village, Kovalam also doubles as a Yoga and ayurveda centre. You can avail of the luxury of a spa or massage to drive away all your blues. Kovalam can be approached from Kerala’s capital city Thiruvananthapuram’s airport and railway station.
Varkala Beach – Varkala is another shining star on the coastline of Kerala. With sweeping views atop the magnificent cliffs and the bubbling mineral springs, this beach also doubles up as a hotspot among Hindu pilgrims. So for the spiritually inclined there is the Janardana Swamy Temple and for those inclined more towards the spoils of nature is the Nature Centre. Legend has it that a dip in the holy waters of Varkala beach will purge your soul of all its sins. For a spiritual sojourn that will please your heart, your eyes, your body and your very soul, head over to Varkala beach. Varkala is easily approachable from Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam.
Heading over to Tamil Nadu, more fitted for people who want something to do or see other than just relaxing by the beach, here’s a choice of the best beaches of Tamil Nadu:
Marina Beach - Here is a stunning beach located on the shore of the bustling city of Chennai, one of the foremost metros of India. So not only do you have a marvelous beach to relax at, but you are spoilt for choice on things to do and experiences to soak in. You can visit the regal building of Chennai Like the University of Madras, the Senate House, Chepauk Palace, Presidency College, Ice House all located on the sweeping Beach Drive. You can also visit the Marina Aquarium With a wide variety of accommodation and easily accessible due to its International Airport, this beach is a favourite among a whole lot of travelers.
Mahabalipuram Beach – An ancient city with history etched over every corner of this town, nature and man made architecture reach a rare crescendo in this unique town. The stunning poetries in stone were made by the Pallavas and you can visit the world’s largest bas relief called Arjuna’s Penance with a rock carved with Gods, men, beasts and birds.
Other attractions include the monolithic wonder of the five Ratha temples called the Paanch Pandava Temples, and the eighth century Dravidian Shore Temple. The nearest airport is Chennai which is 58 km away.
Kanyakumari - Nothing will prepare you for the heart stopping beauty of Kanyakumari, The charm this, the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula is almost surreal. The three oceans, the Bay of Bengal on the East, The Indian Ocean in the South and the Arabian Sea on the West all come in to embrace this town and the spectacle of the tides from these three seas meeting on one beach meeting has to be seen to be believed. Obviously the Sea is too rough to swim in but you can fulfill the urge to take a dip by jumping into a tiny lagoon that is walled off from the Sea by rocks, which is converted into a bathing ghat. You can also visit The Vivekananda Rock, a massive rock in the middle of the Sea a little off the coast where the great Indian philosopher Swami Vivekananda has been known to have meditated. A glorious place that every one should visit at least once in their life, a visit here is sure to be life altering.
Moving on then to the state of Karnataka, here are some more beaches that feature among the very best beaches of South India.
A short distance from the South Indian food lover’s Mecca Udipi is a lazy little town called Marwanthe. With a wonderful combination of the Arabian Sea and the picturesque Satuparnika River and a mountain range to boot, nature’s bounty flows free in this land. So there are glorious sunsets and gushing waterfalls. All beautiful enough to make you fall in love with this peaceful town.
Another picture perfect beach is Murudeshwar which is a holy town with the awe inspiring Murudeshwar Temple the highlight of this town. This temple has got mythological connections but you can be sure that along with the sacred value that this town enjoys there are plenty of picturesque sceneries that you are sure to enjoy.
Another great option is to visit the Union Territory of Pondicherry which was a French colony for most of recent history. With a number of stunning beaches such as Serenity beach, Plage Paradiso, Mahe Beach and Karaikal Beach, each of which are divine to say the least, this place is a beach lover’s paradise.
India also has a number of Archipelagoes in the Indian Ocean which are secluded, peaceful and practically untouched by man. These include the Lakshadweep Islands and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. These islands offer a host of experiences from water sports, enjoying the beauty of marine life or then just a plain and simple get away from the rest of the world. You can leave all your Earthly worries and stresses behind as you enter this island paradises.