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You have to visit these beaches on your Kerala trip

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You have to visit these beaches on your Kerala trip Shankumugham Beach. Photo: Onmanorama

With over 550 kms of coastline, Kerala is blessed with pristine beaches. There are many like Kovalam and Cherai which is famous among even international tourists. The lure of Kerala beaches are addictive, the picture perfect sunsets leaves a long lasting mark in you. Some down time with your loved ones before you say good-bye to a tough and tiring day at work or just a weekend outing, the beaches across the state are the best picks. We give you a list of beaches – some famous, some not so touristy that you could visit. And you really need not wait for the weekends to make this trip

Shankumugham Beach

Shankumugham is to the locals what Kovalam is to the tourists. One of the most easily accessible beaches in the state capital, it is normally crowded. Buses ply this route on a regular basis. Families and young people come here to watch the sun take his evening dip in the sea. There is a park nearby where your kids could play and you could also relax next to a huge sculpture of a mermaid by the famous artist Kanhai Kunjiraman. The airport is just a stone's throw away and you can watch the aircraft come and go. There is an ancient temple next to the beach.

Where: About 7 kms from Palayam

Nearest railway station: Trivandrum Central

Kollam Beach

You have to visit these beaches on your Kerala trip Kollam beach. Photo: Onmanorama

The beach at Kollam used to be a popular port of call during the olden days. Trade flourished here and it was almost as busy as the port in Kochi. Cashew nut was the main export. Get friendly with a local person and they will tell you about shared history with the Dutch and the Portuguese. You do not have to be a history buff to enjoy the ocean. When the playful waves lap at your feet, you tend to forget all your worries.

Where : About 3kms from the town centre

Nearest Railway station: Kollam Junction

Andhakaranazhi Beach

You have to visit these beaches on your Kerala trip Andhakaranazhi. Photo: Onmanorama

Andhakaranazhi, is nothing like what its name translates to. 'Andhakar' means dark and 'Azhi' stands for estuary in Malayalam. The beach here is bright and beautiful during day time and the Manakodam lighthouse built about three decades ago keeps the beach lit up during nights. It is not on the tourist map, and therefore is not very crowded. Local people play cricket on the beach and some fly kites. You could join them if you are the friendly tourist. But, since there are no places to stay, it is ideal to leave after sunset. There are small beach shacks which sell refreshments.

Where: About 30 kms from Alappuzha town and Ernakulam town

How to reach: Take a turn from Thuravoor on the Alappuzha -Ernakulam National highway.

Nearest railway station: Vayalar Railway Station

Kuzhupilly Beach

You have to visit these beaches on your Kerala trip Kuzhupilly Beach. Photo: Onmanorama

Kuzhupilly beach is fast becoming a wedding destination off the city of Ernakulam. This beach is not yet on the tourist map. This beach is very clean and you can play in the water to your heart's content. The waves lap at your feet and there is enough greenery around.

Where: Kuzhupilly beach is about 30 kms away from town centre

Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam

Nattika Beach

You have to visit these beaches on your Kerala trip Nattika Beach. Photo: Onmanorama

A serene beach about 30 kms away from Thrissur, Nattika is a traditional fisherman's village. The tourism department has time and again organised various tourism promotion activities at this beach. Nattika has been forever immortalised on celluloid with the iconic flick 'Chemeen.' Nearest railway station: Thrissur

Ponnani Beach

You have to visit these beaches on your Kerala trip Ponnani Beach. Photo: Onmanorama

Eco shops, playful surf, and people. These are what makes the beach at Ponnani famous. The proximity of the rivers adds to the charm of the sea. Don't look around for more reasons to explore the shoreline.

Nearest railway station: Kuttipuram, about 24 km

Kozhikode Beach

You have to visit these beaches on your Kerala trip Kozhikode Beach. Photo: Onmanorama

The beaches of Kozhikode have tales to tell. Of trade, wars and foreign visitors. As you walk through the sands on the beach, you cannot but stop to pause how much these shores have changed over the years. The sea being the only constant.

Nearest railway station: Kozhikode

Muzhappilangad Beach

You have to visit these beaches on your Kerala trip The drive in beach at Muzhappilangad. Photo: Onmanorama

What makes Muzhappilangad beach unique is the four kilometre stretch of beach where you can practically drive in. You can do your stunts – either on a bike or a car – and be careful about it. You have to be there, take in the sights and sounds to enjoy this very popular beach in Kannur

Nearest railway Station : Thalassery about 7 kms away

Kasba Beach

You have to visit these beaches on your Kerala trip Kasba beach. Photo: Onmanorama

Tucked away – far away from civilisation is Kasba. A fishing village, the beach here is pristine and the people very friendly. Would you love to go fishing? The options are endless.

Kasba is in Kasargod district

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