Spending holidays alongside beaches is my Achilles Heel for good. My visits to Goa and Andaman and Nicobar Islands may put me in the category of frequent traveller and I used to come back completely energised and charged. However, I wanted to explore more and more of it and wanted to reach out to the beaches I have never stepped on and to my amazement, this incredible exploration took me to exotic Kerala which I had only known for backwaters and magical ayurvedic treatment but the beaches I explored and lived at changed my mindset for Kerala trip in my mind and guess what I find it irresistible not to go to Kerala time and again. There was some paucity of time but I was able to breathe with four main beaches namely Kovalam Beach, Kumarakom Beach, Marari Beach and Fort Kochi Beach. These beaches may be termed as best South Indian Beaches unopposed.
Kovalam has gained fame internationally especially amongst Europeans. A colossal rocky promontory on the beach has created a bay of calm waters best suited for sea bathing. Besides sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, exclusive cultural sessions and catamaran cruising can be deeply enjoyed. Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala is located at a mere distance of sixteen kilometres where you may visit Napier Museum, the Sri Chitra Art Gallery, the Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Ponmudi hill station respectively.
Talking of Kumarakom Beach, it may be termed as an ideal place to relax and enjoy range of beach activities and water sports. The beach is located on the banks of Vembanad Lake and it is blessed with enchanting beauty. You may visit the place to participate in famous snake boat festival. The beach allows various outdoor activities including water skiing, wind surfing, parasailing, boating, sunbathing and swimming. Other than its captivating beach, Kumarakom also offers its visitors with the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Backwater Cruises, Vembanad Lake and Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a real paradise for bird lovers as they can locate wide range of winged species. Marari Beach on the other hand offers a lifetime opportunity to meander amidst wildflowers or spotting and watching a Monarch butterfly or observing the waves changing colours. So, you can get rid of to do list and dig it in some corner of the beach and relax to the hilt.
Taking road to Fort Kochi will bring you fragrance of the glorious past. It is a world of its own, retaining specimens of bygone Portuguese era and stands proudly. Besides exploring the beach, you may take a walk to visit Fort Immanuel, Dutch cemetery, Thakur House, David Hall, Parade Ground, The Church Road, Cochin Club, Bastion Bungalow, Vasco-de-Gama Square, Pierce Leslie Bungalow, Old Harbour House. In addition to this, you may also visit Princess Street, Loafer’s Corner, the historic church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Vasco House, VOC Gate and Bishop’s House respectively.
So, next time you plan beach vacation in India, do consider Kerala beaches and the experience will be breathtaking- that is a guarantee.