Kerala - Beaches
Beaches are one of the most important tourist attractions in Kerala. Though Kovalam is the most popular beach in Kerala.There are many other beaches, which are almost as good. The long coastline lined with the swaying coconut palm trees and dotted with an occasional fishing hamlet is fast developing into one of the world's best string of beaches. Though infrastructure is yet to come up in many of the beaches, the advantages in those beaches are many, the most important being, less crowded.
Kovalam lay in humble obscurity along the picturesque coast of Kerala. A former fishing village, Kovalam is just 16 Kms away from Trivandrum, Kerala's capital city. This enchanting strip of golden sands is laced with the rich greenery of coconut palms. With high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights. One can walk into the sea about 100 metres without loosing ground. The underwater views, which are visible during snorkeling, are really marvelous.
Marari Beach
Marari, one of the local fishing villages, where life still goes on much as it did a hundred years ago, with the men going out to sea each day to earn a living bringing in the daily catch. Completely new to the holidaymaker. Marari offers endless miles of superb sand beaches backed by swaying palms, virgin territory where you can experience the local charm and traditional Kerala Hospitality at its best.
Not that you need to spend the whole of your holiday in seclusion, you couldn't be in a better location for exploring the marvellous backwaters, where the tranquility, the stunning scenery and the feeling of being transported back in time, make it a superbly relaxing and inspiring experience. For a more upbeat day, a visit to Cochin is a must. Being one of the most important trade centres on the " Spice Coast " this is the place to do a spot of shopping and who knows you could actually find a genuine antique in one of the many shops in Jew Town.
Cherai Beach
It has the calm serene Backwaters on the other side and the land is filled with coconut trees, which make this a very unique and precious gift of the Mother Nature. It is rightly called the "Princess of the Arabian Sea". The scenic beauty and the traditional outlook recall the visitors for enchanting holidays. The lovely beach bordering the Vypeen Island is ideal for swimming.
The sea on the western side and the backwaters on the east give this upcoming tourist destination, a uniqueness, which can be found only in Kerala. Thick coconut groves and Chinese fishing nets on the waterfront are added attractions. The Cherai beach, though a tourist spot retains its serene and unexploited natural beauty. A must visit beach. Paddy fields and coconut trees beautify the place even more.
Bekal, situated on the seashore of Pallikara village, is an important place of tourist interest in the district. It lies 12 Kms. South of Kasargod town. The Bekal fort, which is of great historical and archaeological interest, is the largest and best preserved of its kind in the district and the land on which it is situated, runs into the sea with fine bay towards the south. According to the South Canara Mannual, Bekal fort fell into the
hands of Haider Ali in 1763. It housed the Huzur of Canara during Tipu's time and the remains of a gallow reminiscent of the days of Mysorean occupation were seen here till a few years back. After the overthrow of Tipu Sultan in 1799, Bekal was incorporated into the dominions of the English East India Company. The erstwhile Kasaragod taluk of South Canara district was known as Bekal for more than half a century. The Bekal fort is now under the Archeological Department of the Government of India.

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