5 Beaches Weekend Getaways from Alleppey
Kerala beaches are amongst the best in India and are an excellent alternative to Goa. Some of the beaches remain relatively deserted. This Kerala beach guide will point you in the right direction of the most suitable beach for you. The best time to visit, weather wise, is from December to March.
The Alleppey beach is known throughout Kerala as one of the best beaches, owing to its intrinsic natural beauty. Alleppey’s celebrated past as a prominent port city is aptly portrayed by the 137-year-old pier that stretches out in to the sea.
Kovalam beach the most popular and most developed beach in Kerala. Often likened to Goa’s Calangute and Baga beaches, Kovalam is located not far from the capital, Trivandrum. It’s actually made up of two main coves — Hawa (also referred to as Eve’s beach) and Lighthouse. Lighthouse is the biggest and busiest of the two, with its promenade lined with open air restaurants.
Varkala beach is the pick of the beaches in Kerala, in terms of ambiance and facilities. Although more and more tourists are flocking there every year, it’s still less crowded than Kovalam and the scenery is striking. The beach lies at the bottom of a long stretch of cliff that’s bordered by beach shacks and shops.
Marari beach is located not far from Alleppey, making it convenient for those who’d like to spend some time at the beach in between going on a houseboat trip along the backwaters. A big attraction there is the earth conscious Marari Beach Resort.
the small town of Kannur, in northern Kerala, is known for its secluded beaches, mysterious masked spirit-possession theyyam rituals, and hand loom weaving. The theyyam season runs from October until May and Kerala Tourism has a comprehensive calendar of theyyam events.