Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala, nature’s lush green paradise better known as the “God’s own country” is famous for a multitude of reasons. One of the top reasons would undoubtedly be the beaches in Trivandrum. Just take a quick trip through the city and you will see beaches almost everywhere. There is no dearth for beaches in Trivandrum. Every breeze that cups the soul of Trivandrum whispers of rushing blue waves and golden sand dunes! So, let us take a quick look at the top 5 beaches of Trivandrum.
1.The Kovalam Beach- Crystal Clear Waters And Rocky Shores!
When you think of Trivandrum, the first major attraction that comes in your mind would be the Kovalam beach. Kovalam is often touted as one of the major tourist havens. In general, no globetrotter will leave Kerala without a mandatory visit to Kovalam. It will be on the top checklist of any voyager. So, what makes Kovalam the ‘Paradise of the South’? The reasons are many!
- The Sunset!
If you visit Kovalam, there is one thing you should never miss and that is the sunset! Soak in the crimson orange hues that completely transform the Kovalam skies and makes it look as if a bowl of saffron threads were thrown up into the azure skies with cottony clouds!
- The Coconuts!
The word Kovalam means ‘ a grove of coconut trees’. And, true to its name, Kovalam is filled with stretches of land filled with coconut trees that tower up over your head and sways their head in a synchronized fashion as if listening to the tunes of the cool breeze that swishes their way through.
- The Rocky Shores!
Another thing that makes Kovalam stand out is their rocky shores. As the deep blue waters rise up and strike hard on the charcoal hued stones, you just couldn’t help but stand mesmerized by nature’s beauty!
- The Brick Red Lighthouse!
Take a quick glimpse of the deep blue skies that tower over the beaches and you will surely catch sight of the Vizhinjam lighthouse. The lighthouse, made of deep red and white-hued stone bands are a delight to watch! Climb up the lighthouse and you get to see the whole locality wrapped in carpets of green. One direction you can see the crystal blue shores of Poovar and the other direction you see the famous Bheemapalli mosque.
- The Shanghumugham Beach- Where The Sea Wraps The Heart Of The City!
Shanghumugham beach will always be my personal favorite as we live quite near to it and visit this beach often! It is just a stone throw away from the Trivandrum International Airport and is located at the Western part of Trivandrum right in the heartstrings of the bustling streets of Trivandrum. If you visit this spot by evenings, you will find it hard to find a proper parking spot all thanks to the crowd which swarms over the place every evening. It is one of the smallest beaches of Trivandrum, yet is famous for more reasons than one. Even if you have not visited Trivandrum, still you might have seen this beach through films at least. This is one of the most loved locations for film shooting.
- The Vendors!
Take a quick stroll through the shores and you will be greeted by vendors selling tangy mangoes dipped in chilies and salt, whiff the aroma of piping hot peanuts roasted and served in newspaper cones, and cone ice-cream sellers trying to lure the attention of kids.
- The Religious Reference
Shanghumukham is also known as the arattukadavu of Lord Anandhapadmanabha. Every year, over thousands of Hindus flock the shores to offer prayers in memory of their deceased loved ones. This ritual, known as ‘Bali Tharpanam’ is quite famous all over Kerala. Also, during Vinayaka Chathurthi, Shanghumukham again dones the role of being the prime spot for Ganesha Nirmajam.
- The Park
Shaghumukham also has a small park nearby where kids can run around and play to their heart’s content. The Jawaharlal Nehru Park of Traffic Signs also helps kids to learn the traffic signals while playing around with cycles.
- The Sagarakanyaka
The famous Sagarakanyaka sculpture is one of the major attractions of Shanghumukham beach. Sculpted by the talented artisan Kanayi Kunjiraman, the sculpture is a humongous representation of a sunbathing Jalakanyaka. It is crafted to perfection using concrete and spans over 23m in length.
- Poovar- Where The Golden Sand Dunes Kisses The Cerulean Seas
The beauty of Poovar is never to be described, it is to be experienced! You might have seen all the beaches in the world, but if you have not seen the Poovar beach, you have sure missed the most breathtaking beach view ever! The first thing that came to my mind when I visited Poovar first was, “How could the seas be so blue? How could the sands be so golden?” It was as if I stepped into dreamland with hues that seemed so ethereal! Located at the Southern tip of Trivandrum, this beach has hushed tales of romance to whisper in your ears.
- The Lush Greenery
Soak in the lush green hues of nature to your heart’s content at Poovar! This is one of the spots which tells you nature can be the most gorgeous thing ever in this entire world. It further reminds us that no man-made thing can ever compete with the breathtaking beauty of nature. The green carpets are home to some exotic birds too.
- The Back Waters
Take a trip through the backwaters in a boat and scoop the enchanting marvel of nature as your boat wades through nature’s paradise.
- The Meeting Point!
Poovar is the only beach in Kerala which has a river on one side and sea on the other side. The point where the sea meets the river can be the best sight ever you had ever seen!
- The Varkala Beach- Where The Cliffs And Seas Set An Exotic View!
Another beauty beyond words, Varakala beach is one of the must-go destinations if you ever visit Trivandrum. Located along the Arabian sea, this beach is also known as the Papanasham Beach. This is one of the secluded spots of Trivandrum where you can bask in the beauty of nature without much disturbance as this spot is less crowded than the other beaches.
- The Cliffs
What makes this beach more gorgeous is the countless cliffs that face the sea. All the cliffs are housed by massage centers, resorts and cafe’s. No wonder this is one of the top tourist destinations in the city. The cafes and beaches along the cliffs might make you wonder whether this resembles the northern parts of Goa.
- The Sunset
This spot also gives you one of the gorgeous views of the sunset. Climb up the cliffs and watch in awe as the golden sol kisses the seas!
- The Romantic Aura!
When we visited this spot, we had stayed at a resort where the doors opened to the rushing seas and where we could sip our cups of coffee at the cliff tops listening to rushing waves near the cliffs. The resort even offers you candlelight dinners on the beaches and hence, this spot is one of the most loved destinations of honeymooners.
- The Veli Beach- The Perfect Spot For Entertainment!
Step on the banks of Veli beach and you will be greeted by a water lagoon which is one of the rarest waterbodies just adjacent to the seas. Vali lagoon banks are bordered by large gardens which makes you fall heads over heels in love with this place. The destination is never short of entertainment and hence is one of the best places to take your kids to.
- The Games
Visit Veli and there will be no dearth of entertainment! Be it the boat rides, countless shopping stalls, horse rides, cafeterias, swimming pools or floating restaurants, Veli never ceases to entertain you! Take a spin over the Aakulam lake backwaters with a boat ride that will leave you awestruck!
- The Long Walkway
There is a beautiful and long walkway that connects the beach to the Aakulam lake. The stones and grass sculptures further make the view worth the visit. The point where the lake meets the sea makes it a beautiful sight to behold.
- The Sculptures
Besides the real sea and lake, Veli also has an artificial pond and sculptures that make it an even more alluring sight. Take a quick horse ride through the beaches and grab a snack from the shops nearby. Soak in the aubade rays and stay mesmerized as nature lures your senses!