South India has exceptional temples, cuisine, local dialect and some spectacular dance forms. However there are beautiful beaches in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu which aren’t talked about that often. Get over the beaches of Goa and head towards South India to witness a different ambiance altogether.
Flaunted as one of the excellent beaches in the state, Cherai beach is just at the distance of 30 km from the city of Cochin. Located on the north-end of the Vypeen Island in Kochi, a picturesque Cherai beach is a perfect blend of the sea and the backwaters. Dotted with seashells of several shapes and hues, this beach looks more beautiful with green groves and paddy field.
Chinese fishing nets on the waterfront and thick coconut groves add charm to this place. This enchanting beach is one amidst the must-see spots for tourists. It has a coastline of 15 km, which makes it different from other beaches. Swimming and sunbathing are popular activities that make it a tempting option for someone to get away from the clamor of city life.
Elliot’s Beach aka “Besant Nagar Beach” or “Bessie” is located in Besant Nagar, Chennai, which forms the end-point of the Marina Beach shore, and is named after Edward Elliot, Governor of Madras. It has the Velankanni Church and the Ashtalakshmi Kovil in the vicinity. In the colonial times, it was a place limited to white people. The beach is popular with local college students and families. There are many restaurants near the beach with mouth watering cuisines.
For the people of Kozhikode, this pleasant stretch of rock-studded beach is Kappakkadavu. To the tourist it is one of the most charming of Kerala’s beaches. Kappad finds mention in history and geography texts as the gateway to the Malabar Coast.
Here, more than 500 years ago on 27th May 1498, 170 men led by the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama (1460-1524) sailed in and stepped into Kerala to create a new chapter in history; the story of a long and tumultuous socio-political relationship between India and Europe.
Malpe is an idyllic beach stretch in close proximity (8 km) from Udipi, 5 km off NH 17
Malpe is a natural port about six kilometers to the west of Udupi and an important port and fishing harbor on the Karnataka coast.
Malpe has a clear stretch of beach with white sand and is good for swimming.
Malpe offers watersports and guests can take a boat ride either to St Mary’s Island or nearby backwaters. Nearby Udupi is a pilgrimage destination and is visited mainly for temples around it. Except weekends, Beach is generally not crowded and one can take long walks.