Strolling bare feet on sandy beaches, water lapping gently at the feet, soft breeze caressing the hair, the distant drum roll of the sea, cuisine designed to entice the palate, warm weather, hammocks strung between palm trees and mocktails with umbrellas in them ….these are some of the most enchanting thoughts which could lure anyone into catching the travel bug. Who would not want to escape to a beachside haven from the humdrum of daily life? Talking of getaways, Kerala, God’s own land has much to offer, be it lush green fields, dewy mountains or long stretches of sandy beaches. Little wonder then that Kerala, bountiful in scenic beauty, is one of the most attractive travel destinations this side of the hemisphere, the major attraction being its’ long coastline spread over 550 km of the mighty Arabian Sea. Studded with some pristine beaches that are often remarkable with swaying palms, quaint lighthouses and multi-hued seashells, Kerala’s coastline is a true paradise for nature lovers.
Kerala’s long coastline is replete with tales of seafarers, adventurers & invaders. The history, culture, traditions and even cuisine of the state is linked to its’ coastline. The topography of the coastline is distinctive and changes abruptly as one proceeds from north to south. In the northern parts of Kerala, in places such as Bekal, Thalassery and Kannur, the headlands rise above the shore from the fringe of the beaches. These headlands are dotted with forts built by the colonial powers – the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British. The view of the surrounding area is exquisite. From Kozhikode, once the hub of the Malabar Coast, the view changes to flat lands with rocky outcroppings.
Towards Central Kerala, the coastline is relatively flat, teeming with paddy fields and is heavily crisscrossed by a network of interconnected canals and rivers. Alapuzha, often known as the Venice of the East with its’ waterways and sandy beaches is a major attraction. Marari beach, just 11 kilometres away from Alapuzha town, was reportedly rated as one of the world’s top five Hammock Beaches by National Geographic survey. Abad Turtle Beach Resort, spread across an area of 13 acres of land, overlooks the white sandy Marari beach and has a rivulet flowing on one side.
Towards the South, in Varkala, cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea giving the beach a sublime charm. Kovalam beach, at the southern-most tip of the state was once a casual fishing village which was rediscovered by back-packers and tan-seekers in the sixties. Hordes of hippies followed in the seventies, transforming the fishing village into the busy tourist destination of present day. Interestingly, Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and true to its’ name the beach offers an endless sight of coconut trees. In fact this feature is common all through the coastline – dense groves of coconut trees line the coast and extend to the interiors. Abad Harmonia, located at Chowara,, is 6-km south of Vizhinjam ,Kovalam. Chowara is one of the quietest beaches in Kerala and is undoubtedly a tranquil getaway.
For a discerning tourist in Kerala, with 550 kilometres of coastline, finding the best beach escape can be a daunting task. Secluded beaches, white sand beaches or party beaches: there’s a selection of beaches for everybody in Kerala and Abad helps to make the perfect choice by offering world-class, well-appointed properties at Marari and Kovalam beaches with services ranging from water sports to wellness treatments.
So why not head out to Abad’s beach resorts in Kerala to unwind with your feet in the sand .