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Kovalam Beach


Location : Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Significance : The Most Popular Beach in Kerala
Other Activities : Yoga and Other Health Related Activities
Nearby Attraction : Vizhinjam Mosque


Kovalam Beach Travel Guide IndiaKovalam in Malayalam means a grove of coconut trees lies on the Malabar Coast along the Kerala shore line. It is actually a small village that suddenly came alive on the tourist map of Kerala. Since its discovery, this sleepy town with most beautiful beaches is being visited by thousands of people every year. Today Kovalam is considered a fabulous and most popular of beach resorts in India. The palm swaying beaches give Kovalam a ravishing look. This marvellous beach is a tourist's dream come true.

Kovalam Beach with the palm-fringed bays in secluded coconut groves, promise a relaxed stay. The crescent-shaped beaches of Kovalam can be divided in three parts. The boundless blue waters of the Arabian Sea and miles of white sands make this beach truly a paradise. One can have Ayurvedic massages and oil baths or learn the intricacies and dynamics of Yoga and meditation taught by experts. Kovalam is developing not only as a beach resort but is fast developing as a Yoga and health center.

The southern most of the beaches is the Lighthouse Beach and is also the most popular. The middle beach named Hawah, acts as a base for the local fisherman each morning. The northern most beach, Samudra, is least affected of all by the changing times. It is dotted with few Kovalam Beach Travel Guide Indiarudimentary wooden fishing vessels. The evenings are very lively in contrast to the quiet atmosphere of the place at day time. There are Kathakali performances, the classical dance-drama of Kerala.

There's a plethora of places to stay, ranging from cheap concrete boxes to up-market resorts, and the ITDC-run Ashoka and the Kerala tourism department's 'Samudra' at the Kovalam beach offer five-star accommodation. There are other hotels as well to suit every pocket.


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Mahabalipuram Beach


Location : In Mahabalipuram, 58-km South Of Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Main Attraction : Stone carvings, Caves, Rock Cut Temples


Mahabalipuram Beach Travel Guide IndiaMahabalipuram Beach, nestling on the shores of the Bay of Bengal lies about 60 Kms south of Chennai. Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram was once the primitive times Port City of the Pallavas. Mahabalipuram is famous for its shore temples, caves, sculptures, monolithic chariots. Pallava chisels have breathed life into stone here. The sunny shores of Mahabalipuram beach attracts tourist from all over the world to see the monumental splendours.

There is a wide choice of resorts along the beach; a snake venom extracting centre, crocodile farm, schools of art and sculpture draw holiday makers all round the year.


Prime Attractions of Mahabalipuram Beach
Dakshinachitra: While travelling from Mahabalipuram Beach make a visit to the heritage centre called Dakshinachitra. Here traditional crafts persons and folk artists work and perform in the reconstructed period settings of 19th century homes, streets and workspaces of the Southern States of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Arjuna's Penance: The world's largest bas-relief measuring 27m x 9m is the pride of Mahabalipuram. This huge whaleback shaped rock contains figures of Gods, Demigods, men, beasts, birds and in fact represents the entire creation.

Arjuna's Penance Mahabalipuram Travel Guide IndiaFive Rathas: These are five monolithic temples, each created in a different style. They are also known as the "Pancha Pandava Rathas", and the four of the Rathas are supposed to have scooped out of a single rock formation.

Tiger's Cave: It is 4-km north of the main monument complex. It was an open-air theatre, where cultural programmes are held. Though it is very near the sea, the place is serene and calm.

Shore Temple: This is one of the oldest temples in south India. It belongs to the early 8th century AD and is a good example of the first phase of structural temples constructed in Dravidian style. The monuments are floodlit at night and so it is possible to enjoy their beauty after sunset.


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Malpe Beach


Location : 6 Kms From Udupi, Karnataka
Famous As : A Picnic Spot
Nearby Attraction : St. Mary's Island
Best Season :
October To January


Malpe Beach Travel Guide IndiaMalpe beach, a secluded stretch of silvery sands facing the Arabian Sea is about 6 kms from the temple town of Udupi in Karnataka. The Malpe beach is blessed with a profusion of natural and untamed beauty. Malpe beach is an ideal picnic spot with its virgin beach. The endless stretch of golden sand, graciously swaying palm trees, the clear blue sky and the gurgle of the sea all set the perfect mood for an unforgettable holiday here. The island has an array of volcanic rocks jutting out of the rusty sands, in a variety of sizes.

Malpe is a natural harbour and an important fishing centre. Malpe is famed for its silvery beaches that offer breathtaking views of the sea. With a refreshingly pristine beach embellishing the coastline of Karnataka, Malpe beach is an idyllic resort for boating. Malpe beach fishing and bathing the town lies around 386 km from Bangalore. Udupi is at a distance of 60 km from Mangalore. Tourists flock this place to witness the idyllic blending of the swaying palm trees, the fresh blue sky and the unsullied waters of the murmuring sea.

St. Mary's Island Malpe Beach Travel Guide India
Excursions of Malpe Beach
St. Mary's Island: It is another delightful get away spot right across Malpe. The place is only a boat ride away.

How to Get There
Air : Mangalore is the nearest airport.
Rail : Mangalore is the nearest railhead.
Road : Udupi is 6 kms and Mangalore is 66 kms by road, from the town.


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Maravanthe Beach


Location : 50 Kms From Udupi, Karnataka
Languages : Tulu, Konkani, Kannada, Hindi, English
Nearby Attraction : St. Mary's Island
Best Season : October To January


Maravanthe Beach Travel Guide IndiaThe sandy Maravanthe Beach is located 55 Kms from Udupi. Marwanthe, a unique seaside town with Watersports and beach resorts make it an enjoyable holiday spots. Maravanthe beach Karnataka is a sandy beach sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and the Satuparnika River, with a backdrop of the Kodachadri Hills. The endless stretch of golden sand, swaying palm trees, clear blue sky and the gush of the sea attracts a large number of tourists to this spot.

The pristine beauty and peaceful surroundings of its virgin beach mesmerize you and makes it a favourite picnic spot with one and all. The sunsets here are truly breathtaking. A drive down this stretch can be a very memorable experience. The highway leading to the Maravanthe Beach is bordered on either side by the Arabian Sea and the Satuparnika River, with a backdrop of the Kodachadri Hills, makes the drive an out-of-the-world experience.

At sunset, a crimson sky and golden rays reflected both in the sea and the river convert Maravanthe into a fairyland of scenic beauty. A drive further up is the Belekal Theertha falls, near Baindur. The Maravanthe Beach is a popular picnic spot. The waters here are safe for swimming with huge but gentle tides beckoning you to come and play with them.

Baindur Maravanthe Beach Travel Guide IndiaAttractions of Maravanthe Beach
St. Mary's Island: The St. Mary's Island is another delightful holiday destination. It is just a boat ride away.
Ottanane: This place near Baindur is famous for its glorious sunsets.
Baindur: It is a small town, 45 km from Maravanthe. It has a beautiful beach nearby.

How to Get There
Air: Mangalore is the nearest airport.
Rail: Mangalore is the nearest railhead.
Road: Udupi is 55 kms away by road.


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