Which Kerala Beach is Right For You? Part 2 -Central Kerala

In Part 1 of our Kerala Beach Guide we discussed the popular Kerala beach resorts of Varkala and Kovalam in southern Kerala. However if you only have a short time in Kerala and are arriving in Cochin, here are some other beach options in Central Kerala.

Marari Beach

Marari Beach is a long quiet beach near the small fishing village of Mararikulam. Marari is a great option for those looking to combine the backwaters with a beach stay, as it’s only 20 km north of Alleppey, and a good stopover between here and Cochin.

The beach is clean and unspoilt, and much less developed than Kovalam and Varkala. Most of the accommodation options are expensive though, the most popular being the Marari Beach Resort, but cheaper homestays are available.

Recommended for those wanting to combine the backwaters with a Kerala beach.

Cherai Beach

Cherai is the nearest decent beach to Cochin, located on Vypeen Island. This 15km stretch of beach is located next to a backwater lagoon with views of coconut groves and paddy fields.

Cherai can be reached from Fort Kochi on a 10 minute ferry ride, plus 40 minutes by bus or taxi. It’s easily visited on a day trip from Cochin, but there are also plenty of places to stay if you’d rather base yourself at the beach.

Recommended for those on short trips who are already visiting Cochin and want to relax on a Kerala beach for a day or two.

Part 3 of Which Kerala Beach is Right For You? covers the quiet off the beaten track beaches in Northern Kerala.

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