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Kerala known as the God’s own country is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Kerala is known for its beautiful beaches is one of the major tourist attractions in india, both for Indians and foreigners. Kerala is a state on the tropical Malabar coast of southwestern india. Nicknamed as one of the 10 paradises of the world by national Geographic traveler, kerala is famous especially for its ecotourism initiatives, its unique culture and traditions coupled with various . kerala are spread along the 550 km Arabian cost line . The topography of the coastline is the distinctive and changes abruptly as one proceeds from noth to south. In the northern parts of kerala, in places such as bekal, talassery and kannur the head lands rise above the shore from the fringe of the beaches. The highlands are dotted with forts built by the colonial power the Portuguese, Dutch and the British . the view of the surrounding area is exquisite from once the hub of the Malabar coast, the view changes to flat lands with rocky outcroppings jutting out. One features are common all through the coconut tree in large numbers. Dense groves of coconut trees lines the coast and extend to the interiors. Varkala beach in Trivandrum district is the only place in kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian sea. The long coast line of the kerala is inextricably entwined with the culture, life , traditions of the state. Memories of early seafarers and traders have faded, but boats of various type and style have survived. 120 to 150 rainy days are other unique features of kerala.
The fun of sea and sun bathing or watching the wave crash are not the only attractions of beaches. There is a belief that a dip in waters of papanasam beach at varkala, 45 km away from Trivandrum washes away sins(Papam) Priests from the 2000 years old Janardhana temple are there to assist believers to perform the rituals. The main bell of the temple was presented by the Dutch captain of a sailing ship in the 17 th Century. Comparatively lower hotel tariffs and cheap food draw in European backpackers and domestic tourists with lower budget to the place. It also 10 km away from my house. A several hundred of volunteers representing various organizations joined hands to clean up the beaches as part of Campaign to observe international coastal clean up day on 16 Sep . Varkala beach is famous for mineral springs and a fantastic massage, so don’t forget to bring aromatherapy massage oil and sun protection. The mineral springs here are said to have curative properties . The massage technique has been closely guarded secret for thousands of of years but many tourists it’s a welcome revival from the toils of t he roads.
The Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama landed at Kappakadavu a small coastal village in the Kozhikode district on 27 may 1498, thereby making the opening of a sea route from Europe to India. A plaque on the beach commemorates the arrival . Kozhikode was earlier visited by Marco Polo (1254-1324) . The main beaches in kerala is Kovalam, alappuzha, Bekal, Varkala, Marari, Somatheram beach. Also kerala is fully covered with small beaches and ports..

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