With the passing years, the tourism department has experienced a continuity of the growth and the development in the sector which have now made tourism one of the rapidly growing economic sectors in this world. Modern tourism is now closely connected with the development of the state and it holds in a number of new destinations. This factor of dependence has now turned tourism into a key element which helps in the socio-economic growth of the state. With the rapid growth of tourism industry a number of new branches of tourism rooted in the land like, responsible tourism, sustainable tourism, coastal tourism and much more. Coastal tourism is one of the latest and most trending at this phase of development in the tourism sector. Coastal tourism is mostly based on a unique combination of resources to the border of the sea and land environments like the sun, beaches, waters, mesmerising views, rich vegetation and presence of biological diversity which includes birds, waterlines, corals ext, presence seafood and better transportation infrastructure. Depending on these resources a number of highly profitable services have been developed in different coastal destinations like beaches and backwaters with facilities like boating, diving, bird watching and more. Kerala is one such destination to the south of India which is known for the presence of a number of beaches and backwater destination apt for coastal tourism. The government of Kerala with an aim to promote coastal tourism in the state have organised a number of projects and packages with travel partners like Lifemadeasy. Coastal tourism in Kerala aims at promoting the flow of both foreign and domestic tourists to the coastal destinations of Kerala and thereby increasing the economic growth by providing a livelihood to the people living in the coastal region. One of the major destinations included in the coastal tourism is the unique backwater destinations of Kerala. To boost coastal tourism in backwaters a number of backwater tour packages were organised by the travel partners with the tourism department of Kerala. The two major categories of destinations which are included in the coastal tourism in Kerala are
Kerala is a land with a number of beaches that attracts the over-sea travellers to the land. some of the main attraction of the beaches in Kerala is the scenic view of the place with coastal areas mostly filled with coconut plantations, best-facilitated beach resorts which provide the best seafood available in the land, accommodation facilities for the overseas travellers and the domestic travellers visiting the beach destinations in the state and the entertainment activities which the travel operators offers. Some of the best beaches in Kerala are listed below.
It is the scenic beauty of Kovalam that put Kerala in the coastal tourism map of the world. It is believed that the British holiday seekers where the first to discover this small yet beautiful village located close to the sea in the early 1930’s. Located on the coast of the fascinating Arabian sea, the beach is located around 14km to the south of Trivandrum. this fascinating beach houses one of the countries internationally famed beach resort which consists of three consecutive crescent-shaped bays namely ‘Eve’s beach’, ‘the Samudra beach’ and ‘the Lighthouse beach’. Located to the south the Lighthouse beach is one of the most popular among the 3 beaches of the place. One of the main attractions of the Kovalam beach is that the place has the best-facilitated accommodation which would be suitable for all the budgets. Some of the main attraction near the beach is the Marine Aquarium, Pozhikkara beach, Vizhinjam Rock Cave and Thiruvallam Parasurama temple. It is mostly the scenic beauty of the place and the availability of the facilitated accommodation for travellers that attracted tourists to the place.
The place is one of the most recent tourist attractions which were discovered by the overseas tourists. This scenic beach is located about 41 km to the north of the capital city Trivandrum. This small beach which about 500 meters long houses one of the best Hindu pilgrim centres. some of the main elements that attract travellers to the place is the presence of beautiful contemporary resorts with the best interiors and construction, the Ayurvedic centres of the land which provides the travellers visiting the beach with the best rejuvenation therapy and the presence of the Papanasham beach with a calm never-ending stretch of sand which is known for the presence of mineral spring and beautiful rocky cliffs. Some of the other attractions of the place include the Sree Janardhana Swami Temple which dates about 2000 years old and the health centres which the beach resort have.
The Kappad beach located about 16 km to the north of Kozhikode is one of the historic beach destinations in the state, where the Britishers Vasco Da Gama landed in the year 1498 with a number of 170 men in 3 big vessels. One of the major attraction of the place is the presence of monument in the place which co-memorates this historic happening. This is one of the most beautiful rock-studded beaches which are known as Kappakadavu among the locals of the place. One of the attractive features of the place is a beautiful rock which protrudes into the sea and a temple which is located on the rock which is believed to be around 800 years old.
Among the 3 beautiful beaches listed above the Kovalam beach and the Varkala beach are the once which at present are developed into a completely fledged beach tourist destination of the state. Apart from the Kovalam, Kappad and the Varkala beach the state has a number of other beach destinations like the Sankhumukham and the Veli beaches located in Thiruvananthapuram, Cherai beach located at Ernakulam, Mararikulam beach located at Alappuzha and the Muzhappilangadi beach located at Kannur are already places that attract tourists from around the world. The Muzhappilangadi beach located at Kannur is the only drive in beach in the state and was one of the best attractions for the movie makers and beach lovers.
Other than the beach destinations, the backwater destinations of Kerala are also well-known destinations for coastal tourism. The backwater stretches are one of the unique water attractions in Kerala with complex water structure where the fresh water mixes with the saline sea water. One of the main elements that make the backwaters of Kerala the best coastal tourist destination is due to its complexity and the activities that different travel operators provide like boat ours, houseboat stays, entertainment activities on board and much more the 3 main backwater destinations of Kerala are listed below.
The backwater stretches of Vembanad is said to be one of the longest in India and the largest in the state. Spread across a number of districts in the state this scenic backwater stretch is known as Vembanad Lake in Kottayam, Kochi Kayal in Kochi and Punnamada Kayal in Kuttanad. This fascinating Kayal is one of the most visited backwater destination in Kerala. The lake offers houseboat tours and houseboat trips to travellers visiting the lake. The Kochi Kayal shares its borders with a number of cities like Vyppin, Vallarpadam, Willington Island and Mulavukad. One of the main attractions of the Vembanad Kayal is The Nehru Trophy Boat Race which is celebrated every year in the place.
The Ashtamudi Kayal which stretches along the Kollam and Alleppey district of Kerala is one of the fascinating backwater destinations in Kerala. One of the main attractions of the place is the innumerable number of houseboat which offers the best services to the travellers visiting the place. Some of the other attractions of the backwaters of Ashtamudi are the very famous boat races which are held every year during the harvesting seasons. The unique water structure of the waters with the rare aquatic life forms in this complex water structure adds up to the beauty of the waters. A number of travellers visiting this Kayal get greatly fascinated by the beauty of the moonlit backwaters, lush green paddy fields and the beauty of the backwater villages.
The major attraction of the coastal regions of the state is the presence of beautifully fascinating canals, backwaters and beaches. These water bodies are the common destinations for coastal tourism in the state. The major attraction of the backwater destinations and canals in the state is that they all share access to the Arabian Sea. The above-mentioned backwater destinations are all known for having innumerable houseboats offering services to the travellers. Promoting backwater tourism in the state the Kerala tourism department with travel operators organised different cheap and Affordable Kerala houseboat packages which offer the domestic and foreign travellers with the best-facilitated tour through the backwater stretches of the land. One of the main attractions of the houseboat packages in Kerala is its delicious cuisine, entertainment activities offered on board and the traditional dance forms which are offered to exhibit the tradition and culture of the state. One of the major advantages of coastal tourism in Kerala is that it helped greatly in promoting and uplifting backwater tourism and beach tourism and thus played a great role in the economic betterment of the state. With the promotion of beach tourism and backwater tourism, a number of locals were provided with a living and a better lifestyle. It would be true to say that with the betterment of beach tourism in Kerala, the state experienced a great change in the lifestyle and the economy of the state.