A day spent lazing at the beach is the perfect way to restore the soul. One can stroll on the sunny sands, sunbath, frolic in the pristine blue waters, meditate or simply laze in a hammock with a favorite book and a margarita by your side as your body and mind absorb the peace and tranquility of the beach.
Located on the south-western side of India, the state of Kerala is blessed with numerous such isolated and dreamy beaches as seen in the movies. The golden sands surrounded by sapphire waters and a backdrop of emerald vegetation are the perfect lure as every traveler dream location. The tiny picturesque state of Kerala is sandwiched between the vast Arabian Sea and the lush green Western Ghats. Its small size notwithstanding, Kerala has nearly 600km of glorious unspoiled beaches that are a dream-come-true to every weary tourist’s mind. These are the places that entice thousands of tourists every year from India as well as abroad to indulge in water-based leisure and adventurous activities.
The beaches of northern Kerala have headlands that rise above the shore from the fringe of the beaches and are dotted with old forts built by the earlier colonial powers; that is, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British. The views from these forts are spectacular and beckon you to explore their depths. Though the memories of the early seafarers and traders have faded, a part of their legacy still exists as can be observed from some of the boat designs, the famous Chinese fishing nets, the cuisine and of course the architecture.
Some of these beaches were rediscovered by backpackers and suntan-seekers of the sixties, followed by a barrage of hippies in the seventies that finally turned these spectacular beaches from simple fishing village dwellings into the hot tourist destinations of today. However, it’s not just the palm-lined beaches that are of interest to the tourist, there are also the famous backwaters, which are a network of canals that link the various cities and rural dwellings. A little inland and you can enjoy the lush, green beauty of the Western Ghats with mesmerizing mountain slopes that are brimming with coffee, tea and spice plantations. National Parks and sanctuaries like Eravikulam, Periyar and Wayanad are not too far away and are home to elephants, tigers, deer, and monkeys, to name a few of the wildlife found here.
Unspoiled and immaculate, mere words are not enough to describe the beauty of the scenic beaches of Kerala. One such beach is the Thirumullavaram Beach is one of the three beaches of Kollam, a city located on the banks of the famous Ashtamudi Lake. The other two beaches associated with the historic Port city of Kollam are the Thangasseri beach and the Mahatma Gandhi Beach.
The scenic Thirumullavaram Beach, although a mouthful to pronounce, is an amazingly isolated beach fringed with coconut and palm trees on one side and clear blue waters of the Arabian Sea on the other side. The panoramic views of the sea provide an ideal getaway for tourists longing for tranquility and serenity for a few days. This quiet and secluded beach offers all the activities needed to soothe your mind and body with its natural beauty. You can relax on the beach, sun-bath, swim in the sheltered recess of the shallow bay, stroll on the white sands or just enjoy the spectacular sunrise and sunsets over the ocean. There are intermittent piles of rocks that you can relax on as you spend peaceful hours meditating with the ocean. These rocks were placed by the government to protect the shore after the tsunami of 2004. During low-tide, you can even see the ‘Sunday Rock’, located about one and a half kilometers into the Arabian Sea.
Uninterrupted from the hustle and bustle of the city, this shady and silent beach offers you a once in a lifetime experience! The beach is ideally located about 6km away from Kollam city, which is also known as the Cashew Capital of the World. There is a regular bus service as well as taxis to help you get to the beach from Kollam. The city is well-connected by rail, road, and air, so it’s easy to get there. The Trivandrum International Airport is also just a comfortable 70 km drive away. Numerous hotels are available in Kollam for those staying more than a day. The Raviz hotel pampers you so grandly that it’s better to come prepared to spend a few day in Kollam and enjoy its numerous attractions.
The famous quote by Van Morrison, “Smell the sea, feel the sky, let your soul and spirit fly”, seems aptly suited to the Thirumullavaram beach, so go ahead and plan a vacation to enjoy the jewel colors of Kerala !