The Points South Point of View – The coastline of Kerala runs the entire length of the state 580 Kms. The Malabar region in the north is still unspoilt with long sand beaches and several 17th century forts built by the British East India Company to protect their trading interests. In Southern Kerala the cliffs rise steeply with the hotels located above, access to the beaches often involves a steep walk.The Indian beaches are public places used by the local fishermen. The beaches immediately south of Trivandrum in the Kovalam area have long been a popular destination, leading to over development with many resort style hotels, this area has now lost much of the traditional Keralan character. We recommend the Marari area close to Alleppey (Alappuzha), this is still relatively unspoilt. If you are seeking a much quieter retreat the beaches of Northern Kerala and Tamil Nadu remain undeveloped with miles of sandy beaches. Care needs to be taken when swimming in the Arabian sea and the Bay of Bengal as the sea can be rough, life guards are provided by some of the hotels, as a consequence of the sea conditions water sports are not generally provided.