Vadanappally Beach is a paradise soothing to the eye and to the mind. It is one of the few beaches in Kerala that has coral reef formations which line the shoreline in colorful profusion. Not only that, it is also connected to the exotic palm-fringed backwaters, and the water is ideal for swimming and surfing. Besides these, it also offers excellent opportunity for cultural exploration.
Vadanappally sprawls out at the coast of the Arabian Sea, just 18 km from the cultural capital of Kerala, Thrissur. The Beach is part of Vadanappally village, which is about 3 km away. It is close to the ancient trade centre, Kandassan Kadavau. It gained popularity especially after the highly successful Vadanappally Beach Festival held two years back to propagate the objective of sustained development for the Beach and to forge unity among the people.
With virtually no crowd around, you can slumber as long as you like or spend time in reflective silence. Otherwise, go swimming and explore the coral reefs at the shore. Apart from that, the backwater cruise is a must. An added attraction is that it comes with a traditional touch. Instead of the swanky houseboats of Ashtamudi, Vadanappally offers cruises in its own special local boat, a traditional country craft called Vanchia. On it one can go sailing down the emerald still waters taking in the surrounding greenery of wide-leafed coconut trees and glimpses of village life.
But to enjoy the place holistically; venture into the religious places in the vicinity. There are quite a few at walking distance from the Beach. The revered Durga Devi Temple, the South Juma Masjid with the distinctive dome in the centre and the St. Francis Church are some of the most popular.
Other places that are frequented by tourist are the Guruvayoor Temple and the Palayoor Church. Guruvayoor is considered one of the most sacred having a 33.5 m high gold plated Dwajasthambam (flag post) in the chuttambalam (outer enclosure). Palayoor St Thomas Church is the first Christian Church in India. It is believed to have been built by St. Thomas the Apostle in AD 52. The main entrance of the Church is splattered with 14 granite life size statues of various scenes from the life of St. Thomas. And the wall and ceiling are adorned with paintings of Christ and angels in white and gold.
Other important pilgrim centres for the natives are Thriprayar Temple, Cheraman Juma Masjid and Kodungallur Temple.