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15 Famous Beaches in India

Beaches in India

India has the longest stretch of coastline that exhibits some pristine beaches. The beach town of India, Chennai exhibits the serene beauty of Marina Beach. Apart from Marina Beach, there are other numerous beaches- Mahabalipuram, Kovalam, Tranquebar and some other beaches too. The stunning Pondicherry is renowned for its pretty beaches and being proximate to Bangalore and Chennai attracts several tourists throughout the year. The beaches in Goa, Mumbai also attract tourists to visit. Laying behind pretty and some most astounding and pristine beaches Andaman and Nicobar Islands remain unexplored and untouched by visitors.

1. Havelock Island

Havelock Island is a truly fascinating and the most visited Island. The beauty of this Island is unmatched. There are several tourist resorts and hotels for the tourists who can stay and enjoy the scenic views. It is one of the largest Islands of Andaman. Here tourists can go for snorkelling and scuba diving. One can indulge in watching the myriad sea creatures. The pristine shores and the aquamarine waters of Havelock Island stretch right across its expanses.

Visit the two popular beaches- Elephant Beach and Kalapathar Beach on this island which are renowned for offering views of the sunrise and sunsets. Visit Radhanagar beach which is one of the famous beaches in Havelock Island. The pristine water makes it a place for an amazing view of the coral reef.

2. Calangute Beach

The stunning Calangute beach is situated at a distance of around 15 km from Panjim. It is the longest beach in North Goa stretching from Candolim to Baga. Due to its sheer size and popularity, it is a hub for travellers and backpackers from all over the world. It is labelled as the Queen of beaches. It is one of the busiest and most commercial beaches in Goa. Enjoy water sports activities here like- parasailing, water surfing, banana ride and jet-skiing. Calangute is also popular for staying in Goa as it keeps one well connected to other beaches in the North like- Baga Beach, Anjuna Beach, Candolim, Aguada, and many more.

3. Varkala Beach

Varkala Beach or Papanasam Beach is around 10 km away from the beautiful village of Varkala, Kerala. Witness the Arabian Sea in the backdrop against the cliffs of Kerala. This pretty beach is divided into two parts- the Southern area of the beach lies at the end of the road that leads from Janardhana Swamy temple which is a sacred temple of Hindus. The north part of the beach is right at the bottom of the cliff and is truly worth visiting. The water of this beach is regarded to have medicinal and curative properties. A dip in the holy water is said to cleanse the body of impurities and all the sins.

Enjoy the sunset at this beautiful beach and take a serene walk along the beach. The eating joints near this beach offer some of India’s best lip-smacking and affordable food. Visit this beach between the months of late December and March. Enjoy some thrilling activities like- parasailing, windsurfing, paragliding, and snorkelling.

4. Tarkarli beach

Tarkarli Beach is located in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. It is located at a distance of about 7 km south of Malvan at the confluence of the Karli River and the Arabian Sea. This beach is famous for its natural beauty which has a unique charm of its own. The beach has powdery white sand and is one of the few stretches where one can see right through pristine waters for a distance of almost 20 feet. Enjoy the sunset views here on this beach while sipping coconut water. Adventure seekers can indulge in Scuba diving boating, snorkelling, white water rafting, water rides, and parasailing. Explore this beach in the month from October to March as the weather is quite salubrious and very apt for exploring.

5. Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach or Full Moon Beach lies across the coast of Gokarna Town. It is located in Karnataka state. This stunning beach is about 150 meters in length and out of this almost 70 per cent of the beach is entirely covered in rocks and the rest holds clean white sand all over. Paradise Beach is not accessible by road and can be reached via other beaches- Half Moon Beach, and Om Beach. The visitors need to hire a motorboat from Half Moon Beach or Om Beach.

Paradise beach was the hot spot for all the hippies due to the trade of weed. Enjoy camping and cooking here on this beach as the availability of freshwater well on this beach makes it a perfect place for camping. Travellers can find the local cuisine in the nearby localities. Swimming is enjoyable here but swimming far across the shore is risky due to the presence of very strong currents. Visit this beach in the months from November to March in the winter season.

6. Alibaugh Beach

Alibaugh Beach is located along the coast of the Arabian Sea. It is an astounding stretch of sand situated in Maharashtra. It is a black-sand beach that offers a panoramic sight of the Kolaba fort from the shores. Alibaugh Beach is named after the Alibaugh coast and is renowned for its scenic beauty rich history and many adventure sports. Take a boat ride through the waters of the beach that overlooks the Colaba Fort in all its glory. Indulge in horse riding on the shores of the beach, paragliding, motorboat riding, sky Kayaking, Kite surfing and jetskiing. The water sports here are quite famous among the tourists and are available at a reasonable cost.

The stunning Alibaug beach is located at a distance of around 2 km from the city centre and 1 km from the local bus station of Alibaug. Visit this astounding beach in the month between November and March as the sun is not too harsh and one can easily enjoy the beaches. 

7. Alappuzha Beach

Alappuzha Beach or Alleppey Beach is known for its local gateways, its beauty and a 150-year-old pier that stretches into the sea. This stunning beach is host to many festivals like the Sand Art Festival and the Alappuzha Beach Festival. Alleppey Beach offers some exciting activities to indulge in. Visit the Vijaya Beach Park which has amusement amenities that act as another major attraction of the stunning Alapucha Beach. Another attraction of this beach is that it hosts the Nehru Trophy boat race that takes place every year in August. Visit this astounding beach in the months from October to February as this time is not very humid and there is little to almost no rainfall.

8. Agonda Beach

The stunning Agonda beach is located on the outskirts of Goa. It has pristine blue water and soft warm sand. Just relax and enjoy the stillness of nature here on this beach. It is undoubtedly one of the best beaches in Goa. The travellers visiting this beach can relax at the beachside accommodations that are mostly huts. The perfect time to explore this beach is between November to April when the weather is perfect and very apt for visiting.

9. Candolim Beach

The white sandy Candolim beach is located in Goa and is one of India’s best beaches to visit. One can enjoy water sports here. This pretty beach destination looks more amazing with large scrub-covered dunes in between the seawater and shore, a church and a lighthouse which are the major attractions here. Candolim Beach is recognized for the presence of the Aguada fort constructed by the Portuguese in the year 1912 for fortifying against the Dutch and the Maratha invaders. The most perfect time to visit this beach is between the months of November to April.

10. Puri Beach

Puri Beach is one of the major attractions of Orissa. This beach is a sacred venue for several pilgrims who visit these places to pay homage to Lord Jagannath. Puri Beach is a pretty palm-fringed beach that is lying on fine white sand. It is located around 35 km from the Sun temple. Enjoy the spectacular views of sunset and sunrise here. Travellers coming to this beach can witness a fishing village that is along with the cost and can enjoy the seafood that is prepared. One can visit this beach at any time of the year.

11. Yarada Beach

Yarada Beach is one of the pretty and unspoiled beaches of Andhra Pradesh state. It is renowned for its beauty and serenity. It is located at a distance of about 15 km from Vishakhapatnam. It is indeed a pristine and uninterrupted coastline that leads to Dolphin’s Nose Lighthouse which sits atop Black Mores Hill. Visit this stunning beach in the months from October to March when the weather is most apt and pleasant.

12. Dhanushkodi Beach

Dhanushkodi Beach is located almost 20 km away from Rameshwaram. It is indeed one of the most beautiful beaches that flaunt its incredible beauty and offer scenic views of the turquoise blue sea. This stunning beach is the closest point to Sri Lanka and is believed to be the same place where Lord Rama along with Lord Hanuman and his army built the famous Setu bridge to reach Lanka. The perfect time to explore this beach is between October to April months.

13. Ganpatipule Beach

Ganpatipule Beach is spread across the Konkan coast and is one of the spectacular sights of Maharashtra. It is an exotic and unspoiled beach that attracts numerous peace seekers, and beach lovers every day. This astounding beach is the temple of self-originated Ganesh and is visited by several tourists who pay respect to this deity whenever they visit this beach spot. Witness here the abundant flora that includes mangroves and coconut palms that truly add to the beauty of this beach. Visit this beach in the months from October to February when the weather is very pleasant and soothing.

14. Vagator Beach

Vagator Beach is one of the most happening beaches in Goa. It is a little bit crowded and has numerous bars and shacks. This pretty golden sandy beach has palm trees, secluded coves and several party spots that add to the beauty of this beach. One visiting this beach can find hotels and resorts lying just adjacent to the cliff which truly makes this beach one of the most loved beaches for luxury holidays in India. Head towards this beach in the months between October to May when the weather is pleasant and soothing.

15. Ramakrishna Beach

Ramakrishna Beach also called RK Beach is one of the beautiful beaches of Vishakapatnam. It is located at a distance of around 5 km from the main city. Witness the uninterrupted sealines, soft golden sands, and beach shacks offering seafood and other local delicacies. Enjoy water sports here, sun-basking, and indulge in sea bathing. Several tourist spots surround this beach- The aquarium, Kali temple, Visakha Museum, Submarine Museum, and the Water Memorial. Visit this beach between November to April when the weather is pleasant and soothing. 

Activities to enjoy on Beaches

1. Scuba Diving and Snorkelling

Enjoy Scuba Diving and Snorkelling which is one of the loved activities to enjoy on the beach. Snorkelling is swimming near the water’s surface with the use of a mask and a breathing tube- snorkel. The Snorkelers take in panoramic underwater views from above. Suba diving is yet another loved water sports activity. It is diving with the help of a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus called Scuba.

2. Parasailing

Enjoy breathtaking Parasailing and fly high up in the sky. It is one of the most popular adventures to indulge in. Parasailing is a happening amongst families, kids, and couples as it offers the perfect combination of thrill and enjoyment and is easier than other water sports. The best time to enjoy parasailing is from October to May when the sea is calmer, and winds are superbly perfect for gliding the parachute.

3. Windsurfing

Windsurfing combines the aspects of both sailing and surfing. Enjoy windsurfing as it is the perfect water sports to indulge in. Windsurfing requires a good balancing act on the surfboard while cruising through the ocean waters. The rider needs to stand on the board firmly grip the sail attached and then manoeuvre according to the wind and water pressure. Months from October to March are considered to be the best time to indulge in this activity.

4. Wakeboarding and Kneeboarding

Wakeboarding is becoming popular with water sports enthusiasts. This sport is fun-filled and available on most of the beaches. Kneeboarding is another favoured activity. One needs to rest the knee to ride through the waters. The month from October to March is considered to be the best time to indulge in this activity.

5. Water Skiing

Water Skiing is yet another thrilling water sports activity. The Skiers put on a pair of skis that are further tied to a speedboat. As the boat speeds, one has to maintain balance in the process of being pulled by the racing boat. The aptest season for this water sport is between October to March when the waves are placid.

6. Kite Surfing

Kite surfing is a combination of surfing, jet skiing, and wakeboarding. This water sport is challenging and is open only to adults. This sport requires the supervision of trainers to manoeuvre the power kite. The most preferable time to indulge in this sports activity is in the morning time when the winds are not too gusty and aid the surfing process. The aptest time to indulge in this activity is between October to March.

7. Banana Boat Rides

Banana Boat rides are a major attraction. A banana-shaped boat attached to the steamboat runs at a good speed and sprints off the passengers in the sea. It is one of the most loved water sports that is enjoyed by many visitors. One can also club this activity along with Ringo rides and jet skiing to add an extra dimension of a thrill to one’s experience. The aptest time to indulge in this activity is between October to March.

8. Aqua Zorbing and Water Soccer

Aqua Zorbing is the easiest of all the water sports activities. Not more than two people are encased in an inflatable balloon or a zorb that floats on the water. Maintaining balance inside the zorb is quite challenging. One can also indulge in Water Soccer which is a spin-off version of Soccer in water. It is enjoyable and safe and is a fun activity to try. The aptest time to indulge in this activity is between October to March.

Best time to explore beaches

The best time to explore the beaches is in winter. Avoid the summer season as the summers are hot to handle at beaches Sun is directly overhead and one might have a sunburn. The other reason to visit beaches in winter is that the beaches are extremely beautiful with crystal clear waters and in summer the water is very much dusty and unclean. So plan a trip to Goa and enjoy the serenity and tranquillity of the place.

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