India being a peninsular country is blessed with a number of breathtaking beaches. India is surrounded by 3 oceans namely the Arabian Sea (west), Indian Ocean (south) and Bay of Bengal (east). Nothing beats the serenity of a beach and nothing eases a tense mind than a walk on the beach.
What is it you are looking for; a romantic getaway, a holiday destination, party at the beach with friends or some time alone at a secluded beach? The beaches of India has got everything to satisfy your appetite. Here are the best 11 beaches that will leave you surprised and satisfied with India’s coastal beauty and offer everything from solitude to action and serenity to parties.
1. Radhanagar Beach, Andaman Islands
Radhanagar Beach was given the title of ” The Best Beach in Asia” in 2004 by TIME magazine. The beach is known for its picturesque backdrop of trees, white sand, blue waters and exquisite sunset.
There’s a watersports centre at the beach where visitors can hire boats, snorkelling and scuba equipment. Furthermore, several premium range resorts are available, perfect for your romantic dates or a vacation with family.
2. Palolem Beach, Goa
Palolem is undoubtedly one of Goa’s most charming beaches. A gentle curve of palm-fringed sand stretch facing a calm bay. A holt of coconut palms encompasses the beach, thus adding a mesmerizing mood.
Palolem is the perfect partying spot for bachelors while the resorts also offer excellent options for couples and other tourists. Kayaking, dolphin spotting and boat rides are the main activities at the beach. Else, you can rent a bike for a meagre price to explore the rich culture of the surrounding area.
3. Varkala Beach, Kerala
Varkala beach lies along the Arabian Sea and is one of the few cliff edge beaches in India. The beach is located at an hour’s drive to the north of the capital city of Kerala.
The quiet, clean and secluded beach is a haven for sun-bathing and swimming. It’s the perfect place to watch the sunset or relax gazing at the horizon while the cliffy edges provide the perfect postcard picture. A stay at the cliff edge rooms facing the sea will turn out to be a romantic setting every couple craves for and a thrilling experience for other tourists.
4. Gokarna Beach, Karnataka
If the beaches of Goa is not an option for you, don’t worry-the Gokarna beach is just as good if not better. This is perhaps the only beach in India which has a shot at competing with Goa for pole position. Gokarna in Karnataka is best known for its sacred temples and its pristine beaches with panoramic shoreline.
Travellers usually bypass the town’s main beach which is usually crowded and head towards south to Kudle and Om beaches. A hippie flea market often takes place in the evenings, followed by drumming and live music around a bonfire. It’s a cultural paradise for people who are into that. The town has plenty of hotels but to get the full experience of what Gokarna has to offer, opt for a homestay.
5. Tarkarli Beach, Maharashtra
Tarkarli in the south of Konkan is one of the most sought after destinations. The beach is known for its silky smooth white sand, crystal clear water and deep blue sky. The water is so pure that the seabed is visible even if you move further towards the sea.
Tarkarli beach is an Elysium for watersport lovers. The beach offers; parasailing, snorkelling and scuba diving facilities. The rustic setting and untouched beauty of Tarkarli makes it a perfect destination for all kind of tourers.
6. Calangute Beach, Goa
Calangute Beach is regarded as the queen of beaches. The beach in Calangute is also the perfect tourist haven, filled with stalls under the shade of palm trees, selling everything from fried prawns to beverages. Well, who wouldn’t like to enjoy a cold beer while sunbathing on a serene beach?
The wallpaper canvas of the beach shows marvellous hospitality to all sort of explorers. The beach became popular across the globe only after the hippies discovered it in the ’60s. Even today, it’s a prime destination for hippies.
7. Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, Kerala
Muzhappilangad beach is the longest Drive-In Beach in Asia with a length of around 5 km. Driving on the beach with the sunset in the backdrop is an amazing experience.
Treat the adventure enthusiast in you by going out for some paragliding, parasailing, powerboating or several other adventure rides. The Muzhappilangad Drive-In Beach is the perfect weekend getaway to kick up your heels and savour some cherishing moments with loved ones.
It’s not very often that you get to drive along a 5 km long shoreline that offers a splendid view. So, why wait? Add this beach to your travel wish list immediately.
8. Auroville beach, Tamil Nadu
This Beach is not jam-packed by food stalls and stores. Hence, you can spend some absolutely serene leisure time here. The name of the beach is derived from the renowned Auroville township which in itself is a tranquil place ideal for meditation and peace. The township is unique for its obscure concepts; Auroville belongs to nobody, but to humanity as a whole.
Auroville beach attracts tourists from all across the globe, the beach is particularly known for its water sports. If you love local delicacies like crabs cooked in perfect spices, just be here on weekend evenings.
9. Kovalam Beach, Kerala
Just 16 kilometres away from the state’s capital, Kovalam beach is a highly sought after tourism spot of the state. The beach as a whole is a combination of 3 adjacent beaches. Together they form a crescent shape. The most popular of the three is the lighthouse beach which showcases a lighthouse, a 19th-century remnant of sea travel.
The beach also offers excellent water sports facilities including surfing and boat rides. Kerala is also known for Ayurvedic therapy, you can find several resorts offering Ayurvedic massages bundled with the accommodation package. Kovalam provides the perfect relaxing getaway for you and your loved ones.
10. Dhanushkodi Beach, Tamil Nadu
The last on the list of Breathtaking Beaches is Dhanushkodi. This beach on the southern tip of India is not for usual travellers. Travel freaks with a mind for exploring finds this spot pleasing. Dhanushkodi is also known as the ghost town of India because, in 1964, a cyclone devastated the entire town, washing away the railway track, a steam engine and its carriages. Ever since the place is mostly deserted.
Nonetheless, Dhanushkodi is a place an exploring tripper would love to visit and know more about. But beware, the beach is a little bit difficult to reach and accommodation options and big shops are not accessible in this area. Try visiting this place only if you are extremely adventurous and is not afraid to take some risks. But I assure, you the beach is worth the risk.