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Best Beaches in India

Discussion in 'By The Sea' started by ChaiNashta, May 1, 2015.

  1. ChaiNashta

    ChaiNashta Active Member

    There is no denying the fact that India has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This is what makes it such a good holiday destination for tourists from northern countries that are looking to soak up some heat. And while some don't believe that Indian beaches offer any other opportunities apart from “playing in the water,” the fact of the matter is that there is a lot to do including para-gliding and sailing. I'm certain that beach enthusiasts from the world over will not only be enthralled to come to India but will go back feeling more captivated than they could ever imagine.

    I think it's the rich heritage of the country which has helped it become one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. And beaches are a very important part of why most tourists visit the country. The sea, the sun and the sand. What more could anyone want? The peninsular coast of the country embraces three different bodies of water, the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal & the Indian Ocean. The entire coastline spans a staggering 7000 kms. No wonder there are so many beaches in the country. Some of these beaches have become extremely commercial while some remain untouched till date. Choosing the right beach depends on what the traveler is looking for from his journey. But irrespective of what you’re looking for, finding it in India is not impossible.

    So without further ado let's take a look at 30 of the best beaches in India. Bear in mind that this list is in no particular order. All of these beaches are just as good.

    1. Anjuna beach, Goa - Anjuna is famous for beach parties under the full moon. The coastline stretches for 30 km and the beach attracts people from all around the world because of various attractions such as Chapora Fort and the Flea Market.

    2. Baga beach, Goa - Another incredible beach for travellers looking to get away from their busy day to day life. The beach looks really good and this contributes quite substantially to the experience. There are multiple water sports like para sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing, etc. for tourists to participate in as well.

    3. Kovalam beach, Kerala - The golden sands of this beach along with the swaying palm trees are a major attraction which calls to people from all walks of life. I guess that's why this place has been given the nickname, "The Paradise of the South."

    4. Alappuzha beach, Kerala - This is another popular beach also called the Venice of the East. The most interesting part about the beach is the pier which is more than 140 years old. There are exhilarating activities such as boat races to keep tourists occupied as well.

    5. Muzhappilangad beach, Kerala - This beach is located near Thalasseri and is best known for its coconut groves, soft white sand and inviting ocean. It also has the unique distinction of being known as the longest drive-in beach in India.

    6. Varkala beach, Kerala - This magnificent beach has a wonderful view of the setting sun over the sea. But the main attraction of this beach is not the stunning view but the crystal clear water which flows down a hill that is supposed to have medicinal properties as well.

    7. Marari beach, Kerala - This beach is located in a fisherman's village. This is a brilliant beach for people who are looking to explore the backwaters of Kerala and is quite peaceful as well. It isn't too far from Alleppey either.

    8. Kanyakumari beach, Tamil Nadu - This beach is located at the convergence of the Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. It is basically a pilgrimage town and this convergence point is known as Sangam. The main attractions here are the colorful granite rocks and the multi-hued sand.

    9. Juhu beach, Mumbai , Maharashtra - This popular beach is known for its gently sloping waves, cool surroundings and light colored sand. It is quite a happening spot for many tourists and locals as well. The scenic view of the sunset and sunrise is second to none. Juhu is also famous because lots of Bollywood celebrities live in this area. Juhu beach gets the most about of Ganesha visarjan after Ganesh pooja every year.

    10. Kihim beach, Maharashtra - This pristine, sandy beach has woods behind it that is home to multiple species of birds and plants. The clear waters and soft whit sad combined with the fruit groves make it a must visit beach in India.

    11. Mahabalipuram beach, Tamil Nadu - Even though Mahabalipuram is famous for its 7th century shrines, it is also home to some of the best beaches in India. The crushing waves and sun kissed sand welcome all visitors and have unique shore temples behind them.

    12. Marina beach, Tamil Nadu - This is supposed to be a treasure of Chennai and is considered as one of the longest beaches in all of Asia. Even though people are not allowed to swim in the water, the beach continues to attract tourists till date. It really is a welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

    13. Covelong beach, Tamil Nadu - This beach is located in a small fishing village and is among the most magnificent beaches in the world. The main reason for this is because it is virtually untouched and has crustal clear water with sand in multiple colours. And to top it all off, the pristine beauty of the palm trees just makes the place all the more better.

    14. Serenity beach, Pondicherry - The former French capital of Pondicherry is home to a number of beautiful beaches but none of them can compare to Serenity beach. There is a beautiful breeze which flows throughout the beach and no one would be able to tell that it was once a battlefield for French and British soldiers.

    15. Paradise beach, Pondicherry - This beach is located very close to Serenity beach and is ideal for people looking for a short or long getaway from the troubles of their life. It is sometimes called Plage Paradiso and no one would even believe this if they spent a night seaside camping there.

    16. Gokarna beach, Karnataka - Another great beach also known as the World's Paradise. It is located in a small town in the north of Karnataka and is a terrific place for any religious pilgrims or joyous vacationers alike.

    17. Konark beach, Odisha - This beach is best known for its long stretches, filled with sparkling sands and its divine stillness. The scenic beauty of the sunrise is second to none as well.

    18. Puri beach, Odisha - This is one of the most exotic locations on the eastern coast of India. You get an excellent view of the sunset and sunrise and the scenic views will definitely leave a lasting impression on the mind and in the heart of anyone that visits.

    19. Island beaches of Andaman - This archipelago of islands is the perfect definition of secluded comfort. One of the most popular islands among these is the Ross Island, the Havelock Island & the Neil Island. And if you visit Havelock Island, you will find that the beaches have a funny distinction of being allotted numbers instead of names. It won't be strange to hear someone tell you to visit the no 7 beach here. It really is blissful.

    20. Minicoy beach, Lakshwadeep - This beach is located on just one of the many islands that make up Lakshwadeep. It is known to have among the largest lagoons in the country and is also known for its 300 foot lighthouse.

    21. Bangaram beach, Lakshwadeep - This beach definitely justifies its moniker, 'the Jewel of Lakshwadeep.' It is located in the middle of the Indian Ocean and has some exotic blue lagoons, coconut palms and coral reefs to explore.

    22. Calangute beach, Goa - This can be considered as one of the loudest beaches in India. It is extremely overpopulated but at the same point of time is one of the most popular beaches in the country. Irrespective of whether you visit during season or during off-season, finding place to party on a weekend, or sometimes even on a weekday, will not be a problem.

    23. Candolim beach, Goa - This is a quiet and clean beach with multiple different dining options to satisfy anyone's needs. It is quite popular among foreign nationals and you will have a hard time remembering you are still in India. Head there during New Year's for an unbelievable experience.

    24. Arambol beach, Goa - Before you visit any other beach in India, traveling to Arambol beach is a must. The main reason for this does not even have anything to do with the beach itself. It is the surroundings that really make the place stick out. There are so many tiny eating places with wonderful food to experience. And not just food, you can find just about anything here from clothes to souvenirs at very reasonable prices.

    25. Tarkarli beach, Maharashtra - This is definitely one of the best beaches in Maharashtra. The sand is so smooth it can easily be confused with flour. If you do go here, don't forget to visit Tsunami Island.

    26. Colva beach, Goa - This is one of the less crowded beaches in Goa. There are multiple water sports to enjoy and you will find souvenirs everywhere you look. And to top it all off, you can visit at night for a beachside dinner. This experience will be second to none. I guarantee it.

    27. Kashid beach, Maharashtra - This beautiful beach is located far away from city life and has a nice, long shoreline to enjoy. There are many different water sports to enjoy as well. The drive to the beach is a brilliant one and the soft, white sand will make you forget all your problems.

    28. Majorda beach, Goa - This beach is right near the airport and you will not have any trouble finding it like you would with some of the other, lesser known beaches. It has terrific value for money and you will not be disturbed by too many other people or shops. It is ideal for people looking to get away from life in general.

    29. Benaulim beach, Goa - Another sparsely populated beach in Goa. It's one of the cleanest beaches in India as well. Even the sea is calm here. The sand is as pure as one could imagine and there are enough water sports for anyone who is looking for a little adventure during their visit.

    30. Morjim beach, Goa - An extremely serene beach with quite a few decent clubs where you can party till the early hours of the morning. This is more of a young person's beach though. Oldies may not have too much fun here. But if you are looking at partying on the beach, heading to Morjim is your best bet.

    There are many other Indian beaches that may not be as popular as the ones mentioned above simply because they are overpopulated or have become too dirty. But in a country with more than one billion people, I don't think you could expect anything else. There aren't going to be too many areas that are good for sunbathing and secluded comfort is a distant dream at most of the beaches mentioned above. There are multiple permanent fixtures on most beaches as well as some intriguing backgrounds that always remind tourists that they are in India. But if you can look past that, having genuine fun at these beaches is not impossible. So what are you waiting for? Its time you visited one of these beaches and let the holiday begin. You might just have so much fun that you decide to visit another. And if you want to visit multiple beaches on a single trip, consider visiting Goa. It has the most beaches on this list and you can certainly spend a few weeks there exploring all of them. Start out with the beaches in north Goa and keep moving south towards the less crowded areas. The perfect holiday!
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  2. BadBoy

    BadBoy Active Member

    i have been to some of the beaches in india, all are a beauty ;)

    Kovalam beach is not meant for kids those who know swimming should only enter it, its one of the most dangerous beaches. the current is furious! one can find fishes just at the shore even jellyfishes are around this beach so be carefull..

    Kanyakumari beach is Divine! Arabian sea bay of bengal and indian ocean meeting the point... the sunrize and sunset both are a must see..
    The dwarka beach is good as well just near the dwarkadesh temple.

    The food stalls at juhu beach are amzing and these make it a complete place to spend a day.
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  3. Deven

    Deven Member

    The best beaches in India are for sure only in South India and that too not all of them but a select few as mentioned in the main thread post. I think Juhu beach is nice, but I don't think it can not be classified as one of the best beaches in India. Food stalls at Juhu beach are amazing but I think for someone who wants to relax and get some peace and quiet Juhu beach is not the place.
  4. Jessica_91

    Jessica_91 Member

    I am in Goa these days and loving it. Goa has plenty of beaches which are crowded but at the same time there are plenty where you wont find a single soul.
  5. Shiv

    Shiv Member

    What is the weather like in Goa these days, worth making a trip there yet or not?
  6. Jessica_91

    Jessica_91 Member

    It is hot now but sand does not burn my feet until late afternoon but cools down a little in the evening. It is a bit humid and hot for my liking.
  7. Karan

    Karan Member

    There should be a detailed thread on the cleanest beaches of India, which is something quite important for tourists from India and abroad.
  8. Freddy

    Freddy New Member

    Yes there should, I would also like to add that hotels which have private beaches are very clean because the beach is maintained by the hotel.
  9. ChaiNashta

    ChaiNashta Active Member

    I will create a new thread listing some of the cleanest beaches in India very soon.
  10. JaiPatra

    JaiPatra New Member

    India could have some of the best and cleanest beaches, but only if us Indians keep them clean, there should be strict patrolling on beaches for rubbish being thrown around and keeping the beach clean.
  11. Shiv

    Shiv Member

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