The Beaches Of India

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Anupama Nair


India has a vast coastline and we can boasting of some ‘incredible and unexplored beach destinations’, and India has earned a great reputation as a popular tourist destination across the globe. Foreign tourists who come here enjoy the history, culture, temples and also the beautiful warm beaches even while it is freezing cold in the northern part of the country. Even Indians, living in the North love to visit these warm beaches. “India offers some of the most immaculate beaches in the world with splendid environment, activities, solitude, fun, frolic, and parties”.

“The vivid topography of India is a true blessing from God. It introduces us to the boundless beauty of nature and gives us an opportunity to explore its vividness. This vividness makes India a home to a large number of beaches which have acquired a popular name owing to their mesmeric beauty and celestial environment. But due to the popularity of these places, a huge crowd is often seen to be hanging out here, thereby causing a hindrance in peace and solitude”. 

Goa is the most popular beach destination in India that attracts tourists from all over the world. There are around 40 beaches in Goa. ”The beaches are famous for rave parties, sunbathing and beach sports”. Some of the popular beaches in Goa are:

  • Anjuna Beach
  • Calangute Beach
  • Dona Paula Beach
  • Benaulim Beach
  • Colvo Beach
  • Baga Beach
  • Miramar Beach
  • Benavali Beach

Kerala also has a long coastline that offers beauty and tranquility. “It is a scenic place that lets you revitalize yourself in its relaxing atmosphere. You can unwind on the beaches, swim in the sea, row a dinghy, take a sailboat ride or simply go to a spa”. Some of the popular Kerala beaches are:

  • Kovalam Beach
  • Varkala Beach
  • Kumarakom Beach
  • Marari Beach
  • Alaphuzza Beach
  • Kappad Beach
  • Muzhappilangad Beach
  • Thirumullavaram Beach

The beaches of Andhra Pradesh are ‘unspoiled and pure’, which is ideal for a beach holiday. “There are lots of scenic beaches, green hills, bustling wildlife and beautiful palm trees”. Some of the main beaches in Andhra Pradesh are:

  • Ramakrishna Beach
  • Manginapudi Beach
  • Bheemunipatam Beach
  • Rishikonda Beach
  • Mypad Beach
  • Vodarevu Beach

The state of Maharashtra is quite blessed with few of the finest beaches one could find, in the world. “Beaches of Maharashtra offer lots of activities like sea surfing, sand bathing, swimming, picnics, water sports, etc.The most popular beaches of Maharashtra are:

  • Dahanu-Bordi Beach
  • Ganpatipule Beach
  • Juhu Beach
  • Mandwa and Kihim Beaches
  • Marve, Manori and Gorai Beaches
  • Shriwardhan-Harihareshwar Beach
  • Tarkarli Beach
  • Velneshwar Beach
  • Vengurla – Malvan Beach

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands consist of exotic and unexplored beaches. These  islands boast of tropical all year round, offering a comfortable holiday experience. “The islands are known for its remote and serene atmosphere, beaches with silvery white sand and lots of greenery”. Some popular beaches of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are:

  • Corbyn's Cove And Chirya Tapu Beach
  • Radhnagar Beach
  • Harminder Bay Beach
  • Karmatang Beach
  • Ramnagar Beach

The Lakshadweep Islands have a set of ‘charming and stunning beaches’. “The islands are full of coral reefs and palm trees and the beaches provide spectacular lagoons, sea-shores, stretches of sun-drenched sand and lots of swaying palms”. Some of the main beaches of Lakshadweep are:

  • Kavaratti Beach
  • Kalpeni Beach
  • Kadamat Beach
  • Bangaram Beach.

Beaches in the beautiful state of Orissa “represent golden sand, deep blue sea and pleasant weather. They provide tourists with a wonderful experience of scenic beauty, cool breeze, warm sun and relaxation at sea side”. Some of Odisha Beaches worth seeing are:

  • Aryapalli Beach
  • Balaramgadi Beach
  • Balighai Beach
  • Chandipur Beach
  • Gopalpur Beach
  • Paradeep Beach
  • Puri Beach
  • Ramchandi Beach

The western state of Gujarat is known for its rich resources including forests and beaches. “The state has the longest coastline in India and thus has many beaches where tourists can enjoy their vacations”. This is one of the best place to visit in winter. Some of the popular beaches of Gujarat are:

  • Mandvi Beach
  • Gopnath Beach
  • Somnath Beach
  • Chorwad Beach

The blue beaches of Tamil Nadu makes it a popular tourist destination. Some of the most beautiful beaches of South India are located in the state. Tourists can enjoy water sports and joyrides along these beaches. Some of the beaches of the state are now also popular location for shooting of movies. Some of the popular beaches of Tamil Nadu are:

  • Covelong Beach
  • Rameswaram Beach
  • Kanyakumari Beach
  • Marine Beach
  • Thiruchendur

There are many attractive beaches in Karnataka which can offer a relaxed holiday experience to the tourists. These beaches are not known to everyone and therefore are not much crowded. “The tranquil and peaceful beaches can enhance the mood of the visitors”. Some of the famous beaches of Karnataka are:

karwar Beach

  • Gokarna Beach
  • Malpe Beach
  • Murudeshwar Beach
  • Kaup Beach

These beaches I spoke about are crowded as they are very popular tourist locations. However, if you want to stay away “far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife”, these beaches are ideal for you:

  • St. Mary’s Island, Udupi, Karnataka
  • Radhanagar Beach, Havelock
  • Benaulim Beach, Goa
  • Rishikonda Beach, Andhra Pradesh
  • Tarkarli, Maharashtra

There is nothing more beautiful to see than sunrise and sunset. “There is no better way to begin your day other than looking at the sunrise (you need to be awake), and nothing more relaxing than spending a quiet evening watching the sunset. Even though this can be witnessed anywhere, the best place is a beach. Imagine yourself relaxing on the sand, enjoying the lyrical motion of the sea waters, blissfully gazing at the mesmeric sunrise or sunset. Just a simple thought of it brings peace and calmness to the mind!”.

India has many beaches that are famous for its sunrise-sunset view:

  • Elliot’s Beach, Chennai
  • Andhakaranazhi Beach, Kerala
  • Calangute Beach, Goa
  • Radhanagar Beach, Andaman and Nicobar
  • Tenneti Park Beach, Vishakhapatnam.


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