From the West Coast with the Arabian Sea to the East Coast with the Bay of Bengal, the beaches in India provide a nice change from the hectic everyday life. The coasts of India have their own seafood cuisine, relaxing spas, diving and water sports and great places to stay for a balmy holiday.
Thousands of sun-deprived tourists travel to India because wide varieties of beaches. Here you´ll find anything from calm backwaters and lagoons, bays and rough lava-rocked seas, marine estuaries with fish, crashing surf, to powdery golden sand and palm fringed shores – India has a lot to offer.
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India offers several beautiful beach areas.
We will cover the best India beaches from north to south and east to west. Of course we´ll have a special look at Goa too.
Some beaches are located around Mumbai and include Marvé beach, Juhu, Versove, Aksa, Manori, Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach. But as all Mumbai beaches they are not a delight, mostly dirty and not suitable for swimming. Aksa beach is maybe the best, less dirty, and less crowded.
These Mumbai beaches are more popular as snack joints and hangout zones; and provide options for evening walks on the soft sand by the sea.
Along its 105 km long stretched coastline Goa has the best beaches in India.
The 54 sandy beaches are mostly free of urban pollution and provide relaxation and tranquility. A wide variety of accommodation near the beaches is available, as well as beaches loungers and all kinds of water sports facilities are available.
Goa is well known for its beautiful beaches. Everything about Goa is spellbinding from the landscape dotted with colonial Portuguese architecture, to the way of life that exudes an irresistible Old World charm to the friendly people.
Baga Beach is one of the most famous Goa beaches and the most happening part of Goa with beach shacks, night clubs, water sports, fine dining places. While being quit calm in daytime when the evening strikes Baga Beach turns into a party place. At Baga dolphin rides are quite popular; a boat takes you into the ocean to areas where you can see dolphins gliding along.
If you are looking for serenity nothing beats Agonda Beach in the south. Agonda is peaceful and heavenly, as it is far off from the main areas it´s quiet, the waters are shallow and clear, perfect and safe for swimming. In the morning you can watch the Dolphins playing and in the evening the sunsets are simply stunning. To get here take a bus from the Canacona bus station to Agonda.
Palolem Beach near Canacona in the south is also one of the less frequented beaches of Goa. In the morning, you get to see the local fishermen with their catch of the day, you can go boating too, or hire a kayak. The view from the waters to the mountains in the back make this place really magical. This place is absolutely lovely, clean and quite well maintained, has a lifeguard, plus a nice restaurant (Fernandes) on the beach.
Mandrem Beach situated in the northern tip of Goa is such a lovely clean and calm beach. There are some places to stay, eat and drink along the beach.
Cavelossim Beach is the center for many luxury hotels, very nice and calm waters, but not advisable to enter in the rainy season.
Calangute Beach, one of the main beaches in north Goa is more populated and commercialized. You can enjoy many kinds of water sports and you can get all sorts of food stuff and drinks on the beach itself.
Candolim is a great place for your beach holidays in India.
Colva Beach is crowded but cheerful. Colva is filled with lots of day-trippers, package tourists mainly from Russia and many hawkers, but overall clean.
Arambol Beach in the north is probably the best beach in Goa for family vacations. Due to its curved shape and the presence of several life guards it´s safe for kids.
More Goa tourist places.
While being the smallest of the Indian states, Goa is one of India’s major tourist destinations. Over one million tourists, from all around the world, visit Goa each and every year. On the west the coastline opens on to the Arabian Sea and on its eastern flank there is a beautiful mountain range.
Goa´s Nature and Wildlife
Goa has more to offer than just beaches, it has been very conscious of its ecology and nature. There are a number of wildlife and bird sanctuaries. Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary in southern Goa, it is the largest wildlife preserve where you´ll see herds of deer, Indian bison and black panthers. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary in the northern part of Goa is a small preserve where you see the Indian bison, jackal, black-faced langur, wild boar and different species of deer.
You have to see the famous Dudhsagar Waterfalls in the eastern part of Goa. Here water falls in large amounts from a height of hundred feet; a really picturesque sight which is very popular with nature lovers, hikers and trekkers as well.
Where to stay in Goa? When is the best time to visit Goa?
There are many 4 and 5 star hotels and resorts in the various cities of Goa. Apart from that many modest hotels cater to the backpackers and hikers. The Baga Beach Resort Goa is a beautiful place with great service, just opposite the beach and right beside the nightlife.
When is the best time to visit Goa? In June, July and August Goa is lashed by heavy rains; but for the rest of the year Goa is warm and humid with max. temperature ranging between 82° and 91°F. The months between November and February are usually the driest.
India´s South beaches.
Some of the best known beaches near Kochi in Kerala are Cherai Beach and Fort Kochi.
At Fort Kochi beach the main attractions are the picturesque Chinese fishing nets. The beach itself is very poorly maintained. Lots of hawker stalls as you walk the pathway along the harbor wall.
Cherai Beach is lovely, but only on weekdays when it´s less crowded. If you want to swim, be aware that there are strong dangerous currents.
At the southern tip of India at Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Kovalam Beach provides a refreshing change from the other over crowded beach sites in India. Beeing a major tourist spot in Kerala it stands apart from the rest of the Indian beaches because of its lavish green landscape and the coconut trees along the coast. The small but beautiful beach is ideal for a leisurely break. You can explore all the interesting shops that stock a wide variety of clothes, books, food, and artifacts. Be sure to watch the breathtaking sunset from the lighthouse at the end of the beach.
Shanghumukham Beach is nice and clean, with lots of food vendors nearby. Not really a beach to swim but rather to watch the sunset.
In the South-east of India in the state of Madras, around Chennai there are Elliots and Marina Beach, Covelong and Mamallapuram Beach.
Marina beach is the most famous in Chennai and comes with a very long sea shore, but it´s crowed, dirty and the waters are extremely polluted.
Elliots and Besant Nagar Beach are less crowded and while not spick and span, fairly well kept.
On the east coast of Andhra Pradesh, the Vishakhapatnam beaches are best known for their picturesque natural environs and long beach stretches. The Rama Krishna Beach and Lawson’s Bay are foremost places for fun and relaxation.
Rama Krishna beach is quite popular with locals and tourists and maintained very clean there are a lot of eateries as well. As the beach is within the city it gets crowed in the evenings and weekends.
Near Vishakhapatnam is the more peaceful and less crowded Bheemunipatnam beach. Waters are safe to swim. Apart from major tourist getaways, Jodugulapalem, Lawson’s Bay, Bheemili and Atchutapuram are the far more dangerous stretches with rip currents.
Yarada beach is naturally beautiful – green hills on one side and the whole stretch of sandy beach bordered by trees on other. It´s clean, not very crowded and without any hawkers. There are also some restrooms to wash and change, entrance is Rs.30
In the North-East near Kolkata beaches.
Puri, and Konark Beaches in the state of Odisha (Orissa) also make perfect beach destination for some exciting family vacation. The tourist inflow on these beach sites still mainly includes pilgrims, besides being important temple sites of India, the waters of these beaches are prefect whether you want to take a holy dip or go for a swim.
Puri Beach is very long and offers something for everyone. From camel rides, to hawker stalls and trinkets, temples and souvenir shops to quiet abandoned places. The beach gets less crowded and cleaner the farer you walk. But be aware that there are huge waves and strong currents here.
There is something magical about Konark Beach (also known as Chandrabagha beach), it is rough and the sea becomes very violent at times here. You can watch colonies of red crabs migrating from and to the ocean. You have to visit the wonderful Sun temple with all the great carvings in the background. An International Sand Art Festival is held here annually in December.
The mystique of India with its fabric of many religions, diverse languages, and above all its lively spirit and its warm, friendly people attract people the world over.
You see, every beach in India makes a picture perfect holiday destination. Keep on reading ….