It is without doubt that beaches are one of the best places to visit in India. And while Goa is a obvious choice for many, there are many other beaches that deserve a visit too. After all, India has more than 4,600 miles of coastline that are spread across almost 11 states of the country.
Every beach in the country offer unique experiences that range from family friendly spots to some of the best diving spots in Asia. This means that whether you are looking for some adrenaline rush or just want to soak in some sand, without the crowds, there is something here for everyone. We have combed the coast to uncover some of the best places that every beach-lover must visit in India.
Devbagh beach, Maharashtra
One of the most beautiful and enthralling beaches to visit in India, this is one of the best places to visit in the Karwar district as well. Facing the Arabian Sea on one side and the dense Western Ghats on the other side, the beach boasts of endless stretches of golden sand, clear blue waters and casuarina trees.The Devbagh beach is not just scenic but also offers a host of adventure activities as well. From fishing, dolphin watching, snorkeling, water scooter rides, kayaking, parasailing, the options here are endless. You can also cruise up the Kali river and reach the point where the river finally meets the sea.
Another recommended activity is to go on fishing trips with the fishermen of Devbagh. This does not mean that you will get to fish, but you can watch these people work. It’s still a fulfilling experience, especially as you can take the fresh catch back to the hotel.
PS: The transport at this beach is quite limited and the best way to explore here is through the boat jetty. Once you reach the beach, explore on foot.
Kashid Beach, Maharashtra
Only a few hours from Mumbai, the Kashid beach seems like a replicate of a beach in Goa. One of the best places to visit in India, this beach is idyllic for those who just want to unwind and escape the city chaos. Lie on the hammock with your favorite book while you watch the world go by or just indulge in some fresh seafood at the shacks nearby. Much more cleaner than other beaches, this place now also offers options for sand biking and water sports. The best time to enjoy a walk here is in the evening, when the people are heading back home and the sun is not too hot.
P.S: To live close to the beach and do some bird watching at the Phansad Bird Sanctuary, book a stay at V Resorts Aranya Kashid.
Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman & Nicobar
One of the best beaches in not just India but also in Asia, the Radhanagar Beach is a must visit for any beach lover. Stunningly serene and free of crowds, the beach is truly beautiful and amazing, at almost all times of the day. Hire a scooty, buy some green coconuts from the vendors and just watch the sun set in the company of your family/friends. If you like snorkelling, rent a snorkel mask and walk to the left of the beach where you will find a great spot for snorkelling. Even if the tide is high, this beach is relatively safe. There are also quiet spots on the right side of the beach, which are perfect spots for languid swims interspersed with naps on the sand.
Varkala Beach, Kerala
Attracting beach bums from around the world, Varkala beach is not just one of best places to visit in India but also a must visit for surfer enthusiasts. Also known as Papanasham Beach, this the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. Even though it has a hippy bohemian vibe, this beach is packed with history and legend. Home to the 2,000-year-old Janardana Swami Temple, this beach is also where a large numbers of Hindus come to scatter the ashes of their loved ones.
Devoid of crowds, it is perfect to laze around and enjoy some down-time, away from the noise of the urban city. Once you have had your fill of the sea, you can head out to explore the nearby villages and temples.
Vallikunnu Beach, Malappuram, Kerala
A secluded white beach, the Vallikunnu beach is another incredible beach in God’s own country. Here you can surf, swim, sunbath or just indulge in some authentic sea food including crabs and mussels. Love exploring the wildlife? Then don’t forget to visit the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary that is located only 4 kms from the beach. The reserve is home to almost 100 native species and 60 migratory ones that visit almost every season. Further, the sanctuary also offers incredible views of the beach and Kadalundi river when it reaches the sea. Don’t forget to carry your camera.
If you have more time, make sure you visit the Niram Kaitha Kotta Temple which is 7.5 kms away (drive time: 15 mins) and believed to be more than 100 years old. An important place of worship in the Malabar region, a good time to visit this temple is during the Thalappoli festival, which generally takes place in February and March.
Calangute Beach, Goa
Though busy, we’d be remiss if we didn’t include Goa which is the uncrowned coastal capital of the country. Known for its laid back vibe and pretty beaches, there is something here for every type of beach lover. Some popular options include Baga Beach, Anjuna Beach, Palolem Beach, Chapora beach and Vagator beach.
However, our top pick is Calangute which is famous for its water sports including sailing and surfing. Besides adventure activities, you can also indulge in shopping and eating at the multiple joints that abound in the area.
Talasari Beach, Odisha
A virgin beach, located in Odisha, this place is truly scenic with its palm tress and calm sea waves. Not many known that this beach also has stunning backwaters as well. In other words, the calm ambiance, unique topography and tropical weather all year round make this beach a popular spot for both adventure seekers and those looking for solitude and peace. There are local temples nearby that you can visit if you have more time.
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