Imagine an evening with your loved one on an exotic beach, having some delicious seafood. Or if you have an adventurous soul, how about trying a wide variety of water sports like scuba diving, water skiing and wind surfing? Well, India’s 6000 km long coastline does have some of the exquisite beaches that are just perfect for people who are in love with the deep blue sea. No more words. Here is our take on the top 10 beaches in India.
1. Candolim Beach, Goa
Popular among the tourists, yet not too crowded, Candolim beach is one of the stunning beaches in Goa. It’s a lively beach that has managed to retain its cleanliness, and even peacefulness in some areas. Candolim Beach is right next to Aguada Fort, which is also worth a visit. The beach itself is long and straight, backed by scrub-covered dunes, which is very popular with package tourists. Located in North Goa, Candolim Beach is 10 kilometers from Mapusa and 13 kilometers from Panaji. The closest railway station is Thivim.
2. Karaikal Beach, Pondicherry
The calm and soothing water, clear and bright sand, impressive seclusion and resorts and cottages providing a brilliant sight of the sea, this is what Pondicherry beaches are all about. And the Karaikal beach is just the ideal package of all these. It has a breathtaking view of the confluence Arasalar River and the sea. If you are interested in watching the rising sun, then you must visit this beach as it is an excellent place for this purpose. You can also enjoy the boating club on the beautiful backwaters of the Arasalar. The nearest airport to the beach is Trichy (Trichirapalli), the nearest Railway Station is at Nagore and regular buses ply from Pondicherry.
3. Vagator Beach, Goa
One of the most beautiful white sand Goa beaches, Vagator lies on the northern side of the Bardez taluka. With a stretch of soft white sands, coconut palms, and a scenic view of the Arabian Sea, the Vagator beach has become a hot favorite tourist destination among the tourists. The beach has an attractive nightlife during the tourist season. Just go a little further south of the main beach you’ll find the quieter Little Vagator or Ozran beach with a fresh water pool. You can also visit the 500 years old Chapora fort that offers a splendid view of the adjoining coast and the hills at a distance. Dabolim airport is the nearest airport, which is 29 kilometers away from Panaji. Vagator is 22 kilometers from Panaji.
4. Kovalam Beach, Kerala
Kovalam has become one of the most popular beach hangouts in India. With the boundless blue waters of the Arabian Sea, the palm-fringed bays in secluded coconut groves and the rocky promontories, this Kerala paradise is a tourist’s dream come true. The crescent-shaped beaches of Kovalam can be divided in three sections. The southernmost beach – Lighthouse beach, the middle beach – Hawa beach and the northern most beach – Samudra beach. Thiruvananthapuram international airport is a nearest airport to Kovalam. Tourist can also access to Kovalam by bus that ply regularly from Thiruvananthapuram.
5. Bangaram Beach, Lakshadweep
According to Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Bangaram beach of Lakshadweep is among the world’s ten topmost secret beaches. Bangaram beach is synonymous with Bangaram Island. Silvery beaches with swaying coconut palms, coral reefs and turquoise blue lagoons make Bangaram a heavenly escapade for travel enthusiasts. A visit to this beach will help you to relax and admire its incredible view. Travelers can fly to Agatti airport from Cochin and thereafter travel another 90 minutes by boat to Bangaram. In monsoon time tourists are transferred from the airport by helicopters.
6. Radhanagar Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
One of the two popular beaches located at Havelock Island in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Radhanagar beach is the favorite among all nature lovers who love to explore the nature of different places. It offers a wide range of fauna and flora for one to explore. It’s calm and clean surrounding which offers you a soothing sensation. It is ideal for sea bathing and sun-basking. Though you can visit Radhanagar Beach during any time of the year, you can enjoy the real beauty of the nature in between March and April when the spring is in full bloom. Radhanagar Beach is situated at a place which is 7 kilometers away from Dolphin Yatri Niwas at Havelock Island.
7. Cherai Beach, Kerala
Cherai Beach is located in Vypin island of Kochi. Cherai beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Kerala. The backwaters are a combination of lakes, lagoons and canals. The 15 km long golden beach is very clean. The beautiful beach is studded with seashells of various hues and shapes. One could catch an occasional glimpse of Dolphins as they spring out and dive back into the water. The main attraction of Cherai is the ‘Poyil’ a large inland lake forming a part of the calm serene backwaters separated from the ocean by only a narrow sandbar. Cherai Beach is just 25 km from Kochi and 30 km from Cochin International Airport.
8. Ullal Beach, Mangalore
Ullal beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the 320 km stretched of Karnataka. Sea side of Arabian Sea is truly exemplary and is always waving. Neat sea shore, glazy sun reflections and appropriate weather are the highlights that make Ullal Beach a real treat for sea lovers. Its blissful exquisiteness with the flavor of loads water games and funs is one of the major attractions of the beach. Ullal Beach is just 5km away from the beautiful city Mangalore. One can go to the beach easily as is well linked with roads and other transport means.
9. Tarkarli Beach, Maharashtra
Tarkarli Beach has gained prominence because of its transparently clear seas, where on a fairly sunny day; one can see the sea- bed up to a depth of 20 feet. Sea and sand blending in enchanting natural harmony, gracefully cruising boats in calm and cool river waters add to the beauty of this beach. For adventure water sports lovers, snorkeling and scuba diving facilities are also available at Tarkarli. It’s located at the convergence of the Karli River and the Arabian Sea. It is 546 km away from Mumbai, 6 km south of Malvan, on the west coast of India.
10. Nagoa Beach, Diu
Fringed with palm trees, Nagoa beach is one of the exceptionally beautiful and quiet beaches of Diu. In this horse-shoe shaped beach, various water sports facilities are available. It is completely safe for swimming. The intoxicating sea breeze and the serenity of the surroundings give the visitor peace and pleasure beyond expression. Just twenty minutes invigorating drive from Diu will ferry you to Nagoa Beach, which is about 7 km west of town.