With over 7500 km stretch of coastline in its geographical treasure, India has always been an alluring destination when it comes to refreshing holidays away from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life. Especially if you love to throng the southern region of India, which is blessed with beauty of sea, sun and sand in its full bloom, then it is obvious to enjoy incredible holidays in India.
Sun, Surf and Sand beck on thousands of sun-deprived tourists to India because it has the most mind-boggling varieties of beaches anywhere in the world, placid lagoons and backwaters, marine estuaries teeming with fish, bays and rough lava-rocked seas, crashing surf, pure powdery golden sand or palm fringed shores where the mind is soothed by serene murmurs of sea- we in India have them all.
Both the West and East Coast of India offer verdant vistas of palm on the Arabian Sea shores or the Bay of Bengal. The Coasts of India have their seafood cuisine, relaxing spas, diving, water sports and great places to stay for a balmy holiday. Set amidst the blue of the Arabian Sea and the lush green vegetation of Kerala, Kovalam is one of the India’s best Sea resorts. The long coastline lined with swaying coconut palm trees and dotted with occasional fishing hamlets is fast developing into one of the world’s best string of beaches. The sea applauds the beach temple in Mahabalipuram, gloriously silhouetted against the spectrum of the seven colours in the sky. Puri, on the East Coast, is surely the world’s most picturesque beach, and then there is Digha, a three hour drive out of Kolkata, a beautiful beach, splendid in its isolation.
The beach holiday to beat them all are the Isles of Andaman & Nicobar and the Lakshwadeep islands, where one can see the myriad colours of the flashy fish in the coral reefs from above the green waters, now fully developed as an international beach destination. Goa offers the best holiday villages on its beaches especially at carnival time during Christmas. Everything about Goa is spellbinding from the landscapes dotted with Portuguese architecture, to the way of life that exudes an irresistible Old World charm. Enchanting little beaches that were haunted in the 1960’s by the flower-power generation, have now become reference points for Generation X. Anjunaor Calangute beach and Miramar Bay in Panjim are quieter. Beach vendors sell all kinds of kitsch in Anjuna and Calangute. You can rent beach mats and mattresses, sunglasses, and the usual tourist bric-a-brac. You can even get all sorts of spaghetti, German bread and Italian food.
The beaches at Calangute is rocky, whereas Anjuna spreads long and the waters are gentle affording you pleasures like crowded boat rides, motor scooters rides, spot the Dolphins rides, and motorboat rides. One can stay any number of places right from Pamaji to Baga and visit beaches all along. Colva and Benaulim are quieter and less crowded than Anjuna. The Fort Aguada beach offers gorgeous views that merit a visit. Sinquerim and Candolim are also quiet beaches that afford anonymity.
Some of the famous beaches destinations of India include –
– Just 125 kms along the coastline from Chorwallies this unusual beach resort designed as a traditional ethnic Saurashtrain village in the state of Gujarat. Cottages modelled on rural Gujarati architecture look out onto a secluded beach, one of the states chief centres for water sports.
Andaman & Nicobar
- On the East Coast of India, the rich forested islands of Andaman and Nicobar lie scattered in the Bay of Bengal. There are 362 volcanic islands of which only 37 are inhabited. They form an idyllic archipelago of gleaming white sandy beaches, a crystal-clear turquoise sea teeming with fish, and picturesque coral reefs. The lush green islands have a colourful historical past, with strings of invasion by French, Dutch, Japanese and British, setting off raging wars between the settlers and the native tribes. The cellular Jail, where hundreds of Indian revolutionaries were imprisoned during the Indian freedom struggle, still stands. Descendants of these political prisoners and the local tribes of the area are the inhabitants of the modern day Andamon& Nicobar.
The tropical rain forests that loom close to the seashore are home to unique species of birds, and to tribes that still haven’t learned to use fire. Andaman is an experience quite unlike any other.
Sunbathe in the mellow sun as you sip from fresh coconut. Then swim out into the waves where dolphins and many-hued fish will give you company. The clear waters of the Andamana are ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving. The best beaches are at Wandour, Corbyn’s Cove, Jolly Buoy and Ross Island.
– This quite uncluttered beach town, 145 Kms from Mumbai, is a great weekend gateway. It lies just North of Mumbai, on the Gujarat – Maharashtra border. Bordi is known for its long stretch of clean beaches, chicko orchids and casurina trees. The beach is the main attraction in the town, the sand is fringed with a series of orchids and is a perfect place to de stress, sun bathe, swim or just go for a long walks. The empty stretches are in the South towards Dahanu and towards the north in Umergaon. Unlike other beaches in Mahrashtra which are silver the beaches in Bordi are golden. Bordi has a strong Parsi influence and is a good place to see and enjoy their culture.
– The17Kms long coastline offers an unspoilt beach experience. Dhanu has a plethora of fruit orchids and is most famous for its chickoos. Udwada the most famous shrine of the Zoroastrians is accessible from Dahanu. The sacred fire in this splendid temple has been kept alive for almost 1000 years.
–The 7 kms long flat, hard beach, dotted with casuarina plantations, is close to the border with Orissa and a 5 hour drive from Kolkata. Here the river Hoogly becomes indistinguishable from the Bay of Bengal.
Due is a Portuguese colony like Goa. An off-shore island on the western coast, off the Gulf of Cambay, this coast has limestone cliffs, rocky coves and sandy beaches, the best of which are at Nagoa. Nagoa beach is one of the best beaches of India, at the Nagoa hamlet in the village of Burcharwala. This horse-shaped beach a 2 kms stretch, is exceptionally beautiful and quiet.
-Ganapatipule Beach is a spectacular paradise along the Konkan Coast. It's a perfect gateway that captivates beach lovers, adventure enthusiasts, and pilgrims as well. It simply looks stunning with the Ganapati temple on the shores that offers a soothing atmosphere. There are some beaches in Ganapatipule where you can find complete peace and tranquillity. With the breath-taking beauty, serenity of the Ganapatipule village, pleasant weather and Dwardates scriptures, this beach has become one of the famous destinations for travellers. It's an idyllic place to relax and spend a wonderful weekend with your family or loved ones. It has been always tempting a stream of sea lovers over the years with its pristine warm water and isolated stretches of sand.
Located at the distance of 375 km from Mumbai, it's a village that generally brightens and enliven up during festive seasons like Ganesh Chaturthi or Diwali. A horde of tourists turn up to visit the seashore Ganesha Temple lodging a monumental Ganesha. Apart from its serene beach, Ganapatipule is also rich in flora that includes mangroves and coconut palms. Over here, you can stroll around on golden sands or view loads of trials that head towards the beach. There are some cloistered beaches located right from Jaigad to Ratnagiri, which are separated from each other by rocky cliffs. With lots of shacks, horse riding and camel rides, the beach has become a perfect holiday destination for visitors.
–Goa is a tiny speck of sun-drenched, palm-fringed, hillock-speckled, lush green field-dappled paradise, skirted by white-topped sprays of salty blue waves. But then, Goa is a lot of things. This little seaside state, with an identity that’s a seamless blend of Latina influence and Indian tradition, was cracking enough to have been one of the millennium destinations of the world.
The essence of Goa lies in its marvellous expanses of palm-fringed beaches and azure-blue seas, all warmed by sun and local hospitality. Goa is all about relaxed lifestyles, enlivened by the Goan love for music and dance, spiced up by its superb cuisine. Summers on the golden sands, winters in the warm waters, or soaking in the Goan rains- Goa is exhilarating round the year. The scenic splendour of Goa simply dazzles as nature bears her treasures, unfolding miles and miles of glorious vistas of rivers, ponds, wooded hills and valleys. Whitewashed churches and temples at strategic points heighten the effect.
There’s more to Goa than sun, sand and natural beauty. The allure is quite distinct from the rest of India. It’s not just the familiar remnants of European colonialism or the picture book exoticism that makes it so accessible, It’s the prevalence of a form of social and political progressiveness that westerners feel they can relate to. Goans are friendly and happy going. They are fond of the good things in life and are certainly not caught up in the rat race.
– Gokarna is in the state of Karnataka and 360 Kms from Bangalore. Locals believe that Gokarna derives its name from the legend in which Lord Shiva emerged from the ear of a cow. Literally meaning the “Cow’s Ear”, this village is formed by the ear-shaped confluence of two rivers. Adventurous travellers must be prepared for a bit of cliff scrambling. Om beach, one of the Gokarna’s five famed beaches, takes the shape of an “Om”, a spiritual symbol. The other beaches, wedged between gigantic cliffs that protrude like delicate fingers into the sea, are Gokama, Kudle, Half-moon and Paradise. The drive up the winding path that leads to Gokarna is a scenic delight with the Rocky Mountains and Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other side. Accommodation is available in Guest Houses run by local families.
– On the east coast of Orrisa, this quite beach is ideal for boating and yachting. It is a surfer’s delight and excellent for sailing. A Golden beach fringed by sand dunes and ruins of an old jetty from where, in medieval times, sailors set out to Indonesia, make this an ideal place for a relaxing holiday. A perfect beach, fairly isolated and undisturbed by the day trippers.
The hot springs ofTaptapani are an hour’s drive from here. It is known to be a splendid retreat for sea worshipers, located about 16 kms from Behrampur. You can still see the crumbling walls and pillars of the jetty, which are witness to its past glory of commercial activity.
With an increase in tourist trade in the late seventies, and the opening of luxury hotels, a slow revival began and today Gopalpur-On-Sea is one of the foremost beach resort in India.
– With gentle waves, miles of Golden sand, a tranquil ambience and acres of emerald foliage, Karwar has all the making of perfect holiday destination. The captivating landscape is ringed with rugged hill ranges, thick woods and mysteriously deep valleys. Devbagh is the most enchanting of the five islands along the Karwar coast. It is this paradise which inspired the great Indian writer, Rabindranath Tagore, to pen his first play. The Sadashivgad Hill Fort with a Durga Temple, the unique Octagonal Church, the 300 year old Venkatrama Temple with ochre paintings, and the Naganatha Temple where an anthill is worshiped are all worth visiting.
- Located 16 km away from the state capital Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), Kovalam is awesomely beautiful and a heaven of serenity. It's a pleasant tourist spot in 'God's Own Country'. It's a magnificent beach supported by sharply mounting headlands and enclosed by fertile coconut palms. Placed snugly in the southern part of Kerala, Kovalam has created its presence fingered on the worldwide tourist map, due to its clean and bizarre beaches lined with glittering sand and tall light houses. The privy coves, sun kissed beaches, and the coastal towns of Kovalam enliven with its freshening up nature and the pristine atmosphere. It's divided into two main beaches namely the Eve's beach and the Lighthouse beach. It offers the best facilities to its beach lovers like swimming, Ayurvedic massages, sunbathing, and many other options.
The history and culture of this place are rooted in countryside that captivates large number of tourists to sightsee and revel in its mystical charm. The staggering blue waters of the Arabian Sea and the rocky headlands, makes this beautiful beach paradise. Honeymoon couples and beach lovers extremely love this beach as it offers romantic moments all along with plenty of activities for adventure and fun. You can feel the pleasure of boat sail with your loved ones and discover the popular sights all around the beach. For the one looking for a fun adventure, Kovalam is the perfect holiday destination to hang up one's boots. The romantic and natural ambience of this beach not only adds spirit and lustre, but also makes the journey of life fascinating and memorable. So, come here and rejuvenate yourself and feel refreshed once again.
-Just off the coast of Kerala, there are a widely scattered group of coral islands, collectively known as Lakshadweep. It is dotted in the blue water of the Arabian Sea that stretches out another world in itself. With soft sandy beaches and the glory of sun, the flock of 35 islands coalesced with lush green landscapes and splendid beaches that offer all kind of activities like snorkelling, diving, etc. The entire scene embraces splendid lagoons, miles of sun soaked sand, and the fascination of swinging palms. Over here, you will find coconut canopies that will be your tallest formation in the area. All these make Lakshadweep a popular tourist destination for beach lovers.
This charming secluded destination has 10 inhabited islands namely Chetlat, Amini, Agatti, Andrott, Bitra, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Kiltan, Minicoy and Kavaratti. It's the smallest Union Territory of India with 5 submerged banks, 3 reefs and 12 atolls. Unleashed in the azure Arabian Sea, the islands cover an area of 32 square km and cross over 30,000 square miles of the Arabian Sea. For vacationers, Lakshadweep is a beautiful destination of serenity, splendour and adventure.
–If you enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of beach but can't decide the perfect destination? Come to Mahabalipuram (also known as Mammallapuram), an enchanting beach that is located on the east coast of India. Turned up at the distance of 58 km from Chennai, the golden sandy beach is a charming place encircled by the rolling hills and glittering sea. The beach is recognized as the pristine beaches of Tamil Nadu, which attracts thousands of tourists every year. It's an idyllic place for lazing around the vicinity and sunbathing.
The bewitching Mahabalipuram beach is shored up by the Bay of Bengal along with the dreamy rock cut sculptures staggering to the eyes. There are many breath-taking attractions and places offering an ideal spot for holidaying. Mahabalipuram is mostly known for its shore temples constructed by the Pallava king Rajasimha in the early periods. With its beautiful location on a rocky outcropping between the beach and a lagoon, this beach paradise is a pleasant combination of ideal beaches, history, and peaceful tourism. Despite the many travellers, attracted by the former Pallava dynasty town, Mahabalipuram is very friendly and secluded place, where the villagers are outstandingly unflustered by their throngs of visitors.
-Located on the exotic coastline of Odisha (Orissa), Puri Beach is one of the wonderful destinations for holidaying where sun kissed beaches wet your feet and gentle wind simply elevates you from the earthy door to the clouds. This beach will make you feel as if you are in dream world. Beach lovers extremely relish holidaying here as the beach enamours a bewitching opportunity to undergo its wild sea waves and enjoy water sports activities.
Puri beach is a thrilling place to view romantic sunrises and sunsets. The white sands and the thunder of the breakers appearing from the Bay of Bengal have mesmerized tourists throughout the years and are the synonyms to the beach. With splendid beach facing hotels and resorts, it has become an ideal location for visitors to spend lovely moments with your family or friends.
Puri beach is also surrounded with holy temples that captivate tourists from all over the world, who visit here to explore the scenic beauty of the beach. No doubt, Puri has always been the favourite destination for honeymoon couples too. This beach amazes its visitors by its colours of festivity with excellent arts & crafts and the cultural dance programs.
- Located in the south Kerala at north end border of the district Trivandrum, Varkala beach is an ideal holiday destination in Kerala for the tourists who want a peaceful vacation. Counted as one of the top ten seasonal beaches in the world by discovery channel, this beach has a stunning beauty of landscapes, brown sand, and sea. It's a perfect spot to relax with a laidback atmosphere. Popular for beach activities like swimming and sunbathing, this beach offers a striking sunset views. It can simply take your breath away with its long winding stretch of cliff that expands over the Arabian Sea.
Varkala Beach is also called Papanasam beach as it is believed that taking bath here washes away all sins. This beach is very famous for spa, mineral springs and Ayurveda centres, offering the best treatments and therapies. Cliff clad beaches and pretty vibrant environs give a joyous feel that attract beach lovers or honeymooners to spend holidays at this place. The edge of the cliff offers fascinating views of sand and sea. Holidaying in Varkala gives a pleasant experience as there are many attractions that flock large numbers of tourist from all over the world. Summing up, it's a wonderful destination to chill out and revitalize your senses at famous Ayurvedic massage centres available in many resorts of Varkala.
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