Sure, we’ll admit it–when you think about beach destinations, it’s probably not India that first comes to mind. India is a prime destination for tons of other types of tourism doesn’t mean that it can’t be a beach destination as well.
Half Moon Beach, Karnataka
Gokarna town in the state of Karnataka is Paradise Beach which is also known as Full Moon Beach. Paradise Beach is about 150 meters in length and is a good 70% of the beach has rock cover all over it. The remaining section has very clean white sand. A few years ago this beach used to be a Hippie hot spot and was also very famous for the weed that was sold on the beach. This beach still attracts small number of foreign traveller's who prefer making a day trip while a few camp the night by cooking their own food and staying in make shift tents.
Goa, a tiny emerald, pristinely beautiful land on the western coast of India. Goa is the smallest but is one of the most scintillating and captivating states of India. The globally famous holiday destination Goa is referred as the land of sun and sand due to its breathtakingly beautiful golden beaches. The 125 Km is dotted of Goan coastline with numerous palm fringed sandy beaches. There are about 39 beaches in Goa which are categorized as North Goa beaches and South Goa beaches which are the most significant aspects of development of Goa tourism industry. The beaches of both these regions have different charm and character.
Varkala Beach, Kerala
Varkala Beach is one of the important beaches of Kerala district. Varkala is a coastal town located at a distance of 51 Km north-west of Thiruvananthapuram. Located in Southern part of Kerala at Northern end border of Thiruvananthapuram District, Varkala is definitely an awesome beach. This place is moreover an important Hindu centre of pilgrimage. High cliffs with mineral springs rise grandly from the coastline. Discovery Channel has rated Varkala Beach has as one of the 10 top seasonal beaches.
Rishikonda Beach, Andhra Pradesh
Rishikonda Beach, on the east coast of India is located about 20 kilometres from the heart ofVisakhapatnam city in Andhra Pradesh. This beach is very popular with both locals and tourists alike as this beach is safe for swimming. A lot of sea-facing resorts are situated on some of these Eastern Ghat hills and provide quick access to the beach, while being situated in green surroundings. this beach too offers a great shopping experience with make-shift shacks selling everything from sea-shell decorative items, gift items, snacks, hot eateries and games for the children.
Agatti Island, Lakshadweep
Lakshadweep Islands is a sheer poetry of the blue shades of the sea and sky. The mystic whiteness and greenary of land merging, intermingling and generating a symphony of liveness. Lakshadweep is truly a rhythm of Land and Sea.
The Lakshadweep Islands are a string of little known islands, lying approximately 320 kilometers (200 miles) off the south west coast of India. There are thirty six islands in all, comprising coral atolls, submerged banks and reefs. It is commonly believed that the islands were discovered by ship wrecked sailors during the reign of Cheraman Perumal, a legendary king of Kerala, around 354 AD.
Andaman Islands, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The Andaman Islands are part of India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands territory. There are 572 islands in the territory, only three dozen of which are inhabited. The territory has a population of nearly 380,000, according to India's 2011 census.
Puri Beach, Odisha
Puri the abode of Lord Jagganath is also known for its sacred beach. The beach has attracted countless devotees and sea lovers to take a purification dip for both Indians and foreigners.
The brushed sand dunes, the beautiful sunset, sand arts by the local sand artists like world famous Sudarshan, roar of the breakers and the local fisherman's fleet work give sufficient reason to visitors enjoy this beautiful beach.
Gokarna Beach, Karnataka
This quaint little town in northern Karnataka is not only a religious holiday spot with travellers of a spiritual bent of mind exploring it but also known for its beautiful beaches. Pristine, untouched yet, this gem of a holiday place has four beaches which are must visit for anyone looking for a quiet beach holiday. Gokarna is only now coming in the eye of holiday goers and thus till now has the most secluded beaches. Whether you are looking for a regular holiday sight-seeing or relaxing, Gokarna serves both the purposes.
Marari Beach, Kerala
This beach, again known for its quiet solitude providing atmosphere is for those looking for a relaxed quiet holiday in a beach resort, namely Marari Beach Resort. Close to Alleppey in Kerala, it is add on attraction for people visiting the Kerala backwaters, tourists and holiday makers too.
Alappuzha Beach, Kerala
Just over ten kilometers from Marari Beach sits the considerably more “happening” beach town of Alleppey and its action-packed Alappuzha Beach. However, the beach itself might not be the area’s main touristic draw. This region is known for the Kerala backwaters, a series of brackish lakes and lagoons lying inland from the coast. This area makes for one of India’s most unique and interesting ecosystems, and a houseboat tour of the region comes highly recommended. Afterwards, of course, head to the beach–there is plenty there to see and do as well!
Chowpatty Beach, Maharashtra
Chowpatty Beach is a popular beach which attracts people of all age groups. Every evening, the beach brims with crowds amidst food stalls, ferry rides, balloon sellers, et al. Chowpatty Beach is a lively place where one can unwind after a tiring day to please their taste buds, breathe in some fresh air, and enjoy the beauty of the sandy beach.
Gopalpur-on-sea is a beach resort in Ganjam district of Odisha (formerly Orissa). Once a busy sea port, it is now a quiet place. The din and bustle of the temple towns is totally absent and one can really enjoy the roar of the waves and the breeze bustling through the palm tress. With an increase in the inflow of tourists from the late seventies, Gopalpur-on-sea saw a slow revival and is today one of the foremost beach resorts in India.
Ullal Beach, Karnataka
One of the oldest towns found anywhere in India, there’s no denying that Ullal has much more to offer than just its beach. However, the golden-brown sands and lightly crashing waves are certainly a fantastic addition! This is a great place to take a quick dive into the Arabian Sea before getting back and exploring the town. However, you must also be careful–the area is also known for strong rip currents that can prove dangerous even for experienced swimmers. If in doubt, consult a local before you head out.
Kudle Beach, Karnataka
Kudle Beach is one of several located outside of the small town of Gokarna in Karnataka state, and a personal favorite of ours. Just about one kilometer long and book-ended by two slowly rising geological features, this once isolated locale is nowadays getting a little bit more attention from tourists and locals alike. This isn’t a bad thing though–some industrious folk from nearby set up small makeshift restaurants and cafes along the treeline that will feed you get you nice and caffeinated for cheap!