India is full of amazing places. From tranquil temples to buzzing bazaars, there are many unique places to explore. Most people don’t think of beaches when they think of India, but the country has many of them. The beaches are tropical and attract thousands of visitors every year. Whether you are looking for action, solitude, or parties, here are ten fantastic beaches you can find in India.
1. Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island
Take a ferry to Havelock Island and you will find beautiful beach made of white sand. The tidal flats are very shallow, so there is plenty of space to roam when the tide is out. The beach is just 12 kilometers from the ferry dock. It’s one of the most tranquil beaches where you can enjoy solitude and have some fun on the massive waves.
2. Agonda Beach, Goa
Just a short distance from Colva, Agonda Beach offers palm trees and blue water. You can camp on the beach and tents are for rent nearby. The beach offers a quiet place to enjoy the sun and sea, but you should plan to take a scooter to get there, as it is a little remote.
3. Lighthouse Beach, Kerala
As the name indicates, Lighthouse Beach is found near a lighthouse. It is a popular foreigner beach that features a large, calm bay for swimming. The rocky outcrops help keep this section of shore from being pummeled with waves, so it is safe for families. In addition to small hotels, the beach features health resorts and convention centers.
4. Cola Beach, Goa
For those who are looking for hidden places to enjoy the sea, Cola Beach is one of the best. Few tourists come here and it is far from the busy cities. It is a beach where silence reigns. It can be difficult to find a place to stay, but the beach is definitely worth a visit.
5. Cavelossim Beach, Goa
Cavelossim is one of the cleanest beaches in the country. It is also a very quiet place to visit and is ideal for those who want to avoid crowded seashore parks. A big attraction at Cavelossim is the street food. Food shacks line the beach and offer a range of delicious food.
6. Baga Beach, Goa
Baga Beach is just a small part of a 30 kilometer coastline full of sandy areas. You can enjoy a wide range of beaches by simply following the coastline. Baga Beach is a remote and quiet area, devoid of tourist buses. The area is well known for great fishing and is also popular for boating and swimming.
7. Mandrem Beach, Goa
Tourists often travel to Mandrem Beach to see the famed stone workers. The influx of foreigners makes the area more crowded, but it is still one of the most beautiful beaches in India. The beach has pleasant waters, unique rock formations and soft sand.
8. Yarada Beach, Visakhapatnam
Set on the Bay of Bengal, Yarada Beach is a curved sandy beach with plenty of greenery surrounding it. Coconut trees and other plants abound in the area and give the beach a pleasant feel. It is fairly quiet and sunsets are nearly always perfect at the beach so don’t forget your camera.
9. Puri Beach, Puri
If you are looking to have some fun and learn about a new culture when visiting India, Puri Beach is a must-visit destination. Every year, the Puri Beach Festival is held at this beach. Sand art is created and people gather to celebrate. Buses run to the beach, so it is easy to access. Puri Beach is considered a sacred place for Hindus, but is a very popular tourist destination.
10. Varkala Beach, Kerala
Set at the foot of a cliff, Varkala Beach is a long, winding beach with pristine, blue waters and white sand. Atop the cliff, you will find beach shacks, small cafes and guest houses for those who want to spend the night near the ocean. Varkala Beach is a great honeymoon destination as well.
India may not be the first choice for travelers with beaches in mind, but the country has plenty of gorgeous, sandy stretches. Whether you are looking for a quiet, remote area or something more celebrated, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for along India’s coastline. These ten beaches are perfect for yoga, rejuvenation, swimming, surfing, sunbathing and many other fun activities. Have you ever had the chance to relax on one of these beautiful beaches?