Apart from its rich culture and tradition, India is also known for some amazing beach destinations. Each of these spots have a lot to offer and are completely different from one another. From lively parties to some calming stillness, scuba diving and snorkelling to surfing and swimming, Indian beaches have something for everybody. Sharing a list of the top 5 beach destinations in India:
Goa is home to some of the best beaches and the most beautiful sunsets. It is hands down one of my favourite spots in India if you are looking at relaxing, chilling, enjoying some time on the beach and eating clean. While there are tons of beaches in Goa, I would highly recommend Ashwem, Morjim, Mandrem, Benaulim and Arossim. These are just some of my favourites and they are extremely clean as well. If you visit Ashwem or Morjim then do check out Prana café and Burger Factory, they are definitely worth a visit. Make sure you avoid the super crowded beaches like Baga, Anjuna, Calangute, Candolim and Vagator.
Nearest Airport: Goa International Airport
2. Andaman & Nicobar Islands
If you’re looking at spending a relaxing week around sun kissed shores, dreamy beaches, lush vegetation, diverse marine life and an award winning beach then Andaman and Nicorbar Islands should be on the top of your list. The famous Radhanagar Beach is voted as the 7th best beach in the world. Apart from that make sure to visit Elephant beach, Kala Pathar, Laxmanpur, Sitapur, Vijaynagar beach. This island paradise is a treat for all the senses. The islands here also have tons of hidden gems, away from those tourist traps make sure you visit those. The beauty of these islands will just leave you mesmerised!
Nearest Airport: Port Blair Airport
You can take a Mumbai to Chennai flight and then Chennai to Port Blair
Known for its big blue waves and breathtaking landscapes, Gokarna is one of the best spots for every beach lover, especially surfers. Located in Karnataka, this off beat destination is nothing short of magic and also a replacement for Goa sometimes. It’s home to some really good surf schools and is one of the best spots for all water activities in India. Some of the best beaches in Gokarna are Om beach, Half Moon beach, Paradise beach, Nirvana beach, Small Hell beach, Kudle beach and Baada beach. This slice of heaven is definitely worth a visit.
Nearest Airport: Dabolim, Goa
Located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kovalam is definitely a highlight and a hit amongst all the tourists who visit the state. Known for it’s low tidal waves, mesmerising sunsets, rich heritage, cashew trees and the famous crescent, Kovalam features some fantastic beaches in the whole of South India. It is also home to some of the best properties like Leela, Taj etc.
Lighthouse, Hawah and Samudra are amongst the popular beaches here.
Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport
Known for it’s rich Dutch legacy, this Union territory on the coast of Tamil Nadu is equally famous for its beaches. Drift to this part of the world and explore the white sand beaches, turquoise waters, stunning coral reefs and get enchanted by the simplicity and the culture. Auroville beach (known for surfing), Rock beach, Paradise beach, Serenity beach and Repo beach are some of the popular ones. Pondicherry is a great spot for Scuba diving too.
Nearest Airport: Pondicherry Airport