Beaches in India
Much of India is surrounded by ocean and the country has some incredibly scenic beaches that offer everything. Geographically, beaches are located in a stretch of coastline east to west.
Top Beaches of India
Each beaches in India have something different to offer and altogether a different experience. So, if you love sun bath out at the beaches than hiking up a mountain, here is the list of best beaches in India.
Kovalam in KeralaKovalam
is an internationally renowned and known to be as the favorite tourist spot since 1930. Situated at a distance of 16kms from Thiruvananthapuram, Kovalam actually has 3 beaches separated by rocky landscape. The Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach and Samudra Beach from the crescent of the Kovalam Beach.
Varkala in Kerala
This beach lies on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram district. Varkala is also a major pilgrim destination with the presence of Sivagiri Mutt and various ancient temples including Janardhana temple.
Palolem Beach in Goa
If you are looking to spot dolphins, the Palolem Beach in Goa is one of the best places in India to spot one. The most beautiful and picturesque beach of Goa, The Beach is covered by thick forest of coconut palms.
Baga Beach in North Goa
Calangute Beach in North Goa :
The beach shares
its coastal line from the environs of Sinquerim, Candolim, and Baga, with the Baga shore being more lively and enticing.
Known as the “Queen of Beaches” in Goa. The beach is just at a few kilometers from Baga beach.
Puri Beach in Odisha
Puri Beach or the Golden beach is a beach in the city of Puri in the state of Odisha, India. It is on the shore of the Bay of Bengal. This beach is very close to the Puri temple or Lord Jagannath temple
Lord Jagannath is very revered among people and the place is considered to be one of those Chaar-Dhams that every devotee.
Radhanagar Beach in Andaman Islands
Situated on the western coast of the Havelock Island. This beach is known as one of the 8 blue flag beaches of India and its white sand is like silk with crystal clear emerald blue waters.
Candolim Beach in Goa
This beach is located in North Goa along the stretch of Aguada Fort, Candolim beach is about 12.5 km from Panaji. The beach is quite popular among the people from the Rajneesh Ashram in Pune who visit here on a short break.
Dhanushkodi Beach in Rameshwaram
This is the furthest point on the Island of Rameshwaram and is the closest to Sri Lanka. Mythologically, it is said that this is the point from where Lord Rama along with Shri Hanumana and Laxmana started building the bridge or setu, to reach Lanka. The once-existed town Dhanushkodi which was washed off by 1964 cyclone.
Ganpatiphule Beach in Maharashtra
Ganpatipule (Ga?patipu?e) is a small town located 25 km north of the city of Ratnagiri in Ratnagiri district on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra. A good number of people mainly, the pilgrims visit pay holy visit to the temple and also make most of this beach.
Colva Beach in South Goa
This beach is known as oldest and most lively beach of south Goa. It once used to be the relaxing point for high society people of Margao. Today, it serves as the partying area for all the party animals, who enjoy rave-parties dancing together.
Marari Beach in Kerala
Marari beach holds the serenity of Kerala backwaters that certainly is a place of attraction for the people. e. The rich vegetation at one side and crystal clear water at the other look like a comfy lap of Mother Nature that purifies mind, body and soul washing away all the worldly stress of life.
Ramakrishna Beach in VishakhapatnamRama Krishna Beach
is one of the main beach in Vizag. This beach is also known in initials as Ramakrishna Mission Beach, this wonderful beach can be reached by covering just 5 kms from the main city.
Beaches of Different States in India
The coastline of every independent state presents beaches, some of which are clearly identified as part of the state they belong to. Some beaches are commercialized while some of them are still to be explored.
Beaches of Kerala
The Kerala coastline stretches to 550 kms with distinct beaches. Here are folowing beaches.
Alappuzha Beach :
Also known as the 'Venice of the East', Alappuzha Beach
. The Beach has an old pier which extend to sea is over 150 years old. The Kettuvallam or 'boat with knots' was so called because the entire boat was held together with coir knots only.Marari Beach :
Marari Beach is a beach in Alappuzha District of Kerala, India, 11 km from Alappuzha (Alleppey) town. Chavakkad Beach:
Located only 5kms from Guruvayoor, it is bordered with coconut trees on either side with a mesmerizing beauty.Fort Kochi Beach :
Fort Kochi Beach is a very beautiful beach located on the western coast of India. The beach is quite an interesting one with Colonial-style bungalows built alongside the coastline. Kollam Beach:
This beach also known as Mahatama Gandhi beach is one of the oldest of beaches and a very significant one, for playing an important role in the cashew trade. Kovalam Beach :
Kovalam Beach also called Covelong Beach seated on the Coromandel Coast. Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach and has been attracting foreigners especially Europeans since 1930s.
Top Beaches of Goa
The Goa coastline stretches to about 125 kms. The most popular beaches of south Goa is Palolem beach. Click here to read more on beaches in Goa.
Beaches of Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu presents some of the finest beaches of south-India. The Marina Beach of Chennai offers a 12 kms wonderland full of lovely waves that have made this beach the ‘Pride of Chennai’.
Elliot's Beach is located in Besant Nagar, Chennai, India. It forms the end-point of the Marina Beach shore, and is named after Edward Elliot.Mamallapuram Beach:
Mamallapuram in Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu is only a 2-hour journey from the state capital, Chennai. Once a port city of the Pallavas, it is also important because of its rich history and the group of monuments in Mahabalipuram which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Kanyakumari Beach :
Kanyakumari Beach is one of the most pristine beaches in the waterfront town of Kanyakumari. It is located at the confluence of the Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean.Poompuhar Beach:
Poompuhar Beach is a natural and ancient beach located in Poompuhar, Tamil Nadu, India, along the Bay of Bengal. This beach is also known as Kaveripoompattinam.
Beaches of Gujarat
Gujarat, the colorful and vibrant state, has equally vibrant beaches. This makes the beach good enough for waking, swimming and water sports.
Located about 37kms from Somnath. Known to be as home to the Nawab of Junagadh. Rocky hills and thrilling boat rides are sure to enthrall both domestic and international tourists. Read about Chorwad Beach
.Gopnath Beach :
Being very close to Bhavnagar, the Gopnath Beach served as a summer retreat to the king of Bhavnagar, Maharaja Krishna Kumar Singhji.Dwaraka Beach :
This beach is located 15 minutes north of the Rukmani temple. Here, you would find a huge crowd of pilgrims who pay visit to the Dwarakadhish temple
.Kutch-Mandvi Beach :
The Kutch-Mandvi beach is an important sea-port too for trade and commerce. The Mandvi beach is a golden-brown sprawl of sand along the southern tip of Kutch district in Gujarat.
Beaches of Maharashtra
Its long 720kms association with the Arabian Sea extending from Dhanau and Bordi in the North till Goa in the south.
Harnai BeachHarnai Beach:
Harnai is about 200 km away from Mumbai. Despite its quietness, it is emerging fast as a tourist destination as visitors from Pune and Mumbai. Shriwardhan-Harihareshwar Beach :
Harihareshwar, along with Shrivardhan and Diveagar Beach, forms a popular weekend beach destination from Pune (190 km) and Mumbai (210 km). Dahanu-Bordi Beach and Vijaydurg-Sindhudurg Beach :
Dahanu beach is blessed with Chiku orchards and is 145 ms from Mumbai. You will also find the ruins of forts and traces of Portuguese culture that one existed here. Apart from this, they will also find some pilgrimage sites of historical significance. Ganpatiphule Beach:
Ganpatiphule is famous for its rich mangrove tress and coconut palms. Mandwa Kihim Beach :
Kihim beach is just a few kilometers from Mandawa. Juhu Beach: Juhu Beach
is one of the most popular attractions of the Mumbai. Apart from the usual activities, one of the main reasons for visiting Juhu is because it houses some of the top Bollywood celebrities. The beach is often crowded, which increases during weekends.Madh IslandMadh Island Beach : Madh Island
is also one of the most popular beaches of Mumbai and is also the cleanest in the state.Other Some of the other beaches of Mumbai includes Marve Manori Gorai Beach Murud Janjira Beach, Tarkali Beach, Velneshwar Beach, Vengurla Malvan BeachAlso Read: Beaches in Mumba
Beaches of Karnataka
The Karnataka coastline is about 320 kilometers long.
Located about 2kms from Gokarna, the Om beach is named after its natural shape that resembles that of the symbol ‘Om’. Panambur Beach:
Named after Panambur port in Mangalore, it is one of the safest and cleanest beaches of India. This beach is crowded during the evenings for its magnificent view of the sunset along the Konkan coast. Camel rides, boat rides and kite flying are very popular in this beach.Someshwara Beach :
Located at the confluence of the Arabian Sea and Netravati river, Someshwara Beach is famous for its golden sand long stretches of greenery.Bhatkal Beach :
Bhatkal beach is located in Uttara Kannada region near Murudeshwar temple. It was once an important port for trade in the 16th century during the Vijayanagar kingdom.Kurumgad Beach :
Situated 4kms from Karwar, Kurumgad Beach is a tortoise shaped Island popular for Narasimha temple. Thousands of people visit the temple during Pushya Purnima in January, when the beach also remains crowded.
Beaches of Andhra Pradesh
The Vishakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh is blessed with many beautiful beaches, namely, the Rushikonda beach also known as the ‘Jewel of the East Coast’.
RK Beach VizagRamakrishna Beach :
A popular beach of Visakhapatnam, Ramkrishna Beach is more famous for the INS Kursura Submarine Museum. Commonly known as RK beach, it attracts tourists all round the year.Uppada Beach :
The beach can be reached at a distance of just 5 kms from Kakinada, it is famous as a fishery spot. It is a wide beach and quite a safe one to play. The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation is developing this place as a tourist hub.Vodarevu Beach :
This beach runs along the Bay of Bengal coastline and is lined with coconut trees on either side. It is just 6 km far from another one, the Ramapuram Beach.Krishnapatnam Beach :
Krishnapatnam beach is one of Nellore's lovely beaches. It is located 24 km away from Nellore City in Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh. Krishnapatnam port is one of the very few ports in the globe capable of handling 1,50,000 tons of gigantic vessels with load capacity. Mypadu Beach :
The beach stretches 25 kms alongside the Bay of Bengal coastline with greenery in abundance. Motupalle Beach :
The beach is known for Casuarina plantation. In Kallingapatnam, the beach has a lighthouse and Buddhist Stupa. Earlier, the port played an important role in trading activities by European traders. There are many other beaches belonging to various districts. These are namely, Bheemunipatnam Beach, Perupalem beach, Manginapudi Beach, Suryalanka beach and Mypadu beach.
Beaches of Odisha
The beech streches about tretches across a distance of 400 kilometres. Sharing its coastal front with the Bay of Bengal, Odisha is home to some of the best beaches on the country's east coast.
Chandipur Beach :
The characteristic of the beach is that the water recedes 1 to 4kms during ebb tide every time. As result, it supports a variety of biodiversity including the horseshoe crab which is rarely found anywhere else.Gopalpur Beach :
Gopalpur Beach popularly known as Gopalpur on the Sea is located about 16ms from Berhampur. The beach of Gopalpur town is known for a lighthouse and Casuarina trees that that give a scenic picture.
The serene environment becomes lively with the rhythmic songs sung by waves that keep washing the sands. It is also an ideal place for sailing and surfing.Konark
: This beach is also known as the Chandrabhaga beach is very popular being just 3 kms from the famous Konark Temple or Sun Temple. It is one of the best beaches in India to enjoy the beauty of a sunrise and get lost in its charm.Puri :
The sacred beach of Puri attracts pilgrims in very large number, to offer prayer and take a holy bath here. A lot of sand art can be seen here as people practice it a lot. Paradeep Beach :
Located 125 Km from the capital city Bhubaneswar, Paradip is one of the most important commercial ports of the country.
Beaches of Pondicherry
Pondicherry is a beautiful coastal region with equally beautiful beaches namely, Serenity Beach, Paradise Beach and Promenade Beach.
Serenity Beach :
This beach is in the city itself. It is known for the Serenity beach bazaar that opens during the weekends. The bazaar is known for nice traditional handicraft items, clothes, bags and lots more.Paradise Beach :
It is just 8kms far from the town that can be seen while moving on the Pondicherry and Cuddalore highway. Promenade :
This is the most significant beach of Puducherry. You can walk your way out to this beach from the city. It is just at a walking distance via the Beach Road alongside the beach itself. While on the beach, you can also visit the war memorial, Joan of Arc and a statue of Mahatma Gandhi.
Beaches of West Bengal
The coastline of West Bengal has some nice beaches which have been playing significant roles in the trade and commerce. The beaches are namely, Shankarpur, Digha, Bakkhali, Mandarmani, Tajpur and Gangasagara.
Lying in East Midnapore district in the northern end of Bay of Bengal, Digha is one of the most popular beaches of West Bengal. It is a famous weekend getaway for the people living in and around Kolkata. Shankarpur :
It is located at 15 kms distance from the Digha beach. Shankarpur is located in the Purba (East) Medinipur District of the state of West Bengal, Shankarpur is a beach destination along the Digha-Contai Road.Mandarmani :
This one comes under the district of East Midnapore. The 13 kms long beach is characterized by the red crabs crawling everywhere. Bakkhali :
The beach belongs to one of the islands, the majority of which comes under Sunderbans. The 7kms beach has casuarina trees lined up.
Beaches of Andaman Islands
Andaman islands are known for their exotic beaches that hold tremendous natural glamour. Tourists from all over the world love to be here and enjoy the corals. There are 20 Beaches in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Radhanagar Beach on Havelock Island can be considered as one of the most popular beaches in Andaman.
Radhanagar Beach :
The most beautiful beach of Andamans is Radhanagar beach of Havelock island. It ranks among the most beautiful beaches of Asia. Vijaynagar Beach :
Vijaynagar Beach is a rolling beach unlike many other rocky breaches of the Andaman Islands. Vijayanagar beach is beach no. 5 on the east cost of Havelock Island.Carbyn’s Cove Beach :
Port Blair's only beach, located within the city, just 8 Kms away. Corbyn's Cove Beach is a prominent sightseeing spot in Andaman.Butler Bay Beach :
Butler Bay beach is a forgotten piece of heaven on Little Andaman, tucked 100 km from Port Blair city. Butler Bay beach is known to be one of the best surfing spots in India.Elephant Beach :
Elephant Beach is one of the key attractions located on Havelock Island, in Andaman and Nicobar. Elephant Beach is an ideal destination for water sports and for leisure tour. Red Skin Island Beach :
Red Skin island can be reached in a boat from Wandoor jetty. Red Skin Island is one of the 15 beaches found inside the Marine National Park of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Beaches of Lakshadweep
Not much explored and commercialized, Lakshadweep islands offer an unpolluted ambiance that even today belongs to Mother Nature.
White Beach :
This is the beach of Agatti island with coral waters look absolutely stunning, which is close to Bangaram island. It has bio-luminescent planktons deposited on it, which gives it a unique glow at night. Kadmat Beach :
This beach stretches to 8kms and is surrounded by lagoons on the east and western side. Minicoy Beach :
Minicoy beach is a popular tourist place because of the availability of water sports facility, bathing huts with changing rooms. The lighthouse, here, attracts many people.
The localities here perform lava dance, which is quite popular. The local fishermen and boatmen enjoy racing too. These numerous beaches in India are significant in their own ways. Some are commercialized a lot while some still seem like untouched.
Daman and Diu : One of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Daman is the Jampore Beach, located south of Moti Daman. The beach is famous owing to its blackish muddy water.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Daman is Devka Beach. Nagoa Beach, which is situated in the small hamlet of Nagoa.
The Hoka trees with their long, clustered branches bring in a pristine charm to the quaint beach. Other beaches are Vanakbara Beach, Goghla Beach, Goptimata Beach, Chakratirtha Beach, Udvada Beach.
Unique Beaches in India
Beaches in India to have some unique characteristics which you will rarely find in any part of the world
Neil Island Beach in Andaman :
Neil Island is best known for its unparalleled biodiversity and unexplored span of dense tropical forests and greenery complemented by white sand beaches and rich coral reefs.
Currently known as the Shaheed Dweep, this is a small island that spans over an area of 13.7 Sq. KM. only, most of which is covered with forest.
Muzhappilangad Beach in Kerala : Lying close to Kannur railway station and Calicut airport, Muzhappilangad Beach is famous for being Kerala's only drive in beach as 4 km of sand and a shimmering Malabar coastline can be viewed from the road.
St. Mary’s Island Beach in Karnataka : St. Mary Island is especially known famously as the Gateway of Karnataka. This beach in Karnataka is adorned with perfect sea jewels, the seashells. The island has volcanic palm-fringes and rock columns of Basalt.
Dumas Beach in Gujarat : Dumas beach in Gujarat is an urban beach located along the Arabian Sea in the city of Surat. It is considered to be one of the most haunted places in India.