India is a vibrant and colourful country dosed in culture. The last thing you picture at the thought of India is the beach. But we’re sure once you read about the beautiful beaches this country has to offer, you’ll be planning a seaside trip to India.
Escape the crowds of Goa beach and head to these lesser known spots along India’s coast.
Radhanagar Beach, Havelock
Most of the 572 islands in the Indian archipelago are inhabited by indigenous Andamese tribes and are closed off to tourists. Havelock Island, the largest of the chain of Ritchie’s Archipelago, is the place to be. There are seven beaches on the coast of the island where visitors can snorkel with elephants in clear turquoise waters.
Kerala beaches are among the best in India and offer a great alternative to the often over crowded shores of Goa. Some of the beaches are relatively deserted but many offer the luxuries of resorts and activities to those who can’t sit still on the sand. Head to Kovalam Beach for resorts and Kannur Beach for small town culture. For luxury and serenity, visit Bekal Beach, Marari Beach and Varkala Beach.
Agonda Beach, Canacona
Located in south Goa, the tranquil and serene Agonda Beach is far from crowds and the ideal place to unwind and relax. Replenish your zen and catch up on a good book or take to the water to cool off. Keep your eyes peeled for turtles too! Agonda is one of only four beaches designated as turtle nesting sites under the Coastal Regulation Zone.
Kashid Beach, Maharashtra
Backed by lush vegetation and located a three-hour drive from Mumbai, Kashid Beach in Maharashtra offers sun, sand and surf well away from the crowds. Relax on the three kilometre stretch of sand by the shores of the Arabian Sea.
Gokarna Beach, Karnataka
Largely unused by locals until an influx of tourism in the past decade, the unspoiled and pretty Gokarna Beach surrounds a small town just one hour south of Goa. Due to the lack of visitors over time, the beach resembles Goa’s past as a young and vibrant hippy-like area.
Ullal Beach, Mangalore
12 kilometres south of the city of Mangalore, an empty stretch of sand and a rolling sea awaits at Ullal Beach. The serenity and calmness of the beach is what continues to attract visitors to this golden stretch of sand.
Bheemunipatnam Beach, Andhra Pradesh
Family-friendly shallow waters and whimsical sculptures of Hindu deities make this beach perfect for those travelling with children. Explore coconut plantations and ruins of an old Dutch fort in the small and almost rural region.
A traditional fishing village and the most northerly of Goa’s developed beach resorts is an ideal choice for the budget-conscience travellers planning on staying for a long time. Keep in mind that although the main beach is great for swimming, it can get crowded in peak season.