Sea Summons: 10 Beaches in India Everyone Needs to Visit
Why is it that we think of exotic foreign beaches whenever we hear ‘sea’? Let’s not forget that India is endowed with spectacular beaches too. If so many foreigners throng to India to take a look, we must grace them with short trips as well. Here are a few beaches in India, popular as well as underrated ones that you must visit ASAP.
1. Juhu, Mumbai
The name is enough. The scenic beauty and the posh surroundings draw a lot of tourists. Don’t be surprised if you run into your favorite Bolly actor while taking a solitary walk. And definitely, don’t forget to try all the delicious street food it has to offer!
2. Palolem Beach, Goa
Palolem beach in South Goa is a crescent-shaped beach with tree-covered rocks at the ends. It is gaining popularity for its raw natural beauty. A big plus is the cheap accommodation in form of Thai-style beach cottages. Do not miss the Money Stone, built on the concept of “give and take”.
3. Calangute Beach, Goa
The largest beach in North Goa, this beauty has whipped up a lot of fame among domestic as well as international tourists. Picturesque appearance aside, it also offers water sports like parasailing and water-skiing for those who live on thrill.
4. Payyambalam Beach, Kerala
This one is straight out of a fairytale, with a bridge joining the beach to Padana Thodu. There is a beautiful garden near it, its prime attraction being the sculpture “Mother and Child”. A beach-lover simply cannot miss Payyambalam!
5. Marina Beach, Chennai
Marina is the longest natural urban beach in India. This popular tourist spot is dotted with memorials, statues, a skating arena and two swimming pools. The tradition of beach cricket adds to its charm. A late-night stroll along the beach promenade is a must for all romantics.
6. Kavaratti Beach, Lakshadweep
One look at the pristine white sands surrounded by the crystal blue water and you will have to pinch yourself to make sure it’s not a dream. The calm lagoons are ideal for swimming and water sports. A visit to the Kavaratti Aquarium is top priority for marine life enthusiasts.
7. Radha Nagar Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Situated on the Havelock Island, Radha Nagar Beach bagged the title of “Best Beach in Asia” (Time, 2004). Not much of a surprise, when you take a long look at the green tree-covered shelf jutting out into the serene waters, while your feet are covered in the warm sand.
8. Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
It is the southernmost tip of the Indian subcontinent, putting you literally on the edge of glory by the Laccadive Sea. The sunset and sunrise are believed to be spiritually healing. The cultural heritage and the presence of ample tourist locations is definitely a bonus.
9. Varkala Beach, Kerala
Varkala Beach is blessed with a unique geological feature: sedimentary cliffs in an otherwise flat Kerala coast. There are a number of natural water spouts and spas. A dip in this beach is believed to wash away sins, so if you have lied to your parents or snapped at your lover, think no further!
10. Marari Beach, Kerala
Rated as one of the top five hammock beaches in the world (National Geographic Survey), this can be your perfect spot to unwind. There are no holiday activities here, just pure enjoyment of nature, the best antidote to stress.
Did this article just lengthen your bucket list? Then don’t wait anymore, start packing already. Happy holidays!