Summer reminds us why we need beaches close by with its balmy weather to relax and unwind. But with Goa being overly crowded due to over-tourism, it kinda kills the purpose of ‘relax and unwind’, am I right? So here are 10 other beach destinations in India that you should visit.
And, let’s not even discuss how almost every plan to visit Goa never sees the light of day. How EVERY-freaking-TIME someone will cancel at the last moment (like your lazy butt), and the grand plan will fall apart. Every-time. Call it the curse of ‘Goa plans’ or something else, but it is true!
So, why don’t you change the destination altogether? I mean, you sure would want some time off from the chubti jalti garmi, no? Then, pack your sarongs, bikinis and sunglasses because we have the perfect lineup for you that are untouched by the crowds; and therefore are perfect to beat the rise in mercury. You can thank us later.
1Radhanagar beach, Havelock, Andaman
Awarded Asia’s best beach and world’s seventh-best beach by Times magazine in 2007, Radhanagar Beach in Havelock Islands truly offers an out of the world experience. Walk barefoot along the white sand beach and experience a piece of heaven at Radhanagar Beach.
Take a walk through the green jungle and while you are there, don’t forget to indulge in the activities of scuba diving and snorkelling. Radhanagar Beach is a must visit as its azure waters will tickle your senses and the serenity that dwells on this beach will make you fall for it.
2Kashid Beach, Maharashtra
Situated almost 125 km away from Mumbai, Kashid boasts a jaw-dropping coastline with soft golden sands and joyful waters. Its profusely stretched coastline has a varied landscape that comprises cliffs, rocks, and golden sand that simply charms you with its allure. Take a short break and plan a weekend getaway to this quaint paradise. Kashid Beach is a complete package for privacy as well as for adventure. You can find quiet spots for romance where you pitch your tent and stargaze by the campfire or you can pump up your adrenaline with a number of watersports.
3Tarkarli Beach, Maharashtra
Located at the confluence of the Karli river and the Arabian sea, Tarkarli is a small stretch of beach with Devbaug beach to its south and the Sindhudurg sea fort to its north.
This surreal landscape has Karli backwaters on one side and the turquoise blue sea on the other side, making it one of the finest white sand beaches in the entire stretch of Konkan beaches. Adrenaline junkies can indulge in water sports while for heritage lovers, a visit to the Sindhudurg Fort is highly recommended.
4Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka
Gokarna is a small holy town on the western coast of India the state of Karnataka. This small remote town has four of India’s most secluded and pristine beaches nestled nearby. One of them is Om Beach which is one of the biggest tourist favourites along with Kudle Beach.
You’ll find an “Old Goa” hippie vibe alive and well here at Om Beach which also famous for parasailing, and other adventure sports. Shaped as two semi crescents joined together forming the shape of Om (Hindu Symbol) hence named as Om beach, tourists can enjoy the banana boat, surfing or jet skiing here. The sounds of the waves are great for some solitary retrospection and meditative bliss.
5Cherai Beach, Kerala
Situated in Ernakulam, in Kerala, Cherai Beach, is every swimmer’s paradise. It measures 15km in length and is said to have got it the fame of being the ‘Princess of the Arabian Sea’. An ideal destination for surfing, swimming and sunbathing, Cherai Beach also provides wonderful views of the famous Chinese Fishing Nets. Enjoy a relaxing swim with the backdrop of coconut groves and fresh cuisine that fills you up perfectly after that delightful swim.
6Varkala Beach, Kerala
Located some 51 km north of Thiruvananthapuram city, Varkala is a small and quiet town in Kerala. Papanasam Beach also known as the Varkala Beach is some 10 km away from Varkala and is renowned for a natural spring. Don’t miss a dip here as it is believed to contain holy medicinal properties to purge the body of impurities and the soul of all sins.
Lying on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram district, this beach offers a perfect spot to relax with a laidback atmosphere. The beach is also known for spa and ayurvedic centres that offering excellent treatments and therapies.
7Agatti Islands, Lakshadweep Islands
Lakshadweep might be the smallest Union Territories in the country, but when it comes to stunning views, it doesn’t stay behind other destinations. Among the 36 coral islands in Lakshadweep, Agatti Island is known to be one of the most scenic and most clean. Also, the alluring and swaying beauty of Agatti’s beachfront truly gives you enthralling experience that ensures total rejuvenation to the body, mind and soul.
Be prepared for a breathtaking spectacle of sparkling coral reefs, turquoise blue lagoons, silvery beaches and lush green coconut palms. Here time stands still in the mesmerizing beauty of untouched beauty. The quietness and the peace make it a perfect destination for a serene vacation!
8Ramakrishna Beach, Andhra Pradesh
Also known as the RK Beach, the Ramakrishna Beach is a heavenly retreat known for its untouched beauty, the INS Kursura Submarine Park and the Kalvari-class submarine. At a distance of 4 km from Vizag Railway Station, this spectacular long beach was jointly developed by the Municipal Corporation of Visakhapatnam (MCV) and the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA). RK Beach gets the name from the Ramakrishna Mission ashram across the Beach Road from the park and is one of the most popular beaches in Visakhapatnam.
Catch mesmerizing sunrises at the beach and spend time leisurely at the large parts of the seafront.
While the Rama Krishna Beach is not safe for swimming, you can enjoy sunbathing, beach volleyball and wind as well as water surfing.
9Marari Beach, Kerala
The name Marari originates from ‘Mararikulum’, which is a local village on the Arabian Sea Coast. Marari Beach is nestled in the Alappuzha District of Kerala and is eternal with coconut palm trees and golden sands. The serenity and tranquillity of this beach will take you back in time. The sea-side village experience with the laid-back pace of locals makes vacationing at the Marari beach a reviving experience.
The fisherfolk of Mararikulam and their gentle ways of life echoes the simplicity, beauty and harmony that underlie Malabar’s coastal cultures. Nature and wellness are omnipresent at Marari and therefore will oversee all your experiences here.
10Malpe Beach, Karnataka
Located at a distance of 66 km from Mangalore and about 6 km from Udupi, Malpe Beach in Karnataka is one of the unexplored beaches in India. Earlier, Malpe only acted as a port in Karnataka. But now it also serves as an ideal beach destination, with its never-ending coastline.
This long shoreline is surrounded by three rocky islands on the western side. They include:
• Mary’s Islands (thonse paar)
With its pleasant weather and clean white sand, Malpe Beach is a hidden treasure in the State of Karnataka. An ideal destination for adventure lovers, it is also the first Indian beach with a 24/7 WiFi. You can also pay a visit to St. Mary’s island via regular ferry service that covers approximately 6Km from the beach to the islands.
Little changes in the beach itinerary, right?