Blue skies, warm ocean waves, golden sandy beaches and tall palm trees picturize the pristine beaches in India. They surely offer an unforgettable holiday during the winter season. When the winter chill in the air spreads gloom, it is best to pack your back and head towards sunny and bustling shores. With a coastline of 7517 km, India some of the best beaches in the world offering a mix of adventure and relaxation. These beaches have a tropical climate and the weather remains pleasant. As the winter is at its onset and you have already started missing summers, here are 12 awesome beaches in India to visit this winter to return to the summer spirit:
List of 12 awesome beaches in India
1. Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andamans
Boasting of immense natural beauty and serenity, Radhanagar beach is commonly known as Beach No 7. One of the best beaches in India for honeymoon, this beach has been awarded as ‘Asia’s best beach’ by Time Magazine in 2004. Turquoise blue waters and clean sand allure honeymooners from all around the world.
You can simply relax by the beach or partake in adventure activities. Try your hand at exciting activities like snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking. Savor the beautiful sunset views. Bask in the glory of the sun. The beach is 12 km from Havelock’s ferry pier. This 2 km long beach is truly one of the best beaches of Andaman Islands.
2. Agonda Beach, Goa
If you love the beaches of Goa but the touristy rush seems to be hassling, head towards the beautiful Agonda beach, lying in the southernmost Canacona Taluka of Goa. A relaxed and quite beach, it is ideal for honeymooners and seclusion-seekers. This beach is also known as the nesting site for Ridley turtle.
Placed slightly on the outskirts of the state, this isolated shore has relaxed atmosphere, untouched natural beauty, azure waters and soft white sand. For accommodation, there are beach-side huts. Just rent a bike, drive from Palolem towards Panaji, the next stop is Agonda beach. A huge hill dominate the southern side of the beach.
3. Varkala Beach, Kerala
Nestled at the bottom of splendid cliffs, the beautiful Varkala beach is just one hour northwards of Trivandrum. The beach lies amid Alleppey and Kovalam, and is also known as Papanasam beach. Ideal for swimming and sunbathing, this beach offers wonderful sunset views. The stream near the beach is known to have curative and medicinal properties.
A less-commercialized beach, it has been blessed by immense natural scenery. The huge red rocks and coconut trees look beautiful. Do not forget to click photographs for keepsakes. Take a dip in the waters and feel relaxed. Another must-visit attraction is 900-year-old Janardana Swami temple.
4. Morjim Beach, Goa
One of the best beaches in Goa, Morjim beach in North Goa lies amid lush locales, offering a rejuvenating sight. The beach is less-commercialized in comparison to Baga, Colva, Calangute etc. and thus is ideal for those who love being in seclusion. The beach is also known for being the nesting place of Olive Ridley turtles. Morjim is also locally called ‘Little Russia’ because of the presence of Russian expatriates here.
Morjim is a wide open beach like Mandrem and Ashevem, wherein all the three are placed adjacent in North Goa. There is no dearth of trendy beach shacks, resorts and beach hut here at the beach.
5. Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka
Located at a distance of 8 km from Gokarna, Om beach gets its name from 2 semi-circular coves that join together, forming an inverted symbol of Om (Hindu religious symbol). One of the famous beaches in Gokarna, Om beach attracts locals as well as tourists, alike. Take a stroll on the white sand of the beach and savor-in the tranquility.
Om Beach also offers opportunity to partake water sport activities such as banana boat rides, surfing, parasailing and water-skiing. Enjoy the thrilling adrenaline rush. You can also visit Kudle beach, located nearby.
6. Palolem Beach, Goa
Lying in South Goa, amid thick forest of coconut palms, Palolem beach is a crescent-shaped beach, perfect for peaceful vacations. Dolphin-spotting tours in Palolem are quite popular. The northern end of this beach is quite busier in comparison to its southern end. If you love swimming, the waters are welcoming.
Arguably the most beautiful beach of the state, Palolem is dotted with fist nets, boats, beach huts, and variety of flora. Apart from dolphin spotting at Palolem, enjoy other activities such as boat riding, and shopping. Relax yourself by getting a massage done.
7. Dhanushkodi Beach, Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu
One of the most popular places to visit near Rameshwaram, Dhanushkodi beach is bordered by the Indian Ocean on one side and the Bay of Bengal on the other. Around 20 km from Rameshwaram, this beach offers wonderful views of the turquoise blue seawaters. It is believed to be the place where Lord Rama with Lord Hanuman and his army constructed the ‘Setu’ bridge to reach Lanka for Mata Sita.
Dhanushkodi was once a bustling town but was devastated in 1964 due to a cyclone, which washed away the complete place. However, the remains and the ruins of the town today have become its prime attraction, along with the pristine white sandy beach. Take a walk and enjoy the peace.
8. Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam, Kerala
Kovalam beach is a crescent-shaped beach that is a combination of three beaches, one of which is the beautiful lighthouse beach, along with Samudra and Hawa or Eve’s beaches. Named after the 30 m high lighthouse lying on the top of the Kurumkal Hill, it is one of the best beaches in Kerala, which allures tourists from all around. Enjoy a leisure walk here on the silver sand as the calm waves touch your feet.
Lighthouse beach is the busiest and the most popular one amongst the three. Visitors can opt for various options of entertainment. The sunset views here are memorable. Do not miss savoring lip-smacking local delicacies at the eateries placed nearby. Swimming, surfing, parasailing and paragliding are some of the activities at which you can try your hand in.
9. Puri Beach, Orissa
One of the most popular attractions of Orissa, Puri beach lies on the Bay of Bengal. The beach attracts both leisure vacationers and pilgrims who come to pay homage to Lord Jagannath. Puri is one of the most revered Chardham destinations and has a lot of religious importance too. As you take a walk, enjoy the touristy hustle-bustle. Sand art is another highlight.
Puri beach is 65 km from Bhubanheshwar and 35 km from the Sun temple. The beach offers memorable sunset as well as sunrise viewa and do not forget to capture these moments in your camera. Visit the nearby fishing village and interact with the locals. The annual Beach Festival taking place in November attracts domestic and foreign nationals in decent numbers.
10. Paradise Beach, Pondicherry
One of the most beautiful beaches in India, Paradise beach is located at a distance of 8 km from the main town, along the Cuddalore Main Road. This is a clean beach with a pristine vibe, offering a rejuvenating experience. The beach is also known for the presence of dolphins. Hop into a ferry that traverses through the backwaters to arrive at the beach. Also known as Chunnambar, it is an ideal beach to enjoy picnicking.
Boat house is an important attraction here. By paying a minimal entry fee, you can enjoy exciting rides such as a bouncing castle and merry-go-round. At the on-site café, savor savory delights like Fish Manchurian and Fried Rice. Boating facility is also offered here. There is no provision of accommodation here.
11. Elephant Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman
Counted among one of the best beaches to visit in India, Elephant beach in Havelock Island is no less than a paradise because of its immense natural beauty. Partake in wonderful activities like sea bathing, sun basking and beach walking. For adventurous souls, there is thrilling water sport like snorkeling. Dive deep into the sea and treat your eyes to the beauty of the coral reefs.
If you are with your family, you can simply relax or enjoy a picnic lunch at the Elephant beach. This white sandy wonder with azure waters is around 20 minutes by boat from the island dock. The fallen trees in the background look interestingly dramatic.
12. Marari Beach, Alappuzha, Kerala
Located near Alleppey (around 11 km away), Marari beach has been blessed by soft golden sands and a wonderful ambiance, ideal for a memorable vacation. Termed as one of the most romantic beaches in India, Marari offers various activities such as deep-sea fishing, sea surfing, parasailing, and water skiing. The beach derives its name from Mararikulam, a fishing village on the Arabian Sea coast. The seclusion attracts honeymooners as well as peace-seekers to the beach.
Away from the hustle-bustle of the city, the beach is a memorable experience, after the backwaters of Alleppey. Spend some memorable moments here with loved ones.
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