Known For : Cellular Jail Elephant Beach Neil Island
Lagoons of crystal clear water and scenic beaches topped with a little bit of history make Andaman and Nicobar one of the most perfect choices for an enjoyable, laid-back holiday where you can go on long treks, laze around in the backwaters of the island, or if you're feeling a little more adventurous, even go for a bit of deep-sea diving. From the pristine, untouched beaches of Neil and Havelock Islands to the bustling town of Port Blair, the Andamans have something to offer to every tourist.
Best Time: October to Jun
Known For : Calangute Beach Fort Aguada Cruise in Goa
When you think of Goa, you think of sandy beaches, amazing parties, beautiful little villages, delicious food, and a magical holiday experience. Yes, Goa is rightfully known as the most popular tourist destination on the West Coast of India, and not just because of its scenic beaches, but also because of its tropical climate and its rich Portuguese heritage, which you can still find lingering on in some parts of the town. Nestled in the Konkan Coast Belt, Goa has a coastline stretching for over a 100 kilometres and attracts millions of visitors both from within and outside the country all year round.
Best Time: October to March
Known For : Minicoy Island Agatti Islands Bangaram Island
Literally meaning a 'hundred thousand islands', Lakshadweep has few of the most beautiful and exotic islands and beaches of India.
Best Time: September to May
Known For : Water Sports in Varkala Varkala Beach Edava Beach
Popular for its natural fisheries and springs, and the samadhi of Kerala's saint Sree Narayana Guru, Varkala is a coastal town with pristine beaches, hills, lakes, forts and lighthouses - all of this together makes this town a little paradise located on the uniquely formed Cenozoic sedimentary cliffs in Kerala.
Best Time: Throughout the year
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Known For : Om Beach Mahabaleshwara Temple Paradise Beach, Gokarna
With its pristine beaches and breathtaking landscapes, Gokarna is a Hindu pilgrimage town in Karnataka and a newly found hub for beach lovers and hippies.
Best Time: Throughout the year
Known For : Vellayani Lake, Kovalam Water Sports in Kovalam Lighthouse Beach
An idyllic village along the coastlines of the Arabian Sea, Kovalam is most famous for its three pristine beaches with shallow waters and low tidal waves where one can go surfing, wooden and motorboat riding.The beach town of Kovalam has three famous beaches - Lighthouse beach, Samudra beach and Hawah beach, which together form its majestic rocky crescent. Kovalam essentially means a ?grove of coconut trees? and the little town is filled with these palms.
Best Time: September to March
Known for its many beaches, Tarkarli is an instance of paradise for beach lovers. With countless beaches such as Tarkarli, Kolam, Achra, one could spend their whole day walking and lazing around and enjoying the various adventurous sports available. What makes the beaches truly magical are the occasional sighting of dolphins. Achra beach also has a 260-year-old Rameshwar temple.
Known For : Kashid Beach Murud Janjira Fort Phansad Bird Sanctuary
A Beach town, popular for its white sand and blue seas situated in Konkan region of Maharashtra, Kashid is the perfect destination for a quiet weekend getaway from Mumbai.
Best Time: October to March
Known For : Alibaug Beach Kolaba Fort Water Sports in Alibaug
A little coastal town tucked away in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, Alibaug is a very popular weekend getaway holiday destination and has earned itself the name of 'mini-Goa', owing to the high tourist footfall all year round. Steeped in colonial history, Alibaug is a quaint little town located about 110 kilometres from Mumbai, and is replete with sandy beaches, clean unpolluted air and plenty of forts and temples, ensuring that despite being a small town, you never run out of activities to do.
Best Time: November to March
Known For : Sri Jagannath Puri Temple Puri Beach Markandeswara Temple
One of the four must-visit pilgrimage sites for Hindus (Char-Dham), Puri is a beach city with its most famous attraction as the Jagannath temple.
Best Time: July to March
Known For : Marine Station/Aquarium of Zoological Survey of India New Digha Beach Udaipur Beach
Beach town situated on the shores of Bay of Bengal, Digha is a popular tourist destination known for its untouched beaches and scenic views, especially among people in West Bengal.
Best Time: July to March
Butterfly Beach seems like a fairy place. The beach of butterflies, which occupies a tiny semicircular bay on the high northern end of Palolem beach, is one of the most photogenic places in whole Arabian Sea coastline and a real natural wonder.
Known For : Thirparappu Falls Kanyakumari Beach Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Located at the southernmost tip of the Indian peninsula, Kanyakumari is a coastal town in the state of Tamil Nadu. Kanyakumari beach with its beautiful hue-changing beaches, the confluence of three water bodies as well as the places of religious, historic and spiritual interests is one of the most exotic destinations in India. There will never be any dearth of activities that you can indulge in at the Kanyakumari beach.
Best Time: October to February
Alappuzha is referred to as the Venice of the East which has always enjoyed an important place in the maritime history of Kerala. Presently it is famous for its boat races, backwater holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. Alappuzha beach is a popular picnic spot. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is over 137 years old. Entertainment facilities at the Vijaya Beach Park add to the attraction of the beach. There is also an old lighthouse nearby which plays a fascinating sight to the visitors from far and wide.
Palolem Beach, located in the South Goa is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Union Territory has to offer. Mostly unspoiled, the beach is often flocked with foreign tourists.
One of the most happening beaches in South Goa, Colva beach is mainly renowned for its shopping and phenomenal nightlife. The beach is full of shacks and eating joints.
Known For : Thevally Palace Amritapuri Mahatma Gandhi Beach and Park
Steeped in rich past, entangled with unique culture and attributed with nature divine, Kolam lies on the southwest coast of India and has many more hidden treasures troves to be explored. It is one of the oldest ports in Arabian Sea bustling with the activities since the time of ancient Rome.
Best Time: September to February
Mandvi beach in Bhuj is one of those places that one must visit when on the northwestern coast of India for its beautiful, idyllic serenity.
This is one of the most famous tourist spot, located around 20-minutes (walking distance) away from Gokarna. Here travelers will get a number of simple huts and beach-side eating places where one can enjoy lots of things. A kilometers-long pure white sandy beach surrounded by palm trees is the major attraction of this beach that attracts large number of travelers.
Known for its unparalleled natural beauty, glowing soft white sand and swaying palms, Anjuna Beach is a hot spot for tourists both domestic and foreign. The full moon beach parties are what attracts crowd the most.
Beautiful and serene, Arambol Beach is counted among the best beaches of North Goa unexploited by the tourist and thus offering solitude to those who are seeking.
Famous for being naturally shaped like the auspicious symbol Om, Om beach attracts tourists round the year.
With its turquoise blue waters and powdery white sands, Radhanagar Beach repeatedly features on lists of globally ranked beaches, rated Asia's best beach in 2004 by TIME Magazine. This pristine beach finds its place on the much-adored Havelock Island, a tourist's paradise and the largest of the islands present in this series of water-locked land masses.
The Rishikonda Beach is a stunning beach with pristine waters that is located on the coast of the Bay of Bengal in Vishakhapatnam, in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. APTDC, which is in charge of this natural beauty, has done a great job in looking after the beach and ensured that this natural attraction remains unharmed. The Rishikonda Beach is thus rightly named as the 'Jewel of the East Coast', owing to its essential and intact beauty. The serene golden sands of the beach are located in the bosom of the Rishikonda hill. The calm blue water of this beach is a sight to the sore eyes, and one can indulge in some quiet, peaceful time with friends and family while at the beach.
Diveagar aka Dive Agar is located in, Raigad district of Maharashtra which is near about 170 kms South of Mumbai, is scarsely populated and pretty clean, tidy and peaceful. The area involves abeach, pisces, a temple and local businesses engaged in coconut and bettle nut tree farming. Other involvements comprise of some resort businesses such as restaurants, cottage rentals and Hotels, and six villages.
Known For : Jaigad Fort Water Sports in Ganapatipule Swayambhu Ganpati Temple
Beach town on the Konkan coastline, Ganpatipule has temples of Lord Ganesha as major attractions apart from the beautiful virgin beaches.
Best Time: November to February
Also known as the Plage Paradiso, Paradise Beach is situated in Chunnambar, close to Pondicherry town. Adorned with the golden sand, this famous and highly sought after beach is always swaying with cold sea breeze.
Looking forward to relaxing, swimming and sunbathing then you are just at the right place. Muzhappilangad Beach, located 8 km from Thalassery is often tagged as a paradise for swimmers.
Located only 12 km from the main city of Kundapur, the Maravanthe Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the city of Karnataka.
Known For : Gopalpur Beach Ramha (Chilika) Gopalpur Lighthouse
In the southern coastline of Odisha just 15 km from the city of Behrampur is located a quaint, tiny town of Gopalpur which was a sea port, bustling with trade and commerce, in the Colonial Era.
Best Time: November to February
The Dhanushkodi Beach is one of the few major attractions this quaint town has to offer. The white sand beach is mostly deserted. So you can enjoy a silent walk on the beach, without worrying about disturbances from a large crowd of beach goers.
If you're looking for a place away from the hustle bustle of the crowd with more space and solitude, Agonda beach is the right place for you. With the clear blue water and coconut trees, this beach is a delight for nature lovers.
Morjim is sometimes referred to as "Little Russia" owing to the large population of Russian immigrants staying here. Morjim beach is home to exotic species of birds and some rare endangered animals such as sea turtles.
The most popular beach of Goa, Baga is located close to Calangute beach, around 30 Km North of Panaji. Along with Calangute, Baga Beach is also popular for its nightlife with some very famous clubs right there such as Brittos, Titos and Mambo. There is also a range of water sports that you can try your hands at.
One of the 36 small islets of Lakshadweep group of Islands, Minicoy, also known as Maliku in the local language is one of the best-kept secrets of India. It is located amidst the vast expanse of Arabian Sea, just 398 km or 215 nautical miles from the shores of Cochin.
Located just 2 kilometres east of Port Blair is the Ross Island; an island which was once the administrative headquarters of the British, but today is only a barren island that is recognised solely for its beauty and scenic views.
The shaanor amour-propre of Chennai, the famous Marina Beach, has been acclaimed as the second-longest beach in the world with a white sandy foreshore that looks as though exending to infinity. You could take a walk along the Marina beach with your near and dear ones or even all alone and enjoy the cool evening sea breeze along with a hot plate of crispy sundal and murukku. Watching the sun crawl upwarss into the sky or even disappear into the ocean from the beach, is an awe-striking and enchanting experience.
Undoubtedly the highlight to the town and its tourism scene, is the Harihareshwar Beach. This beach is a sheer joy to be at - elegant, clean, soothing and soft. The fact that it is relatively unpolluted is quite a delight to all its tourists.
A relaxing stretch of glittering white sand, the beach is not as cluttered by tourist rush as are most popular beaches. The combination of the warm water and cool breeze makes complete sense and feels incredible as well. Seeing the sun set behind the forts in the vicinity is a delightful sight.
Close to the New Mangalore port is the Panambur beach, one of the most loved, pristine, clean beach in the city. The blue skies, sea and sands, get a dash of color during April, as the beach hosts a kite festival.
Auroville Beach, also known as the Auro Beach is located in Pondicherry. It is a part of the Auroville Ashram and is situated about 10 kilometres away. The beach is about 12 kilometres away from Pondicherry and lies on the right-hand side of East Coast Road. Auro Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Pondicherry that attracts a lot of tourists and locals alike.
A beach showcasing beauty, calmness, serenity and everything that signifies nature at its best, the Elliot's beach cannot be forgotten by anyone who has visited it once. Elliot's Beach aka "Besant Nagar Beach" or "Bessie" is located in Besant Nagar, Chennai. It forms the end-point of the Marina Beach shore and is named after Edward Elliot (who was once the Chief Magistrate, Superintendent of Madras and Governor of Chennai during the British times).
Sandwiched between the sea and a river, this beach is home to the giant Shiva statue. Although water sports are not available here, tourists indulge in swimming, and a calm walk on the beach.
Karwar is a city in Uttara Kannada district in the South Indian state of Karnataka and the administrative centre of Uttara Kannada district. Karwar lies on the west coast of Southern India at the mouth of the Kali river. Its geography creates a natural harbour with protection against monsoon weather. Being a port town, Karwar is a centre for agriculture, some manufacturing and tourism.
Havelock is one of the most popular islands among the 600 in the region and is most developed when it comes to tourism. It is a 2-4 hour ferry ride away from Port Blair.
Vellankani Beach is one of the most pious and scenic beaches on the Eastern coast of the Indian subcontinent. It is the perfect buzz-filled holiday spot with the bustling crowds and swaying palm trees. The beach is one of the most popular destinations in the region.
Famous for its sunsets, Kozhikode Beach commemorates the beauty of the colonial era with its lighthouse and two dilapidated piers which are more than 100 years old.
Sunny days, sandy beaches and a rich history almost sum up Mahabalipuram in its entirety. The beach is beautiful, white and clean, and can be enjoyed abundantly by tourists.
Covering a huge area of 35 acres, Bekal Fort Beach is considered as one of the best maintained beaches in Kasargod.