India having the longest stretch of coastline exhibits some serene beautiful beaches. Important beaches in and around Mumbai include the Juhu Beach, Manori Beach, Alibaug, Kashid beach, Murud Janjira, Harihareshwar beach, Ganpatipule, Tarkarli, etc. Famous beaches trending towards the north of Mumbai are Mandvi beach, Daman, Diu, Dumas beach, Somnath, etc. Chennai being the beach town of India exhibits the true beauty of Marina beach. Apart from the Marina Beach, there are also several beaches including Mahabalipuram, Tranquebar, Kovalam, Poompuhar and Kanyakumari. Pondicherry is well known for its beautiful Beaches and being proximate to both Bangalore and Chennai attracts a lot of tourist throughout the year. Kerala boasts of several exotic and beautiful beaches including Kovalam, Varkala, Kochi, Alappuzha, Bekal, Kozhikode, etc. whereas, the beaches in Goa are the ones that attract a large number of tourist every year. Laying behind beautiful and some of the most exotic and surreal beaches Andaman and Nicobar Islands remain unexplored and untouched by tourists.
Known For : Water Sports in Kovalam | Lighthouse Beach | Hawah 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 motor boat riding.
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.
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.
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.
Known For : Sri Jagannath Puri Temple | Puri Beach | Jagannath Rath Yatra
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 and other attractions such as Chilka Lake, Konark sun temple etc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Known for its many beaches, Tarkarli is an instance of paradise for beach lovers. With countless beaches such as Tarkarli, Kolam, Achra, one could spent 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.