Best Beaches in India

Showing 34 Best Beaches in India

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.

Here is the list of 34 Best Beaches in India

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1. Goa

4.8

Known For : Calangute Beach | Baga Beach | Water Sports in Goa

Situated on the Western Coast, Goa is the place associated most with touristy beaches, happening nightlife and old Portuguese architecture.

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2. Andaman & Nicobar

4.6

Known For : Havelock Island | Scuba Diving In Andaman | Cellular Jail

A group of about 600 islands in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are known for their scenic beaches, dense forests and adventurous water sports.

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3. Varkala, Kerala

4.1

Known For : Water Sports in Varkala | Varkala Beach | Edava Beach

Famous for its natural fisheries and springs, Varkala is a coastal town with scenic beaches, lakes, forts, lighthouse and for the samadhi of Kerala's saint Sree Narayana Guru.

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4. Kovalam, Kerala

4.3

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.

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5. Gokarna, Karnataka

3.9

Known For : Om Beach | Mahabaleshwara Temple | Water Sports in Gokarna

With its pristine beaches and breathtaking landscapes, Gokarna is a Hindu pilgrimage town.

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6. Kashid, Maharashtra

3.4

Known For : Kashid Beach | Murud Janjira Fort | Korlai Fort

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.

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7. Alibag, Maharashtra

3.6

Known For : Water Sports | Alibaug beach | Kolaba fort

A popular weekend getaway destination for Mumbai folks, Alibaug is a coastal town in the Konkan region well known for its sandy beaches, clean water and fresh, unpolluted air.

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8. Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

3.1

Known For : Vivekananda Rock Memorial | Thirparappu Falls | Thiruvalluvar Statue

Located at the southernmost part of India, Kanyakumari with its beautiful beaches, Vivekananda Memorial and the perfect sunset is one of the most exotic places to go in India.

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9. Alappuzha beach, Alleppey

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.

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10. Palolem Beach

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.

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11. Colva Beach, Goa

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.

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12. Kollam, Kerala

2.4

Known For : Punalur | Palaruvi Waterfalls | Karunagappally

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.

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13. Mandvi Beach, Bhuj

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.

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14. Kudle Beach, Gokarna

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.

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15. Om Beach, Gokarna

Famous for being naturally shaped like the auspicious symbol Om, Om beach attracts tourists round the year.

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16. Lakshadweep Islands

4.3

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.

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17. Radhanagar Beach, Andaman Nicobar-islands

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.

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18. Talasari Beach, Odisha

3.6

Known For : Talasari beach

Located in Baleswar district of Odisha and at a distance of 10 Km from Digha, the Talasari beach is pristine, serene and has been bestowed with spectacular panorama.

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19. Puri, Orissa

3.7

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.

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20. Digha, West Bengal

3.7

Known For : New Digha Beach | Talsari Beach | Marine Station/Aquarium of Zoological Survey of India

Beach town situated on the shores of Bay of Bengal, Digha is a popular tourist destination known for its pristine beaches and scenic views, especially among people in West Bengal.

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21. Rishikonda Beach, Visakhapatnam

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.

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22. Arambol Beach

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.

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23. Havelock Island, Andaman Nicobar-islands

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.

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24. Ganapatipule, Maharashtra

3.5

Known For : Jaigad Fort | Water Sports | Ganapatipule Beach

Beach town on the Konkan coastline, Ganpatipule has temples of Lord Ganesha as major attractions apart from the beautiful virgin beaches.

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25. Paradise Beach, Pondicherry

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.

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26. Muzhappilangad Beach, Drive-in Beach in India

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.

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27. Maravanthe Beach, Maravanthe

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.

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28. Gopalpur, Odisha

3.8

Known For : Gopalpur Beach | Shopping in Gopalpur | Gopalpur Lighthouse

In the southern coastline of Odisha just 15 km from the city of Behrampur is located a quaint, tiny town of Gopalpur, often said to be one of the best beaches in the eastern coastline of the country.

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29. Dhanushkodi Beach, Dhanushkodi

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.

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30. Agonda Beach, Goa

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.

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31. Anjuna Beach

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.

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32. Poovar Island, Kerala

3.4

Known For : Poovar Beach | Thirparappu Falls | The Fishing Village

Poovar is a lovely island with long stretches of glowing sand, serene surroundings and refreshing gentle breeze.

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33. Morjim Beach, Goa

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.

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34. Tarkarli Beach

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.

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