Best Beaches in India For A Perfect Beachside Vacation

List Of Best Indian Beaches That Should Be In Every Traveller's Wishlist

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.

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Here is the list of 51 Best Beaches in India For A Perfect Beachside Vacation

1. Goa - Beaches, Sunsets and Crazy Nights

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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.

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2. Andaman & Nicobar - Blue seas, virgin islands and colonial past

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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.

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3. Varkala, Kerala - The hidden treasure of Kerala

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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.

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4. Kovalam, Kerala - Beaches, Ayurveda and Shopping

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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.

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5. Gokarna, Karnataka - Land of palm trees, blue seas and golden sands

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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.

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6. Kashid, Maharashtra - Sandy Beaches With Whispering Casuarinas

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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 - Coconut groves and Sandy Beaches

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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.

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8. Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu - The land of three seas

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Located at the southernmost tip of the Indian peninsula, Kanyakumari is a coastal town in the state of Tamil Nadu. Earlier known as Cape Comorin, Kanyakumari is surrounded by mountains and bordered by vibrant sea shores, lined with paddy fields and coconut trees, and also boasts of aesthetic elevated patches of hills with undulating valleys and plains in between the sea and the mountainous terrain. Ever since ancient times, Kanyakumari has been one of the major centres of religion, art and culture. Famous for being the only place in India where you can observe the sunrise and sunset at the same beach, Kanyakumari is a very popular tourist destination, not just because of this unique geographical phenomenon, but also because of its pristine beaches as well as its temples and churches which attract a huge number of tourists to this city all year round.

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9. Alappuzha beach, Alleppey

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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13. Mandvi Beach, Bhuj

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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

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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 - Beach with A Shape

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

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16. Lakshadweep Islands - Most Pristine Beaches

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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

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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

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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 a spectacular panorama.

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19. Puri, Orissa - Rath Yatra and the Beaches

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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.

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20. Digha, West Bengal - A blissful and untouched beach town

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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.

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21. Rishikonda Beach, Visakhapatnam

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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

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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. Ganapatipule, Maharashtra - A Ganesha Temple amidst White Sandy Beaches

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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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24. Paradise Beach, Pondicherry

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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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25. Muzhappilangad Beach, Drive-in Beach in India

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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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26. Maravanthe Beach, Maravanthe

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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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27. Gopalpur Beach, Odisha

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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.

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28. Dhanushkodi Beach, Dhanushkodi

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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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29. Agonda Beach, Goa

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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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30. Anjuna Beach

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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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31. Poovar Island, Kerala

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

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32. Morjim Beach, Goa

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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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33. Tarkarli Beach

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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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34. Baga Beach, Goa

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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.

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35. Minicoy Island, Lakshadweep Islands

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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.

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36. Ross Island, Andaman Nicobar-islands

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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.

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37. Marina Beach, Chennai

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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.

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38. Harihareshwar Beach, Maharashtra

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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.

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39. Murud Beach, Maharashtra

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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.

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40. Panambur Beach, Mangalore

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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.

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41. Auroville Beach, Auroville

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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.

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42. Elliot's Beach, Chennai

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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).

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43. Murudeshwar Beach, Karnataka

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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.

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44. Diveagar Beach, Maharashtra

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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.

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45. Karwar beach, Karnataka

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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.

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46. Velankanni Beach, Tamil nadu

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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.

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47. Butterfly Beach, Goa

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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.

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48. Kozhikode Beach, Kerala

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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.

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49. Mahabalipuram Beach, Tamil Nadu

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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.

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50. Bekal Beach, Kerala

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Covering a huge area of 35 acres, Bekal Fort Beach is considered as one of the best maintained beaches in Kasargod.

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51. Havelock Island, Andaman Nicobar-islands

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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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