Top Beaches in South India For A Perfect Beachside Vacation

South Indian Beaches That Should Be In Your Must Visit List

Almost all the important beaches of India lie in South India with a huge coast along the states of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. With Goa close by and also considered as part of South India by many people, the list of beaches extends further. And the amazing island groups including Andaman & Nicobar Islands and the Lakshadweep Islands are full of pristine beaches that are dream beach destinations not only for Indians but for the entire world. With so many beaches to choose from, it becomes a difficult job to come up with a list of the best beaches in South India. However, we have tried our best and if you think we have missed any important beach, please let us know in the comments below.

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Here is the list of 62 Top Beaches in South India For A Perfect Beachside Vacation

1. Om Beach, Gokarna

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Famous for being naturally shaped like the auspicious symbol Om, Om beach attracts tourists round the year. Om beach is a wonderful beach located in the town of Gokarna. One can bask in the glory and serenity of the picturesque surroundings here. Its captivating beauty and pristine water lashing on the beach is a source of tranquillity for all the visitors. It can be safely said that Om Beach is one of the best beaches in Karnataka.

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2. Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam

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One of the most picturesque beaches in South India, The Lighthouse Beach is mainly known for its 35 m high lighthouse atop Kurumkal hillock. Located in Kovalam, the Lighthouse beach offers white sand, great waves for surfing and swimming and lip-smacking seafood to its visitors. Kovalam is an idyllic village along the coastlines of the Arabian Sea and is most famous for its three pristine beaches with shallow waters and low tidal waves where one can go surfing, wooden and motorboat riding.

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3. Varkala Beach, Kerala - The cliff-side beach

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Set amid a beautiful setting, about 10 km away from the calm and quite hamlet of Varkala, Varkala Beach is a beautiful beach renowned for its solitude unlike other commercial beaches of Goa.

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4. Rishikonda Beach, Visakhapatnam

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The Rishikonda Beach is one of the most stunning beaches in South India with pristine coastline 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.

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5. Goa - Beaches, Sunsets and Crazy Nights

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Known For : Calangute Beach | Basilica of Bom Jesus | Water Sports in Goa

Nestled in the Konkan Coast Belt, Goa has a coastline stretching for over 100 kilometres and attracts millions of visitors both from within and outside the country all year round. Even though it is debatable whether Goa should be considered part of South India or not, but it is still very accessible from almost all parts of South India by an overnight train or bus. Goa has more than 50 beaches that are open for tourists and is a favourite beach destination for many both domestic and international travellers.

Best Time : October to March

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

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Known For : Scuba Diving In Andaman | Havelock Island | Snorkeling in Andamans

Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a group of many islands located on the eastern side of the Indian coast in the Bay of Bengal. Connected from 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

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7. Marina Beach, Chennai

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One of the best beaches of South India, the famous Marina Beach of Chennai, has been acclaimed as the second-longest beach in the world with a white sandy foreshore that looks as though extending 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 upwards into the sky or even disappear into the ocean from the beach, is an awe-striking and enchanting experience.

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8. Maravanthe Beach, Karnataka

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Known For : Padukone | Kodachadri Hills | Maravanthe Beach

Maravanthe is a getaway which can be best described as nature's basket full of mesmerizing picturesque views. A beautiful beach town with white sand spread miles and miles along the coast fetches the beach a nickname of Virgin Beach.

Best Time : October to March

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9. 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. Quaint and calm, Velankanni is a little hamlet tucked away in the state of Tamil Nadu, on the coast of Bay of Bengal with pristine beaches. It is a famous Roman Catholic pilgrim centre and is visited by thousands of devotees for its shrine of "Our Lady of Good Health" aka Mother Mary. Inspired by the Lourdes in France, Velankanni is also known as the "Lourdes of the East". It has become one of the vital Marian sanctuaries of the world.

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10. Alappuzha beach, Kerala

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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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11. Poovar Island, Kerala

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Known For : Poovar Beach | Thirparappu Falls | Vizhinjam

Poovar is a lovely island with long stretches of glowing sand, serene surroundings and refreshing gentle breeze. It is a small rustic town situated 27 kms from Thiruvananthapuram with unspoilt, unexplored beaches and beautiful backwaters of Kerala highlighting the most striking features of the town.

Best Time : August to March

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12. Dhanushkodi, Tamil Nadu - Tamil Nadu's Ghost Town

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Known For : Dhanushkodi Beach | Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park | Adam's Bridge

Dhanushkodi is a small, sparsely populated beach town on the coast of Tamil Nadu. In the 1964, Dhanushkodi was hit by one of the worst storms India has ever seen. Ever since then, Tamil Nadu has rebuilt this town to become one of the most unique and unusual beach towns in South India.

Best Time : October to February

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13. Devbagh, Karnataka

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Known For : Tagore Beach | Scuba Diving and Snorkeling | Lighthouse, Devbagh

Pristine blue water, picture perfect backdrop of beautiful mountains and lush green belt of casuarinas trees blend together perfectly to give you a destination not to be missed i.e. Devbagh.

Best Time : October to Apr

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14. Kumta, Karnataka

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Known For : Gokarna: Mahabaleshwar Temple | Om Beach | Mirjan Fort

The beautiful town of Kumta situated amidst the marvelous wonders of nature is one of the most enticing places to visit in Karnataka. Lying on the coastline of Arabian Sea, it offers tantalizing beaches, fascinating black rocks, intriguing temples and sprawling greenery, Kumta is all about relaxing, unwinding and solitude.

Best Time : October to March

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15. Cherai Beach, Kochi

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Located on the north end of the Vypeen Island, the Cherai Beach offers a beautiful sunset point. The beach is also popular for its golden sand, palm trees and wide expanse of blue water.

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16. Half Moon Beach, Gokarna

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Half Moon is a smaller, less popular and hence a less crowded beach, yet quite a beautiful beach in 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.

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17. Hawah Beach, Kovalam

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Hawah Beach located in Kovalam is a stretch of isolated beach famous for its enchanting sunset views. Renowned as the second largest beach of Kovalam, it is also known as Eve's Beach for it being the first topless beach in India. However, topless bathing is banned now.

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18. 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 is located in Chennai, the fourth largest city in the country, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India.

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19. Muzhappilangad Beach - Drive-in beach, Thalassery

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Muzhappilangad Beach, located 8 km from Thalassery is often tagged as a paradise for relaxing, swimming and sunbathing. However, it's most famous as the Drive-in Beach where you can actually drive on the beach by paying a fee of just Rs. 10. The nearby city of Thalassery, fondly known as Tellichery, is a coastal town of Kerala nestled at the shore of Arabian Sea and immersed in the vibrant culture. Steeped in rich history and heritage, this town was one of the earliest British settlements in the state.

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20. Kudle Beach, Gokarna

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This is one of the most famous beaches in South India, located around 20-minutes (walking distance) away from Gokarna. Here travellers will get a number of simple huts and beach-side eating places where one can enjoy lots of things. A kilometres-long pure white sandy beach surrounded by palm trees is the major attraction of this beach that attracts a large number of travellers.

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21. Ponnani, Kerala

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Known For : Ponnani Juma Masjid | Padinharekara Beach | Thrikkavu Temple

A small beach town located in the Malappuram District of Kerala, Ponnani is mainly renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches. Flanked by the Arabian Sea on the west, Ponnani is also referred to as small 'Mecca' of South India. It is dotted with several Muslim institutions, Jama Masjid, established in 925, being one of them.

Best Time : October to March

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22. Paradise Beach, Gokarna

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One of the most beautiful beaches in all of South India, the Paradise beach is accessible only by boat or after some trekking. No water sports are available here but swimming in the calm waters can be fun. 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 in a cold sea breeze. This is a little-isolated beach, and to reach here, you have to take a ferry across the backwaters, which takes around 20-30 minutes.

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23. 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. Formerly known as Calicut, Kozhikode was the Capital of Malabar during the Zamorin rule 500 years ago and is famous for its centuries-old trade in cotton and spices with Jews, Arabs, Phoenicians and Chinese.

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24. Pondicherry beach

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Pondicherry beach is a different kind of beach with less sand and more rocks. It offers a very peaceful place to its tourists and visitors to sit and enjoy the waves.

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25. 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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26. Mahabalipuram Beach

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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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27. Samudra Beach, Kovalam

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A large promontory separates this Northern beach from the southern side. Samudra Beach is where you can enjoy the sight of shoreline fishing and watch local fishermen ply their trade. There is also a mosque on this beach. Samudra Beach is located in Kovalam, Kerala.

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28. Thiruvambadi Beach, Varkala

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Lying 1 km off Thiruvamdabi road, this black sand beach adjacent to the North cliff is an ideal picnic spot amidst lush coconut groves to relax and unwind.

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29. Edava Beach, Varkala

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Untouched and unspoilt by tourist activities, the Edava beaches are the virgin stretches circling a blue lagoon where sea and backwaters run parallel divided by a more-than-one km of straight road. There is also an estuary that connects the sea with the backwaters here.

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30. Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu - The Metro Port City

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Known For : Kalakkad Wildlife Sanctuary | Kalugumalai | Tuticorin Port

Coming across a city like Tuticorin is not common. It is a beach town, also one of the busiest ports, has a wildlife sanctuary, houses numerous temples and churches and tens of other monumental sites. If this does not make it to you radar, then nothing else would.

Best Time : October to March

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31. Auroville Beach

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Auroville Beach, also known as the Auro Beach is located in Pondicherry, which is a union territory. 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 and is considered to be among the most quaint beaches.

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32. Hosdurg Beach, Bekal

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Hosdurg Beach, rich in flora and fauna is a perfect place to explore with family and friends. One will find Casuarina orchards populating the beach.

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33. 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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34. Willingdon Island, Kochi

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In the heart of Kochi has grown an island showcasing the indelible prowess and the intellectual level of human mind. The Willingdon Island is one of the largest human-made islands in India which is named after Lord Willingdon, the British Viceroy of India.

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35. Meenkunnu Beach, Kannur

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An extension of famous beach namely Payyambalam Beach in the region, it is a sight of pure beauty. Located a few kilometers from Kannur in Azhikode, the beach is a long stretch of sandy coastline and clear water.

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36. Thirumullavaram Beach, Kollam

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A perfect place to relax and unwind, to swim and to sunbath, Thirumullavaram Beach is surrounded by calm and serene surroundings. The beach is located hardly 6 km from the kollam town.

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37. Mangalore beach

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Located between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, the port city of Mangalore or Mangaluru is known for its swaying coconut palms, beautiful beaches and temple architecture. It is also an important industrial, commercial, educational and healthcare hub of the state of Karnataka. It has many beaches, with the most famous one named on the city itself as Mangalore Beach.

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38. Padinharekara Beach, Ponnani

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A long stretch of glowing sand and changing colors of sky makes this Padinharekara Beach a charming place to visit. Situated at Malappuram on Tipu Sultan Road, the major attraction of this beach is majestic view of the Arabian Sea, Bharathapuzha River and the Tirur Puzha River.

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39. Covelong Beach, Mahabalipuram

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The village of Kovalam was once upon a time a small fishing village that was located 15 kilometers from Mahabalipuram. Today, that fishing village is still there, but has also expanded to become one of the most exotic and spectacular beach resorts in all of India.

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40. Beypore Beach, Kozhikode

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Located at the mouth of the Chaliyar River, 10 km from Kozhikode, Beypore Beach is famous for its Ship building yard more than 1500 years old. During the trading days of Arabs and Chinese, and later the Europeans, this was one of the most important fishing harbours.

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41. Yarada Beach, Visakhapatnam

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Situated on the coast of the Bay of Bengal and located close to Dolphin's nose, the Yarada beach is a quiet beach to chill by the waves, sip that tender coconut water and occasionally play in the water.

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42. Kappil Beach, Bekal

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Spanning over an area of 25 acres; Kappil Beach is located 6 km away from the Bekal Fort. The beach bounded by plethora of picture perfect views will leave you absolutely spellbound.

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43. Kappad Beach, Kozhikode

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Kappad or locally known as Kappakadavu, is a famous beach near Kozhikode (Calicut), India, where the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama landed on 20 May 1498. His voyage established the sea route from Europe to India. This heralded the arrival and permanent route from Europe to India. This heralded the arrival and permanent presence of various European merchant companies, leading to eventual domination and rule by the East India Company and later the period of British colonial rule.

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44. Murudeshwar Beach

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Sandwiched between the sea and a river, Murudeshwar 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. Murudeshwar is also a popular religious town in South India with the major attraction as the huge Shiva temple, Murudeshwar is a religious site which also serves as the connecting point for popular scuba diving destination Netrani Island.

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45. Manginapudi Beach, Machelipatnam

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Once served as major port, Manginapudi is currently a fishing village located on the shores of a beach nearly 11 km from Machelipatnam. This beautiful natural beach is unique for its black soil and also a natural bay comprising shallow water level.

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46. Shanghumukham Beach, Trivandrum

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One of the most popular beaches, Shanghumukham Beach is known for its pristine waters and soulful sunsets. It runs next to the Trivandrum airport and a must visit for those seeking tranquility.

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47. Payyambalam Beach, Kannur

The impeccably unspoilt Payyabalam beach is adorned with sparkling pearls of golden sand and foamy white waves of the Arabian Sea. The highlight of Kannur and one of the many beautiful beaches of Kerala, it has an incredibly peaceful and inviting aura.

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48. Thottada Beach, Kannur

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Between the coastal towns of Kannur and Thalassery along the Malabar Coast lies the scenic Thottada Beach. The cleanliness, solitude and tranquillity are part of the charm of the beach, making it the ideal getaway for anyone looking to escape the noise of the city and reconnect with nature and themselves.

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49. Bheemilli beach, Visakhapatnam

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The long beautiful and pristine Bheemunipatnam Beach is located at the assemblage of Gosthani River and the Bay of Bengal. It also houses the remains of a 17th century fort and cemetery, reveling history dating back to the Dutch era.

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50. Mypadu Beach, Nellore

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Located about 22 km from the city of Nellore, Mypadu Beach is a calm and serene beach with slow waves and gentle breeze. The salient feature of the water body is sunrise that is not to be missed.

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51. Snehatheeram Beach, Thrissur

The Snehatheeram Beach situated in Thrissur is one of the most super-scenic beaches present here, and a trip to Thrissur without coming down here is incomplete with the sun, sand and the Arabian Sea all coming together in perfect harmony and descending upon the beach right in the middle of the coastline.

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52. Chavakad Beach, Thrissur

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A sea shore adorned with rare scenic beauty, the Chavakad beach is renowned as being one of the best beaches along the West Coast.

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53. Baby Beach, Kannur

The Baby Beach in Kannur, as the name suggests, is a tiny yet an extremely attractive beach along the shore of the Arabian Sea. Don't be mistaken by its name or size, this beach is a very happening picnic spot for the locals of Kannur and attracts the attention of many tourists with its panoramic view of the azure Arabian Sea.

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54. Marari Beach, Alleppey

Boasting of coastal verve and undulating natural beauty, Marari beach is the perfect vacation spot for families and couples. Shining with golden sands and lined with palm trees, the beach spells beautiful in all its forms.

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55. Kollam Beach, Kerala

Voted as the first 'Beach Wedding Destination' in Kerala, the Kollam Beach requires no introduction. This scenic and breathtaking natural wonder is also known as the Mahatma Gandhi Beach and boasts of pristine blue waters that seem to unite with the bright sky at an infinite distance, while tourists marvel at the sheer magnificence of the majestic scene.

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56. Kanyakumari Beach, Tamil Nadu

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Kanyakumari also known as Kanniyakumari, earlier known as Cape Comorin, is a town in Kanyakumari District in the state of Tamil Nadu India. The name comes from the temple, Devi Kanya Kumari Temple in the region. It is the southernmost tip of peninsular India. Kanyakumari town is the southern tip of the Cardamom Hills, an extension of the Western Ghats. The nearest town is Nagercoil, the administrative headquarters of Kanyakumari District, 22 km away. Kanyakumari has been a town since Sangam period and is a popular tourist destination. Contrary to the popular belief that Kanyakumari lies at the meeting point of three bodies of water, it borders only one, the Laccadive Sea to the southwest, south, and to the southeast. It is the confluence of the Western Coastal Plains and Eastern Coastal Plains.

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57. Sothavilai Beach, Kanyakumari

The Sothavilai Beach is one of the most famous beaches that can be found in the entire district of Kanyakumari. The beach stretches to over 4 kilometres, which makes it one of the longest natural beaches in the entire state, and the views that this attraction offers cannot be put into words.

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58. Karwar beach, Karnataka

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Karwar with its gorgeous scenic beauty and a subtle sparkle of religion and history is a beautiful tourist destination. 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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59. Malpe Beach, Udupi

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A perfect beach for a carefree getaway, Malpe beach with its blue expanse of sky and the palm trees dotting the shoreline, is a popular tourist beach in the city of Udupi. Most famous for its South Indian restaurants all over the country, Udupi is a coastal town with carefully carved temples, architecturally splendid buildings, laidback beaches and unexplored forests.

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60. Ezhara Beach, Kannur

This palm-fringed beach is actually a rock-strewn one with crimson cliffs and giant rocks lining up the coastline in the most attractive and scenic way possible. The Ezhara Beach is sure to charm you with the panoramic view of the azure waters of the Arabian Sea and its foamy white waves crashing against the rocks.

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61. Ullal Beach, Mangalore

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Just a little away from the main city of Mangalore, this is a clean, untouched beach, with along with a calm and relaxing time can also provide some adventure and enjoyment, given the water sports facilities here.

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62. Kaup Beach, Udupi

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A must visit beach in the area, this might just be one of the most beautiful destinations of the town. Also find here a lighthouse, twinkling at a height of 100 ft.

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