Sun, sand, and turquoise waters that put your soul at easy. Escape to any one of these natural treasures on your next holiday. By Satyaki Sarkar
When it comes to holiday destinations, India is a country that has no shortage of them, especially if you’re a beach person. There’s something completely rejuvenating about soaking in the sun while sipping on a mojito, relaxing to the sound of white, foamy waves crashing on to the shore. With so many beaches to choose from, picking a holiday destination can certainly be difficult. To make things easier, here are the five best beaches India has to offer that are ideal for your next vacation.
1. Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
It’s a well known fact that the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are home to some of the most mesmerising beaches in the country, untouched by human intervention. Among them, however, Radhanagar Beach on Havelock Island stands out proudly. Considered to be Asia’s best beach, this magnificent haven of white sand and turquoise blue waters is perfect for swimming or even basking in the sun. A great place to visit with family, this beach, however, is not for thrill seekers, as no kind of adventure or water sports are allowed, and while swimming is permitted, you can only do so from 8 am to and 4 pm. The best time to visit this natural beauty is between November and April.
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2. Dhanushkodi Beach, Ramesawaram, Tamil Nadu
Dhanushkodi is not a place that has a whole lot to offer in terms of things to see, but it more than makes up for it with its magnificent beach that lines most of the city. The abandoned town, located 20 km away from Rameshwaram, is lined by the Bay of Bengal on one side, and the Indian Ocean on the other, offering a breathtaking view of the turquoise blue sea. The beach is also believed to be the place where Lord Rama built the famous bridge to reach Sri Lanka, which is closest to India from this beach. In spite of having been ravaged by a cyclone in 1964, which had washed away the entire village, Dhanushkodi remains a popular tourist destination due to its incredible beauty and the remnants of the town. The best time to visit this beach is between October and April.
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3. Candolim Beach, Goa
There are very few Indians to whom the word beach is not synonymous with Goa, and that is definitely not without reason. Home to the some of the best beaches in the country, Goa is a beach lover’s delight. Candolim beach is one such gem that is the favourite of tourists and travellers, due to its exquisite beauty. Located 41 kms away from Panaji, in south Goa, the beach is known for the various recreational activities it offers. It is a frequent haunt of locals and tourists alike for indulging in dolphin spotting trips, boat rides, parasailing, jet skiing, and wind surfing, besides taking long walks on the beach, bathing in the sun, or enjoying a variety of delectable drinks and snacks in the beach shacks nearby. The best time to visit is between November and April.
4. Yarada Beach, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Yet another state boasting a huge number of exotic beaches, Andhra Pradash is special in that all of its beaches share their shorelines with the Bay of Bengal. One such beach, which absolutely must be on your bucket list, is Yarada Beach, one of the few Indian beaches still completely unspoilt, retaining natural beauty and serenity. Unlike the hugely commercialised beaches of Goa and Kerala, you won’t find too many late night beach parties or five star resorts here. Instead, Yarada boasts of the second-largest coastline and the longest beach road in India. Popular attractions on this beach located 15 kms away from Visakhapatnam include the Dolphin’s Nose Lighthouse sitting on top of Black Mores Hill. The best time to visit Yarada is between October and March.
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5. Muzhappilangad Beach, Kannur, Kerala
Hugely popular for being the only drive-in beach in Asia, Muzhappilangad Beach has a beautiful 4 km stretch between Thalassery and Kunnur built for driving that runs parallel to NH-17. In April, residents organise a festival to draw in tourists and adventure enthusiasts, where car and bike stunts like drifting and wheeling on the beach are performed. This creates a great combination of adventure and tranquillity, making it a popular destination for tourists from all over the world who come here to indulge in watersports, swim, sunbathe, or simply to walk around. The best time to visit is between September and March.
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