Beach Destinations in India

December 28, 2013 Top Six Beaches of India @theroyale 872 0 0

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Feeling stressed out? Are the pressures of work and everyday life wearing out your nerves? Well, the only solution to get back to normal is to take a break from the stressful life and go on a holiday. Most people tend to make a beeline to hill stations, resorts, places of historical interest or some serene and peaceful locales. However, nothing is more mesmerizing than sitting on the sea shore and feasting your eyes with the refreshing view of the sea ahead and soothing your ears with the rhythmic music generated by the sea waves.

As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow rightly said, “Sit in reverie and watch the changing colour of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind” …Indeed India possesses one of the best beaches in the world. Here are the top six Indian beaches you cannot afford to miss.

Baga Beach, Goa

Baga Beach, Goa

Where: Goa

Baga beach is an option for those who want to be away from the hustle. It is a small but perfect beach to enjoy some quite moments and dwell in peaceful contemplation with oneself. The beach looks as if it has come straight out of a painting…majestic white waves rushing to wipe out the foot imprints on the sand, while the wind continues to flirt with the palm trees.

The Baga beach is more of a fishing beach with the tourists from across the world trying to get that big catch.

Explore: Travelers have a plethora of choice like para sailing, wake boarding, windsurfing, kite surfing or a ride on a jet ski. Dolphin spotting and island trips are other options you could try during your stay in Baga.

Best time to visit: Baga is an all weather destination as the weather remains warm throughout the year.The tourist season starts in late October and ends in March. The peak tourist season is during Christmas and New Year.

Mahabalipuram Beach, Tamil Nadu

Mahabalipuram Beach, Tamil Nadu

Where: Tamil Nadu

Want to enjoy the beach atmosphere but can’t get to the west coast of India? Mahabalipuram beach (or Mamallapuram as it’s otherwise called) is the pick of the beaches on India’s east coast. It’s got a thriving backpacker scene, but is also popular with tourists who come to relax at the resorts there.

Mahabalipuram beach itself isn’t particularly special, but the town is full of interesting temples, including the windswept Shore Temple right on the water’s edge. Mahabalipuram is also known for its stone sculpture industry and rock cut caves. Two of the main attractions are the Five Rathas (sculptured temples in the shape of chariots), and Arjuna’s Penance (a huge carving on the face of a rock depicting scenes from the Mahabharatha).

Explore: The beach of Mahabalipuram is perfect place for water sports lover like surfing, scuba diving and snorkeling.

The best time to visit: From December until March, when it’s dry and cool.

Mararikulam Beach, Kerala

Mararikulam Beach, Kerala @theroyaleindia

Where: Kerala

Little known Marari Beach, not far from Alleppey in Kerala, is perfect for those people exploring the Kerala backwaters who feel like some time at the beach as well. This beach is quiet and undeveloped. The name Marari is shortened from Mararikulam, a small and sleepy fisherman’s village.

Explore: Its endless stretches of golden sands offer numerous attractions, from a gentle stroll on the velvety beach as the sea surf washes your feet to a variety of exciting water sports. Adventure sports enthusiasts can look forward to a dose of adrenaline pumping surfing, water skiing and para sailing.

The best time to visit: The weather at Marari is warm and humid throughout the year.

Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka

Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka @theroyaleindia

Where: Gokarna, Karnataka

Gokarna is a small and remote holy town, with four of India’s most secluded and pristine beaches nestled nearby. It draws both pious pilgrims and hedonistic holiday makers with equal enthusiasm. Travel to Gokarna to get a feel for what Goa was like in its heyday.

Explore: Given the numerous beaches it has, Gokarna is quite a haven of water sports. Apart from that, it has ample spaces to go for trekking too. Trekking from Paradise beach to Gokarna beach is highly recommended! In fact, night trekking is also considered a fun activity to do in Gokarna. You can also indulge in some kayaking at the Om Beach.

The best time to visit: Gokarna is from October until March, when the weather is warm and pleasant with temperatures averaging 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit).

Palolem Beach, Goa

Palolem Beach, Goa @theroyaleindia

Where: Goa

Picturesque Palolem Beach, enclosed by a thick forest of coconut palms in far south Goa, is arguably the state’s most beautiful beach. This mile long, shady, semi-circle shaped beach continues to grow in popularity every year, and it’s become very lively with the diverse crowd that it attracts.

Explore: Palolem offers both relaxation and adventure. Those who’ve had enough of lounging on the beach can go dolphin spotting or fishing in a boat, or take an inexpensive boat trip along the backwater canals during high tide. Hiring a kayak is also a good way to explore the surroundings. Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary makes a pleasant day trip from Palolem.

The best time to visit: The weather at Palolem is warm throughout the year. The tourist season kicks off in late October, and starts slowing down around March.

Varkala Beach,Kerala

Varkala Beach,Kerala @theroyaleindia

Where: Kerala

Stunningly picturesque Varkala beach provides a relatively peaceful alternative to the now commercialized Kovalam. The setting of this beach is striking enough to take your breath away, with a long winding stretch of cliff and views that extend over the Arabian Sea. A paved footpath runs along the length of the cliff, bordered by coconut palms, quaint shops, beach shacks, hotels, and guest houses. Nestled at the bottom of the cliff is a long stretch of sparkling beach, reached by steps leading down from the cliff top.

Explore:Varkala is a wonderful place to relax and rejuvenate. It’s well known for its dramatic sunsets. Settle into one of the beach shacks with a drink, and you’ll have an uninterrupted view of the sun as it slowly sinks down the horizon. The mineral spring that flows from the cliff at the southern end of the beach is believed to have medicinal properties. You’ll also find plenty of places specializing in yoga, and Ayurvedic massage and therapies.

The best time to visit Varkala beach is from November to March when the weather is at its pleasant best


So, which beach destination have you chosen to spend your holidays?



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