Each Indian beach can be relatively unique and enchanting. Beach enthusiasts all over the world are sure to be enthralled by the idyllic seaside. They are amazed at other fascinating sights that are not typically seen in other beaches elsewhere. The Indian peninsular beaches embrace the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean with a coastline of about 7000km.
It is then no surprise, this expansive landmass of distinct climates and landscape is home to a multitude of beaches. While all unique and enchanting beaches of India are loaded with brilliant sun-baked sand, flashing sea waters, with some surfing fun, beaches in India can at times break away from the average.
List of Unique and Enchanting Beaches of India
The Andaman Islands Enchanting Beaches
The archipelago of idyllic islands is the epitome of secluded comfort. The islands popular with beach enthusiasts include the Ross Island, and within Ritchie’s archipelago- Havelock Island and the Neil Island. The beaches on Havelock Island are referred by the numbers instead of names. Among all the quiet beaches on this island and around, beach no 7 or also called Radhanagar, is exceptionally blissful. The picturesque coral reef will enjoy divers while beach lovers will be contented to merge in the paradise-like surroundings. This beach can be compared to the enchanting beaches in the Canary Islands.
Goa’s Pristine Beaches
Goa, the Caribbean of South Asia is the land for and of gorgeous beaches. Commencing with Querim at the north, to the Palolem beach in the south, this minute coastal state by the Arabian Sea is purported by the continuous stretch of soft white sand and sky-blue waters. One excellent beach lead to another, though each has its incomparable charm and dedicated fans of beach enthusiasts. Anjuna has its famous parties during a full moon and magnificent mansions for those enthusiastic about touring outside the beach area.
Baga is famous for its nightspots as well as its range of soft snowy sand lined with guesthouses and bars. Baga’s neighbor, Calangute is Goa’s diverse famous and developed beach with a significant following of beach buffs. This stretch is also arranged with masseurs, hair-braiders hawkers all able to match the demands of the relaxing sunbathers.
Colva is Goa’s most prolonged stretch of continuous sandy coast with tall shady palms waving in the backdrop. Palolem is attractive for its crescent-shaped beach where treehouses can be rented, and dolphin-watching excursions can be arranged. Marvelous sunsets in this remote beach, away from the modern ones up north, make this bay ideal for camping and peaceful vacation.
The unique beach of Mahabalipuram
While famous for its 7th-century shrines UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mamallapuram, discovered along the Bay of Bengal is also honored with India’s most pristine beaches. While the shining sand and crushing waves are greeted by beach lovers, this beach has a novel set of shore temples in the setting. There are carvings and rock-cut caves from the Pallava era, which make a diverse magnificent seaside landscape. Beach buffs can still remain to bask in the sea breeze on the soft stretch of sandy bed.
Juhu, Kihim, and Ganpatipule enchanting Beaches of Mumbai
In the north of Mumbai’s core city, lays the great Juhu beach by the Arabian Sea. Unlike the natural seascape of sun, sand, and surf, this sandy coast gives a comfortable break from the hectic city, with its gracious sea breeze and lullaby of the waves. Cricket matches, laughing and playing children, couples and families snacking on local delicacies and boisterous merchants paddling the local meals make up the scenery of this beach.
Traveling to Juhu beach usually is inclusive of touring the nearby charms such as the ISKON temple and Prithvi theatre for the views and delicious food within the sites. When one can travel more south of Mumbai, the tranquil Kihim and Ganpatipule beaches await with their quiet splendor. Kihim is a serene beach with a lush background of woods, home to wild birds and flora. Ganpatipule natural sandy beach is by the beachfront village which is home to a holy site. Along with temples setting the backdrop for this lovely beach with clear waters and miles of soft white sand, there are fruit groves beyond the coast.
Madurai, Kanyakumari Beach
The tip of the very southern region of India, in the south of Madurai, at the convergence of the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean is the pilgrimage town of Kanyakumari. The point of convergence is called the ‘Sangam’ and is bathing ghat for short dives and splashes. The peaceful backdrop of Kanyakumari beach, within close proximity to numerous temples, is the famed Church of Our Lady of Joy. The usual fare of sunbathing and long swims is not the norm here, where the multi-hued sand and colorful granite rocks are the main attractions.
Kovalam And Varkala Beaches
Scenic Kerala may be possibly the best in rural India. Backwater cruises are an inherent part of any travel itinerary to this serene region of India, the renowned beaches at Kovalam and Varkala are real gems of the Indian coast. Kovalam famously called ‘Paradise of the South’ has long attracted the attention of the maharaja and his foreign visitors. Its long stretch of sunbaked sand and alluring waters are still the main attractions of this famous beach, frequented by travelers and locals.
Varkala is regarded as a significant pilgrimage center by the locals. The visitors are nevertheless attracted to the fashionable resorts and spa along this scenic sandy beach. With red laterite cliffs in the background, this expanse of stunning seaside will enthrall any beach lover.
Pondicherry; Serenity Beach and Paradise Beach
The former French capital, Pondicherry, lying by the Bay of Bengal, offers scenic beaches along its coasts. It is not just the sun and sea that gives this stretch of beach charming, but the history and memorials lining the Serenity Beach. The breeze from the bay makes this beautiful beach a calming site, that was once the site of a battle, with tremendous bloodshed between the British and French. The seafront also has other historic structures including the Mahatma’s statue and a war memorial dedicated to the soldiers of World War I.
Just like in Maspalomas, there is also a lighthouse and recently constructed pier, ranging over 200 meters, south of the stretch. The adjacent, Paradise Beach is befitting of its title and is also known as Plage Paradiso. This beach is excellent for leisurely getaways, water sports, and even seaside camping. Guests have options to explore the backwaters or watch dolphins when venturing out on a cruise in the sea.
Marina Beach, Chennai
Said to be one of Chennai’s reserves, Marina Beach is one of the most long-drawn beaches in Asia, if not in the world. Although swimming is not allowed, Marina Beach remains to attract people on tour as well as the locals. Not too far from the city, and filled with statues of famous Indians, it is a respite from the hustle-bustle of the nearby municipality. Many travel to Marina Beach for hikes while snacking on favorite tidbits, even try some horse-riding by the waves or just have a relaxing time with family and friends. Marina beach is unquestionably a unique beach that has won the hearts of many.
Gokarna’s stretch of Beaches
The same state that is the impressive home to historic Hassan, Hospet, and Badami, is adjoined by some of the most intriguing and elegant beaches in the region of Gokarna. The popular Beaches in this region of India are namely the Half-Moon, Kudle, Paradise, Om Beach which are located in the south of Gokarna while the Gokarna beach forms the town’s coast, embracing the waves from the Arabian Sea. Being a temple town, it is not extraordinary to have temples and colossal statues of Hindu deities as background at the Gokarna beach.
The Western Ghats, not too far distant also offer a refreshing and green background for Paradise Beach, which has a rocky terrain, similar to its nearby beaches. The waves along this coast are recognized to be very stable. These beaches do not give the usual idyllic sun, sea, and surf but the isolated serenity of gazing out to the horizon, mainly when they are free from the masses of visitors.
Indian beaches may not perpetually provide secluded comfort of sandy stretches for sunbathing.
The charming settings and permanent fixtures of the beaches, such as food vendors, temples or shrines, make an exciting tour to these unique beach areas. India offers beaches to suit any preferences— bustling crowds or only reprieve can undoubtedly be found along with the individual and enchanting beaches of India.
About Katarina Vancroft
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