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India is the land of some most exotic beaches in the world. Every coastal destination, from the more popular ones of the west to the scenic beaches of the east, has a distinct identity, and while all offer you sun, surf and sand, each one has its own kind of magic. There are many Beach Destinations In India from west to east coast. These destinations are the adobe of Top Beaches In India With Blue Water.

WEST COAST BEACH DESTINATIONS IN INDIA

1# Ganapatipule Maharashtra 

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Indian women carrying baskets at Pristine beach of Ganapatipule

One of the most spectacular, white sand beaches on the Konkan coast, Ganapatipule in Ratnagiri is an idyllic setting that is less crowded than some of its counterparts in the neighbouring state of Goa. Rich in flora, such as coconut groves and mangroves, the beach is clean and the water clear, giving you ample reason to leave your footprints on its sand. There is also an ancient temple close by—of Swayambhu Ganesh—that is frequented by pilgrims all year round.

The deity is said to have sprung from the soil about 400 years ago and faces west, unlike other temples which face east.The beach does not have many options in water sports although it does offer camel and horseback rides. But if it’s a laid-back time that you are looking for on a picturesque, unadulterated beach, then this one’s for you. Do try some local flavours like jackfruit and mangoes to better experience the place.

GETTING THERE
Air Ratnagiri airport is the closest (50 km). Kolhapur airport is 162 km away.
Rail Nearest railhead is Bhoke (Konkan Railway). Ratnagiri railway station is 25 km away.
Road Bad roads during the monsoon. Buses and private taxis are available.

ACCOMMODATION
Greenleaf The Resort and Spa, Hotel Shree Sagar, and others.

BEST SEASON Winter is always the preferred time, but June-October can be equally good if you want to steer clear of the crowds.

2# Gokarna Karnataka

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Woman doing meditation near the ocean in Gokarna

Often called ‘Little Goa,’ Gokarna is known for its beaches which are secluded and pristine. Om beach, about eight kilometres from the temple town of Gokarna, is quite popular. It derives its name from two semi-circular coves which join to form an inverted ‘om’ shape. Away from civilisation lies the Half Moon beach, almost like a lagoon, which is accessible only by a hike over the hills or a boat ride from Om beach. Paradise beach is a cove that is a favourite among hippies. Kudle beach, with its many hillocks and dotted with rocks, is an excellent destination for beach trekking.

Just to be clear, Gokarna is situated among hills and the beaches are on the other side of the hills, so when we say ‘beach trek’ it doesn’t really mean a walk on soft sand; it actually means climbing up and down hills and rocky terrain to find one beach after the other, each a delightful discovery. Do venture into the cafés and shacks on the beach for some great food, served with an all-natural and mesmerising view of the sea! Namaste café at Om beach which serves Italian and Indian, in particular, gets a definite thumbs-up for its great ambience and the beautiful view of the Arabian Sea.

GETTING THERE
Air Dabolim (Goa) is the nearest airport (140 km).
Rail Nearest railway station is Ankola (20 km).
Road Well-connected with bus and private taxi services.

ACCOMMODATION
Although there are hotels available in Gokarna, it is recommended to stay in one of the huts on the four beaches which are open during the tourist season.

BEST SEASON October to March.

3# Goa

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Fisherman boat at Palolem beach in Goa

When it comes to beaches, Goa does not need an introduction. There are some 54 beaches, covering 125 km of the state’s coastline. There are both commercial beaches and some less-explored ones. Baga, Calangute, Candolim, Vagator, Palolem and Arambol are some of the popular ones. Here are two picks—one extremely popular among tourists, especially foreigners, and the other less explored. Read also PANAJI LAIDBACK CHARM OF GOA, INDIA

GETTING THERE
Air Goa airport.
Rail Goa is well connected by trains from all parts of India.
Road Well-connected, with local taxis and buses available. Vehicles, including cycles, can be hired to move around.

ACCOMMODATION
There are hotels, guest houses and shacks to suit all budgets.

BEST SEASON October to February.

4# Anjuna 

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Anjuna Beach in North Goa

Lying north of Baga and Calangute, Anjuna has been a stalwart of the hippie scene since the 1960s and remains very popular with tourists—backpackers, mid-range, domestic and international. The beach is well-known for its trance parties in the tourist season. Tranquil during the day, with only the sounds of the waves for company, the beach puts out a different face in the evenings with the thriving nightlife. As a novice, you may be advised to get a taste of its famous full moon parties or the lesser known black moon parties. Anjuna also hosts the popular flea market every Wednesday, so make sure your itinerary keeps you put in the middle of the week for some curio shopping and great bargains. Curlies beach shack at one end of the beach is quite popular for its lively atmosphere and delicious Goan fare.

GETTING THERE
Air Goa airport. Anjuna (42 km).
Rail Mapusa train station (Thivim) is closest to Anjuna.
Road Well-connected, with local taxis and buses available. Vehicles, including cycles, can be hired to move around.

ACCOMMODATION
There are hotels, guest houses and shacks to suit all budgets.

BEST SEASON October to February.

5# Chapora

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Chapora beach

White sand, palms, black magma rocks—Chapora is a pretty as-a-postcard kind of beach with fewer crowds, compared to its more popular counterparts. Naturally, it’s serene and tranquil. Chapora is a coastal village with a big fishing community so you can get a glimpse of the local life as well. The Chapora Fort—of Portuguese origin—lies close by, and also attracts a number of curious visitors. Adventure-seekers can go for water sports like parasailing and windsurfing, among others. Do try the local Goan delicacies in the food stalls near the shore. Word of advice—hire a cycle or bike and explore the little coastal village adjoining the beach. Do try the sweet Goan cake, bebinca, that is easily available in Mapusa, a town just 10 km away.

GETTING THERE
Air Goa airport is 43.7 km away from Chapora.
Rail Mapusa train station (Thivim) is closest to Chapora.
Road Well-connected, with local taxis and buses available. Vehicles, including cycles, can be hired to move around.

ACCOMMODATION
Both beaches have hotels, guest houses and shacks to suit all budgets.

BEST SEASON October to February.

6# Varkala Kerala 

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One of India finest beaches – Varkala beach, Kerala

Counted among India’s top 10 beaches, Varkala takes your breath away with its long, winding stretch of the cliff that hangs over the Arabian Sea. A paved footpath runs along this cliff, accompanied by palms, quaint shops, spas and places to eat and stay. One can shop for mementoes in the shops here which sell a variety of things including handicrafts and jewellery. There are stairs that take you down to the silver stretch of beach below, with rolling waves kissing your feet and immediately calming your senses.

Varkala is also known as Papanasam beach, which means ‘Destroyer of Sins.’ Lying at the north border of Thiruvananthapuram district in south Kerala, it is believed that the water in Varkala has healing properties, so a dip here cleanses your body of all impurities and sins. If you are not much of a believer, then the rows of spas and Ayurvedic centres should satisfy you with their rejuvenating massages. Surfing is very popular here, and so is snorkelling. If you are lucky, you can spot a few dolphins playing among the waves in the sea, adding to Varkala’s sublime beauty. Read also CALICUT A QUIET HAVEN IN KERALA, INDIA

GETTING THERE
Air Trivandrum International Airport is the closest (51 km).
Rail Varkala railway station is the closest (3 km).
Road Varkala bus stand has buses plying to and from all major cities.

ACCOMMODATION
Several options in terms of cottages, homestays, hotels and resorts.

BEST SEASON September to March.

7# Hidden Gem Pingleshwar Gujarat

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Pingaleshwar Beach

Not often does Gujarat come to mind when you talk of beaches. But Pingleshwar in Kutch is a gem that is a paradise of marine life. A long and lonely stretch of golden sand with hardly any other human being for the company, it’s a clean beach with clear water touching and retreating from the shore. It’s a special delight during low tide as seaweed of different colours—white, red, purple, green—floats in the nooks and crannies of the shallow end, and hermit crabs play hide and seek around seashells across the beach, even as seagulls fly above. One can also spot an occasional jellyfish.

The area around Pingleshwar is a haven for migratory birds, and the landscape is a breathtaking green with fields of pomegranate, cotton and sunflower stretching as far as you can see, and a solitary temple by the same name standing close to the beach. There are no food stalls near the beach so it’s advisable to carry your own food and leave the virgin beach like it is. Be wary of slow traffic en route—not of bumper-to-bumper vehicles, but of sheep and goats! Rows of windmills all along the approach road to the beach also make for a sight to behold.

GETTING THERE
Air Bhuj is the nearest airport (98 km) with direct flights to Mumbai.
Rail Bhuj has the nearest railway station (101 km).
Road Well-connected by good roads. One can avail of a private taxi or a bus.

ACCOMMODATION
Bhuj offers a wide range of hotels to suit all budgets. Hotel Prince, Hotel Regenta, Hotel Ryan are some options.

BEST SEASON November to March.

EAST COAST  BEACH DESTINATIONS IN INDIA

1# Digha West Bengal

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Wooden boat at Digha beach

West Bengal’s most popular beach, Digha is a low-gradient, shallow sandy beach with gentle, rolling waves and appeals even to those who are not very aqua-adventurous! Situated 187 km from Kolkata, Digha, in East Medinipur district, is easily accessible by rail and road, and often finds mention in weekend itineraries of local tourists. The calm water makes the beach safe for a swim, and the swaying casuarina trees that girdle the periphery entice one for long strolls at sunrise and sunset.

Digha lies at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal and was referred to as the ‘Brighton of the East’ by the first Governor-General of India, Warren Hastings, in a letter to his wife in 1780. Hastings’ letter also mentions the original name of the place where Digha lies today—Beerkul. Do explore the queue of carts that meet you once you walk away from the beach. Most of them sell batter-fried Prawns and Pomfret, and other fresh seafood.

GETTING THERE
Air Nearest airport is in Kolkata (187 km).
Rail Digha is connected to Kolkata by rail services. Duronto Express, from Kolkata, takes 2.5 hours to reach Digha.
Road Well-connected by roads. Buses and private taxis available.

ACCOMMODATION
Hotels available to suit all budgets.

BEST SEASON October to February.

2# Chandipur Odisha 

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Sunset at Chandipur beach

With the sea receding almost five kilometres during low tide— giving you an opportunity to actually walk on the seabed.  Chandipur beach in Balasore district of Odisha offers a charming sight and an unforgettable experience. Situated about 200 km from the capital city of Bhubaneswar and close to the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) Integrated Test Range, the beach is relatively less known than its more popular counterpart in Puri. But that precisely feels like a blessing, for it gives you everything and more than an ideal beach vacation should, minus the crowds. That, of course, in no way takes away the excitement of the handful of visitors who enjoy the rare experience of walking on the seabed.

One may even spot a few adventurous ones on bikes, speeding away on the seabed, although we would definitely not recommend that! Serene, with swaying trees lining the periphery, and an occasional red crab or horse-shoe shaped crab for the company, this is one of those beaches that is far removed from the hustle and bustle of thronging crowds—providing perfect balm for the soul. Do read up on the timing of the high tide and the low tide before you hit the beach to witness the phenomenon. Read also Odisha Travel Guide | Best Places to Visit in Odisha |

GETTING THERE
Air Nearest airport is in Bhubaneswar (200 km).
Rail Balasore (17 km) is the nearest railhead.
Road Well-connected by road.

ACCOMMODATION
Pantha Nivas, Arpita Beach Resort are among other options.

BEST SEASON December to February.

3# Rushikonda Andhra Pradesh

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View of Rushikonda Beach

Often called the ‘Jewel of the East Coast’, Rushikonda is located a mere eight kilometres from the port city of Visakhapatnam. The tranquillity of the beach, with its golden sand, gentle water and green periphery, is its big attraction, although it has much to offer for those seeking some adventure as well. There are water sports and one can go parasailing and surfing too. In fact, Rushikonda is sometimes referred to as ‘Surfers’ Paradise.’ Additionally, the INS Kurusura Submarine Museum is just 11 km from the beach—it’s a submarine turned into a museum, so if you have ever been fascinated by the thought of how a submarine looks from inside, here’s a rare chance to see it.

Depending on what you are looking for, Holi may or may not be an ideal time to visit this beach, for revellers turn up in big numbers to celebrate the festival here, splashing colours and water, and turning up the vibrant mode several notches.

GETTING THERE
Air Closest airport is in Visakhapatnam (24 km).
Rail Visakhapatnam railway station is the closest (15 km).
Road Well-connected with good, motorable roads.

ACCOMMODATION
Vihar Rushikonda, Sai Priya Resorts, and Bay Leaf Resort.

BEST SEASON November to February.

4# Marina Tamil Nadu

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Marina Beach Chennai

Counted among the few beaches which lie in the heart of a city, Marina has the laurel of being the longest natural urban beach in India and among the longest in the world! A major tourist hotspot—it attracts some 30,000 tourists on weekdays and 50,000 on weekends and holidays—the 12-km stretch looks like a fairground in the evenings as food stalls serving some all-time favourite South Indian snacks like murukku and sundal spring alive, along with others that offer a gamut of entertainment and sell a wide variety of fare.

An aquarium, placed close to the beach, offers a spectacular sight with a wide range of tropical sea and freshwater fish. Children can also enjoy a horseback ride on the beach. Watching the sunrise and sunset is an enthralling experience at Marina, and it may interest some that the beach lies on the stretch of the coast where the Olive Ridley sea turtle nests during its mating season, between October and April. Bathing and swimming are not advised here, considering the strong undercurrent, but people do take a dip by the shore to soak in some beach fun.

GETTING THERE
Air Chennai International Airport.
Rail Chennai is well-connected by a rail network.
Road Good, motorable roads.

ACCOMMODATION
Hotels to suit all budgets.

BEST SEASON November to February.

5# Hidden Gem Shankarpur West Bengal 

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Shankarpur Beach in evening

A twin beach of Digha in East Medinipur district, Shankarpur is lesser known than its more popular sibling (located 14 km away) and therefore has fewer tourists. Beautiful and clean, with casuarina groves on the periphery and gentle, rolling waves kissing the shore, it is a perfect destination for some quiet time, soaking in the beauty without having to share the experience with thronging crowds.

Shankarpur is part of the Kosi Basin and is a fishing harbour so you are likely to see a lot of fishermen in the area. Watching them haul their huge fishing nets into the sea early in the morning and spotting a number of local boats dotting the coastline is a common sight, and adds to Shankarpur’s photographic delights. For those who love to feast on seafood, do try the local eateries for some delicious crabs and scrumptious prawns.

GETTING THERE
Air Nearest airport is in Kolkata (185 km).
Rail Nearest railway station is in Digha (15 km).
Road Buses to Shankarpur depart from the Dharamtala/Esplanade bus stand in Kolkata.

ACCOMMODATION
Jowar (tourist lodge run by Bengali Fishermen’s Co-op), Hotel Ashoka, Hotel Home Nest and others.

BEST SEASON October to February.

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