Are you a sea lover or a mountain lover? If you are a sea lover or a crazy traveler then you must crave a nice beach destination. You must have started planning for your next post-COVID tour already. But, hold on, here are the top 10 best beaches in India. You can include any of these in your next tour plan.
- Tarkarli, Maharashtra:
Tarkarli beach is a great beach destination for all sea lovers developed by MTDC (Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation). If you have a love for scuba diving or snorkeling then this place is perfect for you. Tarkarli Beach in Southern Maharashtra has one of the best coral reefs on the Indian mainland. The fine white sand and clear water have received an immense number of domestic visitors along with some foreign visitors. The simple homestay accommodations, right on the beach are a delight. Travelers can enjoy several water sports like scuba diving, parasailing, or snorkeling. In addition, Tarkarli is also the home to serene backwaters, bustling villages, and ancient sea fort. Along with the scenic beauty, tourists can have the exotic spicy experience of Malvani Cuisine. Locals also come here to spend the evening with the mesmerizing scenic beauty of nature.
There are no direct buses to Tarakarli, but travelers can avail of bus services till Malven which is 6 km away from Taeakarli. This beach destination is 550 km away from Mumbai. So, if you prefer driving you must take the NH17 or NH14 route via the Mumbai-Pune expressway. The nearest rail station is Kudal (45 km away) and Dabolim Airport (Goa Airport) is the nearest airport, 80 km away from Tarkarli.
- Tharangambadi beach (Tranquebar beach), Tamilnadu:
Want to experience a relaxing beach with the touch of history? Tharangambadi is the best place for you. Tharangambadi was a hub of commerce and trade and was a Danish Colony from 1620 to 1845. Apart from the attractive beach, the town consists of several historically and architecturally fascinating places from the Danish and British rule. Dansborg, the sand-colored fort, overlooking the sea, makes the view more impressive. Also, the beach of Tharangambadi has been identified as one of the most Ozone- rich beaches in the world. The name Tranquebar was given by Danes. Otherwise, the meaning of the Tharangambadi is “land of singing waves”.
Daily flights operate from Chennai to Trichy (the nearest airport), Tranquebar is 4 hours away from the airport. Tranquebar is 6 hours away from Chennai as well, private and government buses are available. If you prefer a train journey, just take Nagore Express from Chennai, you will reach Tharangambadi within one night.
- Gokarna, Karnataka:
Want a substitute for Goa? Then Gokarna is the best place for you. This place is equally a favorite for crazy travelers as well as pious pilgrims. This beach is one of the concealed pearls of India. The beach destination is known for its wide extended white sand and peaceful waters. This beach is an ideal place for family picnics or any beachside sports. You can enjoy the majestic view of the Arabian sea. October to March is the best time to visit here if you want to avoid the southwest monsoon of Gokarna. The beach experiences the heaviest tourist traffic from February to March during the celebration of Maha Shivratri at the famous Mahabaleshwar temple.
It will take 3 hours 50 minutes from Dabolim airport which is only 18.5 km away from Gokarna. This place is well connected with the major bus routes too. Local and private busses are easily accessible from any major cities like Mangalore, Bangalore, and Madgaon.
- Baga Beach, North Goa:
Baga beach is the most famous tourist spot in Goa. This beach is 16 km away from Panaji (the state capital) and literally the “all in one”. Several water sports, beach shacks, flea market, bars, clubs, fine dining restaurants – all you can get in one place. Baga is also popular for its amazing and vibrant nightlife. This beach is an absolute paradise for tourists who have a love for the scenic view. Also, if you love adventures you can try parasailing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, kite surfing, dolphin spotting, and many more. If you are a shopping freak Baga beach market and flea market both are heavens for you. Clothes, treats, handicrafts, jewelry, trinkets, saloons, card readers, coffee shops, local food- every possible thing in Goa would be found here. If you are planning a trip to Baga beach then book your hotel room in advance during peak hours, October to February (the post-monsoon period). Beach shacks are also a convenient option for accommodation.
This place is 15 km away from Panaji Airport and will take approx. 30 mins to reach Baga beach. Train services are also available here. The nearest rail station is only 11 km away from the coast.
- Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Islands:
This beach is listed as one of Asia’s best beaches located on Havelock Island. This is an isolated coastline that greets visitors with its spectacular scenic beauty. The panoramic view of the sea complemented by soft white sand, stretching along as far as your eyes can see, which suddenly lifts your mood and gives a feeling of rejuvenation. You can enjoy your holiday with a great sunbath along with amazing platters of snacks and drinks. If you love adventure, you can definitely try surfing, fishing, sailing, kayaking, rainforest treks, and many more.
You can avail this place by bus, pre-book cabs, rental scooters, or shared jeeps. All these transports are super affordable and easily available.
- Varkala beach, Kerala:
Varkala beach lies about an hour north of the capital Trivandrum in Kerala and provides a relatively peaceful alternative to the commercialized Kovalam. This is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. This is also the best place for surfing lovers. You can rent surf gears from the beach too. If you love surfing then head to the beach destination between September to March, this time is the best for surfing here. This beach is also the perfect place to rest and rejuvenate. The pleasant atmosphere with the magnificent scenic view will refresh your mind and revitalize your senses. This beach also has immense options for water sports. Also, to get more relaxation, you can definitely try, famous ayurvedic massage from the beach.
- Minicoy, Lakshadweep:
Amidst of 100,000 islands, Minicoy is southernmost and geographically isolated from other islands. The tropical scenery and secluded land are the best features of Minicoy. If you love isolation, silence, and peace, then this is the ideal beach destination for you. Minicoy also offers private coves and water activities like other beaches in Lakshadweep. Most travelers spend their mornings diving and snookering amidst the brilliant coral reefs here.
You can also explore this 1.8 square mile island on your own. You can go to local villages or climb up to the popular white lighthouse built by the British in 1885.
- Puri beach, Odisha:
Puri is one of the best and popular beaches in India. This beach draws the attention of sea lovers as well as pilgrims because of the famous Jagannath temple of Odisha. The beautiful golden sand and lovely sunrise will make your tour refreshing. This beach is also one of the safest beaches in the country. Along with a lovely scenic view, you can enjoy a leisurely bath in the clear seawater. The beach market is another attraction for tourists too. Camel and horse riding are available on the beach too. With the pious atmosphere and amazing scenic view, you can enjoy tasty seafood and snacks from the beachside market too.
Puri beach is 62 km away from Bhubaneswar and all kinds of transport facilities are available here.
- Mandarmani, West Bengal:
The sleepy fishing village of Mandarmani has been attracting a lot of tourists of late. Mandarmani is the most famous drive-in beach in Kolkata and also extremely alluring for visitors who are seeking something more than a regular beach experience. This beach is the best place for relaxing and sunbathing. You can enjoy beachside sports too like beach cricket and volleyball. You can enjoy the evening with an amazing view of the sunset and refreshing coconut water. This beach destination is perfect for your mini weekend trip with four hours driving distance from Kolkata.
This beach is located in the western part of the country, about 171 km away from Kolkata.
- Rushikonda beach, Vizag:
This beach is an exclusive beach of Vizag (Visakhapatnam) carpeted with golden yellow sand dunes and hemmed by the vibrant coconut trees. This beach is best for swimmers. They find a scope to display their swimming talents in the cerulean sea. Sunbathing in the sea and sun-basking on the beach are two must activities here. Adventurous travelers and professional surfers can surf here but beginners are not allowed. Rushikonda also offers easy access to tourist attractions such as the rocky outcrop known as Dolphin’s nose and fourth century Venkateswara temple which draw 40 million people annually. This beach is also popular amongst locals as a family picnic spot.
So, which one would you include in your next tour plan? Do you experience any of these beaches? If not then grab a backpack and head to any of these destinations. These beach destinations will be relaxing specially for the post-COVID tour.