Today, I recall Lorde saying: “I’m surrounded by the beach, so I love to fish and to dive and to swim. I walk a lot, and I bike around. I hang out at the beach, really, and muck around.”
Beaches are places where sea, sand and the sun come together; the sweltering sun rays falling on sparkling sand witness the tide teasing the shore and much more! From pulsating adventure to serene solitude and exotic parties, Indian beaches indubitably have it all. So, this crazy beach lover brings a list of best beaches in India for all those beach lovers out there.
Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island
Best known for its pristine surroundings and untouched natural beauty, Radhanagar beach has been bestowed with the prestigious ‘Asia’s best beach’ award by Time Magazine in 2007. The white sand and turquoise blue water adds to the peace and serenity of this exotic beach. Water sports are not allowed but you need not be disappointed because I can bet you will love sea bathing, sun-basking and swimming in the tranquil surroundings of this beach.
Best time to visit: November – April
Activities: Sun-bathing, sun basking, swimming
Swimming timings: 8 AM and 4 PM
Palolem Beach, South Goa
Goa is known for beaches and parties, as the city offers a wide variety of beaches ranging from the secluded to the party-packed. Famous for the Silent Noise-Party, Palolem beach is one of the most pristine beaches in South Goa. Enclosed by thick coconut palms and surrounded by clear sea blue waters, this beautiful sea line stretches across miles and looks shady and semi-circle shaped with an eclectic variety of flora.
This definitely is a beach for one and all which offers both solitude and a number of sports activities. Be it Dolphin spotting, fishing, boat riding, shopping or massaging, you can enjoy it all right here.
Best time to visit: October to March
Activities: Dolphin spotting, fishing, boat riding, shopping, and massaging
Agonda Beach, South Goa
Also known as ‘the Silent Beach’, Agonda is a quiet, clean and moderately crowded beach which offers relaxation, comfort and solitude to all those running away from beach bustle. This picturesque beach is a sight to behold and the tranquil surroundings soothes the soul.
Best time to visit: October and March
Activities: Swimming, sun-bathing
Marari Beach, Kerala
Situated in God’s own country, Marari Beach is renowned for its clean, quiet and well maintained surroundings. At Marari beach, you can capture quintessential Kerala village life. You can enjoy water sports like swimming, snorkelling and surfing here apart from the usual sun-bathing and relaxing.
Best time to visit: November to March
Activities: swimming, snorkeling and surfing
Ramakrishna Beach, Visakhapatnam
One of the most popular and sought after beaches in Visakhapatnam, Ramakrishna Beach is perfect for family outings. This beach offers serene atmosphere, scrumptious sea food and beach activities like sea bathing, sun basking, water sports, and beach walking. Not only this, there are several tourist spots around this beach such as Aquarium, the Water Memorial, Submarine Museum, Kali Temple, and Visakha Museum.
Best time to visit: November- April
Activities: Sea bathing, sun basking, water sports, and beach walking
Colva Beach, South Goa
The oldest, largest and the most beautiful beach of South Goa, and probably one of the best beaches in India, Colva beach flaunts soft white powedery sand bordered by coconut palms and clean blue water. This stunning beach is a fun-filled destination for rave parties and nightlife, attracting party-animals and vibrant crowd. This indeed is one of the most happening beaches of south Goa.
Best time to visit: October- May
Activities: water sports, swimming, dolphin watching, sun-bathing, parties
Tarkarli Beach, Maharashtra
The only scuba diving and snorkeling training center in Maharashtra, Tarkarli attracts lot of water sports lovers. Tarkarli beach is a good place for those who love adventure, activities and water sports. The crystal clear water, lush green palm trees and sparkling sand at Tarkali beach rejuvenate your heart and soul.
Best Time to visit: October to March.
Activities: snorkeling, scuba-diving, backwaters, boating, dolphin watching
Om Beach, Gokarna
The most popular beach in Gokarna, Om beach has been named after its resemblance with the Sanskrit letter Om. Besides having religious importance, the beach also attracts tourists who love water sports and adventure.
Best time to visit: October to Jan
Activities: snorkeling, swimming, sun-bathing
These are some of the best beaches in India, but the list goes on and I’m sure beach bums could never get tired of beach hopping. If you have been to any other where you would like to recommend us to hop on to, do mention below!
Calangute Beach, Goa
Calangute beach is the ideal mix of nature, fun and adventure. One of the most crowded beaches in Goa, you can spend your entire day here not knowing how the hours passed by. It offers plenty of water sports and there are plenty of shacks to rest, eat some great food and bask in the sun. Enjoy beautiful sunsets and put on your party mask, as night life here is crazy!
Activities: jet skiing, kayaking, sailing, wind surfing, parasailing, fishing, snorkeling and sandy pleasures
Best time to visit: any time of the year