In addition to ideal temperatures and crystal-clear water, beaches in India offer accommodations ranging from bamboo huts to luxurious 7-star hotels with personal butler service. Here is a list I’ve compiled of 10 of my favorite beaches in India.
Now this is just my opinion, so please share your thoughts. What beaches are your favorite and why?
Goa: The northern area is known for parties and festivals, while the southern exudes a more quiet, relaxed aura. Goa is a Mecca for para-sailing, windsurfing, water scooter and banana boat riding, and is always a good time when the sun goes down. Just watch out for those beach shacks… they can be too much fun!
Lakshadweep Islands: Catering to more luxurious accommodations, this area boasts the only coral atolls in India. On Bangaram no alcohol is permitted and the only restaurant is a palm-frond-thatched bamboo hut. Very special place.
Andaman & Nicobar Islands: Known for its remote, serene atmosphere, this is a Mecca for shell collectors, bird watchers and beach campers. History buffs will enjoy a memorial erected to honor lives lost during the World War II occupation by Japan.
Gokarna: Known for its hippie atmosphere, Gokarna is a spiritual haven. It boasts five beaches: Gokarna Main Beach, Kudle Beach, Om Beach, Half Moon Beach and Full Moon Beach; the last two are only accessible by boat or hike, and Om Beach got its name because it closely resembles the Om Symbol. One highlight is the Shivaratri Festival featuring a giant chariot parade. Very fascinating place and the jewel of Karnataka in my opinion.
Daman: Visitors can enjoy the rocky, black sands of Davka or horseback riding at Jampora. One must-see is the Zoroastrian temple. Guests are encourage to partake of butter-garlic tiger prawns and fish squid.
Pondicherry: On this remote beach and former French colonial territories, your only company may be sandpipers and giant seagulls. Accommodations range from beach tents to tree houses.
Kavalam: In addition to strolling along its black sand, Kavalam is a sanctuary for those seeking regenerative spa treatments.
Chennai: In addition to being the world’s second-largest beach, ten nests offer a haven for an almost-extinct population of turtles. It also contains a very lively beach bazaar and fish stands that litter the sand next to the crashing waves.
Mangalore: Despite swimming being ill advised, guests can enjoy stunning sunsets in a relaxed, get-away-from-the-world atmosphere.
Kochi: Along with long, care-free beach strolling, visitors are transported back-in-time to a fishing village circa 1371AD where fish are still caught in Chinese-style nets. You can also catch many famous backwater tours to experience local villages and amazing seafood fare.
What do you think? Agree or disagree? What are your favorite beaches in India??