India has long coastline stretching from Gujarat in the West to Orissa in the East. You can find innumerable beaches starting from the Mandvi Kutch Beach to the Gopalpur Beach in Orissa. You have the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as well as Lakshadweep Islands as well as part of India’s territory. We can list out hundreds of beaches along the way.
However, we shall restrict ourselves to the Top Ten Beaches in India. Each of these beaches is famous for its pristine sands and clear water. We shall attempt to represent all the states that share the Indian coastline.
List of top 10 Most Famous & Best Beaches in India in 2018
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10. Mandvi Kutch (Gujarat)
Gujarat has the longest coastline in India. However, the beaches of this state do not find much favour with tourists. Mandvi in Kutch is one of the cleanest beaches in the country. This beach has the reputation of being the safest one in the country for swimming. The Government of Gujarat is planning to include water sports in this beach thereby adding to the attraction. This main characteristic of this beach is the calm waters and solitude. One can enjoy the camel rides on the beach while watching the sun go down in beautiful hues of orange and red. People from all over the place come to watch the sunset at these beaches strewn all around Mandvi town. The best time to visit these beaches is the summer months because it can become uncomfortably cold in the winters in Kutch.
09. Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh)
This quiet city on the shores of the Bay of Bengal has many beautiful beaches such as the Ram Krishna beach, the Rishikonda Beach, etc. This is a busy harbor town strewn with some beautiful beaches as well. The highlight of the beaches in Visakhapatnam is the golden coloured sands and the seafood you get here on the shores. This is one of the best places in India other than Goa to indulge in sunbathing. These beaches are famous for their water sports as well. When you visit the city, make it a point to visit Kailasagiri to enjoy the panoramic view of the city, the beaches, and the pristine blue waters of the Bay of Bengal. The summer months can be very hot. Hence, the best time to visit these beaches is from November to April.
08. Gopalpur (Orissa)
Orissa has a long coastline as well. You have the beaches in Puri and Gopalpur attracting tourists in thousands. People come to Puri to visit the Puri-Jagannath temple. They come to Gopalpur as well to participate in the Beach Festival every year. You can enjoy the sea breeze that can become very strong occasionally at this beach. The swaying of the coconut trees lined across the seashore makes for an attractive sight. These are some of the pristine beaches in the state. However, one should be careful while swimming because of the strong sea current near the shore. One can visit these beaches throughout the year.
07. Gokarna (Karnataka)
The western coastline of India is famous for its alternating sandy and rocky beaches. Gokarna Beach in Karnataka is a quiet getaway, very different from the hustle and bustle of the beaches in Goa. This beach is very close to Goa with Dabolim in Goa being the nearest airport. Many foreigners frequent this beach. They come here to sunbathe as well as enjoy resting in a hammock in the shacks that line the seashore. Gokarna is a religious place, famous for its Mahabaleshwar temple. However, if you have to enjoy the experience of virgin beaches, you should give this one a visit. This place is ideal to visit throughout the year.
06. Kovalam (Kerala)
Kerala is the land where the Gods would love to reside. A trip to the state without visiting the beautiful beaches such as Varkala and Kovalam should be incomplete. Varkala Beach may have choppy waters but Kovalam is a serene beach. However, there is a drawback as well. You find many tourists at the Kovalam at all times of the year. The picturesque surroundings with the coconut trees swaying in the winds make for a perfect setting. In addition to the beaches, you have the backwaters in Kerala where you can go for long boat rides. The Kovalam beach is famous for honeymooning couples. Ideal to visit throughout the year, you can enjoy the delicious Kerala cuisine as well.
05. Ganapatipule (Maharashtra)
The Konkan belt in Maharashtra boasts of some of the most picturesque beaches on the Arabian Sea. Ganapatipule is one such beach on the way towards Ratnagiri. This is a temple town famous for the temple of the elephant God, Ganesha. This beach is a pristine virgin beach with soft reddish colored sands. The water is calm and shallow as well making it ideal for swimming and water sports. One of the most spectacular beaches in Maharashtra, you can have the Ambapoli and the Phanaspoli, delicious dishes made from jackfruit. The climate is such that you can visit this beach throughout the year.
04. Dhanushkodi: (Tamil Nadu)
From Maharashtra, we come to Tamil Nadu, the land of temples. This state has its quota of beaches as well. The Marina Beach in Chennai is the longest natural urban beach in the country. The State has other beaches such as Mahabalipuram, Rameshwaram, Kanyakumari, etc. However, nothing can beat the Dhanushkodi beach near Rameshwaram. People know this beach by the name of ‘The Haunted Beach’ as well. There is a long story behind this name. In short, we can state that no one stays back in Dhanushkodi after sunset. They have to return to Rameshwaram. The main attraction of this beach is the Ram Sethu or the Adam’s Bridge. At one point in history, this was a connection between India and Sri Lanka before the sea engulfed the connection. The beaches of Tamil Nadu are not safe for swimming because of the strong undercurrents near the seashore.
03. Beaches of Goa:
Goa is renowned for its temples, churches, and beaches. One can find hundreds of beaches in Goa, large and small. The Calangute Beach is one the most famous for its length, second only to the Marina Beach in Chennai. The Vagathor beach, the Anjuna Beach, the Candolim Beach, etc forms the entire coastline of the state. One can see foreigners in large numbers at these beaches. These beaches present the best opportunities for them to sunbathe as well as have a swim. You gave to be a bit careful because of the presence of sharp rocks in some beaches. The Goa cuisine that includes the famous Kaju Feni is a treat to have anytime. People visit these beaches throughout the year. The beaches of Goa are beautiful enough to rank at No 3 on the list.
02. Beaches of the Lakshadweep
Lakshadweep is a small island on the Arabian Sea. Though it forms part of the Indian mainland, you do not have many tourists from India in Lakshadweep. This tiny Union territory has a large number of beaches. These are natural beaches with pristine white sand. You get to see coral reefs and lagoons as well. One of the best beaches in the island is the Agatti Beach. These beaches are isolated ones and hence are unspoilt and undisturbed. You get an endless array of coconut and palm trees everywhere.
01. Beaches of the Andamans:
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Indian Ocean have innumerable virgin beaches spread all over the place. The Havelock Beach in the Andaman Islands is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world with the coconut trees virtually on the edge of the beach. The best aspect of this beach is that the sea is very calm in these areas allowing for swimming and other water sports such as snorkelling, etc. The visitors can enjoy the elephant rides on the beaches in the Andaman. You cannot have this experience in any other beach in India. These virgin beaches are the best places to visit throughout the year. If visiting a beach in India is your main objective, choosing the beaches in these islands should be a great choice. Therefore, one can safely rank them as the top on the list of the best beaches in India.
Need a break from your busy schedules! You can do well to pack up your bags and visit some of the best beaches in India. Have the time of your life sunbathing with some of the best people in the world. Indulge in your favourite water sports or have the camel and elephant rides. At the end of the day, enjoy the best seafood cuisine and gave a great time.