India has a variety of beautiful and serene beaches. India has the advantage of having the longest stretch of coastline making it a great destination for beach lovers. Cities like Mumbai, Pondicherry and Kerala have some amazing beaches. Goa attracts a lot of tourists all around the year due to its beautiful beaches and water activities. Andaman and Nicobar is an exotic place and it is yet to be explored by tourists.
Some amazing places that every water baby must go to are:
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are known for its turquoise blue waters. It has pretty sparkling beaches. Andaman and Nicobar Islands are approximately 1400 km away from the eastern coasts of India.
The gateway to the archipelago, Port Blair is the capital city of Andaman & Nicobar Islands and is well connected with numerous islands via various regular ferryboats. Havelock and Neil Island are one of the most popular islands amongst travellers and is recognised for pearl white sands, palm-lined banks and gives the most excellent snorkelling and diving experience in India.
Port Blair was once known for its Cellular Jail ‘Kaala Paani’. The jail essentially confined the freedom fighters that were exiled from India during the British Era. But lately, the graph of the Andaman and Nicobar islands have evolved drastically and is now acknowledged for its thriving tourism industry which primarily attracts honeymooners, families and adventure freaks. You should definitely go to the local markets here and try out some traditional cuisines.
You can also try out scuba diving here and explore the beautiful coral reefs or just relax on the sandy shores and experience the mesmerising sunsets.
One of the most popular attractions of Andaman & Nicobar Islands is Havelock Island. The place is blessed with amazing beaches. You can try out some adventure sports like snorkelling or parasailing or even kayaking. This place is great for that much-needed adrenaline rush.
Goa is all about beaches, sunsets and crazy nights. Goa is one of the smallest states in India recognised for its glorious beaches, delectable cuisine and Portuguese ancestry. Panjim, the capital city situated in the middle is well-connected with an international airport and roads and trains run from North to South part of Goa.
With a coastline extending for more than 100 kilometres, Goa has diverse beaches that draw tons of tourists. While Baga beach and Calangute are famous amongst the Indian family groups, Anjuna and Arambol attract a lot of international travellers. The beaches in South Goa are relatively less explored but are much more beautiful.
Earlier being a Portuguese colony, Goa has beautiful architecture from the colonial era with a lot of churches and old-style bungalows. The locals celebrate a lot of festivals throughout the year and are pretty generous towards travellers. Apart from the mesmerising beaches, Goa is also known for its seafood and super fun nightlife. Goa has one of the worthiest nightlife in the country with contemporary bistros, beach shacks, chic cafes and numerous clubs. The city has a very low alcohol price due to which it is great for people with relatively tighter pockets.
The name Lakshadweep means ‘hundred thousand islands’, and it truly does justice to the place as Lakshadweep is known for the most elegant and fascinating islands and beaches in the country.
To reach Lakshadweep you will have to go to Kochi (Kerala) first and then take a permit which is mandatory for all tourists (including Indians). After permit, Indians are allowed to visit all islands, though, even after permit, foreigners are authorised to see just Agatti, Bangaram and Kadmat Islands.
Lakshadweep is the smallest Union Territory of India. It is a group of lovely islands, established about 400 km away from India’s west coast into the Arabian Sea.
The beauty of the Lakshadweep islands is in their remoteness. All the islands are equally magical and fascinating but each poses a matchless amalgam of the scenic view. Some islands are for water sports while others are for people who want to experience the beauty and relax.
Varkala is also known as the secret treasure of Kerala. It is a coastal town recognised for the bizarre 15m high ‘Northern Cliff’ facing Arabian Sea. It is famous for its hipster lifestyle, shacks on the cliff having excellent seafood along with music and the samadhi of Kerala’s saint Sree Narayana Guru. Varkala has the popular Jardana Swami Temple, also known as Dakshin Kashi.
Varkala has some of the most magnificent beaches, hills, lakes, forts, lighthouses, natural fisheries and springs – all of this together makes this city mini heaven. You can discover a bunch of stores with signboards in Hebrew selling Yoga mats, silver ornaments and cotton harem pants. Ayurvedic spas, affordable resorts, hostels, spotless beaches make it a must-visit town of Kerala.