The Best Beaches in India

There's 71% of the water on the surface of our planet earth, and just a fraction in the Indian beaches can give you the most scenic views. While picturing a tropical getaway to India, you must think of Goa beaches as your priority. But there's way more to it than you can imagine. You'll get a different experience in driving beaches to family-friendly water sports activities, full-moon parties, and edible marijuana (‘Bhang!’ Yes, it is legal in India). And all the fun nights that never end. Including Goa, there are a plethora of beaches throughout the Indian coastline with the best snorkeling, scuba diving, and private coves. Here is where you'll find the top 8 beaches in India for your next trip.

  • 30-Oct-2019
  • Written By: Naila Arif

Radhanagar, Andaman and Nicobar-

Radhanagar aka 'Beach No. 7' as the 'locals' calls- on the Havelock Island in the remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands between Thailand and India. Also, counted as the most beautiful beaches in Asia.

Last year the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi renamed Havelock Island to Swaraj Dweep. But that doesn't stop the travelers from combing its powder sand, picture-calm waters on this isolated coastline.

To reach this island, you'll first have to reach Port Blair from the airport. From here, take a seaplane or Makruzz (catamaran). Besides this, other government boats connect Havelock and Port Blair.

Despite being the isolated island and far-flung location, there's a lot you can do. The island is a complete package for rainforest treks, fishing, and water sporting. Also for surfing, sunbathing, and kayaking.

Not to mention Scuba diving, which is one of the best ways to connect with the underwater world and colorful coral reefs. If you are a beginner, you can take classes from the experienced divers.

You can also explore KalaPathar beach and Elephant beach to capture some mesmerizing shots and videos. From KalaPathar, you can hire scooters for 1.8 km trek point to get to the Elephant beach.

To make a home in Andaman and Nicobar Islands for a few days, you can stay at the Barefoot at Havelock- one of the best beach resorts in India. From here, you can visit nearby places like- 'beachside cafe' and 'Full moon cafe' for some pizzas, Indian and Chinese food.

Minicoy, Lakshadweep-

Minicoy, the only place in India where people speak 'Mahal' (an Indo-Aryan language) as a linguistic minority. It may be a misnomer (Lakshadweep means 100,000 islands but only has 36), but it promises magnificent tropical scenery and isolated sands to its visitors.

Almost every beach around the archipelago offers a collection of water activities and private coves. But if you're seeking complete isolation from the world, then Minicoy saves you some plus points in the shape of the southernmost atoll.

With roughly 10K people on the island, it is easy for you to explore all the 1.8 square-mile of this tiny island. It may be small, but it is the largest island in Lakshadweep.

You can climb the white lighthouse built by the Britishers in 1885. You can also plan a visit to a local village where you may encounter the popular 'lava dance' tradition.

The nearest airport to reach Minicoy is Kochi (Cochin). The flights are well-connected with all the major cities. From Kochi, you can have an air transfer via helicopter or passenger ships. Seven ships sails from Cochin to Lakshadweep Island and ships like- MV Minicoy and MV Aminidivi are a part of them.

Bangaram Island Resort can be your humble abode while your visit to the island. It also has a great variety of food, uniquely Indian. This resort is also close to the Island of Thinnakara.

Palolem Beach, Goa-

In South Goa, the Palolem Beach is just an hour and forty-two minutes away from the Goa International Airport. People refer it as one of the best beaches in Goa. Enclosed by a thick forest of coconut palms, it is one of the most picturesque beaches in Goa. It offers an assemblage of relaxing experiences, which includes Yoga classes on the shores and Ayurveda massages.

The beach is famous amongst savvy Goaphiles. They know when to leave those crowded northern beaches and get down on this incredible southern beach.

It guarantees people here to have a good night's sleep after 10 p.m. as the live music is ban after this time. But the night-owls have all the technicalities to party all night. So, pick a pair of headphones and dance your way off to the well-known "Silent Noise Disco."

For heading out on the daytime, there are some popular day excursions that you can pursue, such as, dolphin-sighting tours around the Arabian Sea. You can also explore the various Wildlife Sanctuaries to spot a one or two tigers, monkeys, and deer.

You can stay at Palm Forest Palolem — a lovely cottage for your relaxation. It is only 5 minutes away, on a walking distance to Dropadi, possibly the most famous shack on the beach. Here you can enjoy and chill out with your cocktails, wines, and seafood with an astonishing ocean view.

Mandarmani, West Bengal-

This virgin beach is a seaside resort village in East Medinipur district and at the end of the Bay of Bengal. 180 kilometer away from Kolkata airport, it will take you about four hours ride from the car to reach. 

The biggest attraction of Mandarmani is the red crabs that crawl around the 7 kilometers long Digha beach. Digha beach- referred to as 'Brighton of the East' and it is a drivable beach. It is best known for the spectacular sunrise and sunsets along with its calm and shallow waters. 

You can stay at Hotel Blue Waves at New Digha Purba Medinipur, Digha, West Bengal. It is one of the 5-star properties in Digha with decent food and comfortable stay. 

Tharangambadi, Tamil Nadu-

From 1620 to 1845, Tharangambadi was a Danish colony. Tharangambadi also means 'The land of Singing Waves' in Tamil Nadu's local language. After the 17th-century the town got its new name as Tranquebar, a small quiet village that sits in the Nagapattinam District of Tamil Nadu. 

The Tranquebar beach is the most beautiful part of the town, but the architecture here is also a fascinating thing to look. The old churches and monuments- filled from the Danish time, and later- the British rule. 

Overlooking the sea, a sand-colored Fort Dansborg is one of the most impressive buildings to look in the area. The building was once the hub of commerce and trade, and now it houses a museum dedicated to the artefacts from the Danish rule. 

The nearest airport to Tharangambadi is Trichy with well-connected flights from all the major cities. From the airport, Tranquebar is only 4 hours' ride away. You can book a cab or a taxi to reach your hotel. 

A Neemrana's property- The Bungalow on the beach is a 17th-century Bungalow. It offers you excellent staff and all the essential amenities. 

Once you set foot under the town gate of Tranquebar, you'll get plenty of seafood on the Market Street. But there are fewer options inside the village premises. You can enjoy a mix of Indian and continental fare in the Bungalow on the beach, or you can try some authentic Tamil cuisine in Hotel Tamil Nadu.

Gokarna India (Karnataka)-

Gokarna is perhaps the only strip of sand in India which can compete for the serenity of Goa beaches. It offers you some alluring package of spiritualism, solitude, beach escape, and overlooking sapphire waters.

The Gokarna beach is the main beach neighboring to 'OM' beach. Om beach is just 20 mins away from the Gokarna. The Gokarna beaches India are quite famous and the ‘OM’ beach got its name because the beach sculpted in the shape of Hindu religious letter 'OM.' It is a center for all water activities like- para-sailing, skiing, surfing, and banana-boat rides. Popular among the backpackers who enjoy their lively buzz and makeshift cafes. 

The half-moon beach is just a short stroll or a boat ride away from Om beach. And just like the Om beach, it got its name because it makes a half-moon shape. Further along, is Paradise beach- a place of low hammocks over the sand. You can also enjoy the welcoming homestays owned by the locals and fresh seafood in the beach shacks. 

The nearest airport is Dabolim in Goa, well-connected with all the major cities in India. From the airport, you can book a cab or Taxi to reach Gokarna in 4 hours. 

For a few days, you can make a home at Kudle beach view, which is 20 minutes away from Namaste cafe, where you can enjoy some beer and starters.

Bekal, Kerala-

Situated to the south of the northernmost district of Kerala. Around 16 kilometers away from Kasaragod, lies a large keyhole- Fort Bekal.  Located comfortably on steep hills by the sea, the fort gives its visitors an impressive view of the beach.

The place got its limelight two decades ago, after getting a feature in Bollywood's famous movie "Bombay." They used the 17th-century fort as the backdrop to its main song sequence.

This beach is popular among both locals and visitors from all over the places. People flock to these spots in a colossal number to admire the lush gardens and art installation. Also, for the reddish laterite rock sculptures representing 'theyyam' - a traditional dance. 

The nearest airport is Calicut International Airport, in Kozhikode. Kasaragod is 200 kilometers away from the airport. It will take about 6 hours of a drive to reach the town via NH66.

Taj Bekal Resort and Spa will treat you like no other. Here you can be as comfortable as you want. You can also enjoy dinner at Bekal Camp Fire, where you'll get the best-grilled barbeque and seafood. It's a quiet and serene place to enjoy your time.

Puri, Odisha-

A pious visit to Puri with countless devotees flocking towards the place for a purification dip. An endless number of pilgrims gathering to pay homage to Lord Jagannath. But that's not the only reason for Puri being famous amongst the visitors.

Its main beach attracts and draws a crowd who are looking for a party atmosphere along with plentiful of 'Bhang'- edible marijuana, which is legal in India! 

For a day excursions, Puri is an ideal place to start. You can visit the 13th-century Sun Temple- a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Raghurajpur heritage crafts village. From Puri, it is roughly a 20 minutes’ drive away. 

The closest International airport is Bhubaneswar. You can book a cab for Puri as it is only 53 kilometers away. While in Puri, you can stay at The Hans Coco Palms and enjoy authentic Bengali food at Bhojohori Manna. The hotel is near to the main attractions like- Jagannath Temple and Puri Beach.