India is a country with its fair share of incredible beaches. So if you’re looking for the best beach destinations in the country, we’ve got you covered! We searched far and wide to find some of the most beautiful spots – from north to south – so that you can plan your next vacation accordingly.
Spoiler: there are plenty of paradisiac options for you — from the mind-blowing Andaman and Nicobar Islands to the idyllic Half Moon Beach.
Why go on a beach vacation to India?
Beach vacations in India are a must if you are after some vitamin D (and you should!) Not only vacation is good for your health, but it means you can reconnect with your family or friends, or take time to be together with your best friends forever in the daily spin roll. And Indian beaches are just perfect – as much of the country is surrounded by ocean with some incredibly scenic beaches, as well as Arabian sea. Not only Indian ocean is the warmest of oceans meaning you can swim and sunbathe there any time of the year; India is also a land of wonders, full of interesting things to discover, such as temples for rats and over 2 million Hindu temples (read more interesting facts about India here.)
When is the best time to go on a beach vacation to India?
The climate for beach vacationers to India is especially friendly. There are plenty of sun-kissed spots for family and solo beach vacations, but knowing the best time to go to India for a beach vacation is the key to secure yourself a great holiday trip.
As the beaches in India experience a tropical climate, the best time to travel for a beach holiday is from November to March, when you can enjoy long hours of sunshine and average temperatures around 30°C. On the other hand, if you travel to India for summer vacation, from April to October, when there is a monsoon season, expected to have some rain showers.
Which are the nicest beaches in India?
Varkala beach is a beach you should visit if you are looking for a chill-out time on a little beach. Although it is not a calm and swimmable beach, you can sunbathe and enjoy nature around on sunny days. You can also swim there, but beware of the powdered rollers and undertow. Climbing up and down the cliffs in Varkala is a pain, too.
However, Varkala beach is a great spot for those looking for some of the cleanest beaches in Kerala state, but beware that women seldom wear shorts and short dresses there.
Radhanagar Beach in Havelock Island is located in the South-west part of the Andaman Islands and the Nicobar Islands. Interestingly, Radhanagar beach is also called Beach Number 7. To get to Radhanagar beach, it is best to travel by AC ferries which take up to 1.5 – 2 hours, such as Makruzz, Green Ocean, and others. You can also get to Radhanagar beach on a government ferry which generally takes u to 3 hours.
Half Moon Beach
Half Moon beach is located in Gokarna, and you can reach it by trekking or ferry, as the beach is not connected to any roads. The idle and closed atmosphere is loved by many travelers. This is a beach spot for those who want to enjoy the sun by themselves.
Tarkarli beach is best visited from October to March, like other Indian beaches. Tarkarli beach has some non-commercialized beaches with white sands. Tarkarli is also well known for its turquoise waters.
Cherai Beach is a beach is famous for its Elephant march (with 20 -3 0 elephants marching). The Cherai Beach is one of the very few clean beaches which also turn out to be great for sunbathing. There is also the Azheekkal Sree Varaha Temple in Cherai famous for its chariot and is one of the oldest temples owned by the Gowda Saraswathi Community.
Anjuna Beach is located in North Goa. The beach is famous for its trans parties and extravagant lifestyle, attracting many tourists each year. If you enjoy free-spirited and laid-back culture, this beach might be just for you, as its hippie culture with activities like yoga, reiki, and ayurvedic massages might be what you are looking for. For more SPA destinations, see the best SPA destinations around the world.
Marari beach in Mararikulam just a 2-hour ride away from Cochin International Airport is a peaceful beach. You can also get to this beautiful beach by train or road.
The Paradise Beach of India near Pondicherry in Karnataka, near the south of Goa, is a beautiful and safe beach to swim in. Wearing a bikini is perfectly alright both in Goa and in Paradise beach.
Kashid Beach in Maharashtra is located on the shores of the Arabian Sea. It is one of the closes beaches to Mumbai is just 1.5 hour drive away, and you should definitely plan a day there if you go to Mumbai for a trip.
This beach in Goa is named after Baga Creek, which empties into the Arabian Sea in the north of the beach. If you like the traditional fishermen-style villages and natural beaches, then Baga beach is for you, with shacks and fishing boats lined up the coast.
Marina Beach in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, is a natural and urban beach with wide white sandy coast. It is the longest beach in India and the second-longest in the world, sporting more than 7 miles of sand.
Which are the cleanest beaches in India?
There are 8 Blue Flag beaches in India, and you should plan to go to one of them if cleanliness is one of your main factors of selection. These are:
- Kappad (Kerala)
- Shivrajpur (Gujarat)
- Ghoghla (Diu)
- Kasargod (Karnataka)
- Padubidri (Karnataka)
- Rushikonda (Andhra Pradesh)
- Golden (Odisha)
- Radhanagar (Andaman & Nicobar Islands).
Which are the dirtiest beaches in India?
While Blue Flag is an internationally recognized standard for clean, environmentally friendly, and safe beaches, as a tourist you will not always spot the blue flagged beach having a large difference from those beaches which are well taken care of, and cleaned every morning.
Some of the dirtiest beaches in India are found on the Western side of the subcontinent, with Kerala beaches being Kozhikode (Kerala) and Sagareshwar and Arnala Palghar (Maharashtra).
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