Thousands of sun-deprived tourists visit India because it incredibly has the
most diverse varieties of beaches anywhere in the world. Placid backwaters and
lagoons, bays and rough lava-rocked seas, marine estuaries with fish, crashing
surf, powdery golden sand or palm fringed shores - Incredible India has them
The West Coast with the Arabian Sea and the East Coast with the Bay of Bengal
offer many a verdant vistas to the traveller. The coasts of India have their own
seafood cuisine, relaxing spas, diving and water sports and great places to stay
for a balmy holiday.
Kovalam undoubtedly is one of India's best sea resorts. The long coastline lined
with swaying coconut palm trees dotted with an occasional fishing hamlet is fast
developing into one of the world's finest string of beaches. The sea applauds
the beach temple in Mahabalipuram, gloriously silhouetted against the spectrum
of the seven colours in the sky. Puri, on the East Coast, is surely one of the
world's most picturesque beaches. And then there is Digha, a three-hour drive
out of Kolkata, a beautiful beach, splendid in its isolation.
The beach holiday to beat them all is in the Isles of Andaman and Nicobar and
Lakshwadeep, where you can see the myriad colours of the flashy fish in the
coral reefs from above the green waters.
Now fully developed as an international beach resort, Goa offers the best
holiday villages on its beaches. Everything about Goa is spellbinding from the
landscape dotted with Portuguese architecture, to the way of life that exudes an
irresistible Old World charm. Anjuna or Calangute Beach, and Miramar Bay in
Panjim are quieter. Beach vendors sell all manner of kitsch in Anjuna and
Calangute. You can rent beach mats and mattresses, sunglasses, and the usual
tourist paraphernalia. You can even get all sorts of spaghetti, German bread and
Italian food. The beach at Calangute is rocky. At Anjuna the waters are gentle
and offer opportunities for boat rides, sea scooter rides, spot-the-dolphins
rides, and motorboat rides. Colva and Benaulim are quieter and less crowded than
Anjuna. The Fort Aguada beach offers gorgeous views that merit a visit.
Sinquerim and Candolim are also quiet beaches that afford anonymity.
Whether it's the isolated horizons of the Konkan Coast or the Arabian Sea; the
golden sands or the water drenched seashores, every beach in India makes a
picture perfect holiday destination.
Beaches by state have been classified Above and brief descriptions are provided.
India’s coast is decked
with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. From endless stretches of
golden sand to palm-fringed coves, India offers the visitor the ideal beach
holiday. Both well known resorts, such as Goa, Kovalam, and several intriguing
lesser-known beaches are listed below. Hotel facilities and accommodation are
: Calangute, Baga Beach, Colva Beach. Five star hotels with private beaches:
Fort Aguada Beach resort, Oberoi Bogmalo beach and Cidade de Goa.
Reasonably priced hotels,
Tourist Cottages, Tourist Resort and Youth Hostels. Majorda Beach Resort.
- Mumbai (Bombay) Juhu Beach Resort. Five star hotel
complex, including beach cottages, Halcyon Castle, Kovalam Palace Hotel. Hotel
Samudra, Kerala Tourism Development Corp. (Reasonably priced).
- Kovalam Ashok Beach Resort.
Five-Star-Hotel. Halcyon Castle, Kovalam Palace Hotel. Hotel Samudra (KTDC).
- Chennai Region Coyelong:
- Mamallapuram (Chennai): Shore
cottages by the shore temples. Mamallapuram Beach Resort.
- Puri 3 & 4 star hotels Tourist
Bungalows, Youth Hostels. Major Hindu pilgrim centre.