India is a land of beaches as a large chunk of our landmass borders the sea. Some of the important ones lie in highly populated cities, there are a few that are less known among the natives, yet populated by foreign tourists. While Goa tops the list, there are also some other amazing beaches that one should visit in India.
Marina, Tamil Nadu
The second largest beach in the world is also the most populated. Frequented by many locals who just love to hang out in the sand, this place is natural urban beauty. The lighthouse here was built in 1976 and is open to the public. It provides a fantastic view of the beach and the city.
Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
The golden sandy beach of Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu is something to look out for. Located on the east coast the beach is a charming place encircled by rolling hills and glittering sea. Thousands of tourists come here every year and is an idyllic place for lazing and sunbathing. The shore temples constructed by the Pallava king are the backdrop of this place which is a combination of beaches, history, and tourism.
The Promenade beach is the popular stretch of beachfront here. If you are looking for a lazy weekend by the beach or would like to indulge in some adventure sports, then this is the destination for you.
One of the interesting things about Kovalam beach in Kerala is the Lighthouse. Located near Trivandrum, this small coastal town has palm-backed beaches which include – Hawa, Samudra, and lighthouse beaches. The place is known as an international beach destination for its calm waters and crescent beaches and is ideal for relaxing and sunbathing.
This calm and quiet hamlet in the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram district in Kerala has a beautiful beach, a 2000-year-old temple, and a Mutt. Varkala beach also known as Papanasam beach is known for its natural spring. It is also the only beach in Kerala to have cliffs.
Everyone knows Goa is popular for beaches and Fenny. Although it is a popular tourist stop, surprisingly is has some of the cleanest coastlines. The Palolem beach in south Goa, Calangute beach, Anjuna, Mandrem and Arambol beaches in North Goa and Morjim beach are quite popular. Apart from the scenic beauty, these places offer excellent varieties of food and cocktails.
Gokarna which literally means cow’s ear is located in a small town in Karnataka. A pilgrim center, it has now become a tourist hub. Populated with foreigners, the best part of Gokarna beaches is its serenity and peacefulness. The uniqueness of the beaches is its usual rocky surfaces and hillocks.
The white sand beach is located in the Ratnagiri district in Maharashtra. The clean blue water is tempting; however, it is not advisable to go for a swim because of the rough sea. It is a gateway that captures beach lovers, adventure enthusiasts, and pilgrims. The Ganapathi temple on the shore attracts several pilgrims all around the year.