Best Beach in India For Summertime Fun

Be it the tropical beaches of Goa, the holy beaches of Odisha, or the island beaches of Andaman, each facet of India’s coastline presents a unique opportunity for tourists. Want to have a relaxing vacation or an adventure trip? Whatever your wish, the attractions and activities of the beaches of India can fulfill it. Thinking where to go? Maybe a little aid can help you make a decision.

Here is a quick roundup of ten of the best beach destinations in India.

Varkala, Kerala

 

A centre for happiness and healing

A beautiful stretch of beach, locally known as Papanasam Beach due to its medicinal and curative waters, ideal for swimming and sunbathing set against a backdrop of little cliffs, an array of quaint shops selling colorful beachwear and pretty jewelry, a centuries old Vishnu shrine (Janardhanaswamy Temple), a luxurious stay at a resort and some time spent at an Ayurvedic wellness spa – do you need anything more for a lovely vacation?

Top 10 Beach Destinations in India Varkala Kerala

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Palolem, Goa

A relaxed vibe

Well, you may have to face quite a crowd, but the experience sure is worth it. With its dazzling crescent beach, its range of luxuriant beach huts, its sizzling spicy fish dishes, and its laid back charm, this little village is an ideal beach destination. And while you are there, don’t fail to go on a dolphin trip to check out the friendly aquatic denizens. If you want peace and quiet, drive on to the Agonda beach instead.

Top 10 Beach Destinations in India Palolem Goa

Kadmat Island, Lakshadweep

A pristine islet

Azure waters lap up a long stretch of soft white sandy beach while the mangroves sway in the balmy wind – a picture perfect site for a pleasant vacation. Add to it the comforts of the beach resort, the opportunity to swim, dive and snorkel, the chance to explore the colorful coral reefs and the exciting marine life, and you have just the right ingredients for the best vacation ever.

Top 10 Beach Destinations in India Kadmat Island Lakshadweep

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Tarkarli, Maharashtra

A serene haven

The white sandy stretch extends against tranquil waters, through which sun rays penetrate and illuminate the sea bottom. If you aren’t satiated by this view, explore the underwater world on a scuba diving or snorkeling trip. And don’t miss to visit the Singhudurg, a sea fort constructed in the 17th century. Enjoy a stay at the traditional Konkani huts or beach-set houseboats and get a taste of the local fare.

Top 10 Beach Destinations in India Tarkarli Maharashtra

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Kovalam, Kerala

A hub of beach activities

A calm sea set against a rocky promontory makes for an idyllic spot for swimming and bathing. Or, you can just relax on the beach and get a nice tan. Get an herbal massage, enjoy a cruise on board a catamaran, or just spend your time sunbathing. The resorts here ensure a pleasant stay. You can also get a taste of authentic cuisine, and enjoy a day of shopping for ethnic curios.

Top 10 Beach Destinations in India Kovalam Kerala

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Mobor, Goa

A secluded retreat

Goa’s party beaches such as Baga and Anjuna are all-time favorites, but go past the busy Benaulim and Cavelossim, and you will come across a little stretch of soft white sand bordered by turquoise waters, secluded coves and swaying palms. The restful little beach is home to some of the best luxury resorts. If you are looking for some time for togetherness, this sleepy little town is the perfect place.

Top 10 Beach Destinations in India Mobor Goa

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Havelock Island, Andaman & Nicobar

A lovely little isle

Now, this one’s for the adventurers at heart. Whether you want to go scuba diving or snorkeling in the gorgeous blue waters or hiking or camping in the dense green forests, this is the place for you. But what if you are just in the mood for some relaxation? Don’t worry; Havelock has its share of beautiful beaches (Elephant and Radhanagar beaches) where you can while away your time, and enjoy fresh seafood and sweet coconut milk.

Top 10 Beach Destinations in India Havelock Island Andaman & Nicobar

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Rishikonda, Vishakhapatnam

A scenic spot

Located on the outskirts of the city, this nice beach, set against the hilly terrain, is a pleasant place to visit. Want to water ski, surf or parasail? Want to sit down with a cup of coffee? Want to walk hand in hand on golden sands? Whatever you want to do, the beach caters to your tastes and inclinations. And don’t miss the sunset; it’s sure to be a memorable moment for you.

Top 10 Beach Destinations in India Rishikonda Vishakhapatnam

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Ganapatipule, Maharashtra

A religious rendezvous

Along the Konkan Coast lies the fabulous beach of Ganapatipule, the location for the Temple of Swayambhu Ganesh (Hindu Deity). A place of religious significance, the beach is also a great spot for everyone who wants some respite from the daily madness. Its sapphire waters, golden sands, and vivid flora create a beautiful seascape. Delectable Konkani cuisine and pleasant accommodation ensure that you have a fantastic time.

Top 10 Beach Destinations in India Ganapatipule Maharashtra

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Agonda, Goa

A reclusive beauty

If doing nothing tops your list of ‘must-dos’, this is the place to be. Ideal for just relaxing and sunbathing in Goa, this is a calm spot to soothe your tired nerves. The stunning sunrise and sunset and the serene setting produce the perfect place to laze around. Little beach huts offer just the right lodging for couples. And if you are lucky, you may also catch a glimpse of the rare Olive Ridley Turtles that come to nest here.

Top 10 Beach Destinations in India Agonda Goa

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Beautiful and varied, each Indian beach presents a fascinating facade.

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Mahasweta Bhattacharyya

Mahasweta Bhattacharyya is a contributing writer as well as Social Media Storyteller for LuxeInACity. After completing her Masters in English, she took up content creation as a career. An interest in haute horlogerie and fine jewelry led her to discover the diverse aspects of the luxury industry. Based in India, she is an avid traveler and writer whose posts have been published in various esteemed luxury blogs.