Are you looking for some of the best beach destinations in India for your upcoming vacation?
Well, the topography of India is such that it can offer you every element of the Earth.
If you want to go to a hill station, there are plenty of breathtaking hill stations across India.
Not only this, you will find amazing National Parks where you can explore by taking a jungle safari. Likewise, there are no limitations to beaches in India.
In this blog post, I will cover the top 10 beach destination in India that you can consider for your honeymoon, family vacation or a long weekend trip.
Gokarna beach is India’s one of the most popular and beautiful secluded beach that is situated on the coast of Karnataka, an hour away from South Goa.
Gokarna attracts a lot of foreign tourists. Those who don’t want to stay amidst the crowded beaches they can choose Gokarna for their vacation.
You can reach Gokarna from Bangalore as well as from Goa.
The best way to reach Gokarna would be to fly till Dabolim airport in Goa, rent a car and drive till Gokarna through South Goa. The road distance is approximately 150km.
You can ignore going to Gokarna during the summer. During summer, the hot and humid climate kills the mood of a beach holiday. It is better if you could plan your trip to Gokarna during the winter (November – February).
I am sure you must have visited Goa in your lifetime, maybe with your friends, for a honeymoon or perhaps on a family vacation.
Goa is a must-visit place in everybody’s travel Wishlist. There are so many spots in Goa that you can cover while on your trip. But it is not always possible to visit everything.
So, there is North Goa that includes Baga, Calangute, Candolim and South Goa that includes the more tranquil beaches like Palolem, Colva, Agonda and many more.
Among all the beaches, according to Lonely Planet, Palolem is the best beaches in India for vacationing.
I was in Palolem in 2018 and I found the beach clean, calm and has an appealing landscape. You can literally sit for hours and keep gazing at the countless waves touching the shores. The view is speechless.
You can visit the neighboring beaches too and trek to the Duhdsagar waterfalls.
I went to Goa twice during monsoon and winter, and at both the season, Goa beaches look incredibly different.
But I liked Palolem beach more during the monsoon because there were a few people around on the beach and it was calm.
No matter where ever you go to Goa, you will see plenty of amazing beaches. Some people like to stay in North Goa beaches where its crowed, and a great many options to enjoy. Whereas South Goa beaches are serene and less populated.
Palolem beach is of course of the best exotic beach in South Goa, I have already mentioned that. There is one more amazing beach and that is ‘Colva Beach’ which stretches for 2.4 km and indeed ideal for swimming.
Havelock Island, Andaman & Nicobar
I consider a trip to Andaman & Nicobar an expensive travel destination, but it has one of the top 9 best beach destinations in India.
Thanks to the utmost clear and pristine beaches of Havelock Island. It has the most relaxing atmosphere with lots of water sports and adventurous activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking to do.
So, if you are a little okay to increase your budget, then a trip to Havelock Island would prove to be a romantic trip of your life.
The best beaches of Havelock Island are Radhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach and Kalapathar beach.
Kashid beach in Maharashtra is one of the best beaches located on the Konkan belt. It is an ideal weekend gateway for the people who live in Pune and Mumbai.
It takes a maximum of 3 and a half hours from Pune city and around 4 hours from Mumbai but takes less if you take the Mumbai-Pune express road.
Maharashtra is blessed with the Konkan beaches. Not one, but it is line with several beaches like Alibaug, Kashid, Murud, Varsoli and many more.
The long weekends remain bustling with tourists, the majority from Pune and Mumbai. But weekdays continue to remain secluded and calm.
Kashid is the only beach in Maharashtra that is bestowed with beautiful white sand at the shore.
The beach is stretched to 3 km, and whenever I go during the weekend, my husband and I love to walk down the shore.
Water sports like banana boat rides, parasailing, speed boating in Kashid are quite popular. You will find small tea and Maggi stalls alongside the beach road where people often take rest and refresh themselves with beverages.
In fact, I have been to Kashid beach two weeks back on new year’s eve and taken with me my new Tesalate beach towel that has been gifted by the Tesalate. At sunset, it looked truly amazing.
The Southern coast of Maharashtra is an excellent alternative to Goa. Tarkali beach is not much known to the people on the other side of the country.
Tarkali is a perfect place for a relaxing vacation with your partner or family.
From the small quaint town of Malvan, it is a beautiful drive down the narrow lanes with coconut trees on both sides, it is a beach that rejuvenates your mood the moment you enter the location.
Do avoid coming here during the monsoon, as the Konkon beaches receive massive rainfall. So, the best time to visit Tarkali, I would suggest in November – January.
You can also give a small tour of the town Malvan, where you can explore the Konkan cuisine, small cafes, shaded street, the small houses of fishermen, and fishing boats.
MTDC holiday resort in Tarkali is the best to stay that comes in a budget. Of course, you can choose to stay in private luxury resorts as well.
There isn’t much to do in Tarkali beach, but you can treat this place as your relaxation spot, leaving behind the city struggle and hustle of life.
Mandarmani Beach, West Bengal
If you belong from the southern and northern part of India, I can tell that you mustn’t have heard of an amazing beach named Mandarmani.
It is situated in the Midnapore district of West Bengal, which is around 180 km away from Kolkata City.
Mandarmani is a small peaceful village located along the coastal lines of Bay of Bengal. The beach is still untouched by the outside crowd, majority of tourist that comes here for vacation hail from the Bengal.
I have been to this beach twice as my hometown is in Kolkata. It is a much quieter beach as compared to other beaches in the country and extraordinarily beautiful.
Mandarmani is well connected to the city. You can get bus services from the city, or you can also hire a cab. It takes around 4 and a half hours to reach Mandarmani.
There is also train services ‘Howrah Digha Duronto’ every day and their services are okay.
Yet again, a perfect beach destination in India for a long weekend holiday and that is Dapoli beach.
It is situated in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, around 185 km from Pune and 230 km from Mumbai.
I have been to this mesmerizing beach a few months ago from Pune. We drove to Dapoli, took around 5 hours to reach, and stayed there for a night.
The beach is different from other famous beaches of Maharashtra like Alibaug and Kashid. It is a long peaceful stretch of beach that looks serene as it is not crowded.
Dapoli beach looks extremely scenic, especially at sunset.
The nearest airport would be the Mumbai airport if you are coming from Mumbai and Pune domestic airport if you are coming from Pune.
Baga beach is one of the most popular and lively beaches in India. It is a great beach destination in India if you are planning a trip with your friends.
There are lots of cafes, pubs and night clubs in and around Baga beach. If you are looking for a beach nightlife, then nothing can beat a night at Baga beach.
It is full of life, music, and sets an environment that can pump your energy to high.
Although the beach is getting saturated with too many tourists, mostly young crowd. Still, rank among the top 9 best beach destination in India.
Kovalam beach would be any beach lovers’ first choice if they are in Kerala. The beach has a cove of calm blue water that is perfect for swimming or bathing.
Kovalam beach is one of the best budget destinations in India, I believe.
There are a lot of luxury and semi-luxury beach resorts available along with cheap cottages that are good for those who want to save bucks from their pockets.
You will get a wide array of food choices, all within your budget.
So, I have been to Kerala last year in October and I found that the food cost in Kerala is quite cheap as compared to other destinations.
It was amusing as you could literally find food within 200 for two people at a decent restaurant.
So, the nearest railway station would be Thiruvananthapuram, and if you are taking the flight, then Trivandrum International airport.
I have been to both Varkala and Kovalam beaches while in Kerala, but I found Kovalam more aesthetic and calmer.
So, these are the 10 best beach destinations in India where you can always plan for your vacation and you will come home completely refreshed. These beaches are scenic, safe and make you feel closer to nature.