India is a vast country, With around 7,000 kilometers of coastline. Surrounded by ocean, the country has some incredibly scenic beaches that offer everything from solitude to parties. Being the most famous beach destination, that offers a different experience, from family-friendly water sports to amazing full moon-style parties, private coves, and some of Asia's best diving. especially if you want to get away from the tourist trail... We bring you the top beaches in India, Here's where to go.
Best Trek on the rocks sleep on the sand: Gokarna, Karnataka
Gokarna is a great beach escape with the added advantage of beautiful blue, warm waters. Gokarna is a small and remote holy town in northern Karnataka, with four of India's most secluded beaches nestled nearby. It draws both pious pilgrims and laid-back travelers with equal enthusiasm. The seafood here is excellent and if you decide you want to stay for a few days, it is possible to book a homestay with a local family.
Best Off-Beat Beach: Chandipur, Odisha
Listed by Lonely Planet as one of the world's most unusual beaches, Chandipur is unique in India for its disappearing sea. At low tide, twice a day, it recedes for up to 5 kilometers (3.1 miles)! This means you can explore the seabed, having fun chasing red crabs and collecting shells and driftwood. Chandipur is located in Odisha's Balasore district, about four and a half hours north of capital Bhubaneshwar.
Best for Adventure: Muzhappilangad, Kerala
Notable for being the longest Drive-In Beach in Asia and one of the best beaches in the world for driving, Muzhappilangad lies between Kannur and Thalassery in northern Kerala. This crescent-shaped beach extends for about 5 kilometers (3.1 miles), and it's possible to drive for 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) directly on the sand. The beach is protected by giant black rocks that keep the surf gentle. Other attractions are boating, water sports, and adventure sports such as paragliding, parasailing, and microlite flights.
Best for Culture: Pondicherry
Pondicherry, with its pervasive French heritage, is a union territory on the coast of Tamil Nadu in east India that's ideal for culture vultures. The historic French Quarter in town is a highlight, while nearby Auroville and Paradise beaches are great for swimming. Also check out the pristine beaches at Mahe, Yanam, and Karaikal—also part of the Union Territory of Pondicherry.
Best for Action: Baga, Goa
For sure, Baga Beach in North Goa may be commercialized and busy but for those who like action, it’s one of the most happening beaches on the coast. Water sports, parasailing, beach shacks, bars, clubs, and fine dining restaurants—you’ll find them all there! Theses days, Baga attracts a predominantly Indian crowd, who come for the mainstream music and discount drinks along Tito's Lane.
Best Beach for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling: Tarkarli, Maharashtra
Tarkarli beach in southern Maharashtra has one of the best coral reefs on the Indian mainland. In addition to fine white sands, the Tarkarli region is also home to serene backwaters, bustling villages, and ancient sea forts. Travelers can enjoy the quiet life or take advantage of ample water activities like scuba diving, parasailing, and snorkeling on the beach.
Best for sunrise: Mandarmani, West Bengal
This virgin beach is located in the eastern part of the country, about four hours south from Kolkata by car. The sleepy fishing village has turned into a fast-developing resort town, in part to a popular eight-mile-long stretch of sand that's often occupied by little red crabs. Around the area, travelers can experience postcard-worthy beaches such as Digha and Shankarpur -- known for their spectacular sunrises and calm waters.
Best for water activity: Minicoy, Lakshadweep
Lakshadweep promises spectacular tropical scenery and secluded sands. Most beaches around the archipelago offer private coves and an assortment of water activities, but Minicoy -- in the southernmost at all -- scores bonus points with those who are seeking absolute isolation. Most travelers spend their mornings' snorkeling or diving amidst the brilliant coral reefs. It's easy to explore the tiny 1.8-square-mile island (with roughly 10,000 people). You can plan a visit to a local village or climb the namesake white lighthouse, which was built by the British in 1885.
Best picnic spot: Rushikonda, Andhra Pradesh
Located in eastern India, this clean and secluded beach -- set away from the bustle of Visakhapatnam city in the state of Andhra Pradesh, is a favorite picnic spot among locals, despite the strong currents. Rushikonda also offers easy access to tourist attractions such as the rocky outcrop known as Dolphin's Nose and the fourth-century Venkateswara Temple -- said to welcome 40 million people annually.
Best for Families: Kovalam, Kerala
The most developed of Kerala's beaches, Kovalam is located not far from Trivandrum. It's made up of two coves—Hawa (also referred to as Eve's beach) and Lighthouse. Lighthouse is the biggest of the two, with its promenade lined with open-air restaurants. The lighthouse atop this beach provides fantastic views, especially at sunset.