5 Best Beach Destinations To Visit in India

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Spread over India’s 7500 kilometer long coastline, here are the top 5 beaches that will leave you surprised and mesmerized by India’s coastal beauty.

1. Goa

Goa is a land that every tourist loves as it is an exquisite mix of sun, surf, and beaches. It is a tiny emerald land with immense natural scenic beauty, attractive beaches, churches and temples. It is known for its architecture, feast and festivals and generous people with a rich culture. This is why Goa must surely be in your bucket list.

Best time to visit:
Mid-November to Mid-February are the best months to visit as the weather is pleasantly cool and relaxed. If you want to get off-season deals and are looking for cheap holiday then March to May are the months for you. This is because tourists are less during this time. Mid-June to October is the time when the rains hit Goa. If you are fond of monsoon and greenery of countryside, then this is the ideal time for you to visit.

Main attractions:
Water Sports, Food Tours, ATV Bike Riding, Waterfall Tours, Deltin Royal Casino, Crab Catching (Unique Experience), Jet Skiing, Parasailing, and Snorkeling.

How to reach:
If you plan to reach Goa via rail, then the major railway stations in Goa are located in Margao.

If you plan to travel by air, then the nearest international airport is located at Dabolim, which is situated at a distance of almost 29 kilometers from Panaji.
Tourists living in cities nearby like Mumbai can also reach Goa by road as many buses offer their services to the people. The nearest bus stand is Kadamba bus stand in Panaji which is considered as the main bus station.

Popular Hotels:
If you are looking for luxurious hotels to stay while you are in Goa, then these hotels below are the best choices for a comfortable stay. -

Taj Exotica Benaulim, Alila Diwa Goa Salcette, Grand Hyatt Goa Bambolim, Vivanta by Taj, Bardez

Are you looking for some pocket friendly yet comfortable hotels? Then, you can choose to stay in:

Sanatana Beach Resort, Angels Holiday Resort, Ginger Hotel,, Hotel Palacio De Goa, Hotel Sai Baga.

You can reserve your rooms online and confirm your booking well in advance to avoid last moment rush.

2. Gokarna, Karnataka

Gokarna was popular as a Hindu pilgrimage center till a few years ago. Today, it is also a famous tourist place in India due to its picturesque beaches and budget scuba diving. If you are a budget-traveller and want to visit a beach holiday destination, then Gokarna is the right option for you. It is on the West coast town in Kumta, Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka 140 km south of Goa.

Best time to visit:
The best time to visit Gokarna is from October to March when the weather is warm and pleasant with temperatures around 32 degrees Celsius.

Main attractions:
Mahabaleshwar Temple, Surfing, Learn Yoga on Kudle Beach, trekking

How to reach:
From the nearest airport i.e. Dabolim, Goa, Gokarna is a four-hour drive. You can reach via cab or bus. Also, Gokarna Road station is just 15 km and Kumta and Akola stations are both around 25 kilometers from Gokarna, so you can board a train suitably. By road too, Gokarna is well connected. You can take a bus or drive in your own car from Madgaon in Goa, and Mangalore and Bangalore in Karnataka.

Popular Hotels:
Gokarna is famous for lovely homestays and if you are looking for one, opt for Hari Priya Residency. There are other pocket-friendly hotels like Paradise Holiday Cottages, Kudle Ocean Front Resort on KudleBeach.

3. Ganpatipule, Maharashtra

Ganapatipule is a popular white sand beach for a weekend tour in Maharashtra, especially during the monsoons. There is another beach named Bhandarpule which offers a perfect view from the top as you drive to Ganapatipule. There are many other beaches near this place, such as the twin beaches ‘Aare-Ware’ and also a quiet beach in Malgund that is surely worth visiting.

Best time to visit:
The best time to visit Ganpatipule is October to March as the rains are over and summer is away. You can plan a trip in the season of Navratri, Dusshera and Diwali towards the end of the year.

Main attractions:
Shri Ganesh Temple, Prachin Konkan Museum, Thebaw Palace, Jaigad Lighthouse, Jaigad Fort, Magic Garden, Aare Beach

How to reach:
The nearest airport from Ganpatipule is Ratnagiri airport. The nearest railway station is also at Ratnagiri, that is 50 km away. Buses are easily available from Ganpatipule to major cities like Mumbai, Pune, and Belgaum.

Popular Hotels:
Homestay is the best option to stay in Ganpatipule and to name one is Madachya Banat. Other options include Nakshatra Beach Resort O’Nest, Konkan Nest Resort.

4. Marari, Kerala

Kerela popular as God’s own country, is home to Marari beach in Mararikulam where the fisher men primarily live. The beach is known for its white sand and exotic food to relish! You would love to spend time on this beach as it is quite peaceful. If you have visited the Jagannath Puri beach, this beach will remind you of that place.

Best time to Visit Marari:
The monsoon season from June to October is the best time to visit Kerela as the weather remains hot and humid in summers. Winter season i.e. from November to February is also a good time to visit the Marari Beach.

Main Attractions:
Marari Ayurveda Panchakarma Centre, Oscar Cruise, Kerala Kayaking, Kerala Backwaters, International Coir Museum

How to reach:
Mararikulam is 14 km south from Alappuzha town and you can drive in your own car or take a bus as it is just 30 minutes drive. Cochin is 53 km away and the airport is 90 km from the beach. The main railway station is at Alappuzha.

Popular Hotels:
Marari Beach – CGH earth, Tree Leaf Marari Sands Beach Resort. If you are looking for an exotic and a luxury stay, then Carnoustie Beach Resort & Ayurveda Spa is one good option for you situated right by the sea!

5. Havelock, Andaman and Nicobar Island

Havelock Island in Andaman is popular for its pristine beaches, clear waters, and relaxed setting apart from underwater sports like scuba diving and snorkeling. It has some of the best beaches of Asia like Radhanagar beach that is among world's top ten beaches. The island gets its name from a British general Henry Havelock.

Best Time to Visit Havelock:
The best time to visit the Havelock Island is October and April. In the winter season, many honeymoon couples visit this island.

Main Attractions:
Radhanagar Beach(white sand and rainforest trees), Elephant Beach, Sea walk and scuba diving.

How to reach:
The best way to reach Havelock is via the AC catamaran ferry that takes about 90 minutes from Port Blair. The government ferry services take about 2.5 hours to Havelock island.

Popular Hotels:
Silver Sand Beach Resort is an Island Resort with a private beach. Munjoh Ocean Resort is another name amongst the luxury hotels in Havelock Island, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans has Luxe villas with terraces in a high-end island resort with access to the beach.

India surely is incredible with several beach places you can visit with your family, beloved or friends. So, choose your destination and plan your itinerary with Cleartrip.