Based on what Forbes is saying, it seems that you can forget the beaches of Australia, Rio and even Ibiza. That’s because these days, India’s beaches seem to be getting a lot of buzz from the media, but also from people who’ve visited them and were kind enough to share their experience on the web.
While not that popular in the past, India’s beaches are very scenic and have a lot to offer to those who are looking for a tranquil vacation, but also to those who just like to party and have a good time. If you’re planning on visiting India soon and would like to check out its top ranked beaches, then here’s a list of some of the ones you should certainly visit.
Radhanagar Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Best Remote Beach)
TIME magazine actually voted this beach as the Best Beach in Asia some time ago and it’s a great place to be at if you love remote beaches. You can find this beach on Havelock Island in the Nicobar and Andaman Islands in the Bengal Bay. This beach is mostly known for its white and fine sand, but also its still and calm waters. Go here if you’d like to have a relaxing day without being bothered by anything and anybody.
Kovalam (Great Beach with a Lighthouse)
Located not too far from Trivandrum, Kovalam Beach is the most developed of Kerala’s beaches. The beach consists of 2 coves, including Lighthouse and Hawa. The lighthouse that sits atop the beach offers tourists breathtaking views, especially when the sun goes down. However, if you prefer more secluded beaches, then you may want to consider going to Samudra which is close by.
Baga (Best Commercial Beach)
If you’re the type who loves being surrounded by lots of people, then Baga beach is where it’s at. Located in the N. part of Goa, many tourists come here in order to enjoy activities such as parasailing and waters sports, but also have fun at the local clubs, bars, beach shacks and go on dolphin sightseeing trips. Of course, the fine dining restaurants are part of the whole picture and you’ll find lots of them here.
Ashvem (Best Trendy Beach)
Located in a line and being close to each other, the Morjim, Mandrem and Ashvem beaches enjoy quite a bit of a popularity increase these days. Fashionable resorts, wonderful beach huts, but also many shops, restaurants, and groovy beach bars are some of the main reasons why tourists enjoy these beaches. If you love bars, then you absolutely need to check the Sunset Ashram, which is by far the best bar here.
Agonda (Best Beach for Doing Nothing)
If you’re the type who wants to get away from it all, then there’s no better place to do that than on the long and serene Agonda beach. You can enjoy staying in a simple hut by the beach all day long while enjoying the stillness and beauty of nature. While it’s true that the rear of the beach is lined with small shops and shacks, besides that, there aren’t many things you can do apart from relaxing, swimming, drinking and eating.
Tarkarli (Best Beach for Snorkeling and Scuba Diving)
If you love coral reefs, then south of Maharashtra, in the area around Tarkarly beach lies one of the best coral reefs in the country. The good news is that development hasn’t really reached this area and given the fact it is visited by very few tourists, it managed to retain its village feel that everyone coming here loves so much. There are homestay accommodations available on it and the locals, which you can see walking around or riding bikes are very friendly.
Palolem (Best Picturesque Beach)
The Palolem beach is enclosed by a forest of coconut palms and it’s by far the most amazing beach in Goa. This semi-circle shaped, shady and mile long beach seems to enjoy more and more popularity and because it attracts a wide range of crowds, it’s become very diverse in the last few years. If you love picturesque beaches, then this one should certainly be on your list.
For beach lovers, India has a lot to offer and this list of incredible beaches you can visit when coming here are a testament to that. Given the fact that some of them are barely touched by tourists and that the prices here are amazingly low, it’s a given that your experience here is going to be unforgettable.