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Thousands of sun-deprived tourists visit India because it incredibly has the most diverse varieties of beaches anywhere in the world. Placid backwaters and lagoons, bays and rough lava-rocked seas, marine estuaries with fish, crashing surf, powdery golden sand or palm fringed shores - Incredible India has them all.

The West Coast with the Arabian Sea and the East Coast with the Bay of Bengal offer many a verdant vistas to the traveller. The coasts of India have their own seafood cuisine, relaxing spas, diving and water sports and great places to stay for a balmy holiday.

Kovalam undoubtedly is one of India's best sea resorts. The long coastline lined with swaying coconut palm trees dotted with an occasional fishing hamlet is fast developing into one of the world's finest string of beaches. The sea applauds the beach temple in Mahabalipuram, gloriously silhouetted against the spectrum of the seven colours in the sky. Puri, on the East Coast, is surely one of the world's most picturesque beaches. And then there is Digha, a three-hour drive out of Kolkata, a beautiful beach, splendid in its isolation.

The beach holiday to beat them all is in the Isles of Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshwadeep, where you can see the myriad colours of the flashy fish in the coral reefs from above the green waters.

Now fully developed as an international beach resort, Goa offers the best holiday villages on its beaches. Everything about Goa is spellbinding from the landscape dotted with Portuguese architecture, to the way of life that exudes an irresistible Old World charm. Whether it's the isolated horizons of the Konkan Coast or the Arabian Sea; the golden sands or the water drenched seashores, every beach in India makes a picture perfect holiday destination.

Beaches in Andhra Pradesh

With nearly 1000-kms of naturally enriched coastline, out of the twenty-three districts of Andhra Pradesh, eight are have direct access to the sea. The beaches of Andhra's coast are pure, unspoiled and ideal for a beach holiday. The sands soaked with golden sunshine are ideal for travellers seeking a healthy tan in the most natural surroundings. Famous beaches in are: -

  • Bheemunipatnam Beach
  • Ramakrishna Beach
  • Mypad Beach
  • Manginapudi Beach
  • Rishikonda Beach
  • Vodarevu Beach

Beaches in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Andaman & Nicobar the most unique Island state of India with beaches and coastal areas still untouched and unspoilt makes it an ideal beach holiday destination. Even if there aren't many beach resorts present on these tropical islands, still the climate and isolation has given these islands a prominence among the best tropical beach islands and a paradise of exquisite marine life. Famous beaches are: -

  • Corbyn's Cove And Chirya Tapu
  • Radhnagar & Vijaynagar Beach
  • Harminder Bay Beach
  • Karmatang Beach
  • Ramnagar Beach

Beaches in Goa

The world famous beaches of Goa are the highlights of travel in this state, making Goa the premier beach vacation destination. The first beach stopover in Goa is Anjuna beach also famous for flea market and rave parties, then the Baga and Dona Paula beaches that can make any beach holiday a memorable one. 100-km long coastline gives an enthusiastic beach lover an opportunity to discover new secluded beach sites every day. Famous beaches are: -

  • Anjuna Beach
  • Baga Beach
  • Dona Paula Beach
  • Calangute Beach
  • Benaulim Beach
  • Condolim Beach
  • Bogmolo Beach
  • Cavelosim Beach
  • Chapora Beach
  • Miramar Beach
  • Pololem Beach
  • Vagator Beach
  • Varca Beach

Beaches in Gujarat

The best way to start touring the beach journey of Gujarat is from the nearby island destination of Diu. Diu has got a laid back atmosphere and is blessed some of the most scenic beaches of situated on the west coast of India. Gujarat also boasts with the longest coastline of India, with a stretch of the 1600-kms. Famous beaches are: -

  • Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach
  • Beyt Dwarka Beach
  • Somnath & Veraval Beach
  • Chorwad Beach
  • Gopnath Beach

Beaches in Kerala

Kerala beaches may be take a backseat because of the backwaters, but entire 900-km length of the Kerala coast is lined with sandy beaches, rocky promontories and coconut palms that definitely merit a visit in every tourist itinerary. Touring the beach sites of Kovalam can make any beach holiday a delightful one, as Kerala's beaches are renowned for the gentle surf and blue waters. Beach travel has never before been so exciting! Few famous are: -

  • Kovalam Beach
  • Marari Beach
  • Kumarakom Beach
  • Alappuzha Beach
  • Beypore Beach
  • Varkala Beach
  • Mopila Bay Beach
  • Muzhappilangad Beach
  • Pathiramanal Beach
  • Fort Kochi Beach
  • Kappad Beach
  • Dharmadam Island
  • Payyambalam Beach
  • Sankhumugham Beach
  • Tanur Beach
  • Thangassery Beach
  • Thirumullavaram Beach
  • Ezhimala Beach

Beaches in Karnataka

The coastline of Karnataka throws open to the visitors a picture perfect world of fascinating palm-fringed beaches. The 320-kms long coastline offers a perfect excuse for those who are looking for a vacation from their busy work schedule. The scenery and unspoilt charm of the beach areas make Karnataka beaches a must visit beach holiday destinations. Famous beaches are: -

  • Karwar Beach
  • Malpe Beach
  • Maravanthe Beach
  • Bhatkal Beach
  • Murudeshwar Beach

Lakshadweep Islands

Lakshadweep Islands is known as the ultimate exotic diving location. 36 islands scattered like emerald green jewels in a sea popularly known as the Lakshadweep Island Group are also called "the Laccadives". They are located 400-kms away from the state of Kerala on the Indian mainland. The beaches of Lakshadweep are a paradise for divers, but out of Lakshadweep's 36 Arabian Sea coral islands and islets, ten islands are inhabited, and just two, Bangaram and Kadmat, are open to visitors. The most romantic feature of an island beach is the quiet and uninhabited atmosphere and that's where the beaches of Lakshadweep come into the picture. The palm-fringed beaches of Lakshadweep provide coolness even at in the hottest summer months, making this island region as a destination that can be travelled throughout the year.

Beaches in Maharashtra

Maharashtra is another coastal state of India with a good number of seaside resorts and beach resorts. If one has a special interest in forts and their history, check out the costal fort sites of Maharashtra, the perfect place to start on  an enlightening heritage tour. Famous beaches are: -

  • Juhu Beach
  • Marine Drive
  • Madh Island Beach
  • Dahanu-Bordi Beaches
  • Harnai Beach
  • Marve-Manori-Gorai
  • Ganapatipule Beach
  • Murud – Janjira Beach

Beaches in Orissa

The long coastal belt of Orissa offers some of the finest white sand beaches in the world. The Puri beach is the main venue for countless pilgrims, and makes one of the major religiously sacred beach side spots of India. The seaside beach resort of Chandipur is another favourite seaside holiday hideout among beach lovers. Gopalpur-On-Sea, an ancient seaport, is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches one should definitely visit, when taking touring Orissa's beaches. Few famous are: -

  • Chandipur Beach
  • Konark Beach
  • Puri Beach
  • Paradeep Beach
  • Balighai Beach
  • Tranquil Beach

Beaches in Tamil Nadu

The beaches of Tamil Nadu, the southern most state of India have got a charm of their own. A must visit is the second longest beach in the world, Marina Beach. Do not miss the fantastic joyride along vast stretches of sand lashed by the Bay of Bengal. Once the place of relaxation and sun bathing, Elliot's Beach is now a favourite shooting location for Tamil movies in Chennai. Your beach vacation is South India won't be complete without visiting the beaches of Tamil Nadu; India's last coastal destination for rides on motorized boat or wind surfing. Famous beaches are: -

  • Marina Beach
  • Mahabalipuram Beach
  • Rameshwaram Beach
  • Kanyakumari Beach
  • Covelong Beach

Beaches in Pondicherry

The beaches offer miles of nirvana in Pondicherry to all those in seach. Cool and soothing waters, clear and sparkling sands in splendid seclusion. Many resorts, cottages, cafes and bars command an excellent view of the sea. Famouse beaches are: -

  • Serenity Beach
  • Plage Paradiso (Paradise Beach)
  • Karaikal Beach
  • Mahe Beach

Shell Beaches in India

The entire coastline of Andhra Pradesh is a good place for a shell collector's exploration tour, starting from Bheemunipatnam near Vishakhapatnam down to Mypad In Nellore District. Mangalore's two beaches Taneerbhavi and Panambhoor are a delight to visit, or check out the coastal pilgrimage beach centres of Ganapatipulle in Maharashtra. One is rewarded with a varied choice of shells over here. Beyt Dwarka in Gujarat has some fine stretches of beach, though crowded by pilgrims; you can always find a quiet spot to relax. Few more famous are: -

  • Calangute Beach, Goa
  • Beaches of Andaman & Nicobar Islands
  • Beaches Of Lakshadweep Islands
  • Diu Beach, Gujarat
  • Benaulim Beach, Goa
  • Ganapatipule, Maharahstra
  • Bheemunipatnam Beach, Andhra Pradesh
  • Malpe Beach, Karnataka

Family Beaches of India

Planning on taking that long delayed family vacation, then take your family to the fun filled site - a beach. Beach is the spot to look forward to if you want a family get together. Beaches provide a nice change from the hectic everyday life and if you are looking for a change, then hop on to the nearest beach site with your family and catch up with the lost time. Some of the best beach resort options include Juhu, Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beaches in Mumbai. Popular as snack joints and hangout zones of Mumbai, these beach sites provide best options for evening walks on the soft sand of the sea. Kovalam Beach in Kerala provides a refreshing change from the other over crowded beach sites of India. Kovalam stands apart from the rest of the Indian beaches because of its lavish green landscape and the coconut trees along the coast. A great feast for the eyes! Few more famous are: -

  • Juhu Beach, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Marine Drive/Chowpatty Beach, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Marina Beach, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  • Gopalpur-On-Sea, Orissa
  • Chandipur Beach, Orissa
  • Puri Beach, Orissa
  • Konark Beach, Orissa
  • Kovalam Beach, Kerala