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The 50 Best Beaches in India

Updated on June 7, 2019
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There is more of a reason to have a beach holiday than just getting a good tan and having some fun. Research studies conducted in the USA and the UK indicate that beach-dwelling promotes happiness and wellness; it even enhances your brain's performance.

India has a coastline of around 7,517 kilometers. Most of India is in tropical latitudes. So you can expect many beautiful beaches in this wonderful nation. Here I have picked the 50 amazing beaches in India.

Dwarka Beach

Dwarka Beach is along the Arabian Sea coast in Gujarat. The sand in this beach is fine and white. The turquoise waters of Dwarka Beach are enchanting. The beach is also famous for coral reef and marine life.

Jamnagar Airport (150 kilometers) is the nearest airport to Dwarka Beach, which is well-connected by rail and road. Hotel Kavya and Shree Radha Krishna Resort are two of the best places to stay near the beach. Visit between October and March.

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Jampore Beach

If you prefer privacy and serenity, visit Jampore Beach. This scenic and pleasant beach is around 5 kilometers from Moti Daman Jetty. You will find many swaying coconut palms, Casuarina trees and monuments near this beach. Parasailing, paragliding, camel riding, fancy horse cart riding and boating are popular activities here.

Hotel Sovereign, Hotel Gurukripa, Hotel Silent Resort, The Deltin Hotel & Casino and Hotel Brightonare are the top five best places to stay near this enchanting beach. Visit between September and May.

Jampore Beach does not disappoint food lovers. While here, you must taste omelet, fried masala prawns, Pomfret, vada pav, boiled chickpeas, sweet corn and chana bhel.

Jampore Beach is in Daman, which is well-connected by rail and road. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (193 kilometers) is the nearest airport to this beach.

Vapi to Jampore Beach Distance

13.7 kilometers.

Tithal Beach

Located near Valsad, this beach is open 24 hours. It is famous for its black sand and Indian snacks. It is the most popular tourist attraction in the region according to Holidayiq website.

Here you can enjoy various Indian snacks, including Bhajiya, Dabeli, Bhel Chat and sweet corn roasted on charcoal. Horse riding, camel riding and water scooting are popular activities in this beach.

Sivrajpur Beach

Sivrajpur Beach is located near Dwarka. It is famous for its cool blue sea, tranquil atmosphere, exotic migratory birds, sporting dolphins and smooth white sand. If you are a solitude seeker, then you will like this less exploited beach.

Somnath Beach

Located around 6 kilometers from Veraval, this beach is named after the famous Somnath Temple. It is famous for its sparkling waves and gray sands. Keshod Airport (47 kilometers) is the nearest airport to the beach, which is well-connected by road.

Juhu Beach

This 6-km-long beach is a major tourist attraction in Mumbai. It is the most visited beach in the city. It is famous for its scenic beauty and delicious street food like Pani Puri, Bhel Puri, Pav Bhaji and Vada Pav. Visit between October and February. To the north of Juhu Beach is Gandhi Gram, where Mahatma Gandhi lived in his days as a lawyer.

Sunset at Juhu Beach

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Madh Island Beach

This serene beach is located in Mumbai. It is well-known for its mangroves, calm waters, music and cleanliness. Visit between October and June.

Tarkarli Beach

Tarkarli Beach is in Sindhudurg district in Maharashtra. It is famous for soft sand, dolphins, turtles, starfish and clear water. Scuba diving is a popular activity in this 8-km-long coral beach.

Bassein Beach

This splendid lesser known beach is around 60 kilometers from Mumbai. White sand, brushwood and palm trees add to the beauty of the beach. You will find monuments near this beach. While here, you must try Portuguese food.

The beach is easily accessible by MTDC bus, auto rickshaw and cab. The Byke Suraj Plaza, Hummingbird Casa Blanca, Chakrika Lodging, Fortune Park Lake City, United-21, Ginger and Hotel Capitol are the best places to stay near the beach. Visit between November and March.

Velneshwar Beach

Located in Maharastra, this rock-free beach is ideal for swimming. It is a clean and serene beach. This secluded cove features stretches of sugar-kissed sand laced with lush coconut palm.

If you are seeking an ideal water spot, where you can enjoy the beauty of nature while swimming and sunbathing, then this coconut tree lined crescent shaped beach is just right for you.

Querim Beach

Located in Goa, the land of beaches, carnival, fun, adventure and entertainment, this beach comprises a long stretch of sand with a few rocky outcrops, rows of trees and a river inlet. It is also known as Keri Beach. It is around 38 kilometers from Mapusa and 50 kilometers from Panaji.

To reach this sea shore marvel, I suggest that you rent a bicycle or scooter in Goa, so that you can take your time, stopping to see various popular tourist attractions along the way. A faster way is to take a bus or cab from central Goa.

A distinct characteristic of this beach is the shade it offers from the sun through its lofty casuarina trees, where you can rest and watch dolphins jumping and diving in the sea. While here, you must taste mouth-watering seafood served at some shacks on the beach.

Arambol Beach

Arambol Beach, which has a distinct Bohemian feel to it, is around one hour's drive from Dabolim Airport. Tourists from all parts of the world flock to this beautiful and serene beach between November and March.

Surrounding jungle, hammocks, lagoon, lake and the picturesque beauty of this place; all combine to make it the perfect place for party seekers. Paragliding and kite surfing are popular activities in this beach.

Morjim Beach

Located on the northern bank of the River Chapora estuary, this tranquil, clean, peaceful and serene beach is a nesting site for Olive ridley sea turtles. This beach is also famous for dolphins and water birds. This beach is well-connected by road can be reached by bus and cab.

Vagator Beach

This picturesque, clean and quiet beach is in between Anjuna beach and Chapora River. It is famous for Sunburn Festival, red cliffs, palm trees, soft white sand, huge black rocks, coconut trees and fresh water springs.

Vegator Beach is an idyllic gateway for honeymoon couple. This crescent shaped beach is split into two by a headland. Even though there is a distinct laid back feeling about this beach, it offers opportunities for adventure activities like parasailing, jet skiing and trekking; and leisure activities like sunbathing and walking.

Anjuna Beach

Located around 8 kilometers from Mapusa, this beach is famous for its bizarre array of red laterite rocks and azure waters. Surfing, scuba diving, parasailing, paragliding, snorkeling, swimming, sunbathing and bungee jumping are some popular activities here.

Beach Vacation Packing List

Beach bag
Flip flops
Beach blanket
Beach chair
Beach towel
Beach toy
Beach umbrella
Aloe vera gel
Insect repellent
Healthy snacks

Siridao Beach

Located in Tiswadi, a taluka of North Goa district in Goa, at the mouth of Zuari river, this beach has coarse sand and rocks. If you are a shell collector, this beach is just right for you. This beach is famous for its oyster and pearl shells. There are some caves near the beach.

It is not safe to swim here. The beach is well-connected by road. It is easily accessible by cabs and auto rickshaws. Visit between October and March.

Colva Beach

This 2.4-km-long beach is famous for its powder white sand and coconut palms. Snorkeling, speed boat riding, parasailing, jet skiing, banana ride, motorboat rides, paragliding, sea bathing, sea side walking and sand palace making are popular activities here. Dabolim Airport (21 kilometers) is the nearest airport to the beach, which is well-connected by road.

Om Beach

This om-shaped-beach is around 6.5 kilometers from Gokarna. It is the most popular beach in the region. Here you will find fine sand lovely rock creations. Speed boating, surfing, jet skiing, beachside trekking, bumper boat ride, parasailing, dolphin spotting, fishing and banana boat ride are popular activities on this beach. Visit between October and March.

Murudeshwar Beach

This major tourist attraction is famous for the 37-meter-tall statue of Lord Shiva, silky sand, blue water and coconut trees. You will also see sea gulls, kingfishers and other birds here. Boating and parasailing are popular activities here.

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Malpe Beach

Located around 6 kilometers from Udupi, Karnataka, this clean, well-maintained beach is famous for its soft, white sand and seafood options. Tourists go gaga over gobi manchurian here. Locals say that this beach is the first WiFi enabled beach in India. Horse riding, ATV, speed boating, jet skiing, zorbing, banana ride, parasailing, sand biking and camel riding are popular activities here. There is also a giant wheel.

Devbagh Beach

This stunning beach is all about sun, sand, surf, sea and endless open space. Sandcastle building, combing the shore for seashells, parasailing, beach volleyball, speed boat cruising and snorkelling are popular activities in this pristine island beach.

Kaup Beach

Located in Mangaluru, this tropical beach is surrounded by greenery. It houses an old lighthouse, which was built in 1901. You can enjoy an excellent view of the beach from the top of the lighthouse. Visit between October and December.

Tannirbavi Beach

Tannirbhavi beach is a long beach in Mangaluru. The lush greenery around this calm, serene and clean beach will take your breath away. Swimming and surfing are popular activities on this beautiful beach. You can reach here either by land near Kuloor Bridge or by ferry via River Gurupura from Sultan Battery.

Tilmati Beach

Located in Majali, Karnataka, this public beach is famous for its virgn black sand. In fact Tilmati means sand that looks like sesame. Black sand is formed when the waves hit the basaltic rocks that are concentrated in this area. Some experts are of the opinion that Arabian Sea dumps the fine black sand brought by River Kali to this place.

This beach is an unexplored treasure. Fishing, kayaking, rowing, pedaling, walking, speed boating, dolphin watching, bird watching and cruise riding are popular activities here.

Surathkal Beach

This clean beach, which has a curvy shoreline and a lighthouse, is located in the suburbs of Mangaluru. It is around 12 kilometers from the city. Visit this unspoilt beach between November and February.

Kovalam Beach

Located in Kerala, this palm-backed beach is a haven of serenity. It is around 15 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. Ayurveda has helped this falcate shaped beach emerge as a key medical tourism hub.

Payyambalam Beach

This clean and beautiful beach is around 2 kilometers from Kannur, North Kerala. It is famous for well laid out gardens, golden sand, coconut trees and a huge sculpture of mother and child.

A walking bridge over a small canal is the main accacc to this beach. Horse riding, swimming, skiing, parasailing, boating and sunbathing are popular activities here. Visit between October and May.

Cherai Beach

Cherai Beach is located in Cherai, a suburb of Kochi, Kerala. This picturesque beach is dotted with seashells of several shapes and hues. Dolphin viewing is a popular activity here.

Varkala Beach

Located in South Kerala ( around 51 kilometers north of Thiruvananthapuram and 37 kilometers south of Kollam), this stunning beach is also known as Papanasham Beach.

Varkala Beach is in the top ten ranking of the Discovery Channel seasonal beaches in the world list. This beach is famous for its brown sand, a 2000-year-old Vishnu temple, Sivagiri Mutt and a natural spring.

Somatheeram Beach

Somatheeram is in Kerala. It is famous for its award-winning Ayurveda hospital, which is set on a tropical garden and prime beachfront location.

Marina Beach

This 13-kilometer-long natural urban beach is in Chennai. It is the longest beach in India. Kite flying and horse riding are main activities in this predominantly sandy beach. It is accessible by bus, cab and auto rickshaw.

Elliot's Beach

Located in Chennai, this naturally beautiful beach is named after Edward Elliot, who served as chief magistrate and superintendent of police, Madras (Chennai's earlier name). This clean beach forms the end-point of the Marina Beach shore. Locals call it Bessei. There are many restaurants near this beach.

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Sothavilai Beach

Sothavilai Beach is also known as Chothavilai Beach. It is around 10 kilometers from Kanyakumari. This 4-km-long beach is famous for its clear blue sea, sand dunes, children's park, white sand, view tower and coconut trees.

Silver Beach

Located around 2 kilometers from Cuddalore, this amazing beach is the second longest beach on the east coast. It is well-known for its summer festival, light house and fort. It is easily accessible by bus, cab and auto rickshaw.

Muttukadu Beach

Muttukadu Beach is in Tamil Nadu. It is an excellent place to catch up on your reading and relaxation. This beach is a birdwatchers' paradise. Here you will find kingfisher, pelecan, stork, ibis, igrit, bee-catcher, etc.

Baruva Beach

Located near Sompeta (18.53N 84.35E) in Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh, this pristine beach is famous for its old lighthouse and serenity. River Mahendratanaya merges with Bay of Bengal here. This beach is well-connected by road.

Mypadu Beach

Mypadu Beach is around 25 kilometers from Nellore. This clean beach is famous for its golden sand, crystal clear water, massages, tasty food, and long, uninterrupted stretch of greenery.

Ramakrishna Beach

Located opposite Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Visakhapatnam, this famous beach park is also known as R K Beach. Coconut trees and golden sand add to the beauty of this major tourist attraction. Surfing is one of the main activities here.

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Uppada Beach

Located around 5 kilometers from Kakinada, this beach is famous for its wide shoreline, white sand, well-maintained park and clean water. It is easily accessible by bus, taxi and auto rickshaw.

NTR Beach

This 2-kilometer-long beach is located in the outskirts of Kakinada. It is famous for its 3-day annual NTR beach festival, which is celebrated in the month of December. Giant wheel, paragliding, flower show, aqua exhibition and helicopter ride are main attractions during the festival.

Aryapalli Beach

Located in Odisha, this quiet and magnetic beach is well-connected by road. It is around 8 kilometers from Chatrapur Railway Station. Visit between October and June.

Konark Beach

Located around 3 kilometers from the world-famous Sun Temple, this fine beach is a major tourist attraction in Odisha. Here you can enjoy clean sand and turquoise water.

Puri Beach

This beach is famous for the annual Puri Beach Festival (which is celebrated in November) and amazing sand sculptures by internationally recognised artist Sudarsan Pattnaik. Surfing is a popular activity here.

Gopalpur Beach

Located in Ganjam district in South Odisha, this captivating beach extends from latitude 19°16' in the north to longitude 84°57' in the east. It is around 16 kilometers form Berhampur. It is well-connected by road.

Paradeep Beach

This attractive tourist spot is around 94 kilometers from Cuttak, at the confluence of River Mahanadi and Bay of Bengal. It is also known as Tulasi Kshetra. It is famous for its lush green surroundings, temple of Lord Baladeva and grand annual car festival.

Digha Beach

Located in West Bengal (around 4 hours from Kolkata), this shallow sand beach is famous for its soft sand and alluring sunrise. It is accessible by bus, cab, rickshaw, shared auto and e-rickshaw.

Tajpur Beach

Located in West Bengal, this clean beach houses many red crabs. It is around 180 kilometers from Kolkata. Paragliding is a popular activity here. The beach is well-connected by road.

Bakkhali Beach

Bakkhali Beach is in Namkhana in Kakdwip subdivision of South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, around 125 kilometers from Kolkata. This breathtaking, 7-km-long, crescent-shaped, serene, hard beach is on a deltaic island. Spending time on this quiet beach is a therapeutic experience. Swimming is a popular activity here.

Mandarmani Beach

Located around 180 kilometers from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, this clean 13-km-long beach is famous for its red crabs. Locals call it the best beach in West Bengal. It is perhaps the longest motorable beach in India.

Sagardwip Beach

Sagardwip Beach is located on an island in Sunderban, on the estuary of River Ganges. This wonderful beach is famous for its shimmering water and silvery sand.

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