Beaches of Goa or Beaches of Orissa, Beaches of Tamil Nadu or Beaches of Kerala, Beaches of Andaman or Beaches of Lakshadweep. When it comes to choices on selecting a beach holiday in India, the options are unlimited. More than 7500 km long Indian coastline provides hundreds of options for the beach lovers. Leave all your worried back home and bask under the glory of sun god. White and golden beaches of India are all desperate to welcome the little child in you.
For the water sports lovers, India offers choices for all kind of travelers and for all level of enthusiasts. From the beginner level scuba diving and other water sports facilities of Goa to much tougher and much exciting options in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep, you could never have better choices. For the families there are city beaches, which are good for short breaks and provide wholesome entertainment for the entire family.
The beaches at Puri, Konark, Gopalpur-on-Sea and Chandipur form a timeless heritage which continues to share and gift its innumerable bounties to all who care to visit the shoreline of Orissa.
The beaches of Kerala have a character unique to them. Because of the wide acres of sumptuous palm groves bordering them, the cool breeze that blows on the beaches will work like a balm to your soul. Kovalam, Varkala, Alleppey, Kappad and Bekal are the famous beaches of Kerala.
Kovalam beach, one of India’s finest beaches, is just 16km south of Thiruvananthapuram. It is much sought after for sunbathing, watersports, shopping, catamaran cruising, yoga, meditation and rejuvenative Ayurvedic body toning massages. A boat cruise on the back water is one of the highlights of Kerala. The cruise continues across shallow palm fringed lakes, studded withcantilevered Chinese fishing nets, and along narrow shady canals.
Lakshadweep is a Union Territory of India, and it is a group of 36 islands located in the Arabian Sea, 300 km off Kerala. Andort, Amini, Agatti, Bitra, Chetlat, Kadamat, Kalpeni, Kavaratti and Minicoy are inhabited islands and are well known tourism spots.
For most of the people heading towards Goa, it is one long beach. But once they are there they realize this folly of them. Goa is a state though a small one and there is a large number of beaches, many towns and a good network of roads. It is a state of seven rivers and their estuaries, there are hills with lush green vegetation, and most of the tourists are needed to cover large distances to move from one place to other. Goa has a total coastline of 125 km and that makes people believe that it is a long big beach however illusionary it is. Some famous beaches of Goa are Anjuna Beach, Baga Beach, Dona Paula, Calangute Beach, Condolim Beach in North Goa and Colva Beach, Varca Beach, Palolem Beach, Benaulim Beach, Bogmalo Beach in South Goa.
More famous as the temple state of Southern India and hub of Dravidian culture, Tamilnadu is also home of many beaches, exotic and beautiful. Major beaches of Tamilnadu are Pulicat, Chennai, Dakhinachitra, Muttukkadu, Mammallapuram, Velankanni, Kodikkarai and Rameswaram.
BEACHES : For most of the people heading towards Goa, it is one long beach. But once they are there they realize this folly of them. Goa is a state though a small one and there is a large number of beaches, many towns and a good network of roads. It is a state of seven rivers and their estuaries, there are hills with lush green vegetation, and most of the tourists are needed to cover large distances to move from one place to other. Goa has a total coastline of 125 km and that makes people believe that it is a long big beach however illusionary it is. Some famous beaches of Goa are Anjuna Beach, Baga Beach, Dona Paula, Calangute Beach, Condolim Beach in North Goa and Colva Beach, Varca Beach, Palolem Beach, Benaulim Beach, Bogmalo Beach in South Goa.
NORTH GOA BEACHES :
BETIM : Across the Mandovi River linking Panjim with the north goa beaches Betim is the fishing and boat-building village. There is a ferry that shuttles to Panjim’s old steamer jetty. The village is inundated with traffic during day. Here you will find a small Sikh temple or Gurudwara, whose gleaming white Mogul domes and saffron pennant are visible from opposite shore.
CANDOLIM : Candolim at the far southern end of Calangute beach is a surprisingly sedated resort. Now with the increase in tourism the beach has been slightly transformed, to some for the best, to others for the detriment. To the south of Candolim, along peninsula extends into the sea, bring the seven kilometre white sandy beach to an abrupt end, Aguada Fort, which crowns the rocky flattened top of the headland is the best preserved Portuguese bastion in Goa. On the north side of the fort, a rampart of red-brown laterite juts into the bay to from a jetty between two small sandy coves. This picturesque spot is Sinquerim Beach.
SOUTH GOA BEACHES :
South Goa is predominantly virgin countryside. The beaches of South Goa are fantastic. Most of the beaches are isolated from anything that might disturb the peace, all you have to do here is enjoy the beaches, wonderful food and hospitality of the locals. The long stretch of beaches are Miramar, Dona Paula, Vainguinim, Bambolim, Vasco da Gama, Bogmalo, Velsao, Cansaulim, Arrosim, Utorda, Majorda, Betalbatim, Colva, Benaulim, Varca, Cavelossim, Mobor, Betul, Cabo DA ram, Agonda, Palolem, Galjibag and Polem.
MIRAMAR : Miramar beach is located south of Panjim with a 2 km of dark sand stretch overlooking Aguada Bay. Though the beach is noisy and less attractive than other places in Goa, if you want a quick escape from Panjim, this is an ideal place. The best time to be there is in the afternoon when you will only find the fishermen fixing their nets and few odd cafes serving the tourist. It would be a waste spending your holiday near this beach. Buses to Miramar ply from the Kadamba bus stand every fifteen minutes.
DONA PAULA : Dona Paula, is 9 km south west of Panjim on the south side of the rocky hammer shaped headland that divides the Zuari and Mandovi estuaries. The views from the top of the peninsula over the Miramar beach and the Mormugao harbor are quite pleasant enough. Another attraction is the old fishing jetty which shuttles across the bay to the Mormugao harbor four times a day, this twenty minute ride is a great fun There are regular buses from Panjim till 9 p.m dropping the passengers at Institute of Oceanography, where you can usually pick up an auto-rickshaws into the town. There are lot of water sport activities in this beach.
Kovalam – enchanting strip of golden sands is laced with the rich greenery of coconut palms. A former fishing village, Kovalam is just 16 kms away from Trivandrum, Kerala’s capital city. Kovalam is an evergreen and pleasant climatic beach resort. It is a dreamy place for tourists all over the world. Today Kovalam beach is known as the “Paradise of the South”. With high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights. Kovalam was brought to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore. Over the past three decades, the place has been well developed, and now figures prominently on the world tourism map.
It is warm and clean by the coconut trees and the white sand bed as the sea breeze gently plays with the waves. Swimming and bathing are very refreshing and exhilarating in the waves. One can walk into the sea about 100 meters without loosing ground. This cove is also the safest place for swimming. Most of the visitors like to have a sunbath and get a good suntan on beach . At many coastal places there are beautiful patches of coral reefs. The underwater views, which are visible during snorkeling, are really marvelous.
Its scenic beauty and serenity is supplemented by the availability of excellent accommodation . There are a lot of restaurants which provide western style food as well as Indian, which is delicious. The grilled seafood items such as lobster, king prawns and kalamari which are got fresh from the sea at Kovalam. Ayurvedic massage parlours, yoga centers and water sport facilities, makes Kovalam a popular haven for tourists from all over the globe.
The Kashmiri, Kerala Batik items, Kannada handicrafts are very attractive to the tourists. Tourists can avail all information and check e-mail free of cost at Tourist Information and Communication centre on beach.
Many people from different countries and cultures, intermingling their languages get together in this paradise of the South and spend their leisure time joyfully. It makes moments heavenly.
SHORT TOURS FROM KOVALAM
Varkala Beach » A quiet, secluded stretch of sand, the Papanasam beach in Varkala is town (or its mineral springs and rocky difis. The 2000 year old Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple and the Nature Care Centre are two main attractions here.
Thiruvallam Backwaters » This place, enroute to Thiruvananthapuram, is famous for backwater rides.
Kollam Backwaters » The boarding point for many a mindblowing houseboat cruise, Kollam has an intricate network of backwaters, canals and lagoons. The most famous of these is the Ashtamudi lake, a vast expanse of emerald green waters fringed bycoconut groves.
Ponmudi Hill Station » An idyllic hill resort with narrow, winding pathways and cool, green, wooded environs, Ponmudi is located 915 metres above sea level. Well known (or its beautiful mountain flowers, exotic butterflies, smallrivulets and springs, this hill station also has excellent trekking trails.
Kanyakumari(CapeComorin) » Situated south of Thiruvananthapuram, in the state of TamilNadu,this is the land’s end of India where the three oceans- the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal – meet. Kanyakumari is famous for its spectacular sunrise and sunset views, Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Devi Temple.