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Beautiful Beaches of India – My Top 5 list

Who doesn’t crave for some vitamin sea? The feeling of salty air on the face and sense of endlessness fills my heart with joy every time I travel to beaches. Here’s a list of my top 5 beaches all over India.

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1. Radhanagar Beach, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

There is no place in India to experience the beauty of sea more than the Andamans. I have not visited Lakshadweep yet, but the spotless beauty of Andaman and Nicobar Islands that I saw on my short trip to Andaman will be etched in my memory forever. Radhanagar Beach is the most famous beach in this archipelago, and is one of the 10 Blue Flag beaches of India. Blue Flag certification is an international standard for safety, cleanliness and sustainability of tourism in a beach. 

The beach is guarded by trained safety personnel and is closed for visitors after 6pm. This makes it safe to bathe and participate in water sports. You can take a boat from Radhanagar beach to the Elephanta beach for water adventures like glass-boat riding, snorkeling and scuba diving. But simply walking on the long stretch of beach is a fulfilling experience.

The white sand changes its texture and keep becoming coarser as you walk along the beach. At one point of time, you will find yourself walking on colorful, glittering pebbles along with snails and other sea creatures. A fascinating place in the beach is the “Neil’s cove” a lagoon filled with 100-year-old trees. When in Radhanagar beach, don’t miss the mesmerizing sunset.

Radhanagar Beach
Colors of the sea through Neil’s Cove

 

Radhanagar Beach morning
Sunrise at Radhanagar Beach

How to reach:

You need to fly to the Port Blair airport to be able to explore the beautiful and exotic archipelago. From Port Blair you need to take a cruise to the Havelock island.

Places to stay:

2. Kasarkod Beach, Karnataka

One of the best places to visit in Karnataka, Kasarkod beach is another Blue Flag certified beach of India. We found this beach by chance while returning from our trip to Karwar from Bangalore.  Located in Honnavar, this is a 5km long enchanting beach of white sand with a park, a boating center and Swiss cottages in the Casuarina forests. 

Other places of interest in this old port town that hosted Arab and later European traders are Apsarakonda Waterfalls, Apsarakonda beach, Hanging bridge etc.

Kasarkod Beach - Best places to visit in Karnataka
Kasarkod Beach

Honnavar is home to one of the eight Blue Flag beaches in India, the Kasarkod Beach. This is a 5km long enchanting beach of white sand with a park, a boating center and Swiss cottages in the Casuarina forests.

We landed in this beach just while exploring offbeat tracks on our way back from Karwar. 

How to reach:

The best way to reach Honnavar is by train. The Honnavar train station and Manki train stations are just 9 km and 15 km away respectively from the Kasarkod beach. Mangalore International airport is the nearest international airport which is 181 km away.

Places to stay:

Areca County

Swastha Wellness Center

3. Om Beach, Karnataka

Gokarna - Top place to visit in Karnataka
Om Beach

Gokarna is the hippie town of north Karnataka, the state’s own Goa. In fact, I loved the beaches here much more than Goa. Some of the best beaches here are accessible through an hour-long trek, which makes them more mystical.

Of all the beaches in Gokarna Om beach is my favorite. When you drive through the Western ghats the beach appears in the shape of the Hindu religious symbol “Om”.

How to reach:

The nearest international airport to Gokarna is the Dabolim airport in Goa. From there Gokarna is only 140 km away and you can reach it by self-drive or bus. The nearest railway station is in Ankola which is well-connected to all major cities. Om Beach is one of the most popular beaches of Gokarna which you can explore during beach hopping by car or bikes.

Places to stay:

Namaste Yoga Farm

Seaside Beach Resort

4. Dhanushkodi, Tamil Nadu

Dhanushkodi is my most favorite tourist destination in Tamil Nadu. Located at the southern most tip of the Rameshwaram Island this is a mystical town of India. Rameshwaram itself is a fascinating island connected with mainland India by a train line which is more than a century old. 

Known to locals as “Arichal Munai”, the Dhanushkodi beach is a spectacle. The color of the sea changes throughout the day as the crystal-clear water of the sea reflects the changing moods of the sky. Once ravaged by one of the worst storms in India’s history, the dilapidated ruins of the earlier town can be seen on the shoreline.

The vast clean beaches, the coastal woods and ruins of the past charms everyone who visits.Dhanushkodi is not your usual tourist destination. To preserve nature there, there is no hotel in the area and the checkpoint of Dhanushkodi closes at 6pm every day.

Read more about the ghost town of Dhanushkodi.

How to reach?

Nearest Airport is the Madurai airport which is only 177 km from Rameswaram. From there you can take a bus, car or train to Rameswaram. The train journey will end with an enthralling journey over the Pamban bridge. Madurai itself is well-connected to all the major Indian cities by train or by air. From Rameswaram you can easily reach Dhanushkodi by tuktuk for hire or self-drive.

Places to stay:

JKR Resorts & Spa

Hotel Raghavendra Rameshwaram

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5. Ramkrishna Beach, Andhra Pradesh

Vishakhapatnam - one of the best places to visit in south indiaRamakrishna beach is serene, clean, and beautiful. But what stayed with me is how well-planned the port city of Vizag is. Just opposite the beach is the Kali temple, a small replica of the Dakshineshwar Kali Temple in West Bengal. Near that is the Ramakrishna Mission Ashram from which the beach gets its name.

This vibrant beach is a perfect getaway for families – weather you are looking for adventure activities or fun boat rides or simply want to spend some quality time with kids. Surrounded by mountains afar, the view of the beach from the promenade is spectacular. It is the most amazing promenade I’ve seen in India, even better than the famous Pondicherry promenade.

As you walk on the promenade, you’ll see the golden beach, the submarine museum, the Victory at the Sea monument, the Vishakhapatnam Lighthouse, and the Lumbini park on one side. On the other side, there are sculptures of famous personalities of India.

You can also visit the Matsyadarshini (the city aquarium), the Visakha Museum, the aircraft museum, and the Indira Gandhi Zoological park across the beach. But what you can’t miss is the imposing mountain if you look straight ahead. And at the top of the mountain is the Kailasa park, unmissable with the bold glowing letters and the spherical monument. 

How to reach?

Vishakhapatnam is a major port city well-connected by rail and air. From airport the beach is only 18 km away. Most big hotels in Vishakhapatnam are in this area near the beach.

Places to stay:

JKR Resorts & Spa

Hotel Raghavendra Rameshwaram

All this makes it one of the perfect family-friendly destinations in India. 

 

Best Travel Resources

 

Puri Beach, Odisha

Gopalpur by the Sea, Odisha

Tajpur Beach, West Bengal

Marari Beach, Kerala

Kovalam Beach, Kerala

Alleppey Beach, Kerala

Kanyakumari Beach, Tamil Nadu

Kushi Beach, Tamil Nadu

Paradise Beach, Tamil Nadu

Miramar Beach, Goa

Mobor Beach, Goa

Aksa Beach, Maharashtra

Tarkali Beach, Maharashtra

 

 

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Sinjana Ghosh

Sinjana Ghosh is a full-time business professional with a penchant for writing and travel planning. Backpack & Explore is a journal of her travel stories and tips she collected from her experience. She is the author of the travel book “Postcards from India” which is available on Amazon, Flipkart and Notionpress.com

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9 Comments

  1. Nice listicle. Among these 5 , I have visited RAMAKRISHNA BEACH, VIZAG.

    Reply
    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 2, 2022

      Thanks for your comment. I loved the RK beach promenade

  2. Ruchika April 2, 2022

    When I started reading I was thinking I would have at least seen half of them, but wow this list is amazing. I have seen just one and you have really added to my bucket list. I am in Chennai and we love road travel, we are going to tick these off the list, soon! Thanks for this awesome post.

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    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 2, 2022

      Thanks a lot for your comment.i am glad I could expand your bucket list

  3. Sandhya Bhattaram April 2, 2022

    Beautiful photos & a wonderful post. I have visited the Ramakrishna Beach. 🙂

    Reply
    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 2, 2022

      Thanks a lot for your comment. Do visit the others and i know you can’t be underwhelmed

  4. Janaki April 3, 2022

    Thanks, planning to visit Dhanushkodi soon. Didn’t know of the beaches in Andhra and Karnataka.

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  5. Priyanka (aka 'Pri') April 3, 2022

    Nice! That’s a lot of vitamin ‘Sea’ for one post. 😉
    Although it’s a shame Goa doesn’t figure anywhere in that list. We got some pretty good beaches here (and I’m not talking about the commercially popularized ones).

    Best wishes for the challenge ahead.
    Cheers!

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    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 4, 2022

      Thanks Priyanka. I know, South Goa has some amazing beaches but I havent got te chance to explore much. Of what I’ve seen, choosing the top 5 was difficult, but this is it.

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