With a coastline of 7517 km, India is one of the most envied travel destinations of the world, having a long stretch of beautiful beaches. It is a land of sapphire seas, coral reefs, swaying palms and some of the finest beach resorts in the world. Anjuna, Calangute, Puri and Kovalam are some of the most famous beaches of India, attracting vacationers in a large number. However, there are several beaches which are quieter than these tourist hot-spots. Let’s have a look at them.
Radhanagar Beach, Havelock
One of the most secluded beaches in India, Radhanagar Beach is stunning, laid back and isolated. 7km away from Dolphin Yatri Niwas in on Havelock Island in the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, this crescent-shaped beach is the destination for sun bathers of all ages.You can lounge in an ephemeral state of relaxation under the sun for hours.
The picture- perfect view of the sunset looks extremely beautiful. In 2004 the beach was marked as the “Best Beach in Asia” by Time magazine.
Port Blair, capital of the Union territory is connected by flights with Kolkata and Chennai and other cites in India. Passenger ships are available to Port Blair from Kolkata and Chennai.
Agatti Island, Lakshadweep
This Island has insulated itself from the mass tourism and commercialization. Visitors can enjoy the peace and isolation of Agatti beach in the Union territory of Lakshadweep. A tropical paradise, this 5.6 km long Island offers an opportunity to the nature lovers to walk for miles, amidst the natural beauty of this beach. You will be mesmerized by the spectacle of sparkling coral reefs, turquoise blue lagoons, and lush green coconut trees.
Agatti Island is connected with Kochi by daily flights.
Benaulim Beach, Goa
Never overpopulated or hurried, Benaulim Beach is visited by tourists who wish to have time, far from the madding crowd. Located in South Goa, Benaulim Beach starts with the end of the Colva beach and offers tourists with silver sands, crystal clear azure water, swaying palm trees and an ambience of quietness. Other attractions of Benaulim Beach include Church of St. John. Situated on a hill that attracts a great number of visitors. Many fairs and festivals are held at Benaulim Beach. The Beach Bonanza, held on every Sunday, is one of them.
Tourists can board buses that ply from the beaches of Colva, Varca and Cavelossim. The Benaulim Beach is located 70 km from Dabolim Airport.
Varkala Beach, Kerala
Basking under the glorious Arabian sun, Varkala beach in the state of Kerala offers the picture perfect locales to the tourists in form of sensational pink laterite cliffs. This unspoilt and uncrowded beach is a relief from the madness of the Kovalam , the most popular beach in the state. This beach is also known as ‘Papanasam beach’ due to the belief that a dip in its water, purges the body of impurities and the soul of all sins.
A short autorichskaw ride away from the quaint town of Varkala , the beach is 50 km north of Trivandrum. It is well connected with different places in India by air, rail and road.
Malpe Beach & St. Mary’s Island, Udupi, Karnataka
Located 6 km from the pilgrimage town of Udupi in Karnataka, Malpe is at the mouth of the Malpe River and a perfect blend of tropical sunshine and much coveted seclusion. Once at Malpe beach, you will find yourself in the lap of nature. In the idyllic surroundings, you can relax to the soothing sound of the sea and mild swaying of the palm trees. About 6km from this beach into the Arabian Sea is located the natural wonder of St Mary’s Island. This palm-fringed Island is famous for its unique salt rock formations.
Mangalore is the nearest airport to reach Malpe Beach. Udupi is the main railhead on the Konkan Railway line. The beach is connected by good motorable roads to different places in South India.
Imagine a land untouched by the modern world, set in a tropical ambience. Welcome to the Kalpeni Island in Union Territory of Lakshadweep providing a wonderful opportunity to soak in the incredible setting. The beach offer a pleasant stay coupled with wonderful beach activities and warm hospitality. Here life proceeds at a polite pace. You can enjoy leisurely walks, stopping for a cup of tea in the sea beach shacks. The top of the 37- m high lighthouse commands a breathtaking view of the dense coconut trees found in great abundance in the island.
Untouched by the tourist rush, Mandvi is synonymous with unbridled beauty. A place where passion explodes and where the vivid landscape is unrelenting. One of India’s best-kept secrets, the beach offers stunning landscape and is also the best place to start and end your day. The beach is widely known for being the base to explore well-maintained Vijay Vilas Palace, an eclectic blend of architectural style.
You can board buses and jeeps that depart from Bhuj at an interval of every 30 minutes. Delwada railway station, located 9 km from Mandvi, is connetcted by frequent trains from Ahmedabad and Junagadh.
Mararikulam , Kerala
Travellers to Mararikulam Beach are in for a visual treat. Located in the district of Alappuzha in Kerala, Mararikulam is a quiet hamlet lined with palm trees. Also known as Marari Beach, it is known for its turquoise water, white sand and palm trees that go a long way in making this beach a compelling destination for the visitors seeking retreat from the pressure of city life. Its scenic beauty will certainly appeal to your senses.
90 km away, Cochin is the nearest airport. You can reach Mararikulam from Alappuzha town by road, which takes around half an hour.
Keri Beach and Tiracol Fort, Goa
Don’t miss the Keri Beach when you travel to Goa. This quiet beach is a wonderful place to spend your vacation. Also known as Querim Beach, the Keri is situated to the north of Arambol Beach and south of the Tirekhol River. Lined with palm and pine trees, the beach has shack restaurants where you can satisfy your culinary delights. Tiracol Fort, one of the most famous forts of Goa, is approachable by a ferry across the Tirekhol River.
Dabolim is the nearest airport to reach Keri beach. If you want to reach the beach by train, then Margao and Vasco-da-gama are the major railheads in Goa.
The coastal town of Gokarna in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka is famous for its pristine beaches. Situated in an incredible landscape, the Gokarna Beach is a site of immense significance for holiday makers. The place is also a sacred site, attracting devotees in large number. The drive along the winding path, leading to Gokarna is an exhilarating experience with the Arabian Sea on one side, and the Western Ghats on the other.
The nearest airport to Gokarna is Dabolim in Goa connected by flight with different cities in India. 6 km away, Gokarna Road is the nearest railhead. However, Ankola and Kumta are the major railway stations connected with different cities and places in the country.
Aksa Beach, Maharashtra
Located in close proximity to Malvani, Aksa Beach is secluded beach at Malad Island in Mumbai. One of the cleanest beach of Maharashtra, it is a serene beach, famous for its tranquility. Unwinding yourself by lying comfortably against the powdery white sands is a pleasant experience. It does not make sense to swim in the beach’s water because waves and depth are unpredictable here.
The Aksa beach is 9 km from Malad station and 12 km from Borivali.
Mandarmani, West Bengal
If your idea of a good holiday is a vacation away from the hordes, Mandarmani in the state of West Bengal is a pretty safe bet. Its most powerful draw is its untouched scenic beauty. Famous for its tranquility, this beach is an ideal place to spend your time far from the crowd.
While Kolkata is the nearest airport, Contai is the nearest railhead to reach Mandarmani.
Talasari Beach, Odissa
Located in the Balasore district of Odisha, Talasari Beach is an oasis of tranquility and peace. Known for its soft and silvery sand beach, crystal blue water and casuarinas trees swaying as far as the eye can see, the beach is only 3 km from Chandanswar, famous for the shrine of Lord Shiva. The beach offers pristine beauty in the form of breathtaking views of the sunrise and sunset, and a perfect walk along the beach.
An 8 km jeep drive along the beach from Talasari to Digha in the state of West Bengal will be a pleasant experience.
Situated about 6 km south of Malvan, the Tarkarli Beach in the state of Maharashtra is strikingly beautiful with a peaceful ambience. The long and narrow stretch of sand along the crystal-clear azure waters of the beach is perfect for a walk. Located at the confluence of the Karli River and the Arabian Sea, this beach offers an incredible view of the 17th century Sindhudurg Fort, one of the Maharashtra’s most popular and important sea forts. If you feel like indulging yourself with some fine cuisine, the beachside restaurants offer delectable cuisines for a great price.
Dabolim in Goa is the nearest airport. 45 km away from Tarkarli is Kudal which is a railhead on Konkan Railway. You can board State Transport buses that ply from Mumbai, Kolhapur and Pune to Malvani.