Are you in a dilemma about going for a challenging hike or a relaxing trip to the beach? With India's vast coastline and mountain ranges, it is a very difficult choice to make between the two. While the forest and mountain trails are awesome places for the summer, for the winters you need the sun, a dose of surfing and the gorgeous sea.
Hence, shift your hiking expedition from the mountains to the coast and explore these unique destinations, where the waves would coming crashing onto the sandy beaches and their rocks at the same time. Have a look at some of the most beautiful coasts of the country.
1. Bekal, Kerala
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Located in Kasargod, Bekal is one of the unexplored beaches in the country. The beach is situated at a distance of approximately 400 km from the city of Bengaluru and is very popular movie-shooting location for the Bollywood industry and the regional film industries.
The trek gives you an experience of the multiple terrains in about a day of hiking which comprises of a beach, backwaters and a fishing hamlet. The trek is a 7 km one which starts at the Bekal Fort and passes through a small fishing village along with a number of small hillocks and coconut trees to reach the sunset point at the beach.
2. Elephant Beach, Andaman
Elephant Beach is very popular for its water sports, such a speed boating, snorkelling and sea walking. While most tourists prefer to take a ferry ride to the beach, a trek from the inland of the place is equally rejuvenating.
Havelock Islands is a great place for nature lovers and is home to a wide range of terrains which comprise of beaches, forests, hillocks and villages. The trek to Elephant Beach would take you about 30-45 minutes to complete. En route one has pass through a small stretch of marshland and mangrove forests before reaching the beach.
3. Gokarna, Karnataka
Gokarna is a small town which lies at the confluence of Sahyadris and Arabian Sea. Located at a distance of about 150 km from Goa, the place is a very popular weekend getaway amongst backpackers. The trek along the coast of the Arabian Sea is one of the most craved treks for travel experiences. The trek is about 9-10 km long and would take you two days to fully enjoy the beauty of the entire region.
On the first day, one would go around some of the popular beaches of the region, such as Kudle, Om, Half Moon and Paradise, which showcase a variety of geographical changes in the terrain. The second day takes you to the beaches of Nirvana and Kumta before heading back to Gokarna Beach.
4. Neuti Beach, Goa
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This beautiful trek is a walk along a mountain which overlooks the gorgeous blue waters of the Arabian Sea. As you hike along a cliff side, you would comes across a number of hidden beaches where you can take a break in-between the journey. The day-long trek begins at Porvorim, from where you can drive to the seaside village of Kochra-Shriramwadi. The walk begins from here-you would come across several beaches and isolated coves-and ends at the pristine Neuti Beach.
5. Chandipur To New Digha, Odisha
Perhaps the longest trek of the lot and the only one which covers the two states of Odisha and West Bengal is this one from Chandipur to New Digha. The trek is an excellent treat for your senses with its cultural varsity, unlike others, which restrict themselves to only scenic beauty.
The trek takes you a period of 5 days which begins from Chandipur in Odisha and comes to an end at New Digha in West Bengal-passing through several landscapes, rivers and white sands apart from a wide range of flora and fauna.