Azure skies, warm beach waves, golden sun-bleached beaches and towering palm trees paint a perfect picture of pristine beaches in India. They undoubtedly offer an exceptional holiday experience this new year. These beaches have an equatorial climate, and the weather continues to be pleasant.
Moreover, the festive mood is in the air, and many want to leave the unpredictable and exhausting 2020 behind and welcome 2021 with a bang; here are the best beaches in India to celebrate New Year's Eve.
Note: As some of the following places and events will inevitably draw large crowds, please make sure that you remain safe by wearing your mask and maintaining proper social distancing practices. Also, make sure you check local restraints and guidelines ere travelling.
Palolem Beach, Goa
Lying in South Goa, amidst a dense grove of coconut palms, Palolem is a crescent-shaped seashore, ideal for quiet vacations. Dolphin-spotting tours in Palolem are pretty common. The north end of this beach is more occupied in comparison to its south end. If you fancy swimming, the waters are welcoming. Arguably the most impressive beach of the state, Palolem is dotted with fishnets, beach huts, boats and variety of vegetation. Besides dolphin spotting at Palolem, you can also enjoy other fun activities such as shopping and boat riding.
Agonda Beach, Goa
If you like the shores of Goa but overwhelmed by tourist rush, head towards the enchanting Agonda beach. Located in the Southernmost part of Goa, Agonda beach is comfortable and tranquil. Thus, making it typical hotspot for honeymooners and privacy-seekers. This beach is also identified as the nesting place for Ridley turtle. Located slightly on the outskirts of Old Goa, this remote shore has a relaxed ambience, unscathed natural beauty, blue waters and fine white sand. For comfort, there are beach-side shacks. A colossal hill overlooks the Southern side of the seashore.
Kovalam Beach, Kerala
Kovalam Beach is a crescent-shaped seashore that is a union of three beaches, one of which is the stunning lighthouse beach, along with Hawa or Eve's beaches or Samudra. Titled after the 30 m high lighthouse resting on the top of Kurumkal Hill, it is one of the best beaches in Kerala, which entices tourists from all around the world. Enjoy a leisure stroll here on the silver sand as the gentle waves touch your feet.
Om Beach, Gokarna
Positioned at a distance of 8 km from Gokarna, Om beach gets its name from 2 semi-circular lagoons that link together, forming an inverted symbol of Om (Hindu religious symbol). One of the well-known beaches in Gokarna, Om beach draws locals as well as travellers, alike. Take a lazy stroll on the fine white sand of the beach and relish in the tranquillity. Om Beach also offers many water sport activities such as banana boat rides, parasailing, surfing, and water-skiing. You are sure to experience the thrilling adrenaline rush!
Malpe Beach, Udupi
It is one of the beaches on the list that is notably commercialised. Because of its reputed tourist activity, this place offers free WiFi and well equipped with emergency services. It gained popularity during the '90s when it was put on the map by hippies; wandering around in the Arabian sea range. Though millions from across the country visit Malpe beach, it is well preserved and pristine in condition. And to add more puff to the destination, Malpe beach boasts a beautiful island known as St Mary's island. This island garlanded with huge basalt rocks is also locally known as coconut island for adorning hundreds of Coconut trees.
Morjim Beach, Goa
One of the most visited beaches in Goa, Morjim beach in North Goa prevails amid green locales, extending a rejuvenating sight. The seashore is less-commercialized in contrast to Colva, Baga, and Calangute etc. and therefore is perfect for those who prefer being in solitude. The beach is also identified for being the nesting habitat of Olive Ridley turtles. Morjim is also locally proclaimed 'Little Russia' because of the presence of Russian emigrants here. Morjim is a wide-open beach like other well-known beaches in India. There is no shortage of trendy beach shacks, retreats and beach hut here at the seaside.
Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andamans
Boasting boundless natural charm and serenity, Radhanagar beach is generally known as Beach No 7. One of the best seashores in India for vacation, this seaside wonder has been conferred as 'Asia's best beach' by Time Magazine in 2004. Crystal clear waters and wholesome sand lure tens and thousands of honeymooners from across the world. You can relax by the beach or take part in an adventure pursuits. Try your hand at exhilarating activities like snorkelling, kayaking, and scuba diving. Relish the beautiful twilight views. Bask in the radiance of the sun. The seashore is 12 km from Havelock's dock.
Varkala Beach, Kerala
Situated at the base of imposing cliffs, the beautiful Varkala Beach is located an hour away from Trivandrum. The beach lies between Alleppey and Kovalam and is also locally called as Papanasam beach. Perfect for swimming and sunbathing, this beach offers lovely twilight. The river that flows near the beach is perceived to have therapeutic and healing properties. A less-popularised beach, it has been blessed by boundless natural scenery. The enormous red rocks and coconut trees appear appealing. Do not forget to take snaps for keepsakes. Dive into the waters and feel relaxed.