The soft fine white beach sand between your toes, daylight caressing your shoulders, listening to the sound of waves hitting the seashore, and dipping in crystalline waters - is undoubtedly one of the most relaxing and exhilarating experiences to indulge in on planet earth!
Moreover, beaches, families, friends and festivities are a great blend, so on your subsequent Christmas trip make it a point to discover why! To assist with that here are 10 best beaches to enjoy this Christmas with your family and friends.
1. Palolem, Goa
You're practically ensured an exciting time on this lively beach around the holidays. In Goa, festivities take place during mid-December and into January. Not only will Jingle Bells set to an appealing beat get you on your feet and dancing, but it also makes you feel blissful. Christmas in Goa is indeed an enchanting time with the majestic colonial beauty of the 500-year-old city illuminated with shimmering lights and colourful whimsy. Basking in the daylight on the beach beneath a swaying palm and walking through the rainforest is an excellent tradeoff for snow-covered mountains.
2. Alappuzha Beach, Kerala
Alappuzha beach is pleasant during December encouraging people from all walks of life to take a dive in the beach. Since the population in Alleppey is predominantly Christian, you'll also find plenty of Christmas spirit here. Hotels and villas in places will be filled with all sorts of holiday décor, parties and fun activities to participate. Throughout Alleppey, many of the best resorts, hotels and restaurants do something extra special for the holidays. Moreover, you can visit Alleppey's famous attractions like the backwaters, houseboats, lakes and more.
3. Paradise Beach, Pondicherry
December in Puducherry is a perfect time to go if you want to kill time on the beach or take a trek through the rain forests and visit the ashrams. Paradise beach is a fantastic place to spend some peaceful time with your loved ones. Many tourists from Europe visit Puducherry to escape the extreme cold conditions. The warm and sunny weather in Puducherry means sand rather than snow and fresh pork and seafood rather than hot roast beef. Nevertheless, you can still enjoy the sounds of jingles and carolling.
4. Varca Beach, Goa
If you're looking for a serene place to escape, Varca beach is the place to be! Varca seashore, located in South Goa is a picturesque beach that's considered as one of the Goa's famous tourist beaches. Christmas in Goa is celebrated in theatrical style, and is quite a bit commercial than many other places, with strong Portuguese cultural ties and Catholic traditions. With most of the festive pursuits taking place, you'll find an atmosphere of folklore throughout the city of Goa. Christmas celebrations kick off here with 'the feast of the Immaculate Conception', a ceremony that continues with various special events. The strikingly clear waters surrounded by rocky cliffs and coconut palms offer the feel of quiet solitude!
5. Cavelossim, Goa
If being around the beach is your idea of an ideal Christmas, head to this Konkan treasure where several overwater shacks, bungalows and resorts await. Besides being an ultimate place to relax, Cavelossim also boasts exciting tropic landscape. And you can take your travel experience a step further with access to a sumptuous spa as well as engaging in events of the merry season. Of course, all of the usual water adventure activities await too, including jet-skiing, snorkelling and diving, sailing and more.
6. Radhanagar Beach, Andaman & Nicobar
Radhanagar Beach, Andaman & Nicobar is an enticing destination with resorts and fun-filled water activities. It is enjoyable during the holidays, offering the best of the best for those looking to enjoy an indulgent Christmas. Resorts decorate in conventional holiday style, but with understated sophistication and dazzling lights. Radhanagar Beach offers pearl-coloured seashores with coconut groves at the edge of turquoise waters. It is also home to a coral reef system that makes for some of the best snorkelling and diving spots on earth. In addition to that, there are many excellent resorts here to have a pleasant stay.
7. Kovalam Beach, Kerala
Kovalam beach is one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. It boasts an endless spread of pristine, white sands, marked only by the occasional bleached driftwood and coconut husks. This remote, spotless beach offers something for everyone, whether you're a backpacker on a budget or looking for the ultimate in indulgence! You can enjoy snorkelling or diving among brilliant artificial reefs, dining on plenty of wholesome seafood and conversing with the super friendly locals.
8. Juhu Beach, Maharashtra
Juhu beach in Mumbai is sure to welcome you with its endless glassy waters, soft white sands and holiday traditions. You'll also have the opportunity to take a dip in those bright, warm waters too. And in Mumbai, you'll find everything spectacularly decorated for Christmas, including homes, shops and hotels. There are festivals, craft fairs and massive feasts that include mouthwatering food like Roast Turkey, Beetroot Carpaccio, Artisans Cheese Board, Bhatti Paneer Tikka and Ghost Chilman Biryani. Despite the bustling population, there are many winter wonderlands around Juhu Beach to have a quiet quality time with your family.
9. Mahabalipuram Beach, Tamil Nadu
Relax by the Seaside and let the feel of the soft fine sand, clear waters and warm sunlight recharge your batteries in between dining on holiday delights. Predominantly a Hindu city, Mahabalipuram is not known for Christmas celebrations. However, many resorts and hotels in Mahabalipuram offer their guests all sorts of Christmas activities.
10. Marina Beach, Tamil Nadu
If you're looking for an idyllic beach in South India in December, you'll find plenty of good cheer and warm temperatures in Marina Beach. This is an ideal place to enjoy a Christmas-feel without leaving the country, and you can still find plenty of holiday events throughout December too. Along with naturally-trimmed coconut trees, multiple blocks of colourful stalls and decked-out boats at the historic waterfront, Chennai also hosts high-energy nightlife and a fun, festive Christmas atmosphere.