India having the longest stretch of coastline exhibits some serene beautiful beaches. While most people feel that beaches are best visited during summer, there is a certain charm to visiting beaches during the monsoon.
Goa has always been on top the list with its sun soaked beaches and the sea waves splashing in. There are tons of other popular beaches and no-so-popular beaches where you can head to this monsoon for a romantic getaway.
Varkala, a calm and quiet hamlet is an ideal spot for a peaceful vacation and is often opted by families. Swimming and sunbathing are some of the exciting things to do here.
It has several tourist attractions that include a beautiful beach, a 2000-year-old Vishnu Temple and the Ashramam - Sivagiri Mutt a little distance from the beach.
The Papanasam Beach (also called as Varkala Beach), which is ten kilometers away from Varkala, is renowned for a natural spring. Which is considered to have medicinal and curative properties. A dip in the holy waters at this beach is believed to purge the body of impurities and the soul of all sins; hence the name 'Papanasam Beach'.
Varkala offers excellent accommodation facilities for tourists and is fast becoming a popular health resort with many Ayurvedic massage centres.
If you are looking at an ideal water spot where you can enjoy the beauty of nature while swimming and sunbathing, then Velneshwar beach in Maharashtra is just the right spot for you!
The coastline is famous for its special features such as the beautiful coconut grooves surrounding it and a clean beach with its loud, rumbling sea waves. You must see the tall coconut gardens growing on the crescent-shaped beach.
Take in the spectacular views at Marawanthe, a seaside town where the West Coast Highway cruises alongside the Arabian Sea on one side, with the picturesque Kodachadri Hills forming a backdrop to the Sauparnika River on the other.
Marawanthe wears the look of a fairyland at sunset when the sky turns crimson and the golden rays of the sun are reflected in the sea as well as the river. Water sports promise an action-filled holiday. Visit Baindur, a hamlet 45km from Marawanthe with a lovely beach close by.
Near Baindur is the scenic Ottinane with its overhanging cliffs, an ideal place for viewing the sunset. A further drive will take you to the Belaka Theertha Falls near Baindur.
About 6km from the Malpe coast into the Arabian Sea, one gets to see the palm-fringed St. Mary's Island which bears the cross that Vasco Da Gama placed when he landed in 1498. The island is 300m long and 100m wide. It is famous for its unique salt rock formations. Due to this geological importance, St. Mary's Island is declared as a National Geological Monument. It is also rated among Indias top 7 Natural Wonders by Jet Wings Magazine (November 2009).
A popular beach adoring the coastline of the city of Pondicherry, this long 1.2 kilometers is a haven for travelers and beach enthusiasts. Starting from the War memorial and ending at the Dupleix Park on the Goubert Avenue, the beach is also a favorite haunt for locals for the morning and evening walks besides being an all-time favorite picnic destination. As you explore the beach, you will find a statue of Mahatma Gandhi which is followed by a sea-facing restaurant to enjoy some local culinary delights.
For those who want to enjoy the warm moments and pick up some souvenirs there are small tea, snacks and souvenir shops from where you can pick a memory or enjoy some peanuts while taking in the cool breeze of the sea. The sunrise and sunset views from the beach are especially beautiful and so does the view of moon shimmering on the sea waters.
Anjarle is one of the finest places in Konkan. It is just 20 km from Dapoli. It is famous for the ‘Kadyawarcha Ganpati' (Ganesh temple situated on a cliff).
Anjarle also has a clean, unspoiled beach with white sand and surrounded by palms and trees. This Palm Beach is an ideal place to visit on a long weekend. Anjarle is a nice little, green village having all basic facilities. However, as there are no beach resorts or hotels at Anjarle, one must find rented house to stay. Local people are extremely friendly and helpful. Some of them also provide rented accommodation in their homes and serve delicious home-made food at a very low price.
If you are coming to Andaman then you simply cannot miss Radhanagar Beach. Your search for paradise ends here.
This is the most beautiful beach in the country and is voted as the 7th best beach in the world. You can find everything in the beach, which can be tagged as perfect. The beach is lined with white sand and the water is emerald blue. There is lush greenery on the sides of the beach, making it the best beach for picnicking. Watching sunset and sunrise view from this beach are top tourist activities in Andaman.