India is a country blessed with a vast and lengthy coastline, stretching from the state of Gujarat in the west, all the way until West Bengal in the east.
Thanks to this long stretch of coastline in the country, there are plenty of amazing and exotic beach destinations to choose from for any traveler looking forward to spending time along the seaside.
While there are certainly a lot of beaches worth a visit in India, here are six of the best beaches that one should consider visiting:
1.) Baga Beach, Goa
Baga is one of the most famous of all beaches in Goa.
Located near the town bearing the same name and deriving its name from a creek that empties itself into the Arabian sea, the place has become a prime attraction for tourists from India as well as abroad.
The crowds can be expected throughout the year and is something that has become a characteristic feature of the beach. It should however be noted that the beach experiences a generally higher level of tourist influx sometime around the second half of the year, much of it due to a steady flow of visitors from colder countries in Europe, etc. People from Europe usually prefer a resort with private beach adding to the luxury of the stay at Baga.
It is very well connected to the rest of the state and country, with a well developed road system.
2.) Ganpathipule Beach
Ganpathipule is a very small coastal town located in Maharashtra.
It is famous largely for the Swaymbhu Ganesh Temple, where it is believed that the statue of Lord Ganesha manifested itself from the ground.
The place is famous for an amazingly beautiful beach that is quite different from all of the other beaches of India, due to its signature red sands and shallow waters.
The place is very close to major population centers and other tourist attractions. One of the best places that one can visit from this beach area is Jaigad Fort, which is located on top of a hilly region, providing a panoramic and wonderful place to view the ocean and villages.
Pondicherry is a union territory located entirely within the borders of Tamil Nadu.
Originally a French possession, the city has become an important tourist destination, largely for its unique French flavor and heritage.
In addition to this, the city also has a couple of beaches in and around the area, which are worthy of a visit.
The best part about these beaches is a distinct lack of crowds which happen to be a characteristic feature of many other beaches in the same region. Thanks to this, people who want to enjoy the seashore without the need to deal with the crowding, will definitely enjoy their visit.
Also, the beaches are located very much away from the shipping lanes of Chennai and other port cities, allowing one to get a completely scenic view of the oceans. The sunrise is especially beautiful here, thanks to a serene environment and a complete lack of any and all human activity beyond Pondicherry’s main areas.
The city is very well connected by road, rail and air.
4.) Juhu Beach, Mumbai
Juhu beach is an iconic beach of Mumbai, famous for being one of the very few urban beaches in the country.
Located on the northern part of Mumbai, the place has become very famous and popular over the years among Mumbaikars as a place to get away from the daily grind of an urbanized lifestyle.
The place is usually full of crowds, with the weekends being the most crowded of all.
Reaching here is not much of a problem. Being right in the middle of an urbanized area, the beach can be reached with the help of both public as well as private means of transportation.
5.) Mahabalipuram Beach
Mahabalipuram is an important archeological site in India, in addition to being a beautiful coastal city.
The place is famous for its architectural ruins of bygone civilizations and other historical attractions.
In addition to this, the place has some of the best and least spoilt beaches in the country. Despite the steady increase in crowding that the place has been experiencing over the past couple of years by tourism, the beaches are still serene and largely untouched by human activity.
The city is very well connected to the rest of the country by road.
There are certainly a lot more beaches in India that one could consider visiting, all of which have the potential for a great tourist experience.
The above list in no way means that the other destinations are not worthy of a visit. On the contrary, they are but a starting point that one can look forward to using when going about exploring an enormous and often undiscovered coastline across the peninsular edges of the Indian subcontinent.