If you think Goa is the only place for a delightful beach holiday in India, you are mistaken. Several other places across the country offer a wonderfully enticing beach holiday. This article sheds some light on four such destinations. Sunbathe, go surfing or just sit back and relax at these fabulous beach destinations in India.


The Andamans

Away from the maddening crowd, beaches in the Andamans are quiet and clean. Soft white sands, sparkling blue waters and surrounding lush forests make them a perfect choice for anyone planning to spend a few days in solitude. However, a beach holiday in the Andamans is not just about seeking serenity and solitude. The island’s huge shoreline offers plenty of scope for exciting excursions. Beaches at Havelock Island are globally renowned for their scuba-diving opportunities. Tourists who love snorkelling may head to the North Bay near Port Blair and explore a wonderful underwater life.

Alibaug, Maharashtra

Located just 90 km from India’s financial capital Mumbai, Alibaug offers lots of fascinating views and experiences. Whether you want to laze around or surf the waves – Alibaug offers ample opportunities for one and all. The clean water is perfect for swimming as well as fishing. Though, most of the beaches here are captivating, some not-to-miss ones include Nagaon, Akshi, Kihim and Kashid. Besides spellbinding vistas, beaches like Nagaon and Akshi offer an excellent opportunity for bird-watching. Colaba Fort and some ancient Hindu temples are other tourist attractions in Alibaug.


Sun-kissed beaches, breathtaking scenery, amiable locals, great food and cheap alcohol – Pondicherry is truly a haven for the ones seeking laid-back leisure. If you want serenity, head to the Paradise Beach! Owing to its remote location on a sparsely inhabited island, Paradise Beach can only be reached by boat from Chunnambar Resort. Stroll along the coastline, relax on the fine sands, or enjoy beer and snacks at a nearby bar – there are plenty of things to keep you happily occupied. Also check out the happening beaches like Promenade and Auroville, which buzz with activities all round the year. Make sure that you watch dolphins frolicking in the sea at Plage Paradiso Beach.

Kovalam, Kerala

This lovely town in Kerala has three unspoilt beaches that form a crescent. Things to do here are plenty and diverse; soak in the sunshine, swim in the sea, shop at the lively markets, or get a pampering Ayurvedic massage at parlours along the beaches! Head to the lighthouse atop the Kurumkal hillock for panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and the surrounding lush greenery! In the evening, you may check out a cultural programme along the shoreline.

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