Summer…possibly the best time of the year because people travel, have time off, and spend vacations together. But it’s scorching hot – in and outside – and the sweat just doesn’t seem to go away. As the mercury level is on a rise throughout the country, why not make it to one of the Indian beaches and beat the summer? In a country that is surrounded by vast open seas and oceans, there is no dearth of playful beaches. And, when it comes to virgin beaches, India also has a myriad list of names that will make the best of your beach holidays! A contrast to the usual ones, these beaches not only allures the visitors with their untouched beauty, but also fondles the visitors with their irresistible charm. Let’s go through 15 of these sandy delights across the country and shed off all the heat and sweats this summer…



When in doubt, go Goa!  One cannot really go wrong with India’s party capital. A place where people can be seen sunbathing, swimming, parasailing or relaxing in their hammocks sipping a cold beer all year round, Goa is my first pick. In fact, Goa is the best place to kick-start your beach blast in advance with Sunburn Goa this December! Sunburn is when a conglomerate of party mongers and DJs from all over the world get together at the Candolim beach for the grandest New Year beach party. Late night parties, hypnotic music and people dancing away; Sunburn exponentially increases the fun quotient.


Hawaii-the big island

The Big Island’s beaches stand out for their connection to the renowned Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The unique black sands of Punalu’u Beach are a direct result of volcanic activity, as are the green sands of Papakolea Beach. If you don’t care what color the sand is, head to local favorite Hapuna Beach State Park or the tourist-friendly Kaunaoa


Gokarna in Karnataka is situated 190 kilometres south of Goa and makes for a wonderful change from Goa’s fast pace! Famous for the Mahabaleshwar temple and its pristine beaches, in this tranquil town, you can enjoy a day basking in the sun or laying in a hammock reading a book without distractions. Gokarna is well-connected to major cities through buses and trains and the closest airport is Dabolim Airport in Goa.  Though an important pilgrimage site, Gokarna blends religion with beach fun. Om Beach, Paradise Beach and Half-Moon Beach are the famous ones, which have both fine sand and rocky coasts mostly untouched by commercial activities.


Trust us, you’re going to want to go the extra miles for a vacation on Phuket’s captivating beaches. That’s because this Thai island is home to natural wonders, such as Patong, Karon and Kamala beaches. These beautiful shorelines lead to striking teal water, which you can explore on a long-tail boat

Ganpatipule, Maharashtra

A tiny coastal town in Maharashtra, Ganpatipule has a grand beach, one of the most spectacular on the Konkan coast. The beach has distinctive red sand and shallow water, making it ideal for swimming. Ganpatipule can be visited en route to Ratnagiri and is just 35 kilometres from the famous Jaigad Fort, which offers a panoramic view of the sea and villages from the cliff. Ganpatipule is also famous for the Swaymbhu Ganesh temple where Lord Ganesh’s statue is believed to have originated from the ground.


If you’re looking for a taste of Hawaii’s beautiful beaches without the crowds on Oahu, retreat to Maui. The island boasts impressive beaches both big and small, adult and family-friendly as well as the black sand shores at Waianapanapa State Park


Kerala and its exotic beauty is an open secret. This vibrant state draws tourists from over the world who readily succumb to its magnificence. This time round, visit the lesser known treasures in Kerala like Marari Beach in Alleppey district. A sleepy town brimming with beauty on all four sides, this town is your paradisiacal retreat from the world. In Marari, you can stay at the Marari Beach Resort, a lavish property that subtly blends modern day comforts and a range of recreational activities with surrounding natural beauty.


Adventure travelers flock here in droves for the many heart-pumping excursions the island has to offer. And its beaches are no less action-packed. Take a trip to the infamous Kalalau Trail to hit secluded shorelines. Or relax on an easily accessible shore like Po’ipu Beach. Just keep in mind swimming here can be challenging (because of the rough waters), so mind the lifeguards.


Further down south from Marari, another rejuvenating beach holiday destination in Kerala is Kovalam. Basically a fishing village, Kovalam has garnered a lot of tourist attention in recent years and its famous Eve and Lighthouse beaches are pristine and clean lined with coconut trees of one side. You can opt for a highly rewarding cruise early in the morning with the fishermen or hire a surfboard and set on a mission to control the waves!

 Costa Rica

This Central American country’s vibrant flora provides a stunning backdrop to its plentiful shorelines. Beaches here are often backed by forests or flanked by lush mountain peaks. Travelers say that the 80-mile Nicoya Peninsula (home to the popular Nosara Beach), Guanacaste, dubbed as the country’s “Gold Coast,” and Manuel Antonio Beach are among the best places for sunbathing and swimming.


Sparkling white sand, turquoise waters, vibrant coral reefs and a calmness that fills the air. Add to this, scuba diving, snorkelling, trekking, elephant rides and a lot more – your ideal beach holiday this New Year is ready! Havelock in Andaman promises a pleasant and highly rejuvenating holiday where celebration comes from being one with nature. The Radhanagar and Elephant beaches are the best places to go for a swim in the warm water and enjoy water sports. Seeking a break from your metropolitan lifestyle? Havelock is must on your Beach Holidays list.

Honolulu – Oahu 

The North Shore is considered one of the best places to surf in the United States, Waikiki Beach is one of the most-visited beaches in America (7.5 million visitors per year) and Waimea Bay served as inspiration for The Beach Boys and Jimmy Buffet. And while these beaches can get crowded, the scenery here – golden sands, swaying palm trees and aquamarine waters – is unmatched.


One of the best known places in India for meditation and relaxation, Pondicherry or Puducherry is famous as India’s French connection. The erstwhile French colony retains French culture and architecture and is definitely a unique place to visit. Famous for the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in neighbouring Auroville where thousands go to seek solace, a well-maintained waterfront is just completes the package of a beach holiday. Beach activities in Pondicherry include camping at the beach, sunbathing, canoeing, kayaking and backwater sailing.


The renowned white and pastel-colored homes that pervade Oia tend to distract from the fact that this Grecian island is home to some pretty unique beaches. Venture down the island’s famous cliffs and you’ll find red sand at Red Beach, black sand at Kamari Beach and turquoise waters at Amoudi Bay


Clean, beautiful, sunbathed beaches, a string of restaurants offering fresh seafood preparations and a dash of cultural history, a holiday to Mahabalipuram will give you ultimate relaxation and culinary indulgence on the beach along with a sneak peek into this city’s rich culture.  Activities like windsurfing and swimming can also be enjoyed on a warm day at Mahabalipuram. A must-visit is the famous monolithic Pandava Rathas and Varaha Cave Temples that date back to the 7th century with scenes from Mahabharat sculpted from the rocks.






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