10 Best Beaches in India That Will Make You Forget About Goa

The first thing that occurs to the mind when one mentions best beaches in India are the much celebrated beaches of Goa. But, there is so much more to beaches of India than just Goa. The country is truly blessed in this regard and a number of other states boast of gorgeous beaches that can put some of the beaches in Goa to shame.

Here are some best beaches in India that will make you forget all about Goa!

 

1. Paradise Beach, Pondicherry

At a meager 8 kilometers from Pondicherry, hidden in plain sight is this isolated beach called Paradise. It lives up every bit to the name with long stretches of sand and dancing coconut trees. You have to cross the Chunnambar backwaters to reach this place and what welcomes you is a sight that is hard to put into words. Indeed, Pondi is one of the best destinations for beach holidays in Indiaa

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2. Elliots beach, Chennai

Not all beaches in Chennai deserve to be on this list, but this one surely does. Chennai one of the most rapidly developing coastal cities of India hence, crowd is something you can't really get rid of! Despite that, this one is great for long walks and moonlit rendezvous’, Elliots beach is clean and well maintained. The Karl Schmidt memorial, dedicated to a Dutch sailor is located here. Catch a sunset here, and you'll agree, that this is one of the most beautiful beaches in South India. 

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3. Radhanagar beach, Andaman

Awarded Asia’s best beach and world’s seventh best beach by Times magazine in 2007, Radhanagar is truly a piece of heaven. Beauty like this is hard to come by.

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4. Kashid, Maharashtra

Alibaug’s quieter cousin, Kashid boasts of a jaw dropping coastline with soft white sands and joyful waters. There are some interesting shacks here too, serving everything right from maggi to Maharashtrian fare. If you manage to catch this beach when it’s not that crowded, it’s a sheer delight to be on. Ideal for weekend trips from Pune and Mumbai, Kashid is one of the famous beaches in India for a short-break. 

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5. Tarkarli, Maharashtra

Sapphire waters and slippery sands await you at this beach haven. Quickly gaining popularity for its natural treasures, this beach is great for scuba diving too. Tarkarli is located at the confluence of the Karli river and the Arabian sea. This marriage makes the whole landscape dreamy and surreal.

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6. Papanasam Beach, Varkala

The Papanasam beach is much more than its beauty. It is believed that a dip in these waters will liberate you of all your sins. Its not difficult to believe this fact when you arrive at this heavenly beach. This is the only beach that has cliffs adjacent to Arabian Sea

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7. Guitar Island Beach, Andaman

Shaped exactly like a guitar, this island is a blessed paradise teeming with greenery and gorgeous landscapes. With pristine white sands and turquoise blue waters, this lesser known beach in Andaman is like god’s own home. It is ideal for swimming, relaxing an is one the best kept white sand beaches in India.You can check more adventure tours in Andaman .

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8. Alappuzha Beach, Alappuzha, Kerala

Referred as the Venice of the East but not limited to this description, the Alappuzha beach is a great escape for beach bummers. Great for surfing as the waves here are huge, this beach is clean and well maintained, also a favorite beach in India for honeymooners.

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9. Karde beach, Dapoli, Maharashtra

The hidden gem of Konkan, Karde beach lies in a secluded corner a few kilometers away from Dapoli. This place is great for dolphin watching and is also safe to swim in. Located close to Mumbai and Pune, Karde beach is as pretty as it gets with some beautiful beach resorts. A perfect beach destination in India if you don't like the crowd; Plan a trip to Karde to enjoy few moments of peace on your vacay! 

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10. Om Beach, Gokarna,Karnataka

Although most of Gokarna’s beaches are breathtaking, Om beach and Kudle beach remain the biggest tourist favorites. These beaches in India are great for some solitary retrospection and the sound of the waves is meditative bliss. Gokarna is quietly hip, stunningly beautiful and certainly one of the most under-rated beach destinations in India.

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These beaches in India prove that Goa is not the only place for beach lovers in India. Which is your favorite beach other than Goa?

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