Guys, you don’t necessarily have to book tickets to Fiji, Philippines, Mauritius or Maldives if you want to visit a beach destination because our very own country, India is home to some of the best beaches that you should explore and visit once in your lifetime. Here are 15 best beach destinations in India that you can visit if you are a beach bum. 

1. Radhanagar Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Radhanagar Beach, also known as Beach No. 7 of Havelock Island is a popular tourist attraction that has been named Asia’s best and world’s 7th best beach by Time Magazine. This sparkling white sand beach will make you feel like you are in paradise. Visit this destination with your family and friends to have the time of your life. This beach is best known for its turquoise blue waters, luxurious coastal vegetation and serenity. You can also indulge in some water sports like scuba diving, snorkeling, sunbathing, swimming and fishing. So, make your choice. 

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2. Varca Beach, Goa

Varca Beach is situated 2 kms from Benaulim town in Goa. This is one of the most exotic and cleanest white sand beaches in India. This beach is less crowded as compared to the other beaches in Goa so, you can definitely come here with your loved ones to spend some quality time with them. This is the ideal spot for those who don’t enjoy being in crowded places. There are plenty of food joints near the beach that serve a huge variety of cuisines, including delicious seafood. You indulge in sun-basking, parasailing, boating and watching the dolphins if you want to enjoy some quiet time and tranquility. 

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3. Palolem Beach, Goa

Palolem Beach is surrounded by coconut palm trees and clear blue waters. It is one of the best beaches in Goa that still is not known to many. The serenity, clean transparent waters, lush green coconut plantations and the sparkling sand will surely take your breath away. If you want to stay away from the crowd and feel the calmness, this beach is apt for you. You can go for a walk, swim, sunbathe and also indulge in scuba-diving or dolphin spotting. Oh, there are shacks along the beach that serve scrumptious delicacies, in case, you want to hog on some seafood. 

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4. Paradise Beach, Puducherry

Paradise Beach, also known as the Chunnambar, has golden sprawling sand and turquoise blue waters. You can access this beach only by boat as it is located away from the mainland. This secluded beach is ideal for families, couples and friends. You can take a walk along the beach, read a book, sunbathe, indulge in water sports and just chill out. This beach is known for its calm waters where even kids can play safely. You can also play beach volleyball and take a quick nap on hammocks. Sounds like a plan?

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5. Kovalam Beach, Kerala

The Lighthouse Beach and the Hawah Beach in Kovalam, are charming beaches that are away from the hustle-bustle of the city. The Lighthouse Beach, in particular, is a famous tourist spot that offers water sports and other fun beach activities. This beach is crowded as compared to the others but, it has lot of shacks and restaurants that offer delicious seafood and other delectable cuisines. The Hawa Beach, on the other hand is famous for photogenic sunsets and sunrises. It is also known as Eve’s Beach but, it is not favourable for swimming. But, don’t fret, you can do surfing, paragliding, parasailing and sunbathing on this beach to have the time of your life. What more do you really need? 

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6. Alappuzha Beach, Kerala

Alappuzha Beach, also popularly known as Venice of the East, is the place to be if you want to spend exclusive time with your loved ones. It is surrounded by scenic beauty and serenity that can mesmerize you and calm your senses. It is one of the best spots to visit with your family and friends if you want to have a wonderful holiday. If you don’t want to laze around and sunbathe, you can indulge in water sports like canoeing or kayaking. 

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7. Gopalpur Beach, Odisha

Gopalpur is another popular beach destination in Odisha apart from Puri. It is surrounded by lush green vegetation and a tranquil environment that is ideal for chilling and relaxing. This beach was once a sea port but it soon became a vacation spot for families and couples who are looking to spend quality time, without being surrounded by a huge crowd. You can surf, swim, explore the old lighthouse and take a walk alongside the beach to make the most for your trip. 

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8. Rushikonda, Andhra Pradesh

This beach destination near Vizag is popular amongst families. It is a rock beach with golden sands that offers ample beach activities. Most tourists come here for a weekend gateway. Rushikonda Beach is clean so you can definitely indulge in some water sports like surfing, swimming, beach volleyball and skiing, apart from just lazing around. 

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9. Marari Beach, Kerala 

If you want to explore the backwaters of Kerala, visit Marari Beach that is situated at a short distance from Alleppey. The beach offers a calm, scenic atmosphere that encourages tourists to unwind, relax and chill. It is surrounded by lush green forests and rich vegetation that is soothing to the eyes and the mind. Here, you can visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, the Kerala backwater canals if you want. This is a delightful beach destination that you must visit once in your life time. 

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10. Elephanta Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Elephanta Beach is located in Havelock Isalnd of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, to be more precise. This gorgeous beach destination offers clean blue waters and vibrant coral reefs that makes the experience even more delightful. Many people don’t know about its existence but, if you want to stay away from crowded places, this is the place to be. Sun basking, snorkeling and beach walking are some of the activities that you can indulge in here. You can also relax and enjoy a picnic lunch with your loved ones if you aren’t interested in water sports. Okay?

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11. Colva Beach, South Goa 

Colva Beach is a popular beach destination in South Goa that consists of soft white sand and lush green coconut palm trees. It is one of the oldest, largest and the most beautiful beach that stretches from Bogmalo in the north to Cabo De Rama in the south. This beach is famous for rave parties and a vibrant nightlife. You can also indulge in some water sports like kayaking, parasailing, paragliding, boating and snorkeling here. You can also visit the ‘Menino Jesus’ statue situated at the local church near Colva Beach. 

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12. Puri Beach, Odisha 

Puri is a famous tourist destination for pilgrims who visit the place to pay homage to Lord Jaganath. This beach is surrounded by lush green vegetation and fine white sand that rolls in from the Bay of Bengal. If you don’t want to laze around, head to the Sun Temple that is located 35 kms from Puri. There are shacks along the shore line that serve delectable seafood and other delicious cuisines for you to have. Or you could just spread a mat, lay on it and do some sun-bathing. What say?

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13. Yarada Beach, Visakhapatnam

Yarada Beach isn’t famous for parties and water sports but it is definitely breath-taking. This beach, located in Visakhapatnam is known for its beauty and serenity. It has the second-largest coastline and the longest beach road in the country. You can stroll around, have a picnic with family and friends and relax. And, if you are in the mood to explore, head to Dolphin’s Nose Lighthouse which sits atop Black Mores Hill.

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14. Dhanushkodi Beach, Rameshwaram

Dhanushkodi Beach, located 20 kms away from Rameshwaram is bordered by the Bay of Bengal from one side and the Indian Ocean from the other. There isn’t much that you can do here but, you can always visit this beach destination to witness nature’s beauty. The incredibly beautiful views of the turquoise blue sea is a visual treat for all the tourists who come here to chill. You can walk along the shore line, play beach volleyball with your friends or you could just read a book and do some sunbathing here. 

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15. Candolim Beach, Goa

Candolim Beach is a white sandy beach in Goa that is a famous beach holiday destination for couples. There is a lot that you can do here to chill and relax. You can indulge in water sports, meditation and yoga. There are shacks along the coastline that serve delicious seafood. This place is haven for couples, children and friends who wish to have a blast. There is a church and a lighthouse also that you can visit and explore as a tourist.

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Beach bums, pack your bags and get ready to have a blast.