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When a tropical getaway is dreamed of in India, perhaps the first place that comes to mind of Goa - a former Portuguese colony which is an hour's flight south of Mumbai. But the popular seaside beach in India is not the only sandy coastline you visit here. Each linen strip offers a different experience, ranging from family-friendly water sports to riotous full moon-style parties, private coves, and some of Asia's best diving.

1. Gokarna, Karnataka

Perhaps the only strip of sand in India with a shot to exclude Goa from its pole position, Gokarna offers the same tempting package of escaping from the coastline and spiritualism, ignoring all the water. The area actually has many different beaches, all with powdered white sand. Popular with backpackers who enjoy its lively buzz and makeshift cafes, these include coconut tree-lined kudal and Om, which are blessed with beautiful coves. A short walk or boat ride is the ultra-secluded Half Moon Beach. Together there is paradise - a low swing on the sand, fresh seafood in the beach and a place of welcomes owned by the locals.

2. Tarkarli, Maharashtra

With Goa beaches all year round, the southern coast of Maharashtra - a few hours' drive to the northwest - is a great option. Apart from fine white sand, the Tarkarli region also has tranquil backwaters, bustling villages and ancient sea forts. Travelers can enjoy a quiet life or take advantage of ample underwater activities such as scuba diving, parasailing and snorkeling on the beach. Away from the coast of Malvan (about 45 minutes northwest of Tarakali), the Sindhudurg Fort is the region's most beautiful monument, promising views of the expansive Arabian Sea from the top of the 17th-century stone walls.

3. Kaup, Karnataka

The lighthouse at Kapu provides excellent sunset views. The lighthouse at Kapu provides excellent sunset views. Blue newsome / shutterstock Near the temple town of Udupi in the southern state of Karnataka, Kaup (locally known as Kapu) is set in the backwaters of the Netravati River. It is a view of the blues and greens, surrounded by trees of dense Kasiruna trees. With an expanse of gold beaches, travelers will find a century-old lighthouse that offers excellent sunset views from atop the tower. When walking on the coast and a banana boat ride becomes boring, we would recommend a trip away from the coast towards the St. Mary Islands. A national geological monument, the four-island archipelago is famous for its stunning hexagonal basalt lava rock columns - dating back millions of years. Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama is believed to have landed on the island en route to Kerala in the 1490s.

4. Tharangambadi, Tamil Nadu

In the local Tamil language, "The Land of the Singing Waves", Tharangambadi was a Danish colony from 1620 to 1845. It is now better known as the anglicized name of Tranquebar, a quiet town located on the shores of the Bay of Bengal in South India. In addition to an attractive beach, the city is an architecturally attractive place to visit, Danish with old churches and monuments and, later, British rule. One of the most impressive buildings in the region is the sand-colored Fort Dansborg, which offers sea views. Once a center of commerce and trade, today the building is a museum dedicated to the artifacts of Danish rule. Related Content

5. Radhanagar, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Radhanagar is often considered one of the best beaches in Asia. Radhanagar is often considered one of the best beaches in Asia. Juergen_Wallstabe / Shutterstock Situated on the island of Havelock - located in the remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands between India and Thailand - Radhanagar (known locally as beach number 7) is listed as one of the best beaches in Asia. Travelers combing the isolated beach will quickly see an appeal - the picture surrounded by calm water and fine sand, a lush canopy. Despite the remote location, there is actually a lot to do. Travelers can fill their days with water sports, sunbathing, surfing, fishing, boating, kayaking and rainforest treks for a few days. Scuba diving is one of the best ways to explore the underwater world and colorful coral reefs, with classes available for both beginners and experienced divers.