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Another new year, another reason to explore the world. I had international tours on my mind last time but this year, I am sorting through the best beaches in my country to kick back and relax. Scattered across India's 7500 km long coastline, here are the top 10 beaches that will surprise and satisfy you with India's coastal beauty.

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Goa beach holiday

When in doubt, go to Goa! There really cannot be anything wrong with the party capital of India. In a place where people can be seen sunbathing, swimming, parasailing or drinking cold beer all year round in their hammock, Goa is my first choice. In fact, Goa is the best place to start your beach eruption in advance with Sunburn Goa this December! Sunburn is when a group of party mongers and DJs from around the world gather on Candolim Beach for the grandest New Year beach party. Late night parties, compelling music and dancing people; Sunburn rapidly increases the fun quotient.

Gokarna, Karnataka
Gokarna Beach Holiday

Gokarna in Karnataka is located 190 km south of Goa and makes an amazing change at the fast pace of Goa! Famous for the Mahabaleshwar Temple and its pristine beaches, in this tranquil city, you can enjoy a day sitting in the sun or lying in the hammock and read a book without getting distracted. Gokarna is well connected to major cities via buses and trains and the nearest airport is Dabolim Airport in Goa. Although an important pilgrimage site, Gokarna mixes religion with the fun of the beach. Om Beach, Paradise Beach and Half-Moon Beach are famous, with both fine sand and rocky beaches, mostly untouched by commercial activities.

Ganpatipule, Maharashtra
Ganpatipule Beach Holiday

This photo was taken in Lampuuk Beach, Aceh-Indonesia.
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Ganapatipule, a small coastal town in Maharashtra, 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. Ganapatipule can be visited en route to Ratnagiri and is just 35 km from the famous Jaigad Fort, which offers a panoramic view of the sea and villages from the cliff. Ganapatipule is also famous for the Swayambhu Ganesh Temple where the idol of Lord Ganesha originated from the ground.

Try: Take a pack of delicious Ambapoli and Fanspoli, which is tasty and similar to Mango Papad but made from jackfruit.

Marari, Kerala
Marari Beach Holiday

Kerala and its exotic beauty is an open secret. This vibrant state attracts tourists from all over the world who easily succumb to its grandeur. This time, visit lesser known treasures of Kerala such as Marari Beach in Alleppey district. A sleepy city full of beauty all around, this city is your paradisial retreat from the world. In Marari, you can stay at Marari Beach Resort, a gorgeous property that combines many recreational activities with the comforts of modern times and the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Kovalam Beach Holiday

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

Havelock, Andaman
Havelock Beach Holiday

Having spent an idyllic morning snorkelling over the Ningaloo reef we were on our way to the car and took one last look back at the beach. It was too beautiful not to capture.
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Sparkling white sand, turquoise water, vibrant coral reefs and a peace that fills the air. Add to this, scuba diving, snorkeling, trekking, elephant rides and more - your perfect beach holiday is ready in this new year! Havelock in Andaman promises a pleasant and highly rejuvenating holiday where the celebration comes from being one with nature. Radhanagar and Elephant Beach are the best places to swim in hot water and enjoy water sports. Want a break from your metropolitan lifestyle? Havelock must be on your beach vacation list. Read more about Andaman beaches here.

Pondicherry Beach Holiday

One of the most famous places for meditation and relaxation in India, Pondicherry or Puducherry is famous as the French connection to India. The former French colony retains French culture and architecture and is definitely a unique place to visit. Famous for Sri Aurobindo Ashram in neighboring Auroville, where thousands of people go in search of comfort, a well-maintained waterfront caters to a beach vacation package. Beach activities in Pondicherry include beach camping, sunbathing, canoeing, kayaking and backwater sailing.

mahabalipuram beach

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.

Do Not Miss: Seafood at Alokosay Cafe at Othavadai Street, a simple diner for lip-smacking fresh fish and prawn preparations along with a tea room.

vizag beach holiday

warm sunrise on beach
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Despite being a busy coastal city with Indian Navy headquarters and India’s busy harbour, Vizag or Visakhapatnam has plenty to offer a tourist for relaxation like beautiful beaches, lakes, gardens and museums. The Ram Krishna Beach is ideal for spending evenings where one can stroll down the beach or along pedestrian tracks that lead to beautiful parks and open air restaurants. Book a cottage at the beautiful Rishikonda beach for a comfortable stay right at the beach. Also visit Kailasagiri, a well-maintained hilltop that offers a panoramic view of the sea.

Gopalpur, Orissa
orissa beach holiday

The coastal stretch of Orissa is dotted with hamlets of tribal fishermen and Hindu temples that Orissa is famous for. Gopalpur Beach in Orissa, just 190 kilometres from Bhubneshwar, is a popular beach with golden sand and a gentle slope that makes it ideal for swimming and sunbathing. An old light house now remains of an ancient seaport at Gopalpur but the natural beauty that abounds is eternal.