Trekking through the Indian Coastline
Elephant Beach Trek, Andaman
Elephant Beach is a popular area for water sports such as speedboating, snorkeling and sea cruising in Havelock Island of Andaman. While tourists usually prefer to take the boat to Elephant Beach, a trek from the inland of the island is equally invigorating.
Havelock is a great place for nature enthusiasts and offers a wide variety in terms of terrain. There are beaches, forests, hills and villages that make up this small island.
Difficulty Level: Beginners
Best time to visit: From November to January, the weather is pleasant and the humidity is low.
Route and time taken: A trip to Elephant beach can be completed in about 30-45 minutes and there are several starting points. You can walk down from your resort or ride on a scooter (rental), which is the preferred mode of travel for tourists on the island. Before reaching the beach, there is a 300 m long stretch of marshy land and mangrove forests that need to be maneuvered. It is advisable to complete this trek in the morning as in the afternoon the sun gets really strong and in the evening there is a concern about insects and other poisonous organisms.
Bekal Beach Trek, Kerala
Located in Kasaragod, Bekal Lakshadweep is an unexplored beach on the sandy beaches of the sea. It is located at a distance of about 400 km from Bangalore. The region is a popular location for shooting film scenes in Bollywood and Tollywood. The beautiful trek gives you a multi-regional experience in just one day as the trail has a beach, backwaters and a fishing village. It is included in the best beach trek in the country.
Difficulty Level: Beginners Begin
Best Time to Visit: Humidity is at its lowest level from November to March
Route and Time taken: This is a one-day trek which covers a distance of 7 km. The flat walk starts at Bekal Fort and takes you to a small but famous fishing village. You will then take a walk through the famous back waters, climb small hills, pass through coconut trees and reach the sunset spot on the beach.
Ocean Trek to Newty Beach, Goa
This grand ocean trek is actually a walk along a mountain overlooking the gorgeous blue waters of the Arabian Sea. When you enjoy the beauty of the sea, you climb on the edge of a cliff, as well as visit many secluded beaches where you can relax in between trips.
Best time to visit: November to February as the weather is pleasant and the humidity is low.
Route and time taken: This is a day trek that starts from Porvorim, from where you go to Kochra-Sriramwadi, a seaside village between Vengurla and Malwan. The walk starts from here and as you hike along the hillside, you will find many virgin beaches and different trenches. After passing through the mouth of a small tide the trek ends at the ancient Newty Beach. It kind of takes two hours.
Gokarna Beach Trek
Gokarna is a small city in Karnataka, situated at the confluence of the Sahyadri hills and the Arabian Sea. It is believed that Lord Shiva appeared here with the ear of a cow (hence its name Gokarna). Located just 150 km from Goa, it is a popular weekend destination among backpackers and the trek along the beach is one of the most iconic travel experiences here.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate from Beginning
Best time to visit: The trek is open throughout the year, but the weather from November to March is ideal as compared to other areas of the Western Ghats.
Route and time taken: The trek is about 9–10 km long, but is usually spread over a period of two days for travelers to fully take in the beauty of the region. On the first day you will visit Kudle, Om, Half Moon and Paradise Beaches, which will provide a lot of variety in terms of change in the terrain. The first night is spent in tents on Paradise Beach, where you can watch the sunset and sunrise the next morning. The second day involves trekking to a few more beaches including Nirvana and Kumta and then going back to Gokarna beach.
New Digha Trek from Chandipur
It is perhaps the longest trek in the list and is the only one to cover two states - Odisha and West Bengal. The Chandipur-New Digha trek is a treat for all your senses, especially due to its cultural diversity. Unlike other coastal treks on the list, it is not just about natural beauty.
Difficulty: Intermediate from the beginning
Best time to visit: This trek is also open throughout the year, but the time from October to January is the best because the weather is pleasant.
Route and time taken: Trekking tours usually last 5 days when you walk the distance from the beach