Top Beaches to visit in 2019


#1 Varkala Beach Kerala

Varkala Beach is a haven for sun-bathing and swimming. The evening views of the sunset are worth lingering over.

Varkala’s main beach is called Papanasam Beach, which means destroyer of sins. It’s divided into two parts, North Cliff and South Cliff. South Cliff is less crowded and much quieter than North Cliff. The beach at the end of the road leading from Janardhana Swami Temple is considered sacred to Hindus. It’s where they come to perform the last rites after close relatives have died. North Cliff is the most touristy part of the beach, located past the mineral spring. The pathway that runs along this stretch is where most of the shops, restaurants, and accommodations are situated. Further to the north, where the cliff ends past Papanasam Beach, is another small beach with black sand (affectionately called the Black Beach). Just further north of Black Beach, quiet Odayam Beach is just starting to be discovered and developed. Head there if you want peace and quiet away from the action. From there you can walk further north up a coastal path to Edava Beach.

Location: Varkala is located south of Kollam, around one hour north of Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram), in India’s southern state of Kerala.

How to reach: Varkala cliff and beach are located on a 10-minute drive away from Varkala town and railway station. Many Indian Railways trains stop at Varkala. If coming by train, take an auto-rickshaw from the station for about 100 rupees. Alternatively, there are airports at Trivandrum (an hour south of Varkala) and Kochi (around 4 hours north of Varkala).

#2 Gokarna Beach Karnataka

Gokarna is a small and remote holy town, with four of India’s most secluded and pristine beaches nestled nearby. It draws both religious pilgrims and hedonistic holidaymakers with equal enthusiasm. Travel to Gokarna to get a feel for what Goa was like in its heyday, although time is limited as developers are already seeing the potential of this area and commercialization is setting in.

Location: Gokarna is the less commercialized version of Goa and is found along the coast of the Arabian Sea. Gokarna means Cow and was given this name since it looks like a Cow’s ear. Gokarna is located in the state of Karnataka, an hour south of the Goa border. It’s around 450 kilometers (280 miles) from Bangalore, the state capital. How to reach The nearest airport is Dabolim, in Goa. From there it’s a four hour drive south to Gorkana. Alternatively, trains on the Konkan railway stop at Gokarna Road station, 15 minutes from town, as well as Kumta and Ankola stations, both around 25 kilometers (16 miles) from Gokarna. Gokarna is also well connected by bus from major cities such as Madgaon in Goa, and Mangalore and Bangalore in Karnataka.

#3 Palolem Beach Goa

Palolem Beach, enclosed by a thick forest of coconut palms in far South Goa, is arguably the state’s most picturesque beach. This mile-long, semi-circle shaped beach continues to grow in popularity every year. It’s the most lively beach in the area but still retains its relaxed vibe, as permanent structures aren’t allowed to be built on it.

How to reach Palolem Beach Goa
The easiest way to get to Palolem is to take the train to Margao (called Madgaon in the rest of India) or fly to Goa Dabolim Airport(GOI) and pay for a Government approved fixed-price taxi to Palolem. Fixed-price taxis are available from the train station and from Goa Dabolim Airport(GOI) at Vasco da Gama.

#4 Tarkarli Beach Maharashtra

Tarkarli-BeachOne of the best alternatives to the Andaman Islands, the vicinity of Tarkarli beach in southern Maharashtra has one of the best coral reefs on the Indian mainland. This area is yet to feature on the tourist trail and receives hardly any foreigner visitors. The simple homestay accommodations right on the beach are a delight. Locals can often be seen unhurriedly riding bicycles or walking to get around.

How to Reach Tarkarli Beach By Road from Mumbai: Tarkarli Beach is well-connected to Malvan by bus and rickshaw. The beach town is around 475km away from Mumbai via Panvel Kochi Road, NH 17, and 576km via Mumbai Kolhapur Road, NH 4. Daily luxury, private and state transport bus service is also available from different parts of Mumbai, Goa, and Pune to Malvan.

How to reach Tarkarli beach from Pune by Road: From Pune to Tarkarli Beach head towards Satara from Wai and reach Kolhapur via Islampur and Shiroli. From Kolhapur head towards Gaganbawda and proceed to Kankavli – Kasal – Sukalwad – Chauke and reach Tarkarli.

How to reach Tarkarli beach from Mumbai by Road: To travel from Mumbai to Tarkarli beach head towards Panvel – Kolad – Mangaon – Mahad. Reach Chiplun via Asurde. Head towards Ratnagiri and reach Kankavli via Lanja and Rajapur. From Kankavli use Kasal – Sukalwad – Chauke route to reach Tarkarli.

How to reach Tarkarli beach from Kudal: Kudal is nearest railway station to reach Tarkarli beach. From kudal you can travel by road through Kudal Malvan road to reach tarkarli. From Kudal head towards Nerur – Kalse – Dhamapur – Chauke – Wayari – Tarkarli

How to Reach Tarkarli Beach By Air: There is no airport in Tarkarli, and the nearest airport is Dabolim Airport in Goa, being located at close proximity to the city. From Goa many private buses and Goa state transport buses available to reach Tarkarli Beach. Even tourists have option to hire a cab to Tarkarli beach.

#5 Nagaon Beach Alibaug

nagaon-beachDark Sand of Clear Water of Nagaon beach: Located only 7 km away from Alibaug, I am Nagaon beach, lying between Alibaug and Revdanda. If you are looking for a beach destination close to Mumbai or Pune with clean water, excellent accommodation and water sport facilities then I offer you all of them in plenty.

Best Time to Visit Nagaon Beach Alibaug
The best season to visit Nagaon beach is winter season. During the months of November, December, January and February the climate at Nagaon beach is cool and pleasant and is the best time to enjoy the water sports. Avoid visiting Nagaon Beach in monsoon.

Weather in Nagaon, Alibaug
Nagaon beach experience heavy to moderate rainfall during monsoon. The average temperature during monsoon is around 32°C to 18°C. Winters are cold in Nagaon beach and the temperature goes down to 15°C. the average temperature is in the range of 28°C to 15°C. However in Summer the temperature is between 32°C to 20°C.

How to Reach Nagaon Beach By Road
There are regular State Transport MSRTC bus services available, connecting Mumbai, Kolhapur and Pune to Alibaug. From Alibaug hire an auto to reach Nagaon. One can also take a direct taxi or shuttle car services from major cities.

How to reach Nagaon Beach from Mumbai:
From Mumbai to Nagaon beach the best route is through Panvel to Pen to Alibaug – Murud Road to Nagaon, about 110 km.

How to reach Nagaon Beach from Pune:
From Pune, one can take Pune – Mumbai Expressway to Lonavala, Khopoli, Pen, and Alibaug – Murud Road to Nagaon.

How to Reach Nagaon Beach By Train
The nearest railway station to reach Nagaon Beach is Pen or Panvel. From Mumbai or Thane one can reach Panvel station by local trains through Harbor line. The frequency to reach Panvel is good from Mumbai and thane.

How to Reach Nagaon Beach By Ferry
From Mumbai to Nagaon Beach, the shortest and most convenient transportation mode is ferry from the Gateway of India. Daily catamaran services are available from 6:00am to 6:00pm from the Gateway of India to Mandwa and Rewas ferry wharf. Ferry operators also provide bus service from Mandwa or Rewas to Alibaug, from where one can reach Nagaon, about 10 km.

How to Reach Nagaon Beach By Air
Nearest airport is Mumbai, approximately 118 km from Nagaon via road. One can avail catamaran ride from the Gateway of India to Mandwa or Rewas Ferry Wharf, and then reach Alibaug via chartered bus service. From there, one can take a private car or bus to Nagaon.

#6 Kovalam Beach Kerala

Kovalam-beachThe most developed of Kerala’s beaches, Kovalam is located not far from Trivandrum. It’s made up of two coves — Hawa (also referred to as Eve’s beach) and Lighthouse. Lighthouse is the biggest of the two, with its promenade lined with open-air restaurants. The lighthouse atop this beach provides fantastic views, especially at sunset. In addition, it’s something of interesting for kids to learn about. Kovalam is also one of the best beaches in India for surfing, and there are water sports too.

How to reach Kovalam
Trivandrum Central Railway Station is the nearest railhead to Kovalam, about 15 km away. This railway station connects Kovalam with various Indian cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai. From outside the railway station, travellers can hire a taxi or cab or take a bus to reach anywhere in Kovalam.

By air:
Trivandrum International Airport, approximately 15 km away, is the closest aerodrome to Kovalam, which is not only connected to prime Indian cities but also with major international destinations. The two terminals here, T1 (domestic) and T2 (international) have regular flights for Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata, Doha, Colombo, Singapore, Kuwait and Muscat, to name a few. Air India, Gulf Air, Kuwait Airways, IndiGo, Jet Airways and Oman Air are some of the prime airlines operating from here. After you reach the airport, you can hire a taxi, take a bus or auto-rickshaws to take you to Kovalam.

By road:
Buses are best and the most economical way of travelling to Kovalam. There are several luxury and deluxe buses available from various parts of the state and country. Bangalore (724 Km), Chennai (728 km) and Madurai (303 km) are some of the prominent cities that are well linked with Trivandrum. Kovalam’s KSRTC Bus Stand has buses for Trivandrum and vice-versa plying every 15 minutes.

By train:
Trivandrum Central Railway Station is the nearest railhead to Kovalam, about 15 km away. This railway station connects Kovalam with various Indian cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai. From outside the railway station, travellers can hire a taxi or cab or take a bus to reach anywhere in Kovalam.

#7 Digha Beach West Bengal

digha-beachOriginally, there was a place called Beerkul, where Digha lies today. This name was referred in Warren Hastings’s letters (1780) as Brighton of the East.

Location: Digha is located at 21°38′18″N 87°30′35″E. It has an average elevation of 6 metres (20 ft). It is located 183 km (114 mi) from Kolkata/Howrah via Mecheda and 234 km (145 mi) via Kharagpur, this proximity has probably helped this small hamlet to emerge as a popular weekend getaway with number of good hotels and tourist lodges. Digha is connected to Kolkata/Howrah by a highway and a rail-link via Tamluk. Now many trains including a DURONTO EXPRESS run between Digha and Howarh and other stations in eastern India.

There are mainly five seasons in Digha, namely summer, monsoon, autumn, winter and spring. Summer starts in April and continues until June with a maximum temperature of 37 °C. Although cold wind from the sea keeps the weather pleasant in this time. Next comes monsoon in July and lasts till the end of September. Digha generally experiences an average rainfall with high humidity in the monsoon season. Autumn sets in October and lasts till mid of December with an average temperature of around 25 degree Celsius.

How to reach Digha
To travel to Digha from Kolkata, it takes around 4 hours. By Train – Kolkata to Digha trains are also available and the time take to cover the distance from Kolkata to Digha is approximately 3 hours. On most days, the Duronto Express leaves Howrah at 11:15 am and arrives at Digha in 2 hours and 30 minutes.

By Air
Reach Kolkata by by air and take a cab or Uber to reach Digha through National highway, it takes around 6-8 hours to reach Digha.

#8 Chandipur Beach Odisha

chandipur-beachChandipur Beach Chandipur Beach is one of the beautiful beaches in Odisha (Orissa). Actually, it is known for a unique phenomenon which surprises every visitor; during low tide, the beach recedes up to 5 km and again comes back to the original shore line. Hence, it is called the ‘Hide and Seek’ beach.

Chandipur beach in Balasore district is the only beach in the eastern India where the sea recedes up to five km daily at low tide and returns during high tide, offering a truly unique sight. Adding to the beauty are the casuarina trees dotting the area. When the tide returns, fishermen rush to collect the small fishes that the waves leave behind at the shore. The beach is replete with small red crabs that emerge from tiny holes on the sea bed and rush towards the vanishing water during low tide. It is equally captivating to watch the sunrise and sunset at the beach. Touted as one of the finest beaches of Odisha, Chandipur is just 16 km east of Balasore and easily accessible by road. A visit to the beach is not complete without a stroll on the dry sea bed with a packet of jhalmuri and coconut water in hand. After reaching Balasore, visitors cab hire an auto-rickshaw or taxi to reach Chandipur. There are plenty of accommodations near the beach. The Tourism Department of Odisha has a Pantha Nivas. Other places of interest like Remuna, Panchalingeswar, Aradi and Chandaneswar also lie close by.

How to reach Chandipur

You can catch a train from Kolkata to Balasore. Once you have reached the station, you can hire a cab to Chandipur, which is located at a distance of around 10 km from Balasore. By Road: As the roads are in good condition, Chandipur, located at a distance of around 260 km from Kolkata, is easily accessible by road.

How To Reach Chandipur From Kolkata:
By Air: You can take a flight to Bhubaneswar airport and then from there you can hire a cab or catch a bus to Chandipur, which is located at a distance of around 210 km from the airport. By Rail: Balasore, a nearby city, is well connected to Kolkata and other cities by rail. You can catch a train from Kolkata to Balasore. Once you have reached the station, you can hire a cab to Chandipur, which is located at a distance of around 10 km from Balasore.

By Road: As the roads are in good condition, Chandipur, located at a distance of around 260 km from Kolkata, is easily accessible by road. Route 1: Kolkata – Jaleswar – Chandipur Route 2: Kolkata – Bengai – Chandipur However, route 1 is preferable as it will take an average time of 3 hours lesser in comparison to route 2. You can reach Chandipur from Kolkata within 5 hours by taking route 1. Once you are on your way, you can take a break at Jaleswar and witness its beautiful environment.

#9 Puri Beach Odisha

puri-beachPuri Beach The holy town of Puri is also bordered by the Bay of Bengal. Puri Beach is at a distance of 2 km from the famous Puri Jagannath Temple.

Puri is a vibrant and enticing part of India: home to grand temples and the host of 24 bustling annual festivals. While the city is bursting with fun activities, colourful landmarks and celebrations, it is Puri’s shoreline that really draws in travellers.

Situated on the Bay of Bengal, a large area of Puri is covered in sprawling sands and lapping waves. It offers visitors some of the most mesmerising beach experiences and some truly incredible ocean views. Here are just five of the best beaches to visit during your Puri adventure.

Best time to visit puri
Weather in Puri is highly influenced by sea as it lies on the banks of Bay of Bengal. The tropical climate of Orissa with pleasant winters, hot and humid summers and heavy rainfalls makes the period from October to April the best time to visit Puri. White Sands of Puri Beach attract lots of tourists to Puri from October to April

How to Reach Puri
BY AIR :The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar, 60 km.

BY RAIL : Reaching Puri through Rail – Puri is a terminus on the East Coast Railway having direct express and super fast train links with New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Okha, Ahmedabad, Tirupati etc. Some important trains are Kolkata (Howrah) Puri Howrah Express, Jagannath Express; New Delhi; Purushottam Express. Khurda Road Station, 44 km, from Puri is convenient rail head for train to Chennai and Western India. The station is about one km North of the town. Cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws compete aggressively to get you to a hotel.

BY ROAD : Reaching Puri through Road – The bus stand near the Gundicha Temple provides connections to Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, service every 10-15 minutes. Minibuses to Konark leave every 20-30 minutes and also from Jatiababa Chhak. There are direct buses for Kolkata and Visakhapatnam.

#10 Kakinada Beach Andhra Pradesh

kakinada-beachKakinada Beach Andhra Pradesh is one of the states along the Bay of Bengal. The Kakinada Beach in the city of Kakinada, in the East Godavari district, is one of the coastal destinations in Andhra Pradesh.

Also known as Pensioner’s Paradise on account of its relaxing climate and peaceful environment, Kakinada is one of the largest cities in the state of Andhra Pradesh and is settled as a beachside beauty facing the Bay of Bengal. Even though it was used as a trading post in the past, it is one of the most beautiful cities in the state today and is popular for its town planning. If you are looking for a destination where you can chill and relax amid serenity, then you must consider visiting Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh. Due to its stainless atmosphere, uncrowded beaches and unexplored tourist spots, it makes for a perfect weekend destination.

Explore Its Historical Monuments Kakinada also houses several ancient sites in the form of temples and other monuments. After all, the history of Kakinada stretches back to several centuries. Sri Bhavanarayana Temple is one of the most popular ancient sites in the city and is visited by thousands of tourists and Hindu devotees every year. If you desire to explore beyond the boundaries of core city and savour the beauty of its small towns and villages, then you can also visit the historic temples of Annavaram, Antarvedi and Draksharamam. All these temples are considered as pilgrimage sites amongst locals and are known for their peaceful aura. Wouldn’t you love to find yourself amid peace and divinity? If yes, then add these temples and ancient sites to itinerary of Kakinada.

Indulge In Spotting Rare Species Be it natural marvels or historical place, Kakinada always serves its visitors with the best of destinations. Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary is one such place where you can capture the captivating beauty of raw nature. The presence of lush greenery and diverse wildlife make this sanctuary a must-visit destination for every traveller. It houses the second largest mangrove forest in the country and more than 100 beautiful species of birds.

How to reach Kakinada by Rail. The nearest Railway Station from Kakinada is Kakinada Junction, located at a distance of 3 Kms from the city. The second nearest Railway Station is Samalkot Railway Station, located at a distance of 12 Kms from Kakinada.