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Anjuna, GoaTop 10 Beaches on West Coast

Thanks to the Curlie’s at the end of the beach – where people meet to have some fun and enjoy music – the good times are not unusual for this place. It is found in the north of Baga and Calangute beaches and close to the south of Vagator beach. Anjuna is world famous for its trance parties held on the beach during the tourist season. If there's one when you're around, be sure to go to one of the famous full moon parties, or one of the less known black moon parties. You can spot where the parties are by looking for the flickering lights of the "chai ladies" on the beach. They always congregate where the parties are happening, and the flames from their kerosene lamps are a great signpost. Anjuna also hosts the famous flea market (Every Wednesday) wherein you can purchase many things, ranging from fruits to jewelry, clothes and electronic devices. Anjuna Beach is to the south of the village with its usual lot of restaurants and bars. There are many different places to stay in Anjuna (from hotel with swimming pool, to a room inside the family house), you'll find hotels, houses, and rooms almost everywhere, you just have to walk the streets with your backpack/luggage, and you'll be offered rooms. Prices vary depending on the comfort, the commodities, the season, the duration of your stay, and your ability to bargain. To get cheaper prices, you should look in the south part, especially in St Anthony's church area.

Getting there
The nearest town is Mapusa a few kilometers to the east. You have to get down at Mapusa train station-Thivim. Then the cheapest is to take the local bus to Mapusa bus station- Kadamba. Then in Kadamba, Just ask around where is the bus to Anjuna. You can also take an auto rickshaw or a taxi. Like everywhere else in Goa, you can hire bikes and cycles to roam around.

Om Beach, KarnatakaTop 10 Beaches on West Coast


Om beach is located 8 km from Gokarna. It derives its name from the two semicircular coves which join to form an inverted symbol of Om. It is the place where you can see many numbers of Hippo Sadhus doing their penance. It is also a major center for water sports activities such as surfing, water skiing, para sailing etc. Gokarna is a small and remote holy town, with four of India's most secluded and pristine beaches nestled nearby. It draws both pious pilgrims and hedonistic holiday makers with equal enthusiasm. Om Beach is the most happening beach, and is the only one that's reachable by car or rickshaw. The others are around a 20 minute hike away from each other through the hills and over rocks, or a short boat ride away. The last beach, Paradise Beach, is not much more than a tiny protected cove that's a patch of hippie paradise. Gokarna town has plenty of hotels. Instead, find yourself a basic hut right on the beach. Om and Kudle beaches both have shacks offering accommodations, while places also open on Paradise and Halfmoon beaches during the tourist season from November to March. There are also a few new luxury resorts in the area.

Getting there
The nearest airport is Dabolim, in Goa. From there it's a four hour drive 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 from Gokarna. Gokarna is also well connected by bus from major cities such as Madgaon in Goa, and Mangalore and Bangalore in Karnataka. Om beach is another 8 kms from the Gokarna town.

Varkala, KeralaTop 10 Beaches on West Coast


Varkala beach, also known as Papanasham beach, is found between Alleppey and Kovalam. Being an epitome of picturesque beauty, it feeds the photographers with varieties of stills thereby satiating their desire of capturing exquisite things. It is said that one dip – if made in the waters of this beach removes the sins committed for a life time. Stunningly picturesque beach lies around one hour north of Trivandrum in Kerala, and provides a relatively peaceful alternative to the now commercialized Kovalam. The setting of this beach is striking enough to take your breath away, with a long winding stretch of cliff and views that extend over the Arabian Sea. A paved footpath runs along the length of the cliff, bordered by coconut palms, quaint shops, beach shacks, hotels, and guest houses. Nestled at the bottom of the cliff is a long stretch of sparkling beach, reached by steps leading down from the cliff top. Varkala is a wonderful place to relax and rejuvenate. It's well known for its dramatic sunsets. Settle into one of the beach shacks with a drink, and you'll have an uninterrupted view of the sun as it slowly sinks down the horizon. The mineral spring that flows from the cliff at the southern end of the beach is believed to have medicinal properties. You'll also find plenty of places specializing in yoga, and Ayurvedic massage and therapies. Varkala has accommodations to suit all price ranges, from resorts to simple rooms in family homes.

Getting there
Varkala cliff and beach are located a 10 minute drive away from Varkala town and railway station. Almost 20 trains stop at the station. Alternatively, there are airports at Trivandrum and Kochi (around 4 hours north of Varkala).

Candolim, GoaTop 10 Beaches on West Coast


A preferred destination for beach goers – the Candolim beach – is located in the northern parts of Goa. Other than regular adventure sports, this beach also offers tremendous opportunities for those who love to do fishing activities. The peaceful ambiance which we can see here brings in people for practicing yoga and meditation. There are also arrangements made here to take travelers far into the sea to have an opportunity to capture spectacular sunsets on their cameras. Candolim is a village in North Goa, India. It is situated just south of the famous Calangute beach, and is a popular tourist destination. in the continuum of Calangute has been largely overrun by tourist shops, restaurants and hotels. Nice area to stay for people interested in shopping and dining close to beach front accommodation. A bit too expensive for the backpacker crowd though. Candolim is relatively busy soft sandy beach that due to erosion can be narrow in some places. Hawkers selling mostly cheap clothes and along with masseurs offering massages makes the beach a lively spot. Towards the Sinquerim end of the beach you can get most forms of water sport activities including para sailing and dolphin boat trips. This is a tour operator tourism place, though it gets very busy with locals at weekends and holidays.

Getting there
There are plenty of buses that ply between Panaji, Calangute via Sinquerim. Lot of options to stay from shacks to beach cottages and homestays.

Cherai, KeralaTop 10 Beaches on West Coast

Cherai Beach is situated in the Ernakulam district and is generally reckoned as one of the must visit spots in southern parts of India. It is also known by the name of “Princess of Arabian Sea” due to its proximity to the city of Cochin, which in turn, is called as the “Queen of Arabian Sea.” It has all the components which would make a beach a world class beach. The coconut palms, the paddy fields, the backwaters – and everything else make it one beach which you cannot afford to miss. Cherai Beach, is ideal for swimming. Lined with luscious green coconut groves and paddy fields, this sandy beach is a unique combination of the sea and the backwaters, studded with seashells of various hues and shapes. Dolphins are occasionally seen here. Thick coconut groves and Chinese fishing nets on the waterfront are added attractions. For those who seek refuge from the stress and pollution of modern civilization, Cherai beach is a heaven, serene, unspoilt and eternal. Despite having been discovered by the world as the place for the perfect vacation. The newly beautified main beach with the walkway adds to the charm and the High mask lamp makes the beach enjoyable even at night. Cherai beach is well known for the mouth lingering fresh sea food.

Getting there
Cherai is located in Vypeen island, Kochi, India. Beach is just 25 km from Kochi, and 30 km from Cochin International Airport. The nearest towns are North Paravur (6 km) and Kodungallur (10 km) and the nearest railway station is Aluva (20 km).

Mandrem, GoaTop 10 Beaches on West Coast


Mandrem is amazing beach, very quiet and away from maddening crowd of Baga, Calangute and Candolim. It is one of those tropical dreams we see in travel brochures - long, broad, white and perfect. It stretches from the end of the attractive Aswem Beach for several miles to Pernem's capital Arambol, where it ends with a promontory of needle point rocks. Beach has a long coastline and white sand. The sand at Mandrem beach is so white that it gleamed in the setting sun's light. Wedged between the bustling towns of Arambol and Anjuna, it is the perfect place to relax on what many tourists claim, is quite possibly the only clean and quiet beach in Goa. Beach is said to be so clean that its unbelievable its goa! The approach to the beach is across a narrow wooden bridge. The first thing that you will notice is that this place is so quiet and peaceful, and yet this could probably be the best beaches of Goa. The shore is lined up with recliners which are managed by sea-side restaurants. And since it is not crowded you might not have to worry too much about getting a place. Its quieter, much beautiful and actually relaxing. It could be nice to stay over for a night or two. The area is gradually becoming more developed as people discover its charm. The accommodations around this beach are nice & cozy. It has a number of beach huts, small guest houses and some resorts. Many locals also let out their homes on rent.

Getting there
Beach is located in North Goa, 25 kilometers from Panjim. The closest railway station is Pernem. Buses go from Pernem a few times every day via Arambol. It's the last stop of the line.

Benaulim, GoaTop 10 Beaches on West Coast


Benaulim beach town is little south of Margao in Goa, India. It is a town of immense natural beauty, located along the scenic South Goa coastline. This long stretch of white sand is great for sun lovers. It is 41 kms away from Panaji and 2 kms from the longest beach Colva. If you wish to be at some place close to nature and totally untouched, than Benaulim is the place for you. At Benaulim beach, one can just laze the day off soaking in the sun. Benaulim beach at Goa gives you the pleasure and satisfaction of being in Goa. This is the beach to be when you just want to relax, relax and relax. Nearby shacks offer you snacks and drinks as and when preferred and you don't even have to bother about getting up from your comfort zone for such things because there are assistants roaming about through whom you can place the orders and the food or drink is brought to you where you are seated. Beach shacks offer great sea food, traditional Indian food, and lots of Beer, along with cocktails. Apart from the seafood, you can also catch up with some water activity. A main attraction of this beach is the dolphin spotting trips. The trips are reasonably priced and chances of spotting dolphins fairly high. Apart from boat rides, there are also options of parasailing, jet skiing and wind surfing available. Windsurfing though comparatively cheap is a tough activity. Benaulim Beach is one of the fairly undiscovered beaches of Goa. Despite of its being a fishing beach, the domestic tourists are unaware of it.

Getting there
Benaulim is located in South Goa, 8 kilometers from Madgaon and 41 kilometers from capital Panaji. It is about 27 km from Dabolim Airport. Its easily accessible by all modes of transport. The closest railway station is Madgaon. You can easily get autos from there for the beach. You can walk everywhere between the beach, the shops and the hotels, but if you would like to explore you can hire your own scooter, or take a rickshaw from the crossroads.

Ganapatipule, MaharashtraTop 10 Beaches on West Coast


A good beach located near Ratnagiri. Clean beach and comparable to Calangute beach of Goa. Limited water sports are also there. Less crowded so peaceful and free of pollution. Famous Ganpati temple is also located on the beach. Ganapatipule is one of the most spectacular beaches along the Konkan Coast - an idyllic getaway that attracts peace-seekers, beach lovers, and pilgrims alike. The temple of Swayambhu (self-originated) Ganesh is much frequented by thousands every year. The God is considered to be the Paschim Dwardevta (Western Sentinel God of India), and those who visit Ganapatipule, make it a point to pay their respects to this great deity. Aside from its clean beach and clear waters, Ganapatipule is rich in flora, including mangroves and coconut palms. Here, you can leave the hectic world behind as you laze around on golden sands or explore the many trails that lead from the beach. But the amenities, markets, connectivity are not that great. One can enjoy some local flavors, mangoes and jack-fruit, and related food items, coconut water but overall food experience seems to be average. Many hotels and rooms for rent are available at the place and most of them have spacious rooms.

Getting there
The nearest airport is Kolhapur while the nearest railhead is Bhoke, on the Konkan Railway. However, Ratnagiri is more convenient which is about 25 km away from Ganapatipule. Mumbai-Ganapatipule (via Mahad) is 375 kms and Pune-Ganapatipule (via Satara) is 331 kms. Kolhapur-Ganaptipule is 144 kms.

Nagoa, DiuTop 10 Beaches on West Coast


It is located near the Nagoa hamlet of the village of Bucharwada. The Beach is exceptionally beautiful and quiet. In this horse - shoe shaped beach, various water sports facilities are available. It is completely safe for swimming. Plenty of Hoka trees whisper and sway in the intoxicating sea breeze all day long. The virginity of the beach and serenity of the surroundings give the visitor peace and pleasure beyond expression. A perfect semi circle beach where the gentle lapping waves beckon you to wade into them for a fun filled time of swimming, gamboling or just lolling around the soft sand shores or to find you napping under the palm trees filled with the soothing breeze. Diu is popular as a tourist place because of the natural beaches available near to Diu like Nagoa beach, Jalandhar beach, Ghoghla beach. Diu city is itself located on beach. The beach at Diu is situated at an altitude of 29 meters, due to which you can experience a pleasant climate here. The Diu Fort, constructed by Bahadur Shah, the ruler of Gujarat, gives a nice view of the sea. The existence of such fantastic forts and palm trees makes this beach as one of the most visited places in or nearby Gujarat. The ideal time for visiting this place is between October and May.

Getting there
Diu does not have railway facility, nearest railway station is Veraval which is 90 kms from here. Veraval is directly connected to Rajkot (295kms from Diu) and Ahmedabad (495 kms from Diu) by Train. Diu has an airport and is connected with daily flights from Mumbai.

Arambol, GoaTop 10 Beaches on West Coast

Arambol, on Goa's far northern stretch of coastline, has become the new hippie haven. Arambol beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa, amongst many other popular locations including Vagator, Anjuna and Palolem. It borders North on Keri Beach and South on Mandrem Beach. Once a small fishing village, it's now full of long term travelers. You'll find plenty of alternative therapies there, such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, and reiki. Water sports and dolphin sightseeing trips are on offer as well. The nightlife is relaxed, with live music and jam sessions happening. Just north of Arambol are the deserted Keri beach and Tiracol Fort. It's worth the walk there if you want total peace and privacy. A short walk north off the main beach is a smaller beach with a "fresh water lake" close to the sea which has invigorating hot thermals, making it the perfect place to relax. The water here is a mixture of fresh water and sea water. The jungle valley, enclosed between low hills hide a spectacular Banyan tree. Due to the composition of both, national and international musicians, Arambol is home to a rich live music scene, dominated by Gypsie-Fusion bands. Yoga, meditation, live music, dance of many different styles and a variety of healing arts are part of the vibrant scene, which attracts travelers from all walks of life. Cafés and restaurants have mushroomed all along the shoreline, from the small "Sweet Water Lake" beach all the way to Mandrem. During the season many traders from all over India come to Arambol to sell their goods and merchandise.

Getting there
Arambol is located in North Goa, 32 kilometers from Mapusa and 50 kilometers from Panaji. The closest railway station is Pernem. From here you can take buses or autos for the beach.

 
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