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Baga, GoaTop 10 Popular Beaches

Baga Beach, situated in North Goa, is a very busy tourist spot and is just 9 kilometres from Mapusa and 16 kilometres away from the capital of Goa, Panaji. Being one of the most happening beaches on the coast, you can find all sorts of entertainment here. The beach also hosts varieties of water sports and many attractions like parasailing, windsurfing and kite surfing, to name a few. You'll find everything from water sports to fine dining restaurants there, along with a pulsating nightlife. There are DJs, sports cafes and much more. Alternatively, you can simply be content lazing on the sun lounges in front of the beach shacks all day and feasting on a steady supply of food and drinks. Baga Beach is bordered by Calangute Beach to the south, and Anjuna Beach to the north on the other side of the river. Baga Beach starts right where Calangute ends, although it's hard to pinpoint exactly where. There are number of beach resorts, cottages and hotels at Baga satisfying every pocket.

Getting there
The closest railway station to Baga is Thivim. Goa's Dabolim airport is located 50 kilometers away.

Kovalam, KeralaTop 10 Popular Beaches


As a commercially valued beach in Kerala, life never stops here in Kovalam. The activities here run deep into the night and the beach is highly acclaimed for water sports. It is situated 16 km from the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram and has been an ideal one for sun bathing and massaging. You can also view a beautiful bay of calm waters created by a huge rock promontory. Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favourite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse. Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes and catamaran cruising are some of them. The tropical sun acts so fast that one can see the faint blush of coppery tan on the skin in a matter of minutes. Life on the beach begins late in the day and carries on well into the night. The beach complex includes a string of budget cottages, Ayurvedic health resorts, convention facilities, shopping zones, swimming pools, Yoga and Ayurvedic massage centres.

Getting there
Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, is just 16 km away from Kovalam and getting there is no hassle. But if you are on holiday it is better to stay in Kovalam and visit the city. Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is just about 10 km from the beach.

Radhanagar, AndamanTop 10 Popular Beaches


As a beach which offers a wide range of flora and fauna, the beach at Radha Nagar – located at a distance of 7 km from Dolphin Yatri Nivas, it is rated as the one of the best in Asia. It is also revered as one of the top ten beaches in the world. Bestowed with the precious award of ‘Asia’s best beach’ by TIME Magazine, Radha Nagar Beach situated 12 kms from Havelock’s ferry pier is undoubtedly one of the beat beaches of Andaman Islands. Fine white sand, turquoise blue waters and a lot of peace and serenity are the hallmark of this beautiful landmass. The water at the beach is of exceptional quality as there is almost not turbidity and wave action. It is not a huge island to explore. An overall length of 2 kms and width of 30-40 meters is all that it extends to. There is so much to do at Radha Nagar that one could hardly get time to breathe. Yet, it is the place to have a gulp of fresh air free from all the adulterations of a city life. It has something for every kind of tourist – be it the adventure lover, the sports freak, the family guy or the romantic soul! Couples prefer this beach over many others as there is not much intrusion into their private moments. The sports lover could go for a plethora of activities like Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Game Fishing, Swimming and many more that have been recently started there. In fact, Radha Nagar beach has some of the best dive centers of Andaman Islands. It is also a great place to spend some quiet, quality moments with family and friends. A silent walk on the beach or around the lining forests, enjoying a sunbath, reading that favorite book in one of the coffee corners overlooking the ocean – what more could one ask for! Tourists from all corners of the world flock the place for meeting new people, clicking great pictures & adding beautiful moments to their holiday album.Activities like kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving are very prevalent here. Even elephant drives and sunset views can also be enjoyed at this beach.

Getting there
Andaman, being an island, can be reached in only two ways – By air or by sea. You have direct daily flights to Port Blair (capital of Andaman) from Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai. Some flights also fly from Bhuwaneshwar on certain days. Whereas ships sail from Chennai, Vizag & Kolkata. There are usually 3-4 sailings every month and the tentative sailing schedule can be found here. Ship voyage takes about 50-60 hours. Then there are ships, ferries and boats to move between different islands of Andaman.

Palolem, GoaTop 10 Popular Beaches


The crescent shaped Palolem Beach is located in the market town of Chaudi in South Goa. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa. It is an ideal place to plan for holidays. This beach is an open invitation to swimmers as the depth of the sea increases only gradually and as the waves are not very threatening. Picturesque beach, enclosed by a thick forest of coconut palms in far south Goa, is arguably the state's most beautiful beach. This mile long, shady, semi-circle shaped beach continues to grow in popularity every year, and it's become very lively with the diverse crowd that it attracts. Palolem offers both relaxation and adventure. Those who've had enough of lounging on the beach can go dolphin spotting or fishing in a boat, or take an inexpensive boat trip along the backwater canals during high tide. Hiring a kayak is also a good way to explore the surroundings. Everyone, from long term travelers to package tourists, seems to have found an appropriate place for themselves on Palolem Beach. The feature at Palolem is the temporary coco huts, which line the beach from October until May. There are plenty of other staying options as well.

Getting there
Palolem is located in south Goa, 43 kilometers from Marago and 76 kilometers from Panaji, the state's capital. The closest railway stations to Palolem are Marago on the Konkan Railway and Canacona (also known as Chaudi). Canacona is a 10 minute drive away from Palolem. Marago is 40 minutes away. Alternatively, Goa's Dabolim airport is around one and a half hours away.

Calungate, GoaTop 10 Popular Beaches

Hailed as the “Queen of the beaches”, Calangute beach is the largest one in the northern region of Goa. The night life at the beach presents a live wire experience with many foreign holiday makers and locals dancing into the night to great upbeat music. It happens to be a perfect place for partying. Water sports like skiing, surfing and parasailing are also prominently played here. Calangute beach in Goa attracts so many holidaymakers from November to February. It is the time while its climate becomes pleasant so visitors arrive for holidaying. It is located at a distance of 15 kilometers from Panaji, the capital of Goa. Holiday seasons are occasions while Calangute beach receives big rush of people willing to spend time in small resorts here. As it offers many facilities this beach has attained much popularity amongst visitors willing to spend great time in its golden sand besides involving in water sports activities. Location of Calangute beach on Arabian seashore in northern Goa makes it typical but prominent Indian tourist destination. Key facilities are best accommodation in well developed tourist resorts and cottages to offer seething impression. The place has ample real estate value in Goa so buying property is considered best choice. Rainbow colored atmosphere of this beach attracts all visitors. Hippies had discovered it in the 60’s. Since then its popularity has grown. The St. Alex Church is famous place here it shouldn’t be ignored. Its two big towers welcome all visitors so is outstanding dome making the façade amazing. Interior portion of this church portray excellent architectural beauty. Nightlife of Calangute beach offers good respite from wildest parties one would do in the Anjuna beach.

Getting there
Calangute beach is reached by road as it is best connected to different localities of Goa. As roads are in good condition reaching there is best experience. Thivim is nearest railway station here. Two more stations Margao and Vasco are nearby. It takes 20 minutes to reach by taxi. Although state buses run in different locations frequently covering many parts of Goa, you may have to change a few if distance is long. Take for example the root from airport to Calangute for which at least three buses are to be changed. One can take taxi as well from Panaji.

Cavelossim, GoaTop 10 Popular Beaches


South of Benaulim lies the beautiful stretch of coast line with soft white sand and black lava rocks. This is Cavelossim beach. Beaches in this region are much cleaner and quieter than most of the famous beaches of Goa. There are numerous beach shacks offering a variety of Goan dishes and seafood at reasonable prices. There are several food joints around Dona Sylvia where one can get entire package of good food, good drink, nice service, and a pleasant service in quite reasonable rates. Cavelossim Beach is the perfect Beach for a Beach vacation. The mesmerizing Cavelossim Beach is located in amidst the Arabian Sea and the Sal River in South Goa. This Beach is also famous for its water sports. You can indulge in some fun water games like Speed Boat Racing, Diving, Swimming and many more. Water sports are a major attraction of this Beach of Goa. It has everything which is needed to become a fine beach. The white soft sand, blue crystalline water, and the greenery making its presence felt from all corners of this Beach, makes Cavelossim a real tourist attraction. The beauty of the beach is its cleanliness and the calm and tranquil serenity. These beaches are very quiet beaches when compared to Anjuna or Calangute beaches, so one can come here to spend few peaceful moments with oneself and feel the charm of the sea acting on him. The accommodation may prove to be bit expensive as most of the resorts provide a sea front view. Tourists can also avail dolphin view boat rides.

Getting there
Cavelossim beach is around 12 km from Benaulim. One can avail the buses or taxis services to reach the Cavelossim beach or else can hire motorbike to travel to these beaches. Dabolim Airport, Mormugao is 60 minutes from here. Travel to Capital Panaji takes 80 minutes. Margao Railway Station is 25 minutes from here and Tivim Railway Station is 100 minutes travel on road. If you’re going South along National Highway, turn left at Chinchinim, follow the road and take a left at the Orlim Main Road, follow this road till you reach Cavelossim.

Puri, OdishaTop 10 Popular Beaches


One of the busiest beach in the country, mainly due to all sort of pilgrims coming there to offer their prayers at Jagannath Puri. Fine white sands, roar of the breakers rolling in from the Bay of Bengal and countless devotees flocking the place for a purification dip are the synonyms to the Puri Beach. The beach has continued to be a sacred venue for an endless number of pilgrims coming to pay homage to Lord Jagannath. With the annual Beach Festival taking place in November, the beach has now become a favorite haunt of both Indian and foreign beach lovers. Located at a mere distance of 35 kms from the Sun Temple and 65 kms from Bhubaneshwar, the beach is an ideal place for an introvert holiday maker for the scarcity of crowd here. The beaches of Puri are also renowned for the sand sculptures created particularly by the internationally famed Sudarshan Patnaik. The subjects are generally inspired by sculptures covering the temple walls, characters and episodes from the mythology and also the contemporary events. An entire beach stretch can be completely yours given the immense number of beaches in Odisha (Orissa) and a comparatively lower number of fun lovers, the city being a popular pilgrimage point for Indians. The beach at Puri offers a unique opportunity to witness the striking sunrise and the sunset on the same beach. Often crowded with holiday makers bathing in the afternoon, and enjoying the brightly lit kiosks in the night, the stretches, parallel to the main Marine Drive Road, form the domain of the domestic tourists, with a row of hotels, food stalls and kiosks selling souvenirs. A comparatively clean and quite place for sunbathing and a relaxed swim can be found at the eastern end. Local fishermen easily distinguishable by their triangular straw hats and dhotis serve as lifeguards on the beach, and take visitors out to sea in their boats to watch the sunsets. On the Chakratirtha side, the long stretch of golden sand is more tranquil and pleasant place to stroll. Take enough precaution while swimming as the currents can be treacherous in Puri.

Getting there
Puri Beach is located at the city of Puri and the distance between Puri railway station and the beach is only 2 km. Nearest airport is located at Bhubaneswar which is 60 km away. Buses and Taxis are available for local transportation.

Kanyakumari Beach, Tamil NaduTop 10 Popular Beaches


Most popular beach and sea-shore but probably only one of the list which has restrictions on bathing. If one talks of Kanyakumari Beach, it is difficult to overlook the pleasantries offered by sunset and sunrise to our eyes. Most of the people make their visit here precisely for this very reason. Surrounded by seas on the three sides, this place is located on the southernmost tip of Indian peninsula. No different from Rameshwaram, this is also a much visited pilgrimage spot. Due to the confluence of three waters – Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, the sea waters here will mostly be rough. Kanyakumari is located at the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula; its former name was Cape Comorin. The Kanyakumari beach is a beautiful sight with multi-coloured sand. The beach here does not really offer one the opportunity to sunbathe on soft golden sands, or to frolic in the waves either. The seashore is rocky and dangerous, and there is a manmade wall running along it. People are warned to stay off the rocks. There is a lighthouse from where one can get a panoramic view. It is entertaining to watch the sea beat itself against the rocks and then subside, before it gathers itself up for another attack. With long stretches of sands of many hues, the beach offers a welcome change. The place is also famous for its distinctly beautiful (reddish) sunrise and sunset. The confluence of three ocean bodies - the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea - makes the sunrise and sunset even more special. On balmy, full-moon evenings one can also see the moon-rise and sunset at the same time - on either side of the horizon. A variety of shells are on sale on the Kanyakumari beach.

Getting there
Cape Comorin is the southern tip of the Cardamom Hills, an extension of the Western Ghats range along the west coast of India. The nearest major city is Nagercoil, the administrative headquarters of Kanyakumari District, 22 km away. Though nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, but Kanyakumari is well connected with train and bus services from different cities in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Elephant, Andaman Top 10 Popular Beaches


Elephant beach is a nice secluded beach which one can reach either by a private boat or trekking through the rain forests. The trekking takes no more than 30-40 minutes in medium pace and the road a little hilly and forested. They have guides there who carry your belongings and guide you through the forest. The beach is good for snorkeling. There's also a facility for sea walking there. On Elephant beach in Havelock Island, people can watch training of elephants and elephants swimming in sea. People can also explore other adventures activities like scuba diving, snorkeling and sightseeing. The shoreline here was largely swept away by the 2004 tsunami and the beach is a fraction of what it used to be; however, the coral here is probably the best on the island, making this an excellent spot for snorkeling. Elephant Beach is one of those unique beaches on Havelock Island which is untouched by tourism, and you can go snorkeling and see everything from eels to sea horses! Adventure lovers will definitely like Elephant beach. Beach is mostly crowded in the morning till lunch, after which all tourists start to take the returning boat. This would be a ideal time for those who would like some privacy. Of course you should have come by Trek to enjoy the afternoons. Remember to pack food and water, there is very limited option like Tender Coconut and Bhel Puri.

Getting there
Elephant Beach is located in Havelock. It’s a 30 minutes boat ride from Havelock jetty. Alternatively you can trek down to beach through forest.

Varca, GoaTop 10 Popular Beaches

Varca is renowned for its beaches, hence it has become a popular destination for tourists. The row of wooden fishing boats seen on the beach belong to the Christian fishing community. Varca Beach is one most popular tourist sites in Goa and is situated about 2 kilometers from Benaulim. The beach is marked by a number of wooden boats, belonging to the fishermen of the city. Varca seems to be an ideal location for the tourists looking for tranquility and serenity. Moreover, the beach possesses a number of beach shacks, where the tourists can indulge in the typical Goan cuisine. At these shacks, the tourists can enjoy the wide variety of delicacies, including sea food. Besides, the beach possesses a number of tourist sites at its vicinity. The tourists can spend their time watching dolphins or enjoying boat trips on the river Sal. There are many popular beach resorts in Varca including the Radisson White Sands Resort, the Club Mahindra Varca Beach Resort, and Serenity Residency. The Varca Beach in Goa is known to its soft white sands and its cleanliness. It is one of the cleanest beaches in Goa that allows the tourists to spend some time in solitude.

Getting there
Tourists willing to reach Varca Beach at Goa through airways can reach Dabolim Airport and take a road transport thereafter. The nearest railway station to Varca is Margao. Margao is connected well connected with a number of buses and autos to reach the beach.If you are opting for a holiday package to Goa do try and include Varca Beach in your itinerary.

 
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