The Beach Guide

Top 25+ India Beaches

Sometimes referred to as the Sub-continent, India is a pretty substantial country with a correspondingly large coastline. Virtually all of this 7,000 km long coast is set well within the tropics, so as you can imagine there are any number of idyllic beaches to explore. 

However, most visitors to India don't do much in the way of exploring and instead head for the well-trodden beaches of Goa. And who could blame them, after all this ex-Portuguese colony is home to many of the best beaches in India. But the beaches of Goa are no longer the undiscovered hippie havens of the 1970s and have become quite busy and in some cases over-developed.

The good news is much of India's west coast has beautiful beaches to rival those of Goa, many of which have barely been 'discovered'. Neighbouring states such as Maharashtra, Kerala and Karnataka are home to some stunning stretches of unspoilt, palm fringed stretches of sand. Even further off the beaten, beachgoers path is Tamil Nadu where ancient temples rise up out of the sand.

Most people visiting India will be looking for a little more than your standard beach holiday. After all this is a country with a very different culture and amazing array of ancient sights. 

But if it is beaches, and only beaches you are looking for then there is somewhere in India that is home to truly world class pristine tropical beaches - the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Closer to Thailand and Malaysia than mainland India this archipelago of 500+ islands has countless white-sand, palm-lined beaches along with some of the best surfing and diving on the planet.

The Best Indian Beaches...

  • Varkala Beach // Kerala

    Varkala Beach
    © Navaneeth Krishnan S / CC BY

    Set in the south of Kerala Varkala Beach is a truly beautiful spot. From the long stretch of cliff there are views out over the Arabian Sea and the beach below. This stretch fine white sand is outlined in coconut trees and bamboo huts giving it a totally tropical feel. Whilst there are plenty of hotels, restaurants, and shops nearby this is still less commercialized… read more »

  • Querim Beach // Goa

    Querim Beach
    © Jo Kent / CC BY

    Querim Beach, often referred to as Keri Beach, is the northernmost beach in Goa. As such it has something of a remote feel to it and never gets busy like nearby Arambol Beach to the south. Querim Beach is a place you can enjoy relaxing walks on the beach, sunbathe, go surfing and watching the sunset. This is the place you head to for… read more »

  • Bekal Beach // Kerala

    Bekal Beach
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    Bekal Beach is located on Kerala's Malabar coastline on the shores of the Arabian Sea. This area is a popular destination in India because of its natural scenic beauty and hospitality. Besides the the picturesque, tropical beach , there is a substantial historic fort on the southern headland. The fort is nearly 300 years old, and it offers commanding views over the beach and beyond.… read more »

  • Polem Beach // Goa

    Polem Beach
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  • Agonda Beach // Goa

    Agonda Beach
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    Located in the middle of South Goa, Agonda Beach is a long stretch of soft golden sand that meets the warm waters of the Arabian Sea. Amongst the backdrop of palm trees there are actually huts where you can stay during your visit, making for a complete beach experience.

    This beach is generally pretty laid back and peaceful. You can spend your time relaxing and taking… read more »

  • Palolem Beach // Goa

    Palolem Beach
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    Goa is without doubt the most popular destination in India for beach holidays with its lively beach scene. Palolem Beach is a naturally beautiful spot in the south of the state with a long crescent of sand and blue waters. This is a place to relax on the beach or take a dip in the Arabian Sea.

    When you arrive in this tropical paradise, you will… read more »

  • Azhimala Beach // Kerala

    Azhimala Beach
    © Dr Ajay Balachandran / CC BY

    Just a short drive from Kovalam is the much quieter, laid back Azhimala Beach. Compared to the hustle and bustle along the coast this is a wonderfully peaceful and natural location.

    Gentle waves wash the long stretch of golden sand, and the backdrop is coconut palm trees with the odd cluster of boulders. Instead of a throng of tourists you can watch the local fishermen landing… read more »

  • Om Beach // Karnataka

    Om Beach
    © Bishnu Sarangi

    Located just south of the border with Goa is the of Gokarna, a small town famous for its beautiful beaches. Om Beach is one of the most popular and iconic of the areas beaches.

    The name of the beach comes from its shape; two crescents of sand meet with a rock formation in the middle. This forms the shape of the Hindu Om symbol (ॐ)… read more »

  • Cherai Beach // Kerala

    Cherai Beach
    © Jan J George / CC BY

    Located within a stone's throw of Kochi, Kerala's most populous city, is Cherai Beach. This long, golden sand beach sits on a 15-kilometer strip of coast backed by extensive backwaters. As the beach stretches off into the distance with a view of the Arabian Sea to one side and groves of coconut palms to the other it is hard to imagine you are just a… read more »

  • Kappad Beach // Kerala

    Kappad Beach
    © Sarah and Iain / CC BY

    With its long stretch of pale-golden sands backed by tall coconut palms Kappad Beach is as delightful as any in Kerala. It is also just the right combination of wild beauty but with all the amenities and conveniences close at hand.

    Long before the beachgoers, Kappad Beach was an important place in Kerala’s history. In 1498, Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama led 170 men to land… read more »

  • Thottada Beach // Kerala

    Thottada Beach
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    Thottada Beach is located towards the north of Kerala near Kannur, and you can stay just steps away from this beautiful sandy beach. This quiet, serene beach stretches for around 800 meters with fine golden sand, a backdrop of tropical greenery and it also has great sunsets. Towards the northern end the beach has a small river which forms a lagoon.

    If you go for a… read more »

  • Muzhappilangad Beach // Kerala

    Muzhappilangad Beach
    © Shagil Kannur / CC BY

    Muzhappilangad Beach is famous for the fact that you can drive your car along the beach and in the water. Out of a 5 km long beach there are four kilometers where you can drive along the sand. Whilst to me this sounds like a recipe for disaster it is apparently a lot of fun.

    If you do drive onto this beach, make sure that… read more »

  • Arambol Beach // Goa

    Arambol Beach

    Arambol Beach is situated in the North of Goa, and is widely considered one of the most beautiful beaches in India. Set between Mandrem Beach to the south and Keri Beach to the north this is one of the most popular areas for travelers to Goa. Busiest during the winter season between November and March, Arambol is firmly on the party/bohemian trail, and… read more »

  • Mandrem Beach // Goa

    Mandrem Beach
    © Haakon Wibe / CC BY

    Compared to the frenetic pace at the neighbouring traveller / backpacker oriented Arambol and Anjuna, laid-back Mandrem Beach will seem something of a haven of tranquility.

    Situated in the North of Goa, Mandrem Beach has 800 meters of clean, white sand which is separated from the village by a shallow creek. Backing the beach are sand dunes and palm trees, and you will see… read more »

  • Morjim Beach // Goa

    Morjim Beach
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    Morjim Beach is one of the most Northern beaches in Goa. With its beautiful pristine sands and backdrop of palms it makes the perfect nesting and hatching site for the Olive ridley sea turtles. These creatures are an endangered species in India (though not globally) and are protected by law. This has done much to prevent development on the beach and it remains much as… read more »