Beach destinations always feature in every traveler’s dream. Italian beaches are stunning, so are those in South East Asia and the more than 10,000 beaches that Australia boasts of. If you are interested in exploring the lesser known tourist attractions in South Asia, then Andaman and Nicobar Islands may very well provide you the excitement and surprises you are looking for.
The Indian subcontinent also offers plenty to the beach-loving traveler. Kerala has beaches befitting the Gods, and the western coastline is dotted with breathtakingly beautiful and secluded beaches.
If you don’t plan well all your beach holidays will end with similar memories and familiar sights. So why not plan your next vacation to the best beach destinations in India.
You get to experience the unique and distinct local culture, taste exotic seafood and shop till you drop. So plan your next holiday for the unexpected!
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands include a family of 572 picturesque islets, rocks and islands. Of them only 36 are inhabited and the Nicobar Islands do not allow tourists. The islands are located at a distance of slightly more than 1,000 km off the eastern coast of India.
During the long period of British colonial rule, the islands functioned as an important administrative outpost with several officials and military personnel posted here. Ross Island was noted for its vibrant social life and quaint architecture, but a massive earthquake in the year 1941 and the Japanese invasion did take their toll.
There is much to discover in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The air of mystery surrounding the place is heightened by the remnants of the abandoned colonial buildings and the Cellular Jail housed in Andaman. The location still holds very special significance in the collective national memory. The dreaded penal settlement is a well—maintained heritage site and is a must see.
Havelock Island is the most visited tourist location in the Islands. With pristine beaches including the lovely Radhanagar Beach (rated Best in Asia by Time in 2004), lovely beach huts, amazing variety in marine life, lush tropical forests and best diving spots in Asia; you might just end up spending your entire vacation here. You can also go backpacking in the region and enjoy the unique peek it offers into coastal village life.
Limestone Caves and Snorkeling
The northern regions of Andaman and Nicobar Islands will reward you with beautiful beaches and great snorkeling experience. There are also other natural attractions like a famous turtle nesting site and crocodile sanctuaries. Another attraction in the region is anancient network of caves. You can ask for the services of a seasoned tour guide to understand the history of the region and explore it better.
The tranquil emerald-green waters and tropical vegetation provide natural beauty in all its glory that every beach lover will fall in love with.
Tourist facilities on the Islands are limited and the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004 took a heavy toll on the fledgling tourist infrastructure. If you are looking for star-rated luxury, you may end up disappointed, but comfortable budget hotels are available in every major tourist destination.
You can also get around in most islands easily. Two-wheelers are available for rent on a daily basis and you can travel comfortably.
Goa houses some of the best beaches in Asia, and is almost always on the top of every tourist’s must-see destinations. Goa offers something for everyone. If you are looking for trance parties and beach huts, you will have enough and more of them once you land on the shores of Goa. If you want to spend time sunbathing on spectacular and endless stretch of sands, and would like to stay in a luxury sea-side villa, then Goa is the place to be.
Goa is among the richest states in India and is located in the Western part of the country in the Konkan region. Its spectacular beaches have made it the most popular tourist destination in India. There are super-luxury hotels as well as homestays that you can choose from. Getting around can be as easy as hiring a car or a two-wheeler.
Pleasant climate, accommodation facilities to suit all budgets and friendly locals are among the many reasons that will make your stay in Goa a memorable one.
Mandrem and Agonda Beaches
There are several quiet and tranquil beaches in Goa where you can spend time meditating and enjoying lazy solitude. Mandrem and Agonda are serene and secluded and nestled in sleepy coastal villages. You can sunbathe and visit local attraction to while your time, and also savor the mouth-watering seafood that local restaurants offer.
Mandrem is located in North Goa and Agonda is in the southern part of the state. Palolem beach is another beach in South Goa that is also famous for water sports and diving.
If you are looking to party by the beachside, then Baga Beach is the place to head to. Baga is also a local favorite and you will find the quaint coastal town jam-packed during peak seasons.
Baga Beach offers vibrant nightlife with beach parties, music and dancing, where you can literally beat the curfew. There are several nightclubs like Tito’s that have attained an almost iconic status among party enthusiasts. The seaside shacks are famous for the exotic variety of seafood on offer and you will find innumerable restaurants catering to all your tastes and quirks.
You can also enjoy wind surfing, water sports and dolphin cruises at Baga beach.
Anjuna Beach was once home to the hippies and the gypsie culture has left a distinct stamp on the place. The hippies have long left, but the spectacular beach town still maintains an Ibiza-like party atmosphere about it.
The weekly flea market held in Anjuna has grown into a tourist attraction on its own and is very popular with foreign tourists as well as the locals. You can expect to find a mind-boggling variety of things in the market including clothes, jewelry, handicrafts, accessories, rugs, carpets, bags and even exotic herbs and concoctions. Remember haggling is the name of the game and you need to bargain your way to a worthwhile buy.
If you have the luxury of time, you can also visit Dona Paula and Calangute beaches, both of which are located in North Goa.
Calangute is often referred to as the ‘Queen of Beaches’, and used to be the favored destination of hippies who descended on the sleepy town in hordes to enjoy the sand and the water. Calangute also offers plenty to the adventurer in you with a wide array of water sports including water skiing and parasailing to indulge in.
Dona Paula Beach
Don Paula Beach tells stories of a lovelorn spirit who often strolls along the moon-lit sands pining away for her lover. Romance and myth along with swaying casuarina and palm trees make this beach a divine paradise. You sure are going to have plenty on your to-do platter, should you choose to spend some days here.
There is so much that Mother Nature has blessed our planet with. Plan and research carefully so that your holidays give you a glimpse into the amazing cultures and peoples that exist in different parts of the world.