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11 arcane Indian beaches you’ve to explore once!

Indian beaches have always been a tempting tourist destination all over the world, owing to the 7517 km long coastline, and will continue to remain one.

Countless beaches of the Indian peninsula provide many opportunities for adventure lovers, travellers who just want to relax, or for tourists who want to explore. The peninsular India, surrounded by waters in three directions, stands to enrapture the imagination of nature enthusiasts. With many beaches extremely popular amongst tourists, and Indians alike, there are few that are snubbed.

Not every one loves to spend time at overcrowded beaches. So, if you, like me, love to spend some unperturbed time at the beach, then the below list is tailor-made for you.

Without further ramblings, lets take a look at these 11 arcane beaches in India:

1. Cherai Beach, Kerala

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Instead of visiting Varkala, and Kovalam in Kerala, you must head straight to Cherai. Cherai is located just off the main Ernakulam town. Most tourists are unaware of this 15-km beach, making it a serene destination for a quite evening at the beach.

 

2. Jallandhar Beach, Diu

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Jallandhar Beach – an unlikely name for a beach in Diu, isn’t it? This shoreline is named after a nearby shrine, which bears a carved face of Jallandhar, a mythical demon killed by Lord Krishna. Be rest assured to get your ‘me time’, as this beach is free from modern-day demons, a.k.a. loud tourists, and pesky kids.

 

3. Ezhimala beach, Kerala 

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Situated 55-km from Kannur, Ezhimala is an important historical site, featuring prominently in the Ramayana, and the Tamil Sangam period’s literature. With clear blue water as far as the eye can see, you’re likely to spot a few dolphins even from by the beach.

 

4. Devka Beach, Daman

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Devka beach is a perfect destination if you just wanna hang, and watch the sun go down off the rocky coastline. With beer and freshly fried fish freely available, it makes for a quintessential time at the beach. However, when the tide rises, navigating the waters could get a little tricky.

5. Rishikonda Beach, Andhra Pradesh

 

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Arguably one of the best beaches in the Vizag. Rishikonda beach is ideal for swimmers, and water skiers alike, thanks to its calm waters, and golden sands.

 

6. Mandvi Beach, Gujarat

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Powdery sands, and azure blue water makes Mandvi beach a winner in Gujarat. With the proximity to the palace of the erstwhile rulers of Kutch adds to the charm of Mandvi.

 

7. Mandarmani Beach, West Bengal

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Mandarmani beach is one of West Bengal’s newly developed tourist destinations, with 13-km of motorable beach, and a surprisingly squeaky clean shore. We suggest you to visit this beach before it turns out to be yet another tourist attraction!

 

8. Agatti Beach, Lakshwadeep

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The crystal clear water, and long stretches of lagoons, make Agatti beach a diving, and snorkelling paradise. This is an ideal destination for those looking to explore what lies beneath the water.

 

 

9. Devbagh beach, Karnataka

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Sitting pretty at the confluence of the Kali River, and Arabian Sea is Devbagh beach. The beauty, and serenity of this beach once served as inspiration to Rabindranath Tagore, when he penned Prakritir Pratishodh.

 

 

10. Beach No. 7, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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Locals refer this beach as the Radha Nagar Beach. Beach No 7 boasts of some of the best diving schools in India, and is a great place to go snorkeling, or scuba diving.

11. Bangaram beach, Lakshadweep Islands

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Bangaram beach is the only beach in Lakshadweep islands where you can drink. This beach is not as famous as Agatti beach, as it’s difficult to reach, but is absolutely worth the efforts. This island also happens to have a lot of flora and fauna, along with a wide range of birds. An ideal destination for nature lovers.

 

Aren’t these worth a visit? Let us know which interested you the most in the comments below!

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Vivanta by Taj, Fisherman’s Cove, Covelong

23 Beach Resorts in India with Spectacular Views!

Waking up to the sight of an amazing waterfront is the stuff dreams are made of.

These 23 utterly fabulous beach resorts in India (and hotels) are making the dreams of every traveler come true!

A perfect blend of exotic and serene, these luxury beach resorts offer breathtaking views that are bound to leave you mesmerized for life.

Visit one of these unbelievably beautiful and romantic resorts in India to experience the joy of sipping your morning coffee while enjoying the spectacular view of the sparkling turquoise sea water below, clear azure sky on top, the sound of roaring waves hitting the shores and the sun seeping into your room through the window.

Now if this doesn’t sweep you off your feet, we bet nothing will!

Did this sound interesting enough? Then, dive in to find eye catchy, marvellous resorts for your next adventure-

1. The Leela Kovalam, Kerala

 

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With a cliff-top setting overlooking the pristine blue sea, The Leela Kovalam, is re-defining opulence like no other.

Among India’s top luxury beach resorts, the place offers world-class amenities like palatial accommodation, mouthwatering cuisine and seamless service apart from the breathtaking views that one can enjoy right from the luxury of their room.

A short distance from the Trivandrum airport, The Leela has the perfect setting and ambience that will make your heart skip a beat each time you’ll visit the place with your loved ones.

 

2. Grand Hyatt, Goa

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This beautiful looking, marvel of luxury, is located centrally between the North and South Goa!

Overlooking the stunning waters of Bambolim Bay, Grand Hyatt, Goa, is spread across 28 acres of lush green land and offer guests ample opportunities to relax and unwind while enjoying the warmth and hospitality that the hotel takes pride in.

From savouring delectable variety of food to enjoying a fashionable night out at one of the hotel’s many nightlife lounges, Grand Hyatt, Goa, offers an unforgettable experience.

Among the best beach resorts in Goa, the place is complemented by the largest banquet facility in the region, which makes it an ideal destination for wedding, conference or any other private event.

 

3. JW Marriott, Mumbai

 

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This is where elegance meets modernity.  Boasting an unparalleled location overlooking the majestic Arabian Sea, JW Marriott is setting new standards in luxury, sophistication, service and experience.

Owing to its Michelin rated Arola Restaurant & Bar and award winning Quan Span, the hotel has become the new face of style and extravagance in the city.

When here, one can choose to relax in many of its beautifully designed beach view rooms & suites or enjoy world-class facilities like a well-equipped gymnasium, outdoor infinity and saltwater pool and a full service spa among others.

 

4. The Dune Eco Village & Spa, Pondicherry

 

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Dreamy setting, elegant rooms and quiet surroundings best describes the beauty of this place.

Spread across 35 acres of untouched nature by the beach, the Dune is an eco-friendly village that provides a unique blend of modern and traditional architecture.

Designed with the purpose of laying emphasis on the harmony of mind, soul, and nature, the place offers an exclusive holiday experience that is hard to find anywhere else.

The organic gourmet food, the range of Ayurvedic treatments, yoga & meditation classes and other alternative therapies including Watsu that the place specializes in makes it a one-of-its-kind luxury beach resorts in India.

 

5. Ozran Heights Beach Resort, North Goa

 

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There is something mesmerizing about this place!

Exclusively located at the Ozran Beach in North Goa, it is among the most scenic beach resorts in India.

Frequented by both foreigners and Indians, the warm hospitality of the place will permeate your heart and you would never want to leave the place.

This is an ideal place to refresh and rejuvenate your body and soul, the Ozran Heights Beach Resort is an abode of peace, elegance and luxury, all under one roof.

 

6. Holiday Resort, Puri (Orissa)

 

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Among the premium hotels in the area, Holiday Resort offers an impressive combination of wonderful location, majestic view of the sea, cutting-edge facilities and luxurious rooms among others. The sheer magnificence of the place lies in the sense of openness and romanticism its setting offers.

Sit and laze around while enjoying the fascinating greenery all around or even better the sea waves washing past the shore.

The place has luxury and beauty written all over it and a visit here will surely leave you wanting more of this absolutely stunning and peaceful resort.

 

7. The Oberoi Hotel, Mumbai

 

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Towering over Marine Drive, this landmark hotel is among the most sort after luxury hotels in the country.

Offering expansive suites and unparalleled view of the elegant Queen’s Necklace, The Oberoi is epitome of everything sophisticated, luxurious and stylish one can ask for during a holiday. This is a perfect place to visit with your loved ones.

Moreover, an experience at The Oberoi is bound to leave you hypnotized!

 

8. Taj Exotic, Goa

 

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The Mediterranean style luxury beach resort is spread across 56 acres of lush garden and has 700 meters of dedicated beach frontage.

The tropical-inspired design of the hotel boasts of sun-drenched atrium, wide shady corridors and flower lined patios. You can have the time of your life by staying in any of their 140 spacious deluxe and luxury rooms and villas including two Presidential Villas with an attached plunge pool and overlooking the beautiful Arabian Sea.

A must visit place, indeed!

Taj Exotica, Goa is the hotel for you, if you crave for romantic walks, enchanting views and everything in between.

 

9. Vivanta by Taj, Bekal (Kerala)

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Explore some of the most beautiful pleasures and experiences life has to offer at this gem of a place.

This place offers you everything you need. From stylish villas to individual courtyard spaces and from private plunge pools to the well maintained manicured lawns and exotic gardens.

Vivanta by Taj can very well be described as Kerala’s best kept secrets.

The 71 stylish rooms and villas with Kettuvallam house boat motifs woven in Balinese design offers an incredible view of the lush landscape, the backwaters, the beach and the sand beyond.

Magical indeed!

 

10. Sinclairs Bayview, Port Blair

 

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Vast expanse of the sparkling sea, rare variety of flora and fauna, serene surroundings, clear blue, the rainforest are some of the things that makes staying at the Sinclairs Bay View an unique experience.

When you are not in a mood to enjoy any of these rare sights, simply dine at the hotel’s alfresco restaurants offering an array of scrumptious variety to choose from while enjoying the sunset by the Bay of Bengal.

This is what dreams are made of, isn’t it?

 

11. The Leela Palace, Chennai

 

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Elegance thy name is The Leela, Chennai!

Drawing inspiration from the Chettinad Dynasty, the hotel’s architecture exudes royal opulence. The first and the only seafront luxury five-star hotel in the Chennai,

The Leela Palace is equipped with world-class amenities and elegantly designed rooms to make your stay into a truly unforgettable experience.

 

12. Mayfair Palm Beach Resort, Gopalpur

 

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Enjoy the quietness of Gopalpur beach by staying t the luxurious Mayfair Palm Beach Resort. The bewitching beauty of the resort has been enticing tourist for years now and it serves as an ideal place for lovers and honeymooners.

The languorous sea and the clean and serene environment add to the charm of the place.

Away from the hustle-bustle of the city life, Mayfair Palm Beach Resorts in Goplapur is a heritage property that offer tourists with an unforgettable holiday experience.

 

13. Hotel Sea Face, Kovalam

 

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Warm white sand, plenty of sunshine, undulating coconut trees and clear blue water of the Arabian Sea are some of the things that welcome you as soon as you set foot in this stunning property.

Situated right across Hava Beach in Kovalam, Hotel Sea Face is among the stellar properties in the area.

Complete with luxury cottages and villas and ample activities for tourists to make the most of their stay, the charming ambience of the place is sure to make you come for this place again and again. 

 

14. Marbela Beach Resort, Morjim (Goa)

 

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Offering a great combination of style, comfort and local flavors, Marbela Beach Resort in Goa is among one of the best luxury beach resorts in the country.

This resort wonderfully captures and celebrates the beauty, architectural history, the spirit and the revelry Goa is most famous for.

Surrounded by the simple pleasures of stunning sea waterfront, privacy and beauty, the place attracts a very loyal clientele of chic and well-known people. A highly recommended place, Marbela Beach Resort is a perfect place to let your hair down and have fun!

15. Zuri White Sands Resort, Goa

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White sand, serene blue sea, lush meandering pathways; the Zuri White Sands Resort in Goa is a reflection of everything that Goa is known for.

An award winning five star luxury beach resorts, Zuri White Sands stands on the picturesque white sand beaches of Varca. Spread across 38 acres, the resort boasts of stunning views of the cerulean water, Goan style luxury rooms and lip smacking authentic Goan and international cuisine.

So, if you are planning a getaway with your loved ones this weekend, Zuri White Sands Resort is the place to be in.

 

16. Paradise Isle Beach Resort, Karnataka

 

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Waking up to the sound of sea waves and a fantastic view of the sparkling sea water is a norm at Paradise Isle Beach Resort.

As the name suggests, the place is a paradise of lush green landscape, gorgeous views of the sunrise and sunset, playful ocean which is perfect for swimmers and relaxed surroundings.

The first and the only luxury beach resort in Karnataka, Paradise Isle Beach Resort is nestled among four to five islands and so a paradise of sorts for pleasure seekers and connoisseurs of beauty.

 

17. Radisson Blu Temple Bay Resort, Mahabalipuram

 

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Spanning 44 acres over the tropical and scenic land of the Bay of Bengal, Radisson Blu Temple Bay Resort is nothing short of a wonderland.

Ideal for memorable holidays, the hotel is equipped with all the modern amenities that cater perfectly to the needs of today’s discerning travelers.

Take a dip in the hotel’s infinity pool or refresh yourself at its 27,000 square-foot gigantic pool; either way you are bound to feel rejuvenated at the end of your trip.

 

18. Turtle on the Beach, Kovlam (Kerala)

 

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A boutique hotel, Turtle on the Beach is the perfect blend of modern aesthetics and warm hospitality. A truly luxurious five-star property, Turtle on the Beach offers stunning views of the tropical gardens overlooking the Hawa Beach.

A popular place among travelers to Kovalam, the property is an ideal place for you to relax at as it is far from the maddening crowd of the city and offers you ample opportunities to spend some lone time while enjoying the beauty of your surroundings.

 

19. Cherai Beach Resort, Kochi (Kerala)

 

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Among the best resorts in Kerala. One can get to stay by the beach!

Cherai Beach Resort in Kochi offers views and amenities to make the each day of your stay worthwhile.

You could boat your way into the glorious backwaters of Kerala, and live your life to the fullest! This could actually be the best honeymoon destination in India, considering the serenity it’s surrounded with!

 

20. Bangaram Island Resort, Lakshadweep

 

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To enjoy the nature at its best, a visit to Bangaram Island Resort in Lakshadweep is a must.

The resort is a treasure trove of beauty and at every step you are sure to discover something stunning. The pristine water of the sea, the warm silver sand, coral reefs and a stretching canopy of palms; makes this place a jewel among resorts on the island.

From swimming in the warm sea water to scuba diving to kayaking, one can enjoy plenty of water sports here. No matter what you do, the place will create the illusion of you being the sole person in the vicinity owing to the tranquil setting.

Ah, complete bliss!

 

21. Eco Villa Palm Beach Resort, Havelock Island

(Andaman & Nicobar Island)

 

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Offering a breathtaking view of the unspoiled and absolutely stunning beaches of Andaman, Eco Villa Pal Beach Resort is your perfect getaway if you seek solace in the grip of Mother Nature.

Because the area is sparsely populated there is a possibility that you can discover some pristine region as you embark on a nature walk in the nearby areas.

The surroundings are quiet, and thus, you can enjoy the most stunning views of the nature in the morning from any of the cottages on the property.

 

22. Agatti Island Resort, Lakshadweep

 

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Most of the beaches and islands in Lakshadweep fall under the unexplored category and this is what makes staying at the Agatti Island Resort an absolutely enchanting and mesmerizing experience.

The water here is in the shades of turquoise blue, green and even white at some places. The beach resort is surrounded by a stunning spectacle of sparkling coral reefs, lush green coconut palm trees and blue lagoons.

An artistically conceived resort, the places merges with the environment it is surrounded by to give its guests a magical and delightful experience.

 

23. Beach Resorts In India Vivanta by Taj, Fisherman’s Cove

 

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Commonly called as the Fisherman’s Cove, Vivanta by Taj is among the best and most luxurious beach facing hotels in the country.

Built on the ramparts of an old Dutch Fort, the hotel offers the most stunning and charming views of the Bay of Bengal.

The hotel staff is hospitable and makes every possible effort to make the stay for the guests an unforgettable experience. Pampering the guests by offering the service of a semi-private beach where you can sit and relax in the company of nature while enjoying a spa treatment or an exotic meal specially prepared by the well-trained chefs of the hotel.

It can’t get more romantic than this!

 

So which among these is your pick? Do write to us in the comments below.

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Diveagar- The road less travelled!

To my astonishment, not many people in India are aware of this alluring beach-

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To be honest, I was unfamiliar with this beach too, until a very dear friend told me about it. We were looking for a place to go on the long weekend of May’15, and that’s when he said out of the blue ‘Let’s go to Diveagar.’

I had no idea what the place was, never even heard of it, none of my friends had either.

So, I Googled about it.

Went straight to images, like all good travellers do 😉

And this is what I saw on Google-

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I instantly fell in love with this beach and without any skirmish agreed to go there.

(Well, I did act a bit difficult, but that was before I Googled about the beach.)

I read a lot of reviews about Diveagar, people saying how beautiful, peaceful the beach was. The journey made me agree with them, entirely.

My friend asked me to tell him about my experience of Diveagar in three words. I ended up saying-

Alluring. Serene. Picturesque.

This is exactly what I think of Diveagar, now that I visited this heavenly beach.

Diveagar is located in the Shrivardhan Taluka, Raigad district, in the state of Maharashtra. I will not get into the history and geography about Diveagar, you can read all about it on the Wikipedia page of this serene beach.

So, intrinsically Diveagar is a vast beach, with lots of trees which I like to call the ‘Seattle Trees.’

I have seen a lot of movies which surrounded around Seattle and I’m a big fan of the trees there. They are tall, thick, and a lot greener than what I see here in Mumbai. So, when I saw the Seattle trees in Diveagar, I got all excited and started yelling ‘OMG!! Look Seattle Trees!!!’

Lamentably for me, none of my friends got it, and thought I had already lost my mind.

FYI, the trees are actually called Casuarina Trees.

There are a lot of activities you can do at Diveagar, allowing you to make the most of your time there.

Activities like- Parasailing, Banana Ride, ATV ride, Horse riding, Camel Riding and Speedboat riding.

As for me, I did the swimming! Took my first swimming lesson in my entire life. And I loved it! Absolutely, divinely in love with the idea of swimming!

We stayed at a cottage called Patil.

Yes! Because it had my family name 😉

But there are so many more. There’s this resort called Exotica, you will have to book in advance if you want to stay there. Or you can book once you’re there and pay a whooping INR11K for a room for 24 hours!

That’s what they were charging us.

Brands I tell you!

There are these tiny row houses and bungalows, where you can rent a room for about 1500 to 2000 for a day.

At Patil, we were charged 4000 for two rooms (Non AC :( ).

But, I highly recommend Patil’s cottage as the people working there are very genuine and will help you with whatever you need.

And I mean everything. 😉

You will not find any alcohol shop in Diveagar. That’s when we realized how important Patil’s employees were. They helped us with the address to the beer shop at a nearby village called Borli, which was about half an hour away from where we stayed.

Now, not everybody is dear enough to lend us space in their refrigerators, are they?

But at Patil’s we were giving an entire freezer to keep the beer bottles chilled. This sure made my friends journey.

The bungalows where you can get a room may not provide you with food. There are two very popular homemade food joints in Diveagar, where you can eat till your hearts’ content.

One of it is Rane and another one is Patil.

They both charge around INR 180 to INR 200 per plate with unlimited curry and rice. I ate at both these places and the food there is delicious. Real Marathi food.

We spent the rest of the day gossiping, clicking selfies, swimming, playing in the water, collecting shells and eating stuff that people eat in summer. Ice Popsicles!!

If given a chance I would go back to Diveagar at this very instance. There is so much to a beach than words can explain. There were so many people, families, group of friends, out there in the summer, enjoying the sun and the sea together.

My friends and I did the same.

We did what we do best. Enjoy.

From mesmerizing food to picturesque journey, Diveagar has it all for you!

A 6 hour journey may seem frantic, but when that journey ends, you enter paradise. And all your weariness is taken away by the view and the adventures that lie ahead.

The white water beach of Diveagar is so enticing that you will want to change into your swimsuits the moment you see the wave’s wave.

On the 2nd of May, we reached there by 12pm and all we did all the touristy activities possible the rest of the day.

The next day was even better, as we went for a swim early in the morning and I had my first swimming lesson.

I ain’t exaggerating, but I think am close to being called a pro now. 😛

The place is so serene and exquisite, and vast, that even after all the rooms being booked and everything, the beach was derelict, making it tranquil.

There was a hill, and we wanted to go hiking there, but time constraint held us back. I promised that hill that I will come back for it. Someday, I will.

The swimming is what got me the most. Oh the feeling. Every time my thoughts lead to chaos, I think of the feeling I got in the middle of the sea. The waves brushing past me. The sun shining down on me. My friends. The sand. The way my feet felt on the sand. The Shells. The food. That Night of Gossiping. And that’s what calms me down these days.

As I look back, I wonder how I forced myself to come back to Mumbai. From that dream land to this reality. Not so brutal, but not as fun as Diveagar.

The entire trip did not cost us more than 4000 each.

I would recommend you all to go visit this serene destination. Sooner than later. Before it commercializes. Go!

Here are some of my pictures from the beach of Diveagar-

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Isn’t this what you would call a perfect vacation? 😉