When you think of India, the phrase “fantastic beaches” might not be the first that comes to mind. After spending a week or two in India’s bustling cities, seeing all of the tourist sites, you may want to spend some time in the sun.
While you might have heard of Goa, and their rustic beach towns, it can be hard to know which beaches to visit, especially if you want to get off the beaten path. In order to discover the best beaches for adventurous travelers, I turned to Rohit, my go-to India expert, to fill you all in on India’s best hidden beaches!
Have a look at the 10 Best Hidden Beaches in India!
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1. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The Andaman and Nicobar islands are some of the most underrated beaches in this country. They’ve somehow managed to keep away from major commercialisation and are not much visited by tourists. Be sure to check out Radha Nagar beach, which has a few of the best diving schools and is a wonderful place to go snorkeling or scuba diving. Come to Andaman and Nicobar to relax and take a break from your busy office schedule.
2. Bangaram Beach, Lakshadweep Islands
Though this is the only beach where you can have a drink in Lakshadweep, this beach is not as popular with the tourists as Agatti. If you love flora and fauna, then this is the place to be. With beautiful scenic views and a wide range of birds and wildlife, this place is perfect to be one with nature. Bangaram also offers many activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, and deep-sea fishing, in addition to its sandy beach lagoon and coral reef just offshore.
3. Ranpar Beach, Maharashtra
If you dream of chilling on an endless expanse of sand and a never-ending stretch of blue sea, then this is exactly the paradise that you’ve been dreaming of. This beach has been successful in staying as far as away from commercialisation as any beach can possibly be. Ranpar is the perfect place to plonk down on the sand and have some quality lazy time. And if you have a thing for fishing, then this place will make you wish that you could never leave.
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4. Gokarna Beach, Gokarna
A small temple town on the West coast, Gokarna is known as one of the seven famous Hindu pilgrimage centers. However, it wasn’t until a decade ago that tourists began discovering Gokarna’s beautiful sandy beaches. While the town now does cater to beachgoers, Gokarna is still an unspoiled paradise… for now.
As Gokarna slowly makes its way to one of the top 20 beaches in Asia, it’s becoming more and more touristy. Be sure to get there before everyone else does!
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5. Paradise Beach, Pondicherry
Doing justice to its name, this place is paradise. Being super clean and a bit distant from the city crowds, this beach is a perfect escape from reality. The only way to get to Pondicherry is by a ferry, which takes about 15 minutes from the Chunnambar Boathouse. Here you’ll find crystal clear water with almost no surf, making it the perfect paradise for relaxing and swimming.
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6. Secret Beach, Kerala
Just as the name suggests, this place is secretly situated and is a home to a small coastal community in a town called Alleppey. This beach has the least tourist visits in Kerala but is a great combination of beauty and serenity. Here you can enjoy the local cuisine and learn a lot about the local culture. Trust me, if you’re heading to Kerala, be sure to add the secret beach to your list.
7. Butterfly Beach, Goa
We all know about the stunning beaches of Goa, but did you know that that Goa has a secret beach? But yes, this beautiful beach can only be accessed only by taking a ferry from other beaches in Goa. It is more of a rocky beach with thick foliage, but as the name suggests, this place is filled with butterflies! This is a beach that cuts you from the loud party music and gets you one step closer to yourself and mother nature.
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8. Guhagar Beach, Maharashtra
Being one of the most underrated beaches of Maharashtra, this place is so quiet you might even find yourself alone on this lovely beach. With its clean water and pristine sand, Guhagar is the place you’d love to take silent walks, collecting wonderful sea shells and reflect upon your soul and the wonder of nature.
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9. Mandarmani Beach, West Bengal
Mandarmani Beach is one of the most beautiful yet secluded beaches in West Bengal. Famous for its red crabs that crawl along the 13 km beach, Mandarmani is also a heaven for bikers. Being the longest motorable beach in the country, this place attracts a lot of bikers and not many other people. One of the most secluded places in the country, this beach is a real retreat for people trying out new adventures.
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10. Yarada Beach, Andhra Pradesh
Yarada Beach is the best place to seek peace and to rejoice one’s own presence. This place gives you complete and unrestricted access to the beach and has no shacks and shops on the coast. Yarada is also the perfect place to play in the waves or give surfing a try. Everyone agrees you can’t miss this secret beach.
There are so many places to explore in this land of surprises that never fails to disappoint you in search of something new. This land packs a lot of fun stuff that a very few people know about. So, make sure you visit these secluded beaches during your visit here.
Rohit Agarwal is noted for his nose for news on travel and tourism. He unravels the mystery places less visited and puts them up on his blog with intriguing and useful details for people to visit those places. Rohit is a blogger on Trans India Travels apart from pursuing his career as an architect.