Best beaches to visit in South India
Beaches in south India. Anybody who has traveled a little in India will tell you that, “sometimes being landlocked is just not enough for a good vacation”. You need a good beach to truly relax and cool off; after all, a woman relaxing as she reads a book on a beachside is the best representation of a vacation for a reason.
While we all know how amazing the beaches of Goa are, we often miss out on an amazing opportunity to discover lesser known beaches, and that’s such a shame! Not to say that Goan beaches shouldn’t be mentioned, in fact, we refer to many of them on this list.
Not all beach vacations are made equal. Some beaches are crowded, some difficult to reach, some too popular among the younger, rowdier crowd; so this time, why not go for a holiday that takes you to a beach that may be more suited to what you are looking for!
Here, we have compiled a few beaches that we think are among the best beaches to visit in South India. There are many, many more, and we hope you get to visit all of them!
Morjim Beach, Goa
Yes, we do indeed begin the list with a beach in Goa, and why not? It’s home to some of the most beautiful beaches in India, and Morjim beach can compete with any of them when it comes to the tranquil peace and calm it offers. It is home to many species of birds and is even famous as a hatching site for Olive Ridley turtles. Come here for the peace and isolation it offers, as you unwind from your busy life and let the sea kiss your feet.
Tired of the hustle and bustle of Goa beaches? Come to the god’s own country, and relax on a beach famous all across the globe. Rated in the top 5 beaches in ‘HAMMOCK BEACH’ by National Geographic survey, this beach is very well connected by road and rail, and trust us, it earns all the praise it gets.
Relax and unwind in the middle of coconut groves as lily ponds and fruits trees surround you in the full bounty of nature.
Kick up your feet and drink coconut water while you relax on one of the many hammocks slung between coconut and palm trees, and snack on delicious Kerala snacks. Murrukku, anyone?
Finding Gokarna mentioned in an article focused on the best beaches in South India should surprise no one. Generally referred to collectively as Gokarna beach, it is actually 4 beaches: Kudle Beach, Paradise Beach, Om Beach, and Half Moon Beach. Well connected via Bangalore, Goa, and other major travel destinations, this beach will not disappoint you no matter what your travel theme is.
It has pure beaches, breathtaking view, and for those looking for an authentic pilgrimage experience, it has temples and religious places to visit.
With luxurious beach resorts and laid back shacks, you can choose the kind of adventure you want from Gokarna, and no matter what you choose, we promise Gokarna will give you what you wanted from your vacation.
Devbagh Beach, Karnataka
Located in Karwar, this beach is where illustrious author, poet and renaissance artist Tagore wrote his first play. He called Karwar the, ‘Kashmir of Karnataka’, and once you visit it, you’ll know exactly why.
Located between Arabian sea and Kali river, this town is a hill station and a beachside town both. You can lose yourself in the forests teeming with exotic wildlife, and then find yourself and what you are as you relax in the arms of one of the cleanest beaches in India.
A perfect balance of commercialized and private beach, this beach is perfect for everyone. If all you want is the time between you, the ocean, and the soft sand, there are vast stretches of beach where you won’t be disturbed. If visiting a beach is a more industrious activity for you, you can find every beach activity you can think of here.
You can say hello to dolphins, or make yourself busy with snorkeling, speed boat cruises, banana boat rides, parasailing, and you might even give fishermen a hand and see if you can catch any fish!
Arambol Beach, Goa
Particularly easy to reach, this beach is quite near Dabolim Airport. Come here to relax and feast on local flavors from a few shacks in the area.
Games of volleyball are common on the beach, and as you relax the sun makes your skin shine with health after a good swim in the ocean. Relax as the calm ocean breeze breathes a new life into your being.
If your idea of a good beach vacation is full of amazing water sport activities, good food, the bustle of a good crowd and cheap markets, then Baga Beach is perfect for you! Come here for the sun and the beach, and stay for the nightlife and watersports!
When most people think of the stereotypical ‘Goa’ vacation, Baga beach is what they are thinking of, and as the most popular beach in Goa, Baga beach will deliver everything you expected. Whether you are a student on a budget, or a family looking for a luxurious vacation, Baga beach will have something perfect for you.
Colva Beach, Goa
Want all the perks of Baga beach, but with less crowd? Head to Colva beach! You can enjoy water sport activities, beachside shopping, amazing food on this beach. Relax and enjoy the white sand, shallow waters as the nice south Goa air refreshes you. As you walk around, you can find large quiet & calm pockets of the beach without people, something almost impossible on Baga Beach.
Varca Beach, Goa
A clean calm beach in South Goa, Varca beach is ideal for a vacation if you want to experience the unspoiled white sands and glorious sunsets of old Goa fame. Come visit this beach and rest on black lava rocks as the world stands still and the sun sets on one of the most beautiful stretches of land in Goa.
There are many amazing resorts and lodges in the walking distance of the beach, so you can make your vacation all about that luxurious beach experience.
Located between Baga and Candolim beach, it has the qualities of both. Boasting of round the year watersports activities, this beach is just a smidge less crowded than Baga beach.
We’ve only covered a few beaches here, and of course, there are many, many more amazing beaches in South India. But any of these beaches can be a good start as you rediscover your love for the sea.