When it comes to enjoying the natural beauty, India is one of the beautiful destinations one could for. Let it be mountains, rivers, beautiful skies, beaches, India has everything. Talking about the coastal area, India has a coastline of approximately 7,516.6 kilometers. India is also a peninsular country which means it is covered with water in the east, west and south sides.
In the east, it is bounded by the Bay of Bengal, on the west by the Arabian Sea and the south by the Indian Ocean. Thus, due to such a big coastline, there are several beaches to be visited in India to remove tiredness from life and get charged up for all the upcoming challenges. States like Goa, Kerala, Odisha have a lot of beach destinations in India. Goa is known worldwide for its beaches. Alongside these states, Gujarat also has some beaches and is the state with the longest coastline.
Here’s the list of famous and longest beaches in India:
1) Marina Beach – Chennai, Tami
This is the longest beach in India. It is a natural urban sandy beach situated in the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. It is also the second-longest natural beach in the world. The beach is present on the Coromandal coast of Bay of Bengal with a length of 13 km. It also has rocky formations just like some beaches in Mumbai for example Juhu each. It is famous for rich ecosystems and 30,000 to 50,000 visitors come to this beach. Many luxury hotels are present near this beach. Thenga Manga Pattani Sundal is a very famous dish which one should try!
2) Colva Beach– Salcete, Goa:
This is the second largest beach in India and it is situated in the Southern part of Goa in a coastal village named Salcete, on the west coast of India. It is approximately 2.5 km long and the total area of the beach is 25 km which is covered with white sand having many coconut palm trees in it. This has a significant connection with Portugal as it was a change of air for Portuguese people who lived in Goa at that time. It features a tropical monsoon climate and has a hot and humid climate for most of the year. It is the longest beach in Goa. Tourists also visit “Our Lady of Mercy Church” which is close to the beach. Colvakars love fish and seafood and the cuisine are influenced by Hindu Gaud Saraswat Brahmin as well as Portuguese taste. Fish curry is a famous dish.
3) Muzhappilangad Beach– Kannur, Kerala:
It is a 5.5 km long beach present in Kannur district in Kerala. It is also the longest Drive-In Beach in Asia and one of the top 6 best beaches for driving in the world. A road with coconut groves on both sides will take you to the beach. Every year, a beach fest is celebrated in April. Various species of birds can be found in different seasons for example Egrets, Plovers, Ruff, Sea Gulls, etc. Thus it provides tourists with a bird-watching spot and teenagers also enjoy car drifting as well as bike wheeling.
4) Ramakrishna Beach– Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh:
This beach is situated on the eastern coast of India in the city of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. It is also called RK Beach and it is present near Dolphin’s Nose. One lighthouse is also present on this beach. It stretches over 3 km approximately. One could also visit the Submarine Museum which is quite famous.
5) Kaup beach– Udupi, Karnataka:
This beach is also known as Kapu beach and it is located in the Udupi district of Karnataka. It is present on the eastern coast of the Arabian sea. Kapu lighthouse (27 meters high) which was constructed in 1901 is also a famous spot to visit along with the restaurant called “The Spicy Kitchen“. Many Telugu films have been shot here. Sunsets are the most beautiful scene you will see here. One can also visit Krishna Temple which is 13 km from this beach.
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6) Ganpatipule Beach – Ratnagiri, Maharashtra:
It is located in a small town in Maharashtra. The name has been given on the name of Hindu god Ganesha or Ganapati. Swambhu Ganapati temple is also built near this beach which is of great religious importance for the people. October to February is the most pleasant season for going there. Many spas and hotels are situated near this beach. The length of this beach is 10 km approximately. Prachin Konkan museum is also one of the tourist attractions here.
7) Ahmedpur-Mandvi Beach– Junagadh, Gujarat:
This beach is located near the UT (union territory) Daman and Diu and in the Somnath district of Gujarat. Water sports like Parasailing, water scooter are the most enjoyable part of this beach. It has a length of 6 km approximately. March to July is the best time to visit this place.
8) Radhanagar Beach– Andaman & Nicobar Islands:
This beach is famous worldwide and it is located in Havelock islands. In Time Magazine it was named Asia’s Best Beach in 2004. The beach has nearly 15 hotels that are sold prior the peak season (in advance). It is present on Andaman and Nicobar islands Vast expanses of unspoiled white sand, emerald blue waves with white foam necklaces gently caressing the shoreline, lush greens on the other horizon make it look like a paradise. It is a beach for people who come here to celebrate the honeymoon. Scuba Diving, deep-sea diving and surf riding are also famous here. This beach is so clean and it doesn’t have a very large crowd.
9) Swargadwara beach – Puri, Odisha:
Swargadwara is made up of two words that is ‘Swarg’ and ‘Dwar’. In which Swarg means heaven and Dwar is a door. Thus, ‘Swargdwara’ means the door to heaven. It is one of the religious beaches present in the city of Puri in Odisha. Ashes of people are dissolved here. According to legend, it was a bathing area of Sri Chaitanyadev (sage of Vaishnava cult). It is a religious as well as a modern outing place for people.
Sand sculpture festival is very famous here and it occurs every year. Temple of Puri Jagannath is near this beach and sports like horse and camel riding are very famous. Chilika lake is also situated near this beach.
10) Digha Beach– Digha, West Bengal:
It is a low gradient beach with shallow sand located in the Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal. Marine Aquarium and Research Centre(MARC) and Lord Shiva Temple At Chandaneshwar and Amravati Park are nearby places to visit here. The best time to come here is around rainy to the pre-winter season. Food stalls and shopping stores can be easily found on this beach.
The sunrise and sunset provide peace and serenity to the viewers.
These were the longest beaches in India. Other famous beaches in India are Baga beach, Calangute beach, Anjuna, Agonda in Goa, Kovalam beach in Kerala, Cherai, Varkala beach Karmatang beach, Radha Nagar beach in Andaman and Nicobar, Mahabalipuram beach, Rameshwaram beach, Kanyakumari beach, Auroville beach, Covelong beach, Elliots beach in Tamil Nadu, Manginapudi beach, Bheemunipatnam beach in Andhra Pradesh, Surathkal beach, Om beach, Kurumgad beach in Karnataka, Madh island, Bassein beach, Juhu beach in Maharashtra and Diu beach in Daman and Diu.
Longest Beaches in India
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