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India has some of the most beautiful beaches of the world spread across its vast coastline. Treat yourself with an Indian beach holiday - seafood having a wide range of cuisines, spas and massage parlors to relax you, wide variety of water sports as scuba diving, water skiing and wind surfing.



We present to you the top 10 beach destinations in India

Goa
Famous world wide, Goa has some of the finest beaches in India
Goa beaches are one of the most beautiful beaches in the world - just the perfect background settings to take pictures. The beauty of these beaches is really enchanting. Options are numerous - you can enjoy a cool swim or allow yourself to relax in the sun to get the much-admired tan. Also, you can participate in other adventures here. Goa has many beaches to choose from. In fact one can have the pick of the best.

The tropical climate that prevails for most part of the year is a pleasant experience for visitors. The names of the beaches are generally related to the villages located near by. Goan beaches genuinely help you to forget about all the stress and unwind.
Goa has got just about everything; sun, surf, sea, casinos, carnivals, nightlife, water sports, angling, treks. There is so much to do. Goa will certainly define your holidays and recharge your senses. Whether it is an 8 year old kid looking for fun, a 24 year old on his path to occupational burn-out or simply a 65 year old wanting to relax, Goa opens up its granular hands and accepts one and all into its stumble sandcastle.

Lakshadweep Islands
Quiet and uninhabited beaches - one of the best in India
The beaches of Lakshadweep Islands are mesmerizing and fun-filled. They are the only genuine coral islands of India. The turquoise waters of Lakshadweep make it a dream destination. A visit to the various islands of Lakshadweep will help you to relax and admire its incredible beaches. The spectacular beauty of Lakshadweep’s coral beaches remain supreme. Only a few of these stunning and charming beaches of Lakshadweep are open to tourists.

The coconut canopies and the swaying palms, astounding coral reefs, silvery sand beaches, opulent marine life and the blue lagoons are all responsible for enhancing the beauty of Lakshadweep beaches.

Although it is only the Bangaram beach that is well equipped with accommodation and food provisions; one-day tours arrangements are made for tourists who are keen to visit the pristine beaches of Agatti, Androt, Kavaratti, Minicoy and Kalpeni. The central attraction of the Bangaram beach is the blue light that it gives out - this is due to the bioluminescent plankton that are deposited during high tide.
All the beaches of Lakshadweep offer a wonderful array of adventure and water sports. Experience ecstasy with sports such as windsurfing, snorkeling, yatching, kayaking and deep-sea fishing on these beaches. The less adventurous type could sunbathe in the fantastic beaches of Lakshadweep and sail in the glass-bottomed boat.

Andaman & Nikobar Islands
Stunningly beautiful and secluded beaches
Explore the exotic and unspoilt beaches of Andaman and Nicobar Islands which provide a truly dramatic yet tranquil environment in which you will certainly find rest and relaxation. Whether you are a diver, surfer, sun-lover or someone just looking to escape the hectic work schedule back home, the beaches of Andaman and Nicobar will suit your needs.

The beaches in the most popular island of Jolly Buoy in Andaman and Nicobar offer superb underwater view of the marine life. The dazzling coral reef here can be viewed while sailing in the glass bottom boats. The beaches in this archipelago, like Vijaynagar beach, Radhanagar beach, Corbyn’s Cove and Harminder bay beach offer virgin beaches, pollution free environment and a magnificent sight of the corals and aquatic life.

Karmatang beach of Andaman and Nicobar Islands focuses on turtle nesting, the marine life here comprises of Green sea turtle, Olive Ridley Turtle, Leather black turtle, reticulate python, water monitor lizard and salt water crocodiles.

All the beaches here are ideal for sun basking, sea bathing, snorkeling and scuba diving. These lovely beaches consist of enormous stretches of white sand adorned with dense and lush green forest.


Daman
Beautiful and unspoilt beaches with a long shore-line
Daman a former Portuguese colony attracts tourists for its sensuous beaches. Daman, which is now a union territory of India, has just three beaches. These beaches have remained famous from the time Portuguese ruled this place. Swimmers, sunbathers, beachcombers and pony riders swarm these beaches.

Devka beach with its rocky terrain and black sand has less visitors and entertainment. Deep swimming in Devka beach is not advisable since it contains too many rocks. You will usually find walkers strolling on this quaint beach. Whereas the fisherman’s beach and Jampore beach are fine sandy beaches suitable for sunbathers and for horse riding. The fisherman’s beach is well known for boat rides. Sunrise and Sunset cruises are arranged by the local fishermen on this beach. The restaurants on the seashore offer delicious seafood.

The resorts in Daman, which offer beachside accommodation, are a treat to the tourists. It is a pleasure dining at the sea facing restaurants of Daman.

The best part of Daman beaches is that they are wonderfully blue with myriad-hued fishing boats. It is indeed a picture perfect setting. There is a sudden hush due to the absence of traffic. Here you will find the peace and tranquility that a always tourist looks forward to.


Pondicherry
Exotic, colorful & peaceful - fantastic blend of French and Indian culture
Beach lovers and sun-worshippers will experience oodles of bliss in Pondicherry. The calm and soothing water, clear and bright sand, impressive seclusion and resorts and cottages providing a brilliant sight of the sea makes the beaches of Pondicherry an exotic destination for tourists.

Every beach of Pondicherry is special and unique in its own way. The sparkling and clean Serenity beach is best for swimming and sunbathing. The beaches of Pondicherry induce you to stroll or sit leisurely on the seashore. The Paradise beach is an ideal place for beach sport. While cruising in the sea one can watch the dolphins playing merrily.

The Karaikal Beach has a breathtaking view of the confluence Arasalar River and the sea and should not be missed. The boating club on this beach supplies tourists with rowing boats, pedaller boats and motorboats. Palm trees and fishing hamlets on the Mahe beach gives the beach a gracious look.

Pondicherry beaches are peaceful and awesome in their beauty. The beaches are adorned with palm trees that whisper and sway in the breeze. The breathtaking vision of the sunset and the exhilarating vision dawn and the gleaming sand under a morning sun brings in liveliness and radiance to the beaches. Explore the beaches of Pondicherry to savor this bit of exotica to its fullest.


Kovalam
Home to three fabulous beaches and numerous resorts in Kerala
The natural beauty, paradisiacal surroundings and the sand washed shore makes Kovalam the most prominent beach of South India. Besides several private beaches, there are just two main beaches in Kovalam; Eve’s beach and Lighthouse beach.

Semi-circular in shape and located in seclusion, Eve’s beach has a relatively better beach area. The Lighthouse beach, as its name suggests, is named after the lighthouse that is situated there. The area of both these beaches extent over 4 kilometers. It just takes about 20 minutes to walk from Lighthouse beach to Eve’s beach.

The beaches of Kovalam were drawn into the limelight in the early seventies by the Hippies. Gradually this fishing village of Kerala transformed into a prominent tourist destination.

Apart from sunbathing and surfing loads of promising marine activities are possible on the beaches of Kovalam. Sunrise and sunset cruises are arranged by the local fishermen in their fishing boats. One of the popular activities here is the Catamaran cruise scheduled on the country raft. Angling in deep-sea was recently introduced here. Boogie boards and surfboards can be hired on the Kovalam beach.

The private beaches of Kovalam which are attached and owned by the resorts are loved by tourists because of their seclusion and cleanliness.

The coconut trees lined along the Kovalam beach makes it look divine. The surroundings of the Kovalam beach will rejuvenate you body and will make your stay relaxing. A boat-ride, in a luxurious rice-boat, gives you fascinating glimpse of rural life in little hamlets and the stunning patches of coral reefs on the coast.


Chennai
Home to Marina beach - one of the longest in Asia; golden sand & shimmering clear blue sea water

Beaches in Chennai provide great relief from the heat of the summer season. The beaches of this fourth largest metro of India are renowned for their innate appearance. The groves that surround the Chennai beaches make them look charming. The beaches of Chennai share their boundary with the Bay of Bengal. These beaches are popular not only among the locals but also among the national and international travelers. The spirit of the fishermen can be witnessed at dawn as they leave in their boats for fishing.

Marina beach is the second longest in the world. Marina beach boast of holding some relaxing and entertaining activities such as an aquarium, a swimming pool and horse riding provisions.

Early risers can jog on the Chennai shore and watch the shimmering rays of the sun touching the waters of Bay of Bengal or one could choose the other option of just relaxing on the lawns at the time of sunset with the backdrop of the Indo-Saracenci buildings.

The Elliot beach is also known as the night beach, because this beach is mainly frequented by the youth in the evenings. It is also a favorite haunt for relaxing and bathing in the sun.

The serene beauty and water sport makes the Covelong beach the hub for adventure lovers. Its peaceful ambience makes this beach a perfect spot for meditation.

The enchanting beaches of Chennai are bestowed with exemplary natural gifts and are capable of drawing the crowd again to this picturesque vista.


Mangalore
Beautiful, exotic, lustrous and virgin beaches

The immaculate beaches of Mangalore will help you to unwind and distress. Its attractive and sparkling beach is basically undiscovered and unspoilt. Its lustrous and exotic beaches attract tourists all round the year.

The view of the Ullal beach through its casuarinas groves looks very attractive. The summer sand, which the Ullal beach houses, is admired for the melodic sound made by the sea breeze and the trees. The Ullal beach is known for producing rough currents as frequently. The Panambur beach and Taneerbhavi beach are a delight to visit. It’s idyllic surrounding; swaying of the palm trees, endless stretch of silvery sand and well-maintained beaches makes this place a fascinating picnic spot too.

The glorious view of the Sunset and the stunning view from the lighthouse will make your day worthwhile. The Kaupu beach is very picturesque. You will completely be lost in you own thoughts by its sheer beauty.

The Someshwar beach gives you an astounding view of its pristine beach from the hillock. The sight of the sunset from here is absolutely breathtaking.

It is not safe to venture out for swimming in some of the beaches of Mangalore due to rough waves and the presence of shape rocks. However the gleaming and pristine beaches are admiring from its beautiful shore.

Tarkarli
Magnificient, clean white sand beaches

Experience the special lure of the beaches of Maharashtra’s Konkan coast, where white sand and casuarinas trees stretch for miles, fringed by foam-flecked waves. Tarkarli seems to be distinct favorite with the Maharashtra tourism authorities and with good reason. It has powder-white sands, clear waters, all of 8 km of coast and close at hand, the lofty Sindhudurg fort. The major attraction of Tarkarli is its extensive but slender stretch of coast.

The natural beauty, blue water, palm trees garrulous in the breeze and the long lazy waves of foam hissing in to shore, Tarkarli is too good to be true. The view of the sea birds enjoying in the seawaters add elegance to the beauty of this beach. This place offers blissful peace and tranquility and is an ideal place to relax. A trek to the Sindhudurg fort would be a pleasurable experience. Since Tarkarli is deserted most of the time it is ideal for angling.

The ambience is just correct at the beach and so is the food. The exotic seafood and tandoori food are definitely worth trying. Brisk walks, long swims and lazing around are very much in order here. The picturesque view along the beach is worth watching.

The Tarkarli beach is just right for morning and evening walks. The sunset looks very beautiful from the beach. You can spend a quiet evening on the beach and revel in its beauty. It gives a grand view of the Arabian Sea. Tarkarli beach being less frequented is uncontaminated and clean.


Kochi
One of the finest, most charming beaches of the world

The beaches of Kochi have gained popularity due to its serene atmosphere. This special feature of its beaches will help you relax and regain your composure. The beaches of Kochi offer you an ambience that is devoid of any commotion and long sandy stretches which are perfect for taking long walks.

The lovely and shallow Cheria beach which has a coastal area of 15 km, is the best place for swimming and also for watching dolphins. Lush Palm grove and paddy fields in the vicinity makes this beach attractive The Fort Kochi beach was once a small fishing hamlet that metamorphosed into a natural harbor after a cataclysmic flood in 1371 AD. This paved the way for the Portuguese, Dutch and British to alight here.

Best way to explore the beaches is to take a leisurely walk. The Fort Kochi beach is favorite haunt not only among locals but also among the tourists.

Apart from the usual byword an interesting sight on the shores of Kochi are the Chinese fishing nets which are supposed to have introduced to this place by the traders.

The major excitement of touring Kochi is seafaring in local ferries. A cruise ride on the meandering waterways will take you around its quaint spots and enable you to explore Kochi. The cruise liner and merchant ships sailing on the shores of Kochi also contribute to the beautiful view of the Kochi beaches.

So rejuvenate on this picture perfect beaches and experience paradise here. The clean sand, the baffling sound of waves and the rustling palm trees will make your holiday truly majestic.


 

How to reach India


How to get to India by Air
The major international airports in India, which serve traffic from all over the world, are in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Airports tend to be on the outskirts of cities. Pre-paid taxi services and auto-rickshaws are stationed outside the terminus to get you into the city.

How to get to India by Rail
Railways do not cut across international borders in this part of the world except the Samjhauta (i.e. "understanding"!) Express that runs between Amritsar (India) and Lahore (Pakistan). But since the running of the train is subject to relations between the two countries it would be prudent to check if the train is running. However, in many cases it is possible to travel till the border by train.

How to get to India by Road
Except the Lahore-Delhi bus which used to run 4 times a week, but is now erratic, there are no cross border coach services. It is possible to drive into India with the requisite paperwork in order. Even driving in from Nepal now requires a permit. Permits may be arranged through the Indian embassy in your country.

 

India culture


The culture of India is among the world's oldest, reaching back about 5,000 years. Many sources describe it as "Sa Prathama Sanskrati Vishvavara" — the first and the supreme culture in the world. India is a very diverse country, and different regions have their own distinct cultures. Language, religion, food and the arts are just some of the various aspects of Indian culture. Here is a brief overview of the culture of India.Culture plays an important role in the development of any nation. It represents a set of shared attitudes, values, goals and practices. Culture and creativity manifest themselves in almost all economic, social and other activities. A country as diverse as India is symbolized by the plurality of its culture. India has one of the world’s largest collections of songs, music, dance, theatre, folk traditions, performing arts, rites and rituals, paintings and writings that are known, as the ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ (ICH) of humanity. In order to preserve these elements, the Ministry of Culture implements a number of schemes and programmes aimed at providing financial support to individuals, groups and cultural organizations engaged in performing, visual and literary arts etc.
This section offers comprehensive information related to cultural heritage, ancient monuments, literary arts, visual arts, schemes, programmes, performing arts, fairs and festivals and handicraft of India. Detailed information on various organizations involved in promotion and propagation of Indian art and culture is also available in this section.

Language
India has 28 states and seven territories, and each has at least one official language. While the national languages are Hindi and English, there are about 22 official languages and nearly 400 living languages spoken in various parts of the country. Most of the languages of India belong to two families, Aryan and Dravidian.

Religion
India is identified as the birthplace of Hinduism and Buddhism. A huge majority — 84 percent — of the population identifies as Hindu. There are many variations of Hinduism, and four predominant sects — Shaiva, Vaishnava, Shakteya and Smarta.

About 13 percent of Indians are Muslim, making it one of the largest Islamic nations in the world. Christians and Sikhs make up a small percentage of the population, and there are even fewer Buddhists and Jains.

Food
Indian cuisine boasts Arab, Turkish and European influences. It is known for its large assortment of dishes and its liberal use of herbs and spices. Cooking styles vary from region to region. Wheat, Basmati rice and pulses with chana (Bengal gram) are important staples of the Indian diet. The food is rich with curries and spices, including ginger, coriander, cardamom, turmeric, dried hot peppers, and cinnamon, among others. Chutneys — thick condiments and spreads made from assorted fruits and vegetables such as tamarind and tomatoes and mint, cilantro and other herbs — are used generously in Indian cooking.

Many Hindus are vegetarians, but lamb and chicken are common in main dishes for non-vegetarians.

Much of Indian food is eaten with fingers or bread used as utensils. There is a wide array of breads served with meals, including naan, a leavened, oven-baked flatbread, and bhatoora, a fried, fluffy flatbread common in North India and eaten with chickpea curry.