Colva Beach, Goa

Colva Beach, Goa

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The Best Beaches in India

Photo by Sabincp (Wikimedia Commons)Cherai beach, Kochi Photo by Sabincp (Wikimedia Commons)

Apart from the north of the country India is surrounded by the waters of the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal, which makes for a lot of beach.  The sea plays a very important role here, not only for the fishermen, but also for bathing rituals and relaxing.  If your travelling around India in a campervan hire or motorhome rental vehicle here are some of the best beaches concentrated on the areas of Goa, Kerela and Gujarat, of course, there are many more.

Goa

Goa was the first area in India to attract foreign tourists to its beaches, and now its not just hippies that flock here.

Baga Beach is a quiet oasis between two famous but much busier beaches, Calangute and Colva.  It’s small but quiet, good for fishing or just relaxing, the palms give excellent shade from the midday sun.

Calangute Beach is the most popular of Goa’s beaches because of its excellent facilities and choice of places to stay, the name means land of the fishermen.  If you don’t mind crowds, this is the place to come.

Majorda Beach was where the local Goan’s trained to make bread!  Today it’s still where you can get some of the best bread in the country, but it’s also good for a drink known as Toddy which is sap from the coconut palms.

Cavelossim Beach has soft white sand and black lava rocks.  This beach is very clean and has some great beachside shacks serving delicious traditional dishes, including seafood.  If you enjoy dolphin watching then there are several opportunities around Betty’s Place as well as trips on the River Sal.

Vagator Beach is another white sand beach with black lava rocks, coconut palms, and rich vegetation.  The sea here is clean, clear, and popular with fishermen who like to tell you fisherman’s tales!

Kerala
Kerala is a much less discovered area than Goa, and although they are close they are very different.  Kerala also has backwaters and deltas as well as 600 Km of palm fringed shoreline.

Kovalam Beach is a collection of three adjacent beaches, lighthouse beach, the most southerly, is the most popular.

Varkala Beach is popular with Hindu travellers as it is the site of the 2000 year old Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple, as well as a nature care centre
Cheria Beach is a great pace to visit to see dolphins; the beach is also a very safe swimming beach.

Gujarat
The beaches of Gujarat may be well known to Indians but very few foreign tourists come here, so, if you want to mix with the locals this is the place to come.  Beaches are fringed by graceful palm trees, the sea breeze cools and the sandy beaches and clear waters are perfect.

Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach on Dui Island is reached by a bridge from Ahmedpur.  It has a really Mediterranean feel with water sports and clean sand.
Chorwad Beach was once a royal retreat.  The beach here is too rough for swimming, but if you want to dip your toe in the water you can stroll to the next beach whose waters are more protected.

The beaches of India are a totally different experience to anywhere else, they are places used for many different reasons, but if you are visiting the country in a motorhome rental or campervan hire you will definitely find something to your taste.

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