Top 7 Beaches of India for a Luxury Vacation

Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, Kannur, Kerala

Muzhappilangad is the only drive-in beach in Asia.

It is parallel to National Highway NH-17, four kilometers between Thalassery and Kunnur.

April is a great month to visit this lovely beach because there is a festival.

It includes car and bike stunts, so appeals largely to the younger element because it can be fairly raucous.

Black rocks surround the beach, offering it some protection from strong currents.

It is good for both sunbathing and swimming, a peaceful spot where it is very easy to relax.

Marari Beach, Kerala

Marari Beach is the perfect base for those wanting to combine the beach with Kerala’s backwaters, which are the main reason for tourists to visit the state.

It is just under 100 kilometers from Kochi, the state capital.

You can happily relax there and just enjoy the atmosphere.

Regular rainfall means the vegetation is lush.

The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is definitely worth a trip and you can watch the locals making a variety of things from coir – the fibrous cover on coconuts.

Dhanushkodi Beach, Ramesawaram, Tamil Nadu

Dhanushkodi is the closest point of India to Sri Lanka.

It is where the Bay of Bengal meets the Indian Ocean.

There is not much more than beautiful sand and blue sea but what more do you need from a beach location? It is said that Lord Rama, Lord Hanuman, and his army built the ‘’Setu” bridge to Lanka.

After cyclone destruction in the 60’s, the small town of Dhanushkodi was abandoned but that has never deterred people who want to enjoy the lovely sands and picturesque views of the deep south.

Ramakrishna Beach, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

This beach is just five kilometers from the city of Visakhapatnam.

Row after row of beach shacks provide lovely local cuisine and drinks.

The seafood is especially good.

It is a good spot for families and a popular family beach for sunbathing, swimming and water sports.

Some Indian families travel a significant distance to get here.

There are plenty of attractions close by as well, including the Kali Temple, the Aquarium, and two museums, Visakha and Submarine Museums.

Yarada Beach, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh on the Bay of Bengal is blessed with a lovely unspoiled coastline and Yarada Beach is certainly among the highlights.

None of the beaches are famous for parties or water sports; it is their beauty and serenity that make them attractive.

The longest beach road in India is in Andhra Pradesh but you will not find huge crowds heading for the beach.

Dolphin’s Nose Lighthouse on top of Black Mores Hill is worth a visit.

It provides a chance to get even more impressive views of the area.

Puri Beach, Orissa

Puri Beach is not only a beautiful stretch of palm-fringed sand, it attracts pilgrims who come here in homage to Lord Jaganath.

The white sands meet the waters rolling in from the Bay of Bengal resulting in locals and visitors alike loving the beach.

Sunrise and sunset are both spectacular and the resulting photographs will take pride of place in your album.

There is a small fishing village nearby where you can expect to enjoy wonderful prawns and a range of fish.

The Sun Temple is 35 kilometers from the beach but you may like to take the time to see it.

Mandarmani, West Bengal

This pristine beach is about four hours south of Kolkata and a huge contrast from that enormous chaotic city.

There was once a tiny fishing village, but development has seen it growing.

The 13 kilometers of beautiful sand is the main reason for its popularity.

You are likely to see a huge number of tiny red crabs scrambling over the sand; they are harmless and will do their best to avoid you.

The water is calm and therefore good for swimming.

Sunrise and sunset are great times of the day to be on these lovely sands.

Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

No coverage of the Sub Continent’s beaches would be complete without mentioning the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal.

Their beauty has remained untouched and the sands are certainly among the highlights.

Radhanagar Beach on Havelock Island is probably the top beach and recently earned the title of ‘Asia’s best beach’ from Time Magazine.

Water sports are forbidden so it is exclusively for those wanting to relax.

You can swim but not before 8am and not after 4pm.

The restrictions are worth it.