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Beaches

                          Major Beaches in India

surrounded by water on three sides, the vast peninsular coastline of India offers an amazing array of beaches. Both the West and East Coast of India offer verdant vistas of palm on the Arabian Sea shores or the Bay of Bengal.
 
On the west coast there are miles of sandy beaches broken into attractive bays by rocky headlands. The most popular ones are the beaches of Goa and Kovalam at Kerala.

The beaches on the eastern coast are less well developed. The best known are the beaches of Mahabalipuram and a small but exquisite beach in Orissa called Gopalpur-on-Sea.
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                                        Goa

Goa has an enviable stretch of beaches complete with tourist friendly facilities and accommodation. Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Candolim Dona Paula and Vagator are the major attractions that provide spectacular scenic beauty with palm trees giving the final aesthetic touch. 

Dona Paula


Location : 7 kms. away from Panaji, Goa.

Goa offers the best holidays on its beaches especially at Carnival time during Christmas. 

Dona Paula Beach is nestled on the southern side of the rocky hammer-shaped headlands that divide the Zuari and Mandovi estuaries. Providing a good view of the Mormugao harbour, this beach is fringed by palm trees and casuarina groves. The proximity of the beach to the capital city makes it a popular tourist sight.

Water sport facilities are the key attraction of this beach. The Dona Paula Sports Club offers water-scooter, cycle, and motorboat rides. Other water sports include windsurfing, parasailing, water-skiing, sports fishing, kayaking and yachting. The beach also has a colorful water sports festival in November. 

The beach at Calangute is rocky. That at Anjuna spreads long and the waters are gentle affording you pleasures like crowded boat rides, motor scooter rides, spot-the-dolphins rides, and motorboat rides. 

Colva beach and Benaulim are quieter and less crowded than Anjuna. The Fort Aguada beach offers gorgeous views that merit a visit. Sinquerim and Candolim are also quiet beaches that afford anonymity. It's the authentic thing hidden away behind the imposing Fort Aguada Beach Resort that is itself the ultimate word in tropical luxury.

ACCESS: The nearest airport is at Dabolim, which is 29 km away from Panaji and 36 km from Anjuna. Air links to Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Cochin, Thiruvananthapuram. The nearest railhead is Vasco da Gama, 35 km from Panaji.

                                        


                                                Kerala

Kerala is very popular as the land of beaches. Along the 600 Km. length of the lush green vegetation of Kerala coast, is blessed with many fine sanded, internationally renowned beaches and rocky promontories. 

Kovalam 


Location : 16 kms. from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
 
Set amidst the blue of the Arabian Sea and the coast of Kerala, Kovalam is one of the most popular beach hangouts in India. 

The long coastline lined with swaying coconut palm trees and dotted with fishing hamlets is fast developing into one of the world's best string of beaches. 

Kovalam consists of three adjacent crescent beaches. the southern most known as Lighthouse Beach (where the lighthouse is located is the most popular of the three), Eve beach in the middle and the northern most beach, situated to the north of old Ashoka Resort.


                                      Chennai

Kanyakumari 


Location : South End, Chennai.

Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin), which is two hours away from Kovalam. The three oceans - the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean meet at Kanya Kumari. Sun rise and sun set here are special, soul stirring moments - given an opportunity do not miss the visit to the Cape at sunset if not at sunrise!

ACCESS: Road links to Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kanyakumari. Nearest railhead and airport is at Thiruvananthapuram (16 km).

Marina Beach

Location : In the City Limit, Chennai.

The pride of Chennai is bestowed with a 4.5 Kms. long stretch of Beach, the second longest in the World, called the Marina Beach. 

Mahabalipuram

Location : 58-km, South of Chennai.
 
Snuggled on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, Mahabalipuram offers unspolied beach that attracts many tourists. The matchless splendor that Mahabalipuram beach casts is interestingly unique.

ACCESS: Rail links to Chennai, Kanchipuram and Arkonam. Nearest airport, Chennai. 

                                         


                                                Mumbai


The commercial capital of India, Mumbai has some the finest beaches. 

Chowpatty, Juhu Beach, Arangal Beach, Marve Beach, Manori Beach, Gorai Beach, Nirmal Beach, Kelwa Beach, Arnala Beach, Bordi Beach, Alibag Beach, Mandwa Beach and Kihim Beach are some of the well known beaches. 

Chowpatty (Girgaum), situated at the northern end of marine drive, is a strech of sandy beach. 

Juhu, is a crowded beach with residential apartments and bungalows surrounding it. 


                                                  Orissa

Gopalpur-On-Sea
 

This is a quiet beach on the eastern coast in Orissa. 

It is ideal for for boating and a sea side run invites visitors to share the expanse of the Sand and Sun. Coconut Palms and Casurina plantations play hide and seek with the sun along this coastline.The hot springs of Taptapani are nearby.

ACCESS: Nearest railhead, Behrampur (18 km). Road links to Behrampur.


Other Beaches

Besides these, there are lesser known but equally beautiful beaches along the peninsular coastline of India. To name a few Mangalore and Mahe on the west coast and Pondicherry on the east coast. 


Indian Islands

The coral reefs of the Lakshadweep Islands, off the coast of Kerala in the Arabian sea and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal are perfect places for water sports. 

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