When thinking of relaxing beach side, India may not come top-of-mind. Instead of packing your beach bag and heading to typical beach destinations such as Mexico, Spain, or California, consider booking a flight to India and making your way to one of these beaches.
The beaches in India provide respite from busy streets in towns and cities filled with loud horns, masses of people, and a faster pace of life. The best times to visit India are between fall and spring. Temperatures will still be high but will be much more bearable than during the summer months.
Papanasham Beach, Varkala (Kerala)
Cliff side dining options await visitors to Varkala where it’s possible to look out at crashing waves while enjoying breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack. The sound of the ocean from my hotel room, the abundance of delicious food, and the peaceful atmosphere were enough to have me extending my stay day after day in this coastal town and municipality in Thiruvananthapuram district in the state of Kerala. The town of Varkala is known for being a popular resort and spa town famous for its natural springs.
Benaulim Beach, Benaulim (Goa)
The beach is a long stretch of sand with few developments apart from shacks to eat seafood and other types of food and the odd water sport rental hut. It’s here you’ll have your pick of spots to sunbathe or relax without much interruption. The development in Benaulim is set back from the beach by 1km. Visitors can rent furnished suites to stay for the season for peace a quiet away from the usual Goa parties, loud music, and busy beach fronts. It was here that I rented an apartment for a month during the Christmas/New Year’s Eve season prior to heading north to Mumbai.
Unlike central and north Goa, Palolem and south Goa are ideal for a quiet holiday. Thatch-roofed beach shacks offer tourists a variety of different kinds of food from all over the world. Palolem can get quite busy during high season, but it is still much less packed than Anjuna in north Goa, which is a popular destination for 20-somethings looking for parties and for their weekly markets.
Depending on the type of beach you’re looking for you may find what you need in major cities around India, but the above three beaches are more destination-beaches that will take you away from noise and crowds.