India Beaches



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The world’s most densely populated democracy, with more than one billion inhabitants, India has a very long coastline thanks to its conical shape and position in the vast Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. The islands of Andaman and Nicobar add an extra collection of beaches to India’s large portfolio. India’s people speak Hindi, but many speak English, also, making it an easy place for most westerners to communicate.

While parts of India are positively chilly in the mountains of the north, beaches on both the east and west coasts of the southern part of India are tropical to sub-tropical, and havens for the beach life.

India is still considered to be exotic by most standards and its beaches are as fascinating as this reputation inspires. Palolem Beach in the small state of Goa on the Arabian Sea off the west coast of India is a long beach with a quirky collection of beach huts that serve as guest accommodations; when the monsoons arrive, the beach huts are dismantled and taken away, leaving a beach that bears no resemblance to its former self… Until the monsoons leave and the process begins all over.

There are numerous lovely beaches on the western shore, many of those crammed into tiny Goa. Varkala Beach, Baga Beach and Gokarna Beach are among the finer ones India has to offer. Also on the west coast is the unique Marari Beach, fairly undeveloped and with one eco-conscious vacation spot, the Marari Beach Resort.

On India’s east coast lies Mahabalipuram Beach (also known as Maamallapuram Beach), about one hour south of Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu; a remarkable beach and stunning location, it is studded with fascinating rock sculptures and capped off with ancient temples.

In recent years, India has gone full-throttle to attract tourists, but some areas are just not safe; its beaches are considered national treasures, and local as well as national authorities are making the beaches safer, more accessible and more appealing to tourists from all over the world.

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