Regarded as a hot spot for tourists and pilgrims, the beaches in Puri, Orissa are becoming hot favourite. The beaches are known for its sprawling sands and lapping waves. This makes it an ideal choice for those willing to surf. The 12th-century Jagannatha Temple is located in the city. The annual Puri Beach Festival takes place here for five days every November. The best time to visit the beach is at sunrise or sunset. Take a stroll in the sun and browse at the seashell souvenirs sold by local vendors. And don’t forget to take your camera. Nearby is Balighai beach. Just a short drive from Puri, this beach is at the mouth of the Nuanai River. And there is something for everyone here: from water skiing to parasailing activities. Or just enjoy the sea in a tranquil boat ride.
Gokarna , Karnataka
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Gokarna which literally means cow’s ear is located in a small town in Karnataka. A pilgrim centre, it has now become tourist hub. Populated with foreigners, the best part of Gokarna beaches is its serenity and peacefulness. The uniqueness about the beaches is its usual rocky surfaces and hillocks. The shoreline is ideal for honeymooners and adventure seekers. To reach there one has to literally walk as the shoreline is situated on the other side of the hill. There are five main beaches here – Gokarna, Kudle, OM, Half Moon and Paradise. However the Kudle beach is the most popular. The trek is quite easy and light. One can also opt for a boat ride here. Don’t forget to indulge at the local restaurant here as they served all kinds of delicious cuisines.
Everyone knows Goa is popular for beaches and Fenny. Although it is a popular tourist stop, surprisingly is has some of the cleanest coastlines. The Palolem beach in south Goa, Calangute beach, Anjuna, Mandrem and Arambol beaches in north Goa and Morjim beach are quite popular. Apart from scenic beauty, these places offer excellent varieties of food and cocktails. The Agonda beach has a line of simple huts, which are right on the beach. There are small shacks and shops that offer food from the sea and land. If you are looking to have a hippie haven, then head to Arambol beach. The small fishing village here is now travellers’ den. You can do meditation, yoga, tai chi, and reiki. When the sun comes down, the coastline is filled with musicians who have live music and jamming sessions.