(Picture courtesy: Kerala Tourism)
One of the interesting things about Kovalam beach in Kerala is the Lighthouse. Located near Trivandrum, this small coastal town has palm-backed beaches which include – Hawa, Samudra and lighthouse beaches. The place is known as an international beach destination for its calm waters and crescent beaches. It is ideal for relaxing and sun bathing. There is a whole host of ayurvedic centres too. The Lighthouse is the biggest and busiest beach. The open-air restaurants and the fantastic view from the lighthouse is a crowd puller. The Samudra beach is a little more secluded. Kovalam is also one of the best beaches in India for surfing.
Havelock Island, Andaman
Havelock Island in Andaman is renowned for its calm, still water and white sand. The beaches are magnificent and a beautiful place for everyone who wants to experience paradise on Earth. The Havelock Island is connected by ferries. The Radhanagar Beach is a true beauty. This made it to the list of the best beaches in Asia. The Vijaynagar Beach is for nature lovers. There are several offbeat beaches if you are in a mood to explore. One of the biggest attractions here is the underwater walk. You may also try scuba diving from some of the promising areas it. The rich coral reef and underwater marine is something you don’t want to miss.
(Picture courtesy: Maharashtra Tourism)
If you love coral and are not able to make it Andaman, make a trip to the Tarkarli beach in southern Maharashtra. This place has one of the best coral reefs on the mainland. The beach is clean, peaceful and non-commercial. The best time to visit this place is from November to February as the temperature is relatively low. It is also an ideal place to indulge in snorkelling, scuba diving. Since it is untouched by development, this beach is not on the tourist trail and retains a village feel.