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5 Beach Destinations along the West Coast of India

Most of us are a fan of beaches and look forward to every opportunity to escape the city to the beautiful shores lined with palm trees. India is blessed with an amazing coastal region and provides good scope for us to plan these beach escapades by opting for anything from a weekend getaway to a week long vacation.

Following are some of the most sought after beach destinations within India that you can visit this winter.

Kovalam

Kovalam is a beach town located in Kerala and famous for its crescent shaped beaches lined with coconut trees. The most famous of them being the Lighthouse beach which has a striped lighthouse from where one can gaze at the spectacular view of the ocean. There are other beaches like Samudra Beach and Hawah Beach which are equally beautiful. Kovalam is an apt destination for beach lovers and also honeymoon couples, as this town is home to some luxurious beach resorts. One can club this visit with day tours to Thiruvananthapuram and Kanyakumari.

Number of days required : 3 to 5 days

Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam / Courtesy: Trans India Travels

Gokarna

Gokarna means “cow’s ear” and Lord Shiva is believed to have emerged here out of the cow’s ear. Based in Karnataka, this location is more of a temple town with Lord Shiva’s Mahabaleshwara temple and many others like Maha Ganapati, Bhadrakali, Uma Maheshwara and Venkataramana Temples. Over the years though, this town has grown into a  beach destination with its famous Om beach, Kudle Beach, Half Moon Beach and Paradise beach. These beaches are lined with palm trees and white sand.

Number of days required : 3 days

Om Beach, Gokarna / Courtesy – mouthshut

Dapoli

Dapoli is a town in Ratnagiri District  with a coastline of around 50 kms and is also called as the “Mini Mahabaleshwar” due to its cooler climate throughout the year. It is known for its ancient forts, pristine beaches, caves, temples, water activities and much more. One can also attend the Velas Turtle Festival between February and April to witness the hatching of the endangered Olive Ridley turtle eggs. An unexplored destination, this is one of the best options if you are looking for something non-touristy and less crowded. It is also a great destination for a weekend getaway.

Number of days required : 3 to 4 days

Scuba Diving / Courtesy : Google

Tarkarli

If you are looking for water sports like scuba diving, Tarkarli is one of the best destinations for the same. A village in Malvan Taluka of Sindhudurg District in Maharashtra, it is known for the white sand beaches, clear waters, Sindhudurg Fort, and extremely delicious seafood. One can also enjoy the backwaters of Karli river which are lined with palm trees and inhabited by dolphins. Tarkarli too makes for an easy weekend getaway.

Number of days required : 3 days

Luxury Stay in Goa / Courtesy : Hindustan Times

Goa

Goa is a well-known and most sought after tourist destinations by Indians and foreigners alike. Every visit to Goa can give you a different experience based on the region you explore. North Goa is home to the best pubs, shopping options, seafood and water activities and is generally visited by first time visitors to Goa. Those who look for a peaceful vibe, private beaches, non-touristy areas opt to explore the South of Goa. Goa is full of sights with the Dudhsagar waterfalls, Harvalem waterfalls, temples like Shantadurga or Mangeshi, Bom Jesus Basilica Church, Aguada Fort, Chapora Fort, Anjuna Beach, Agonda Beach in the South and so much more. Also, one is spoilt for choice with multiple stay options from beach shacks to luxury beachfront resorts.

Number of days required : 3 days to 1 week

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Our Travel Journey in India

A short video on the places visited by us in the past 6 years in India. These trips together were full of discovery, experiences and adventure. They fuelled the fire of exploration within us and inspired us to work passionately in the field of tourism. Hope it sows the seed of travelling in you too. There is no time to be bored in a country as beautiful as our India.

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How to plan a perfect vacation?

Tourism is at an all-time high considering the exposure to unlimited information one has on the internet. Reading about all those places and knowing how beautiful our planet is, one cannot refrain from packing their bags and going for an adventure. Adding to this is the improvement in standard of living for many, which opens up opportunities on the travel front. But then, there is more to just conceiving a thought. Traveling domestic or international, it is always good to plan ahead. Detailed research on flights, other modes of commutation, accommodation, places to visit, activities to do, local cuisine, where and what to shop, weather, clothes to pack and so much more. This part deserves attention as one missing link can lead to disappointments. To do such detailed research, plan your international travel at least 8 months before and local travel at least 4 months before. If you lack time or will to do your homework, an experienced travel agent is your best bet. More on that later.

We have a few pointers for you to start planning a complete hassle-free vacation:

  • Mode of travel – Due to limited number of off-days from work, most people prefer traveling by flights. Short distances can easily be covered by train or bus. The most important thing is to have tentative dates in hand at least months before so that you can scroll through various flight options, deals on offer, intercity bus or train availability. There are websites like Skyscanner, Goibibo and local rail websites which help you compare rates and make a sound decision.

  • Accommodation – This is what can easily make or mar your trip. So take out time to do your hotel research well. Decide on what kind of stay you are looking at. Backpackers can opt for hostels, others can choose from hostels to budget accommodation and homestays to luxury resorts. It all boils down to how much time you devote to an elaborate search.

  • Places to visit – Yet another important aspect of your travel. Once you have decided on your destination, read about that place, various sights to visit, their timings, entry fees, clothes and shoes to wear, restaurants around those places. Also, check on various cheap and convenient ways to commute from one place to another. Read about offbeat places if you are an explorer. Many countries have an amazing public transport system so use them to save yourself from burning a hole in your pocket.

  • Food and Shopping – An integral part of your travel is food and of course who doesn’t want to bring back souvenirs. Start reading about cuisines, make a list of restaurants in all locations, check their reviews and how affordable it will be on your travel. Find shops where shopping is easy and where you are not caught in a tourist trap.
  • Travel Insurance – Travel Insurance is a must for international travel to protect yourself from expensive emergency medical care and loss of luggage. You never know when you will need it. So connect with insurance companies and see what kind of insurance they have to offer.

If all this seems like too much work or you do not have the time and will to devote to planning your most important vacation, hire a travel agent. Check their reviews, compare quotes, see what they have to offer and most importantly compare itineraries and see what value can they add to your trip. One can generally find major flaws in itineraries and accommodation. Not only will you find agents skipping major sites, you will either end up clicking pictures from a bus or you will be left to explore the location on your own. If your agent is as good as he says, trust me, he/she will make sure your tour is a memorable one and is value for your hard earned money.