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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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