Beaches

in South India

Beaches in South India

Marina Beach, Chennai

Marina Beach, Chennai

Known to be the second largest beach in the world, Marina beach of Chennai offers un miss able sunrise and sunset views. The beach receives thousands of local and tourists on a daily basis. As the sea waters are challenging, bathing and swimming are not recommended. Take a walk on the clean golden sand and savor the relaxing atmosphere. Kids can enjoy kite flying and pony rides.

Elliot Beach, Chennai

Elliot Beach, Chennai

One of the clean beaches in Chennai, this beach is located southwards of the Marina beach. Visitors can enjoy sunbathing and can relax completely during leisure walks. Capture the blue waters and clear sky in your camera.

Dhanushkodi Beach, Rameswaram

Dhanushkodi Beach, Rameswaram

It is a paradise for loners. One of the most popular places to visit near Rameshwaram, it is 20 km away from the main city. The azure seawaters are a treat to the eyes. As you take a walk on white sands, admire the serenity. Legends say that the beach was the site where Lord Rama and Lord Hanuman, along with their army had constructed the Setu Bridge to arrive Ravana’s Lanka for rescuing Mata Sita.

Mahe Beach, Pondicherry

Mahe Beach, Pondicherry

Mahe beach is a beautiful beach that is dotted with swaying palm trees. It is one of the most famous beaches of Pondicherry and has a few fishermen villages near it. If you love swimming, you can do it here. For leisure vacationers, the beach is ideal for lazing around, which refreshes you completely.

Kanyakumari Beach, Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari Beach, Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari beach is placed on the southernmost tip of the Indian peninsula. The religious importance of this beach is no less than Rameshwaram. The beach is enveloped by seas on three sides. Since it is the confluence of the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the rough Bay of Bengal, it is called Triveni.

Mahabalipuram Beach, Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram Beach, Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram beach is a wonderful site for tourists due to the presence of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram Group of Monuments. Temples, historical monuments and caves are some of the popular attractions of Mahabalipuram that are found on this beach. Monolithic Ratha, chariots, rock-cut sculptors and ancient caves must be explored. The architectural wonders on Mahabalipuram beach are evidence of the wealth of the Pallava rulers. The noisy sea waves break the serenity sprinkled on the beach. This beach is one of the most famous beaches in Tamil Nadu.

Gokarna Beach, Gokarna

Gokarna Beach, Gokarna

Gokarna beach is a good replacement for the busy beaches of Goa. As it is quite close to the Mahabaleshwar temple, pilgrims visit the beach for taking a dip in the holy waters. It is a secluded and laid-back beach, ideal for seclusion-lovers. Half-moon beach, Om beach, Kudlle beach and Paradise beach are the other popular beaches of Gokarna.

Paradise Beach, Pondicherry

Paradise Beach, Pondicherry

Paradise beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in India. It is 8 km away from the main city. This clean beach with turquoise waters lies along the Cuddalore Main Road. A walk here completely rejuvenates the visitors. Dolphin viewing is one of the attractions of Paradise beach. Get into a ferry, making its way through the backwaters. A family picnic can also be planned here.

Varkala Beach, Thiruvananthapuram

Varkala Beach, Thiruvananthapuram

Varkala beach is positioned amidst Kovalam and Alleppey. If you love water sports, you can partake in swimming, windsurfing, and parasailing. Soak-in the sun and admire memorable sunset views. There is a stream near the beach, known to have medicinal and curative properties, along with religious significance. Do not forget to capture the natural beauty in your cameras.

Alappuzha Beach, Alappuzha

Alappuzha Beach, Alappuzha

Alleppey has a beautiful beach, called Alleppey beach or Alappuzha beach. Waves of the Arabian Sea, coming from the west side, touch the shore, which is lined by swaying palm trees. The beach has been blessed by immense natural beauty. Another popular attraction here is Vijaya Beach Park, an amusement park for visitors. The tall lighthouse offers wonderful surrounding views.

Cherai Beach, Kochi

Cherai Beach, Kochi

Cherai beach is a shallow beach and thus is ideal for swimming. Some of the other water sports activities offered here include surfing, speed boat ride, canoeing and so on. The beach is located on the northern end of Vypeen Island and is a blend of backwaters and sea. Chinese fishing nets are another attraction here on the waterfront.

Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam

Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam

Kovalam, Lighthouse beach is probably the most popular one. The other two are Samudra and Hawa or Eve’s beaches. The beach gets its name from 30 m high lighthouse, Vizhinjam Lighthouse, made atop a hill. As you take a walk on the silver sands, the calm sea waves caress your feet. Treat your eyes to the memorable sunset views. Partake in activities like swimming, surfing, and parasailing. The popularity of this beach coincides with the Baga beach of Goa.

Marari Beach, Mararikulam

Marari Beach, Mararikulam

Marari beach is located at a distance of 11 km from Alleppey. After visiting the lovely Alleppey backwaters, visit this beach for some memorable moments, away from the city hustle-bustle. A pleasing surrounding and soft sands of Marari beach look and feel soothing to the visitors. Secluded and laid-back, it is also known to be one of the most romantic beaches in India. If both of you are adventurous souls, enjoy activities like water skiing, sea surfing, parasailing, and deep-sea fishing.

Auroville Beach, Pondicherry

Auroville Beach, Pondicherry

Auroville beach is one of the best beaches of Pondicherry. This beach with soft, golden and black-hued volcanic sand is located at a distance of 12 km from the town. Visitors can savor mesmerizing views of the setting sun, looking like an orange-colored ball. The beach receives maximum visitors at the time of weekends and is quite popular amongst youngsters.

Good To Know

Country

Bahamas

Visa Requirements

Visa in not needed for EU citizens. Everyone else need a visa.

Languages spoken

English

Currency used

Dolar

Area (km2)

470,000 km2

Tamilnadu

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