6 Least Known Beaches That Should Be On Your Bucket List
By: Pinki Mon, 22 Feb 2021 5:18 PM
Summer’s just around the corner – well about as far around the corner as it can be in a country with only two real seasons. India has a mind-blowing 7,517 kms coastline with magnificent beaches, which means you don’t have to squeeze yourself onto Baga and Chowpatty this year.
Here’s a list of the best unexplored and lesser known beaches in India with sandy swathes that grace India’s coast. Whether packed or empty beaches, always keep in mind to respect them and leave them as pristine and clean as you found them.
# KODI BENGRE BEACH – UDUPI
Udupi is crisscrossed with rivers across its lands, rivers that were once lined with sparkling gold until the age of the ‘sand mafia’. Yet, its more prominent beaches on the shoreline are among the safe beaches in India, and are gaining in popularity, particularly Malpe. 10 kms South from Malpe’s camel rides and ice-cream carts is Kodi Bengre beach, an estuary where the river Suvarna meets the Arabian Sea. Fill up on dirt-cheap seafood before nodding off on the clean sand for a couple of hours. Watch out for the crabs!
# MARARI BEACH – ALLEPPEY
Put off by all the tourist signboards being erected while travelling through the backwaters? Move closer to the sea, 11 kms away to the splendid Marari Beach. It’s a great place to do absolutely nothing, and let the waves crash over your thoughts. Those of you searching for absolute luxury, get a room at the Marari Beach Resort, and if you’re itching for something more active, go help out fisherman from Mararikulam that throng the beach. Maybe one of them will invite you back to share the catch!
# GOKARNA BEACH – KARNATAKA
The very definition of chill. It’s been among the best beaches in India and famous much longer than the others listed here, and as such has its share of beach side shacks, readily available alcohol and random bag checks by the local police. The reason it qualifies for this collection is its determinedly low-key vibe. Accommodation is still limited to a couple of thatched roof huts and it’s not advisable to be wandering around after dark, but there’s the added charm of a whole other side to the town, its temples and bustling market.
# KASHI VISHWANATH BEACH – MANDVI
This one’s for those looking for more than just a beach. The beach is pretty packed, but you won’t find many tourists there, instead you’ll witness the practicality of beaches for fishing and ship building and the recreational style of taking your family for cotton candy and evening horse rides. Indians don’t just relax on beaches, they frolic, letting their children run amok with little bamboo and paper windmills as they charge up on delicious beach street food. It can be a welcoming change from the assumption that beaches are strictly for lolling about. Mandvi in itself is a beautiful city; its streets lined with ancient buildings in fading pastels and intricately carved temples.
# RAMESHWARAM BEACHES – TAMIL NADU
Surrounded by sea, this island is fabled to be where Ram built a bridge to Lanka to rescue his wife. Deeply entrenched in lore, it then tends to be packed with pilgrims in town for a visit to the mighty temple at its center and a quick holy dip on its myriad of beaches. From sandy to slightly pebbly to sheer cliff faces, Rameshwaram has every kind of beach. Nevertheless, be warned that this might not be the spot to show off your hard-earned beach bod
# VENGURLA – MAHARASHTRA
Nestled on the Maharashtra-Goa border, a great spot for mouth-watering Malvani seafood, this town boasts of more than 23 beaches packed with activities – kayaking, cycling, fishing – but no people. Back in the day, it was an important trading port both for the Dutch and the British. This gives it a nice historical characteristic, something you can follow for a bit of added fun.