Dance with the waves,
Move with the Sea
Let the rhythm of the water...
Set your soul free.
~ Christy Ann Martin
Being an avid lover of beaches, I’ve always compelled my parents to prioritise sea shores while zeroing down on the summer vacation spot, which was our yearly tradition. My dad has always been in the middle of tug-of-war between my love for beaches and my mom’s contradictory choices of mountain and hills. Even though I have visited a few, but my will to explore most of the exclusive and secluded beaches remain unfulfilled to this day. Hailing from a metropolitan city, I’ve always been inclined towards the undiscovered, silent places for vacation, i.e. away from the hustle-bustle of the cityscape. Here’s presenting you the five best beaches that tops my wish list. If you are as enthusiastic about unexplored beaches as I am, then this list of sensational sea shores will definitely fascinate you.
KASHID BEACH, MAHARASHTRA
This beach sprawls over a vast expanse and imparts an outstanding breath-taking view to the tourists. It brags about being one of the cleanest beaches in the state and its wonder-struck white sands and mesmerising blue water are a treat to the soul. The picturesque scenery during the sunset will sweep you off your feet. It is 110 km away from Mumbai and only 30 km from Alibaug. Thus, Its an hour drive from Alibaug and three hours from Mumbai. You can opt for Horse riding, parasailing and other water sports including Jet Ski & Banana ride at the beach or pay a visit to Janjira Fort which is located nearby. Its advisable not to visit the Kashid beach during monsoon due to incessant rains in the region.
MARARI BEACH, KERALA
The magnanimous Marari beach is an absolute sweetheart. The fresh, untouched water of this unexplored beauty, surrounded by the humble hamlet of Mararikulam, makes it a place worth visiting after a stressful month. The railway station of Alleppey is only 11 km away and the Kochi airport being 60 km from this beach. The ideal time for visiting Marari Beach is between January to March as it rains cats and dogs during the monsoon months and the mercury level rises during the summers.
SAINT MARY’S BEACH, KARNATAKA
The stupendous St. Mary’s Beach is just an hour ride from the pilgrimage city of Udupi and takes hardly two hours from Mangalore. Thus, it’s a perfect weekend gateway for the beach-lovers of Udupi and Mangalore. Accentuated by the phenomenal charm of Arabian sea, the beachfront of this island is laid with exquisite basalt rock formations. The serene sea will calm your mind and energise your soul with positive vibes. It’s highly recommended to visit the place during the month of December. The beautiful backwaters are an added treat for all photographers out there. A fifteen minutes boat ride from Malpe Beach will also take you to the wondrous St. Mary’s Island.
BENAULIM BEACH, GOA
Benaulim is an undisturbed and graceful beach located at the end of Colva beach. This beach takes pride in being one of the polished and cleanest beaches in South Goa. It’s a delight for the tourists longing for a calm and stress-free day. Even though it’s located in the land of beaches, still it has remained undiscovered by several beach fanatics. Fun-filling Water activities including, parasailing, boat riding and jet skiing are famous here. If you visit between the months of October to March, then you can be a spectator to bull-fighting here. In case you are reaching by flight, then Dabolim airport, Goa is only 27 kms away.
AGATTI BEACH, LAKSHAWDEEP
The unfrequented island of Lakshadweep might be the smallest Union Territory in Indian subcontinent, but it’s definitely the ultimate destination when it comes to utterly gorgeous virgin beaches. Lakshadweep is a conglomerate of thirty-six coral islands, out of which Agatti being the most daringly dazzling and alluring one. The major attraction being it’s tantalising turquoise sea and captivating coral reefs. May to September is considered as the most favourable months to visit the beach. Scuba diving, Kayaking or Snorkelling can be enjoyed here. Direct flights of ninety minutes from Kochi, will take you to this island.
There is an array of spectacular beaches around the country but these are one of the best which cannot be missed. Hope you find the perfect mesmerizing and peaceful beach for your next vacation.