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Photos: The best beaches in India

Last updated on: September 14, 2011 18:44 IST


Aashish Gupta

The "beach season" is soon going to kick in with temperatures dipping October onwards. Aashish Gupta of Yellowleg.com has put together his pick of the best beaches in India.

Head to one of these for a lazy vacation by the sea and move at your own pace.

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Contributed by Aashish Gupta, founder of Yellowleg.com -- The Discerning Traveller's Bookstore.

Photos: The best beaches in India

Image: Beach No 7, Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Photographs: Wikimedia Commons

Radha Nagar Beach (aka Beach No. 7), Havelock Island, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

A spectacular curve of powder backed by untouched native forest. The drive to the beach runs through the lush forests of Havelock. And in a few minutes of walking along the beach you'll find the gorgeous lagoon, a piece of sheltered sand and crystal clear water.

You can even take an elephant ride along the beach or into the jungle.

Photos: The best beaches in India

Image: Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka
Photographs: aviisme/Creative Commons

Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka

A quaint town centered around a historic Shiva temple and an Om-shaped beach. Hang around a little longer and you'll be convinced there's magic in the place.

To really soak in the place, base your stay around yoga and ayurvedic treatments at the fantastic SwaSwara.

Photos: The best beaches in India

Image: Cabo de Rama, Goa
Photographs: Wikimedia Commons

Cabo de Rama, Goa

One of Goa's best kept secrets, this beach doesn't even have a name (or even if it does, our multiple attempts to find out have been in vain). It unofficially takes on the name of the nearby historic Portuguese fort.

Finding the beach is an adventure in itself and even when you do find it, you'll have to park your vehicle atop a cliff and climb down.

The beach itself is essentially a cove with the fort looking down from the far South and a stream gurgling into the sea at its Northern end. On most weekdays there is not another soul in sight.

Photos: The best beaches in India

Image: Agonda, Goa
Photographs: Pondspider/Creative Commons

Agonda, Goa

While nearby Palolem is more picturesque, unbridled development has taken its toll. Agonda, only slightly to its North is gorgeous, expansive and idyllically undeveloped.

Photos: The best beaches in India

Image: Marari Beach, Kerala
Photographs: Kathrynaaker / Creative Commons

Marari Beach, Kerala

If you ever tire of being on the backwaters of Kerala, Mararikulam, a small fishing village, offers the best beachfront in Kerala.

You'll be on a 25 km stretch of beach shared only with few others. The Marari Beach Resort is a truly great eco-friendly resort with direct access to the beach.

Photos: The best beaches in India

Image: Agatti Island, Lakshadweep
Photographs: Vishnu V / Creative Commons

Agatti Island, Lakshadweep

Imagine a strip of sand jutting out into brilliant turquoise water. You can start the day watching the sun rise from the water on one side of the strip and end the day watching it set on the other side; and a whole lot of nothing to do in between.

When you tire of doing nothing, you can snorkel or even take a ride on a local fisherman's boat to the nearby islands.

If you go to the Lakshadweep, plan to stay at least a couple of nights at the somewhat pricey but brilliant Bangaram Island Resort.

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