Beach resorts provide the opportunity for you and your family to enjoy separately, but also together for wholesome family fun. So where do you go to enjoy this wholesome fun? India has a long coastline and hundreds upon hundreds of beaches and it will be difficult to describe every single one of them. Through this space, we hope to give you an idea of the possible destinations for you and your family.
Kovalam Beach, Chennai
Kovalam in Chennai, Tamil Nadu is home to some of the most beautiful seafront properties in India and is one of the best beach destinations in India. Formerly known as Covelong, this little fishing village changes hands from the Dutch to the French to finally the English. The Dutch fort is the present day Vivanta Taj, Fishermen's Cove resort where you can enjoy the waves if you are a surfer or you can learn how to surf courtesy. You can also go shallow sea diving with the fishermen who provide you with proper life jackets. About 20 km south of Covelong, is another famous seafront destination called Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram as it is known now. This town was an ancient seaport used predominantly during the Pallava reign as evidenced by all the beautiful sculptures and rock temples present all over the town. A beautiful, laid-back town with more foreigners than locals and welcoming locals who make you feel at home, this town is your quintessential retreat from everyday stress. There are a number of resorts in this town, both upscale and affordable lodgings, easily available to visitors.
Puducherry, formerly named Pondicherry, was a French settlement town located approximately 170 km from Chennai. Puducherry or 'Pondy' as it is fondly known, is a union territory and famous for its French Quarter, locally referred to as 'white town', with it is French colonial architecture, mustard and white coloured buildings, cobbled roads and its beaches. The promenade beach (rocky beach), Auroville beach and serenity beach are the main tourist spots in Pondy. The Auroville township is located north of Puducherry. Visitors to Auroville can stay, can participate in workshops conducted or volunteer to work on Auroville farms, all in an effort to des tress and move closer to nature.
Goa lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea and is bordered on the east by tropical evergreen forest. The architecture of city is reminiscent of the Portuguese heritage. The city has a plenitude of beaches and some of them are considered to be the best beaches in India. Goa is also a popular honeymoon beach destinations. The Anjuna beach is renown for its history with hippies; with most of the having moved to the Arambol beach. The Arambol beach is ideal if you are looking for alternate therapies such as yoga retreats, taichi, reiki, water sports, dolphin sight-seeing trips and a happening night life. Baga and Calangute beaches are the busiest beaches with well-developed commercial centres. If you are looking for a quiet spot just to relax, ride the waves and swim with dolphins, Benaulim is the site for you. For those of you who are budget-conscious, the tourist friendly Colva beach awaits you.
Andaman Islands is home to some of the most pristine beaches in the country. Radhanagar beach on Havelock Island was voted the 7th beat beach in Asia, which makes it arguably the best beach in India. This idyllic beach, on the contrary to its reputation, remains quite empty and if you are the kind of person who enjoys white stands, azure blue waters and solitude, Radhanagar beach is the place to be. Ross and Smith Islands Beach is unique in that the twin islands are joined together by a natural sandbar which enables you to walk from one island to the other. Just being on these remote beaches with the clear blue waters reaching out to the horizon and deep green of the tropical forests as the back drop will make you want to stop time flowing by.