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Ditch the Boring Beaches: These 14 are Offbeat and How!

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It's winter and time to head to India's gorgeous beaches. HolidayIQ Travellers mention some of the best beaches you can go to this season.

1. Agonda Beach, Goa

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Agonda Beach located near Palolem is a relatively secluded beach. Also known as the 'Silent Beach', it is extremely picturesque.

Suveer, a HolidayIQ Traveller says, “Agonda Beach is one of coastal India’s best-kept secrets. Among all Goan beaches, Agonda remains my personal favourite”

2. Chandipur Beach, Odisha

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Chandipur Beach, also called the ‘Hide and Seek Beach', is famous for its unique phenomenon. The waters here recede 1-5 km during the low tides, making the sea disappear and reappear during the high tides. Swaying waves, sand dunes and a peaceful atmosphere adds to the charm.

HolidayIQ Traveller Anand says, "It's a very quiet beach away from the city of Balasore. One can only hear the music of waves, no noises or crowd. The waves are strong enough to thrill you. Lots of sea shells, one can collect here, lots of good resorts near the beach to have fun. Great food available, don't forget to have taste of 'fish dishes' here. I loved spending time here."

3. Kovalam Beach

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Among the most beautiful things Kovalam has to offer, the Valiyathura Pier is one of the best sights.

HolidayIQ Traveller Lijith Jose shares, “Kovalam also know as the paradise of the South India offers an excellent diversity to suit all desires and occasions. Three curve shaped beaches, The Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach and Samudra Beach alienated by stony outcroppings, forms the major attraction of this coastal resort. The beautiful Valiyathura Pier, Edakallu, Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple and Papanasham Beach at Varkala are some important destinations easily accessible from Kovalam.”

4. Kudle Beach, Gokarna

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Kudle Beach is located in the southern  small town of Gokarna on the western coast of India. This beach is one of the four beaches in Karnataka  located in the Uttara Kannada District.

HolidayIQ Traveller Abhinav says, "Closed in by rocky outcrops on two sides which make the beach accessible only on foot, Kudle beach lies some distance before Om Beach in Gokarna. The Western Ghats meet the sea at this spot, and this makes for a beautiful setting, especially at sunset. Cafes here open out to the sea and are right on the beach, and the beach itself is never too crowded. The rocky outcrops turn inward to make a little lagoon, and this keeps the water calm."

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5. Marari Beach, Kerala

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Located close to Alleppey, Marari Beach is an idyllic destination for a holiday. This beach is relatively quiet and unpolluted. Water activities like surfing, deep sea fishing and skiing are organised by resorts located near the beach. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Gaurav Shrivastav says, “It is a very beautiful, coconut-tree-lined, yet to be discovered beach.” HolidayIQ Traveller Kritika adds, “It is a clean, secluded and must visit beach in Kerala.”

6. Silver Beach, Cuddalore

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The beach provides tourists an opportunity to indulge in various activities such as horse riding and boating. Moreover, the beach also houses a boat house and a children's play area. It is the second long beach on Coromandel Coast and is considered to be one of the longest sea beaches in Asia.

HolidayIQ Traveller Hitesh Modi says, “It is one of the cleanest beaches I have visited. The water is ideal for bathing.” 

7. Tarkarli Beach

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Tarkarli Beach located near Sindhudurg Fort is one of the cleanest beaches in India. Long coastline and pristine waters make this beach perfect for a romantic escape. On a fairly sunny day, one can see the seabed up to a depth of 20 feet. It a great spot for water sports like scuba diving, zorbing and snorkelling. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Moiz Kanchwala says, “Tarkarli is the best and cleanest beach I have ever seen with a river on one side and the sea on the other." 

8. Yarada Beach, Visakhapatnam

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Yarada Beach located near Vishakapatnam is surrounded by hills on three sides and the lapping waters of the Bay of Bengal on the fourth. While Andhra Pradesh’s beaches are seldom spoken of, Yarada Beach is a glorious escape for those looking to simply relish the beauty of a pristine beach.

HolidayIQ Traveller Anshuman says, "One the best and most scenic beaches, located away from city and located in the side of a village named Yarada. This beach offers great natural view to the tourist. Its quiet and less crowded and cleanest beach in Vizag, you may even do photoshoot."

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9. Arambol Beach, Goa

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Arambol Beach, which is also known as Harmal Beach, is one of the most famous beaches in North Goa. This beach lies between Mandrem and Kalacha beach, which respectively lie towards south and north. The beach is basically a 16 km long stretch of soft white sand.  Several shacks and rocky outcroppings can be seen towards the north of the beach. From northern end of the beach, a narrow path leads to Kalacha beach. This path is lined with stalls selling handicrafts, souvenirs and garments, on both sides.

HolidayIQ Traveller Valencia says, "I wanted a holiday spot which would be peaceful and relaxing, unlike the city life. A friend of mine suggested me to visit Arambol. Clean waters, good food, drinks, music, dance all at a pretty reasonable price. "

10. Kadmat Beach, Lakshadweep

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With a wide beach, coconut trees and blue green sea, Kadmat is emerging as a popular tourist attraction. The island is famous for its limestones that are widely used for construction work. With rich underwater fauna and flora, Kadmat is popular as one of the most beautiful scuba diving centres in India. The island is also famous for the array of water sports like snorkelling, swimming, kayaking, sailing and boating. 

11. Cabo De Rama Beach, Goa

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Cabo De Rama was the ancient fort of the Canacona taluka of South Goa, which is in ruins at present. The ancient fort has a church, known as Santo Antonio, from where the sea is visible. Constructed on an elevated platform, the fort here is also referred to as Cape Rama Fort.

12. Kaup Beach, Karnataka

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A 100 ft high lighthouse on the small hills and serene surroundings dotted with palm trees are the major attractions of the beach. The lighthouse was built by the British in 1901. Besides, the beach also has ruins of an ancient fort and two temples dedicated to Goddess Mariamma.

HolidayIQ Traveller Nishitha says, "Kaup beach is very famous in Udupi. This beach is really nice and I liked it more as there was not much crowd and the place was peaceful. There is a light house in the beach we can climb up there where we can see the amazing view of the beach."

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13. Malappuram Beach, Kerala

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Blessed with a rich culture & heritage, Malappuram boasts of interesting Muslim folk art forms such as Arabanamuttu, Duffmuttu and Kolkai. It is home to must-visit places like Kottakunnu - an old fort, which is believed to be build by the Zamorins of Kozhikode, and the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary.

HolidayIQ.com Traveller Khaleel from Cochin says that Malappuram "has the best beaches in Kerala. They are perfect for long drives." Also, if you are a foodie, "do try the Thalasseri biryani," he adds.  

14. Varkala Beach

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The beach is an ideal location for sunbathing and swimming. Surrounded by lush green areas and golden sands, the beach lies in South Kerala at the north-end border of the district.

HolidayIQ Traveller Siddhartha says, "Varkala is largely unexplored by the Indian tourist. It is a hidden paradise with deep blue waters. The food is amazing, the people are amazing, the place is breathtaking. There is nothing you wouldn't like about Varkala. I would rate it higher than Goa or Gokarna."

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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