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Winter is officially over, you guys! And you know what’s creeping up on you, even if it may be from a corner? It’s that gorgeous stretch between the biting cold and the scorching heat - also known as beach season! As we stash away our sweaters and bring out our summer dresses, there’s no better time than now to head to the golden sands and the turquoise waters, am I right?
Thanks to TripAdvisor, that has just announced its Traveller’s Choice Award winners for best beaches in India, we now have the best trip recommendations for your next beach getaway!
Based on the quantity and quality of traveller reviews and ratings for beaches, here is a list of the top ten beaches you need to travel to this summer!
Where: Agonda, Goa
Why visit: Peaceful and picturesque, this beautiful white sand beach is 3 kilometers long and lined with cozy beach shacks. A breeding site for sea turtles, lucky visitors may even come across hatching baby turtles.
Where to stay: Tutti Garden Bungalows for Rs 1,090 per night
Where: Havelock Island, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Why visit: Though this beautiful beach has moved one spot down on the list this year, it remains one of the most popular attractions with its white sand and turquoise blue water. One can enjoy boating, scuba diving, parasailing and gorge on fresh seafood at the beach.
Where to stay: Hotel Diamond City for Rs 1,800 per night
Where: Benaulim, Goa
Why visit: Travellers heading to this beach for some calm and serenity are sure to have a relaxing time. Its scenic beauty, magnificent churches, old houses as well as temples are also great attractions for the visitors.
Where to stay: Sam’s Cottage for Rs 1,300 per night
Where: Mandrem, Goa
Why visit: Located between the twin beaches of Ashvem and Arambol, Mandrem beach is one of the most popular beaches amongst the travellers to relax and rejuvenate. One can take a leisurely stroll, soak in the beautiful view of the setting sun and spot white-bellied fish eagles.
Where to stay: The Sunset Guest House for Rs 1,339 per night
Where: Canacona, Goa
Why visit: Known for water activities this beautiful crescent-shaped beach is located in South Goa. Travellers are often seen sunbathing, playing football and enjoying traditional Indian street snacks. Some of the attractions that tourists can indulge in, besides swimming, include fishing, paragliding, kayaking, paddling and dolphin watching.
Where to stay: Sandy Feet Beach Garden for Rs 1,660 per night
Where: Cavelossim, Goa
Why visit: Located in between the Arabian Sea and the Sal River, this beach is perfect for travellers to indulge in water-sports like kayaking and sailing, enjoy the cruises, go dolphin spotting and savour local food from the shacks. The beach is also famous for its local market where one can explore and buy local artifacts.
Where to stay: Jack’s Place for Rs 2,000 per night
Where: Varkala, Kerala
Why visit: Home to temples and shrines, this magnificent beach lies at the bottom of a long stretch of cliff, bordered by beach shacks and shops. One can enjoy swimming, shopping and local cuisine with trance music playing in the background. There is a natural spring with the purest form of water on the side of the cliff, where the travellers can take pre/post-beach shower.
Where to stay: Indian Art Villa for Rs 1,000 per night
Where: Varca, Goa
Why visit: With white sands and sparkling blue waves, this beach is surrounded with the undisputed beauty of nature. It’s calm and serene environment has made it very popular with beach lovers and honeymooning couples. One can enjoy mouth-watering seafood at the numerous beach shacks along the shore, as well.
Where to stay: All Seasons Guest House for Rs 1,275 per night
Where: Arambol, Goa
Why visit: Considered as one of the most exotic beaches in Goa, Arambol beach is also known as Harmal beach. This is the perfect spot for activities like paragliding, scenic walks, and dolphin watching.
Where to stay: Hungry Geckos for Rs 1,350 per night
Where: Arambol, Goa
Why visit: Querim beach, also known as Keri beach is one of the secluded beaches in North Goa. One can take a ferry ride to visit Terekhol Fort situated close to the beach and enjoy the breathtaking views from the fort.
Where to stay: 7 Sea View Hotel for Rs 1,200 per night
What are you waiting for? Pick your dates, and plan your trip right away!
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