Tropical Cravings: The Best Indian Beach Getaways This October

From tranquil waters to golden sands combined with an ethereal sunrise, with a coastline on all three sides, the Indian peninsula is home to many spectacular beaches
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Envision yourself reclining on a soft rug, surrounded by the shimmering golden sands that stretch as far as the eye can see. The gentle caress of the sun's warmth and the soothing sound of waves lapping at the shore create a tranquil symphony for your senses.

To transform this idyllic daydream into a tangible reality, we've curated an exclusive list of the finest beach destinations in India that beckons you to embark on an unforgettable journey this October. These coastal gems promise not only sun-soaked relaxation but also an array of unique experiences, cultural wonders, and natural beauty waiting to be explored.

1. Kovalam


This world-renowned beach town in Kerala is well known for its three neighbouring curved beaches, a popular attraction among tourists since the 1930s. The Kovalam beach is one of the go-to destinations to experience a picturesque view and a romantic location. The beach waters are well-suited for surfing, wooden and motor boating due to its shallow waters and low tidal waves. Lighthouse, Samudra, and Hawah Beach are among the best and most famous beaches to visit here.

2. Pondicherry

Auroville Beach
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Famous for its everlasting French charm, the pristine town of Pondicherry is known for its calm and sophisticated way of life. Maybe the reason for this calmness in people here is somehow associated with the place's romantic beaches. The Auroville Beach is a perfect example of the aforementioned description. The beach is an ideal place for sightseeing in Pondicherry. Due to its spectacular sunrise and shallow waters, the beach offers an excellent opportunity for photographers to capture some awe-inspiring shots. 

3. Varkala

Varkala Beach
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Located 51 km north of Kerala's capital city, Thiruvananthapuram, lies Varkala, a calm and peaceful little village. The place has many popular tourist attractions, which include a beautiful beach, a 2000-year-old Vishnu Temple and the ashram, Sivagiri Mutt. The Varkala Beach, also known as Papanasam Beach, located 10 km away from Varkala, is renowned for its natural spring. It is said that a dip in Varkala Beach's holy waters washes away one's impurities and sins. 

4. Gokarna  

Kudle Beach
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If you're a beach lover looking to explore something new away from the bustling tourists, then Gokarna is one place you'll fall in love. Gokarna, a quaint town in Karnataka, is famous for its spectacular beaches and pilgrimage centres. Om Beach and Kudle Beach are two of the best beaches to visit here. Although Gokarna might be a small city, the beaches here are worth travelling to.

5. Alibaug   

Alibaug Beach
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Located on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra, Alibaug is a popular tourist attraction due to its beaches, villas and picturesque views. For the people of Mumbai and Pune, Alibaug is a popular weekend getaway. Here, one can try a range of water sports such as parasailing, banana boat and jet ski, which are quite in demand during the dry seasons. The place has earned itself the tag of "mini-Goa" due to high tourist footfall around the year. The Alibaug Beach is the most visited beach here and offers a spectacular view of not only the sunrise and the sunset but of the Koala Fort as well. 

6. Butterfly Beach

Butterfly Beach
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The fact that this semicircular-shaped beach is accessed by tourists on a boat gives them the impression that it's an island, which it is not. To travel to this beach by land, you'll have to navigate your way through challenging forest hikes, which is why people reach this beach by boat. The beach is often ranked among the most scenic beaches in the country. 

7. Ganpatipule

Ganpatipule Beach
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The Ganpatipule Beach is cited by many as one of the most beautiful beaches along the Konkan coast in Maharashtra. It is also called the "Gem of Ratnagiri", a popular weekend getaway for the people of Mumbai and Pune. In comparison to other beaches of the state, this beach has retained its natural state to date and is much less commercialised. If you're looking for a break from the humdrum of urban life, then Ganpatipule Beach is just the place for you. 

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