For all beach enthusiasts an ideal beach vacation would be a destination dotted with palm grooves, golden sand, pristine waters and a quiet beach free from hustle and bustle of the city life. People find it difficult to get such beaches in India. But we say that India is a home to many underrated discoveries and wonders which is yet to catch the eye of the government and the tourists. In India we have several spectacular yet underrated but exotic beaches which are ideal for swimming, sunbathing, romancing and spending time alone or peacefully with family. Free from crowds and vender’s outcry you get ample time to spend with the mighty ocean and hear the murmurings of the waves. Here I have listed 10 most Underrated Beaches of India, which are under constant development and slowly getting its place on the priority list of the beach lovers and the vacationers.
Most Underrated Beaches of India
Bekal Fort Beach
The shallow beach near Bekal fort, known as the Bekal Fort Beach, has been developed as an interesting beach location by the Bekal Resorts Development. The beach gets illuminated during the evening hours so that tourists could spend time even after the sun sets. Main attractions are the Children’s Park, Bekal Fort and a Walkway for joggers. Dotted with palm trees, the beach is a vast expanse of white sands spread over an area of 35 acres. The song “Tu Hi Re” from Mani Ratnam`s Bombay was filmed at this beach with the Bekal fort in its surrounding.
About six kilometers to the west of Udipi, Malpe is a natural port and an important fishing harbour on the Karnataka coast. It is situated in the mouth of the Udyavara River. Not exactly an idyllic beach as tourists and locals hit this beach quite often, but it is one of the underrated beaches in India. Whether you want a silent morning walk along the moist sands or the carnival like atmosphere in the evenings, Malpe has abundant to offer you and enchant your mind in several ways. St Mary’s islands, Temples of Bbalarama and Ananteshwara, the fort on the island of Daria-Bahadurgad are someof the places of interest in Malpe.
Mandarmani is situated in the Purba Medinipur district of South Bengal, one of the southern districts of West Bengal. It is just about 180km from Kolkata Airport on the Kolkata-Digha route. Mandarmani is one of Bengal’s recently developed tourist destination that lays in close proximity to popular beaches Digha and Shankarpur. The beach is one of the underrated beaches and slowly getting popular among the tourists. Relax, swim and enjoy the serenity of the beach. You will not have too many visitors around you, so it’s only you and the beach to enjoy complete privacy and the beauty of the blue waters. You can also take a short trip to Digha and Shankarpur. Mandarmani is a new beach but you will get ample lodges and hotels for accomodation.
Tranquebar Beach on the Tamil Nadu Coast is 296 kms from Chennai on the east coast road. Many of us are unaware of the fact that Tranquebar beach has earned the recognition as a “Ozone Rich Beach “. The vast beach still contains enough landmarks to confirm to this fact. The Tranquebar beach is probably one of the best on the Coromandel Coast. The Bay of Bengal looks captivating during sunrise and sunset. A Danish fort now converted to museum, a beautiful heritage hotel (Bungalow on the Beach) and few ruinous temples are the major attractions of Tranquebar Beach.
16 kms from Balasore, Chandipur is a quiet beach resort on the Orissan coast. The uniqueness lies in the sea water which recede about 5 kms during low tide and advances to the shore line again during high tide, each day. This gives the opportunity to walk into its shallow depths. This peaceful beach resort with sand dunes amidst the lush green with Casuriana trees and wild creepers whistling in the breeze is enthralling and enough to captivate the mind of the visitors. Once the sea is back to its resting spot, you can go swimming and build sand castles and wait for the sea to head for another round of hide and seek. The Khirachora Gopinath Shrine in Remuna, Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary, Jagannath Temple in Nilagiri, Shakti Shrine of Deokund and nearby waterfalls are some of the watch worthy tourist spots.
Rushikonda, also known as Rishikonda Beach is the best beach in Vishakhpatnam with vast stretch of water. Rushikonda beach with its golden sand and clear blue waves of Bay of Bengal is the ideal location for water sports. The beach is developing day by day with growing number of tourist taking part in swimming, wind surfing, water skiing and many other water sports. Andhra Pradesh Tourism has built up beach cottages with restaurant and bar facilities to promote tourism here. From the beach you can spot a huge rocky head land 358mts above sea level extending out into the sea and known as Dolphin s nose. There is also a light house on these rocks to help direct the ships about 65kms away. It’s a striking landmark in the city.
Tarkali Beach is located in Maharashtra-Goa border around 6 km from Malavan. The beach is a narrow stretch but has gained prominence because of its crystal clear water which makes the sea bed visible up to 20 feet. This beach can be rightly called as ‘Queen Beach’ of Sindhudurg. Water sports lovers can actively engage in snorkeling, scuba diving etc as facilities are available at Tarkarli. Places of attraction nearby are Sindhudurg Fort, Jay Ganesh Temple, Rameshwar Temple, Nivati Beach, Dhampur lake among many others.
Situated about 2 km from Kannur town in northern Kerala, Payyambalam Beach is one of the largest and beautiful beaches in Kerala. It is also one of the most underrated beaches in India as much of it is known outside local circles. It is often mentioned as a beautiful beach in some tourism related publications. At the entrance lies a garden with a massive sculpture of a mother and child by Kanayi Kunhiraman. A part of the garden is totally dedicated for the children. Other places of interest are St. Angelo Fort, Thalassery Fort, Dharmadam Island, Thottada Beach, Snake Park among many others.
Located 8 km from the Thalassery (Tellicherry) town in Kannur district, Muzhappilangad Beach is one of the longest beaches in Kerala. The 4 km long beach is also considered the only drive-in beach in Asia and famous in Kerala. Goa has several beaches but it does not have a drive-in beach. Just 100m from this beach there is a private island known as Dharmadam Island, which can be reached by walk at times of low tide. This place is ideal for sun bath, beach walk and swimming.
Marvanthe Beach is situated in Karnataka about 40 km from Udupi. Specialty of the beach is its proximity to the highway NH17 which is just 20 to 30 feet away and runs parallel to the sea with the Sauparnika River on the other side. Renowned for the views during the dawn and dusk, the beach is an underrated beach but increasingly growing in popularity as a tourist destination. Spend hours in sun bathing or just relax on the sands, the beach offers you every thing. At night the beach is illuminated and the reflection of the street lights in water makes an amazing display. You can also go for a boat cruise on the Sowparnika river. Other places of attraction are St. Mary’s Island which is just a boat ride away, Ottanane famous for sunsets and Baindur, a small town with a small beach nearby.