Summer’s here, which means it’s time to sit back and enjoy the hot weather (and let’s face it, tan lines) by visiting some of India’s most stunning beaches. With such an extensive coastline and plenty of places to see, including everything from the iconic Goa to lesser-known beach towns in the south, you can spend your entire vacation exploring the country’s best stretches of sand. Here are 10 of the most beautiful beaches in India you can visit this summer
1: Aashish Khan Palace
It might be a little tricky to get to, but when you do, the view is totally worth it. Aashish Khan Palace is one of India’s most beautiful beaches, and has been called the best place for viewing sunrise in all of India.
2: Lalit Vilas, Udaipur
This colonial-style hotel is situated in the lush Aravalli Hills, about 16 miles from Udaipur. It overlooks Lake Pichola and the City Palace in the distance. The front of Lalit Vilas has two red sandstone turrets with intricate woodwork and a grand carved gate entrance.
3: Club Mahindra Nainital
The last of the beautiful beaches we recommend is Club Mahindra Nainital Beach. If you’re looking for a natural paradise that’s not very well known, this is your best bet. Located in the Kumaon region of India, this pristine beach has excellent water quality and offers some of the most tranquil views found on this list. For those interested in getting away from it all, there are no nearby attractions but plenty of forest surrounding the beach to explore on foot or bike.
4: Marriott Kovalam
Tourists flock to the Marriott Kovalam hotel and spa in Kerala, India for a taste of luxury and convenience. Built on the Bay of Kovalam, this resort offers spacious rooms with Balinese décor that have garden or ocean views. There are also plenty of other amenities at this resort such as daily continental breakfast, a spa, fitness center, infinity pool and dining options.
5: Mount Abu (Adil Shahi Palace)
Atop the 1,062 meters of gorgeous scenic overlooks is India’s second largest man-made lake, Kundaheri. Mount Abu is also home to a glorious and iconic palace that belonged to the Adil Shahi dynasty. The Adil Shahi Palace will not disappoint as it stands majestically amid an oasis of lush, green gardens bursting with roses and wildflowers. The grandeur of this palace is enhanced by its magnificent setting on the highest point in town.
6: Taj Fariyas Resort
The Taj Fariyas Resort is located in Lakshadweep, India. The resort was originally a coconut plantation that was transformed into a luxury hotel in the 1980s by local hotelier Firoz Tarapore. Guests can enjoy watersports like snorkeling and scuba diving from the beachfront at the resort as well as go on a coastal cruise.
7: Leela Cottages Kannur
Despite this beach being popular, it is not as well-known as some of the other locations in Kerala. You can find Leela Cottages Kannur along a long and narrow shoreline about 15 kilometers from the city of Kannur. Scenic views abound at this idyllic location with many resorts scattered throughout the area to suit all budgets. The abundant greenery adds a lot of character and gives visitors a feeling that they are worlds away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
8: Hotel Goldfinch, Ooty
This hill station in Tamil Nadu is a popular vacation spot for families and couples alike, thanks to its picturesque tea plantations and scenic views. Don’t worry about your hotel being too far from the beach, either – the town of Ooty also houses some of the most breathtaking beaches in India.
9: Bay Island Beach Resort – Karwar (Via Mangalore)
A serene and tranquil escape for those who want a beach getaway that stands out from the rest, Bay Island Beach Resort is an idyllic beach destination situated in the serene Karwar. The resort has all-inclusive packages which includes delicious food, beverages and snacks, leisure activities like snorkeling, water sports, jungle safari, yoga and more.
Radhanagar Beach, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
In an archipelago of islands, one is bound to find the perfect beach. The immaculate Radhanagar Beach located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is all we’ve been thinking about since our last visit. With clear turquoise water and smooth white sand, it’s practically paradise.