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A place where your heart skips a beat and emotions burp is none other than Indian beaches. It is on these beaches that you can see nature at its fullest swing with blue bay waters and sand stricken lands. Romance with the cool sea breeze and give vent to trance and chance only to catch your spirit flying high on the waves and their frolic. Indulge in the water sports and have a cool rendezvous with nature amidst the palm and coconut grove only with India Tours and Travels.
Strung along Goa's 60 - mile (100km) coastline, like a lace frill on the edge of a colorful, skirt are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world - dazzling stretches of golden sand edging the aquamarine expanse of the Arabian Sea. Goa beaches are magnificent and you will find them extremely difficult to leave.
The only problem is which one to head for. An unbroken four-mile (7km) crescent of sun - drenched sand marks the twin beaches of Candolin & Calangute, north of Panjim and the Aguada headland. Calangute became almost a traveler's cliche in the 60s and early 70s and tourist literature is fond of referring to it as the 'Queen' of Goa's beaches'. Baga, a little further north, is a better beach and a more relaxed place to stay. Despite the concentration of resorts, hotels, beach huts, bars, restaurants, and souvenir stalls, there is innocence here, a freshness of childhood mornings. Farther north, past estuaries of the many streams that gurgle through the land, are a series of secluded beaches. In South Goa at a distance of mere two kilometers are the Colva and the Benaulim beaches. The slow paced beaches are breathtakingly beautiful. The Dona Paula beach, Vagator and Chapora are other beaches.
Palolem Beach - About 37 Km from Margao - Just west of Chaudi one of the most enchanting beaches in Goa and relatively deserted, with backdrop of Western Ghats, situated in Southern most Taluka of Canacona. A crescent shaped beach offers safe swimming, while village life merges harmoniously with limited tourism.
Colva Beach - If any beach deserves the title of Queen it is Colva, as this beach is without equal in India. It's Northing short of paradise, with 40 Km of uninterrupted white sand fringed with coconut palms along the whole of its length and a warm, calm sea. Go a little way in either direction from Colva village and you will find the nearest thing to a deserted beach. The other main beaches at Aguada and Bagmalo are largely for the jet set and sport expensive five-star resorts. It's silver-gray, powder-fine sand that has been the inspiration for many folk tales and songs.
Dona Paula Beach - An idyllic picturesque spot. Command a fine view of the Zuari estuary and Mormugao Harbor. Dona Paula beach resort is a boating paradise, with speedboats and pedaloes for hire. Water Scootering facilities are available here.
Miramar Beach - (Gaspar Dias) 3 Km A lovely golden beach of soft sand griddled with palm trees facing the blue Arabian Sea, is the nearest to Panaji. Benavali Beach - A tiny, relaxed resort a few miles South. It has a handful of budget hotels, excellent seafood restaurants & a verdant village inland.ext south is Goa's pricey paradise, Varka continuing into Kavlesi (Cavelossim) also known as Leela Beach The idyllic fishing village of Betul with a particular quality of remoteness is the picturesque Betul Beach, all but unmarked by the footprints of tourists. Farther south still are magnificent, pristine beaches. These beaches are a stuff of dreams for the traveler. Its powdery white sand and undeveloped hinterland offer a much more rewarding experience of Goa.
Dono Paula Beach
Varca Cavelossim Mabor
How to Reach Goa
By Air: Goa is well connected by airline services to most major cities in India. All flights, national and international, to and from Goa, operate from the Goa Airport at Dabolim near the port town of Vasco-da-Gama.
By Rail: Goa is connected with Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Secunderabad, Tirupati via Londa junction on the Mirage-Bangalore sector of south central railway, and to Mumbai, and Mangalore on the Konkan Railway Corporation section. Convenient stations are Margao/Vasco and Karmali.
By Road: Panaji, the capital of Goa, is connected by road to Bangalore-598 kms, Belgaum-157 km, Bombay-594 km, Gokarn-154 km, Hospet-315 km, Hubli-184 km, Karwar-103 km, Kolhapur-246 km, Malwan-150 km, Mangalore-371 kms, Mysore-696 kms, Pune-458 kms, Ratnagiri-263 kms, Vengurla-73 kms etc.
Sea: Ship services between Bombay and Goa organised by Damania.
Beaches in Puri
Puri beach, 60 km from Bhubaneswar, is one of the most sought after beaches in India and is an indispensable part of the city.
The abode of Lord Jagannath attracts millions of tourists round the year, who come here to take a holy bath, which they believe is a golden path to Moksha or Eternal salvation. Stretching on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, this beach is crowded with vendors, acrobats, food stalls and merry-go-rounds round the year. The major attraction is obviously the sea. As compared to the Western Ghats, Puri enjoys relatively higher amplitude of bustling waves eager to rush and blot out the city. It is true that you cannot resist a leisure walk on the shore on the first day of your visit.
Romantic Sunrise and Sunsets
One of the major attractions of Puri beach is its sunrise and sunsets. Tourists gather in mass across the shore to view the splendid play of colours in the sky. The combination of colours on the lap of sky is said to be best seen, here at Puri.
If you are lucky, you can even spot a professional artist indulged in making the best sculpture of his lifetime. Although not historically proved, an interesting story regarding the origin of sand sculptures, in the Oriya myth goes as... "Poet Balaram Das, renowned for his famous work Dandi Ramayana, was a great devotee of Lord Jagannath. Once during the Chariot Festival, he was insulted and was not allowed to climb the chariot. Tormented, he went to the beach and carved the statues of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra with the golden sand. Thanks to his devotion, the original deities from the chariot vanished and appeared at that place where Balaram Das was worshipping." Although the legend does not have a strong historical backup, but it is evident that sand art isn't a new episode, but dates back to 13th century B.C., at the time of Balaram Das and people of Puri are well acquainted with sand sculpture since then.
Numerous people try their hands in this activity while sitting on the shore, enjoying "Jhaalmoori", burgers and ice candies. One can also find dancing monkeys, fortune tellers and mobile vendors selling fragrance sticks, toys and items made up of sea shells.
The shore stretches itself to a long distance and hence is ideal for swimming and surfing. You can even hire boats of fishermen and go for a long walk in the sea, enjoying every moment of your roam. The local fishermen, with their catamarans and conical cane hats, are very good masseurs also.
The splendid Jagannath temple is at a stone's throw from the beach. Magnificent in it's architectural opus, the temple also holds some place in the hearts of the Hindus, by being on of the four major pilgrimage destinations in the country.
On the seashore to the south of the temple, Swargadwar (Gateway to Heaven) is a sacred spot where a dip in the sea is believed to give eternal salvation. According to scriptures, the Brahmadaru, from which the three main deities of the Jagannath temple are carved out, floated to the beach at Swargadwar. Moreover this place still resonates to the footsteps of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, harbinger of Vaishnav sect, who merged into Brahma from this shore.
Numerous hotels stand abreast to the sea providing a splendid view of the waves 24x7. Besides, Puri is crowded with villas, hotels and lodges to suit every pocket and interests.
How to Reach
The nearest airport is Biju Patnaik Airport, Bhubaneswar, 60 km from Puri. Puri is well connected to New Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Mumbai via railways. For intracity transportation, you can rely upon auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws, which are economical enough and gives you a lot of time to explore the city.
16 kilometers from Trivandrum / Thiruvananthapuram. On the Malabar coast along the Kerala shore line is a small village, called Kovalam. This sleepy town suddenly came on the tourist map when its fabulous beaches were discovered.
The Most Popular Beach in Kerala
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Today Kovalam has become one of the most popular beach hangouts in India. Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and truly the coconut trees along the beaches gives it a ravishing look. The palm-fringed bays in secluded coconut groves, promise a relaxed stay. The boundless blue waters of the Arabian Sea and miles of white sands washed away by the surf at the feet of the stalwart palms and the rocky promontories, makes this beach paradise. This marvelous beach is a tourist's dream come true.
A sheltered natural bay with cool soothing palms and gentle waves. Where when you are tired of aquatics, swimming or sunbathing, you can explore the handicrafts, jewellery and cloth shops spread along the waterfront. Not to speak of the delightful sea-food fare including lobsters available at the beachside restaurants. The crescent-shaped beaches of Kovalam can be divided in three parts. The southern most beaches, and the most popular, are The Lighthouse Beach. Further south on the beach one can have a spectacular view of the Vizhinzam mosque. Photography is prohibited here.
The middle beach is called Hawah. Each morning this beach acts as a base for the local fisherman. The northern most beach, Samudra, is least affected of all by the changing times.It is dotted with few rudimentary wooden fishing vessels. In the evening the quiet atmosphere of the place is enlivened by Kathakali performances, the classical dance-drama of Kerala. This mellow Kerala coastal village was once a picturesque settlement built next to two palm-fringed coves enclosed by rocky headlands, but development has been almost unplanned.
How to Reach
Air : The Trivandrum/ Thiruvananthapuram airport is about 10 kilometers from this beach.
The railway station of Trivandrum/ Thiruvananthapuram is at a distance of around 16 kilometers.
The Kovalam beach is well connected to Kerala by a wide network of roads.
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