Don’t like clichéd? Visit these 8 beach towns instead of Goa, for a peaceful getaway!


Being a beach-lover, I always find reasons to hit the beach, and on most days, it is because of the solace and peace that I get there. Being everyone’s go-to place, Goa is not peaceful and deserted anymore. So, take a look at these beach towns, if you also are looking for a calm holiday and some quality time at the beach.

1) Yarada Beach, Andhra Pradesh

Surrounded by serene hills on three sides, this beach is perfect for anybody looking for some solitude to contemplate life. It is situated in a village called yarada, 15 kms from the coastal city of Visakhapatnam.

Photo of Yarada Beach, Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India by Le Voyageur

2) Mandvi, Gujarat

Mandvi possesses a majestic view of the Arabian Sea. The beach is a curving stretch of white sand fringed by blue waters, with windmills on one side. Camel and horse rides on the beach dunes are the speciality here.

Photo of Mandvi Beach, Mandvi, Gujarat, India by Le Voyageur

3) Varkala, Kerala

One hour north of Kerala’s capital Trivandrum lies the Varkala beach, which provides a relatively peaceful alternative to the now commercialized Kovalam. With a long paved stretch of cliff bordered by shacks, this beach is a good place to rest and rejuvenate.

Photo of Varkala Beach, Kerala, India by Le Voyageur

4) Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Once voted Asia's Best Beach by TIME Magazine, Radhanagar Beach is situated on Havelock Island in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Fringed by jungles and with a mountainous backdrop, Radhanagar boasts white sands and blue waters.

Photo of Havelock Island, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Le Voyageur

5) Diu

Picturesque and infused with Portuguese history, Diu is perfect for siesta lovers. The fact that it is an island cut off from mainland India helps to reduce the crowd here.

Photo of Diu, Daman and Diu, India by Le Voyageur

6) Agatti, Lakshadweep Islands

This island is just as beautiful under water as it is above the water. Every diver would love to go here because of the white sand skirting the coral islands.

Photo of Agatti Island, Agatti, Lakshadweep, India by Le Voyageur

7) Rishikonda, Andhra Pradesh

Located close to Visakhapatnam, Rishikonda offers travellers a 180 degree view of white sands dotted with palm trees and mangroves. Dolphin spotting is a famous activity here.

Photo of Rushikonda Beach, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India by Le Voyageur

8) Marari Beach, Kerala

Located not very far from Alleppey, this beach is known for its serenity. It is perfect for those who'd like to spend some time at the beach in between going on a houseboat trip along the backwaters.

Photo of Marari Beach Resort, Alappuzha, Kerala, India by Le Voyageur

So, try these places the next time you feel like going to the beach, because an empty stretch of white sand and azure waters to yourself is everything you need on a getaway!

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