Who said you cannot visit beaches during the monsoon? There is no better feeling than spending hours at the beach without the fear of getting sunburnt, and that is exactly what you can experience at India’s many beautiful beaches in monsoon. The salt spray. The smell of the ocean. There is something magical and mesmerizing about the sea. And there is a different feel to seeing the sea churn in the rain. Instead of traveling to the mountains or rainforests this year, we also suggest you hit the beach!
We have listed the top five beaches in India you should be heading to this monsoon:
Varkala Beach: Kerala
The clear reflection of the overcast sky on the turquoise waters of Varkala Beach creates a backdrop that’s breathtaking. South India is particularly spectacular during the monsoon, Kerala more so, and Varkala Beach is no exception. The beach, surrounded by hills on its side, is one of the most valuable gems of Kerala. Varkala is now a popular backpacker hangout. The closest city is Thiruvananthapuram, which is about 57 km away from Varkala.
Palolem Beach: Goa
You cannot talk about beaches without taking Goa into consideration, can you? Goa in the monsoon has a different air to it. The air is fresher, and while the beach shacks may be closed, this also means that you have mostly deserted beaches.
Palolem is a pristine beach in South Goa and one of the most popular tourist hubs throughout the year, including monsoon. The palm trees dotting the beach and lush green hillocks nestling it cozily only add to Palolem’s charm. During monsoon, Goa somehow becomes even more beautiful; a sight you should never miss.
Velneshwar Beach: Maharashtra
Overshadowed by the more preferred beaches of Goa, Velneshwar Beach is one of the loveliest beaches in the country. It adorns the outskirts of Maharashtra with its refreshing scenic beauty. The cloudy skies combined with Velneshwar’s calming environment is sure to make you fall in love with it.
One peculiarity: The area is known for the production of betel nuts, so don’t be too alarmed if during your season, you see more betel nuts than fish!
The nearest airport is in Mumbai, which is around 290 km away.
Kudle Beach: Karnataka
Kudle Beach in the popular backpacker town of Gokarna offers you an alluring view with its gorgeous, golden sand and picturesque landscape. The greenery surrounding this beach is a welcome change from the urban surroundings.
While Gokarna is also a pilgrimage spot with a gigantic statue of Shiva dominating the skyline, Kudle Beach is not as famous as the nearby Om Beach, and it is precisely because of this reason that the beach has an aura of pristine beauty to it. The monsoons lash Mangalore heavily during this season and watching the waves crest the rocky shoreline of Kudle Beach can make you wonder and fall in love with the rains.
Promenade Beach: Puducherry
Nestled away from all the hustle and bustle lies this serene beach of Puducherry. Like Palolem, Promenade Beach receives tourists all year round, and the sticky weather of summer turns into pleasant weather in monsoons. The 1.2 km stretch is lined with cafes and boutique hotels. Expect to find early morning joggers and yoga practitioners in the morning. And in the evening, just sit by the rocks and watch as the moon rises over the sea.
India isn’t called incredible for nothing. This country has a coastline of about 7,500 kilometers, so it should not come as a surprise that India is home to numerous diverse beaches. Whether you are looking for a haven for a while, or a party destination for the night, these beaches will offer you all! Regardless of the beach you visit among the above ones, you will be in for a treat. Instead of sitting under the umbrella this monsoon, dance in the rains at the beach instead.
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