“I look my best when I’m totally free, on holiday, walking on the beach.”~ Rosamund Pike
It's that time of year when kids have vacations and families plan holidays. THE MAN is here to help you decide your summer destination. Nothing beats beach fun with sparkling sands and and azure waters. Spread all over India's 7,500-kilometer long coastline, here are the top 5 beaches for a perfect family holiday.
1. Varca Beach, Goa
Who doesn't want to visit Goa? With so many beautiful beaches why should you miss out on the fun and adventure these beaches offer. Located two kilometres from Benaulim, Varca Beach is among the cleanest in India. Fishing nets, wooden boats, and other fishing equipment can be seen along the shoreline. Surrounded by lush green palm trees and other vegetation, it is the perfect location for families looking for peace and serenity.
Things to do: Boat trips, sailing, dolphin spotting, sun basking and enjoying sumptuous seafood in the shacks on the beach
Places to stay: Ramada Caravela Beach Resort, ITC Grand Goa Resort, The Zuri White Sands Goa Resort & Casino
2. Radhanagar Beach, Andaman and the Nicobar Islands
Located on the western coast on the Havelock Island of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Radhanagar Beach is a popular destination for tourists. In 2004, Time magazine ranked it as Asia's best and the world's 7th best beach. Also known as Beach Number 7 of Havelock Island, with its sparkling white sands, green coastal vegetation, turquoise water, serenity, and a ton of water sports it is a great hangout for families.
Things to do: Snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, sunbathing, game fishing
Places to stay: Seashell Beach Resort, Fortune Resort Bay Island, Barefoot
3. Chandipur, Odisha
Located in the Balasore district of Odisha, the Chandipur beach is home to a rare phenomenon where everyday the sea disappears and reappears. You can actually witness the water receding from the shore and then coming back at high tide. A popular holiday destination, the transparent water creates a scenic picture.
Things to do: Walking on the beach, spotting turtles, swimming
Places to stay: Anandamayee, Hotel Barjorjis Banjara, Asha Nivas
4. Paradise Beach, Pondicherry
Paradise Beach, also known as Plage Paradiso, is located in Chunnambar, close to Pondicherry town. With golden sand and turquoise blue water, it is isolated from the mainland and can be reached by boat. Despite its seclusion, it attracts a large number of tourists, and families love it as the kids can enjoy the calm waters here.
Things to do: Sea bathing, relaxing in hammocks, playing beach volleyball
Places to stay: Paradise Beach Resort Samui, Paradise Beach Resort Samui,The Windflower Resort and Spa
5. Kovalam Beach, Kerala
Kovalam is a small coastal town by the Arabian Sea in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Situated 18km south of the city centre, it is ideal for a family vacation. Other beautiful beaches in Kovalam include the Lighthouse Beach and the Hawah Beach. Other than water sports and other beach activities the Lighthouse Beach offers delicious food options like pancakes, pastries, milkshakes, and sumptuous pizzas in the famous German Bakery. Hawa Beach is known for photogenic and beautiful sunsets and sunrises.
Things to do: Riding catamarans, parasailing, surfing, paragliding, and sunbathing
Places to stay: Uday Samudra, Taj - Green Cove,The Leela