Do you have a heart of a vagabond? Does your soul cry for pristine natural beauty? Do you cherish watching the love making between endless waves and sandy earth? If that’s the truth about your inner self, you should head for these 5 stunning Indian beaches that we describe today in this article. However, these aren’t the only Indian beaches that will mesmerize you. There are many more that we will cover gradually in articles that follow. Until then, satiate your thirst with these 5 stunning beaches of India…
Serene Indian Beaches: 1 – Radhanagar Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andaman and Nicobar Islands in India is the host to some of the most exquisite beaches that will captivate your senses if you have a keen eye for nude natural beauty. The Radhanagar Beach located in Havelock Island in Andaman and Nicobar belt is a living testament of Mother Nature’s unparalleled beauty that man can never match. Catering the visitors with a surreal atmosphere, the Radhanagar Beach offers clean turquoise blue waters pampering the fine grains of white sand with cool and soft touches. Surrounded by a dense line of trees, it is all blue, green and white.
This isn’t the place where you just step in and destroy the carefully preserved beauty with your quest for trilling water sports. Yes, this is not a place for adrenaline junkies. It is for those who want to spend some serene moments either with themselves or with their loved ones. Needless to say, Radhanagar Beach is ideal for honeymoon. Yes, you can definitely jump in for a quick swim but all the time you get for that is from 8 in the morning to 4 in the evening. After that, the beach is closed.
Good to Know Fact: Radhanagar Beach is awarded as Asia’s Best Beach
Serene Indian Beaches: 2 – Elephanta Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
If you happen to nurture some mild adrenalin rush in your veins that pushes you for water sports, Andaman and Nicobar Islands will not disappoint you. Head straight for the Elephanta Beach, which too is located in Havelock Island in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This beach is perfect for snorkeling and will allow you to catch the awe-inspiring beauty of vibrant coral reefs. The waters wear the sapphire color and create mild waves that continuously break on the shore, filling your ears with a music that you will either love naturally or acquire a love for it. Beach walking, Sun Bathing and Sun Basking are some of the other serene activities that you can engage in at this beach.
Good to Know Fact: During Spring the nature is at full bloom, making the Elephanta Beach even more stunning.
Serene Indian Beaches: 3 – Dhanushkodi Beach, Tamil Nadu
Want to marry your lust for natural beauty with the eerie feeling of a haunting past? Dhanushkodi Beach lying at a distance of 20 kilometers from Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu is the place where you should be. It is a bumpy ride all along because the only way you can reach there is via jeeps and tempos of the fishermen living there. There are three things here that will enchant you, thrill you and at the same time, fill you with an empty feeling.
What will enchant you? It is none other than the pristine blue waters that stretch out endlessly. On one side is the mighty Indian Ocean and on the other side is the Bay of Bengal. The views are incredible as the turquoise blue waters simply create a visual treat.
What will thrill you? The myth associated with the place. Dhanushkodi is the place where people believe that Lord Rama came along with Hanumana and his Vanara Sena (monkey army) and built the Rama Setu (that can still be seen from satellite imagery) to cross over to Lanka for rescuing Sita from the demon King Ravana.
What is going to give you the eerie and empty feeling? It is the sad history of the proximate past. Until it was the fateful day of December 17, 1964, Dhanushkodi was a thriving town, connected to Talaimannar of Sri Lanka, separated by a distance of just 31 kilometers. Humans and goods moved to and fro between Dhanushkodi and Sri Lanka via the sea route. Dhanushkodi had everything essential – a railway station, a hospital operated by the railways, a higher secondary school, port offices, customs office, a post office, dharmashalas (for travelers and pilgrims), textile shops, hotels and a lot more. The train service went by the name Boat Mail. It used to run between Madras (now Chennai) Egmore and Dhanushkodi’s South-Eastern Side. It was from that side of the small town that people and goods would be transported to Sri Lanka via steamers.
However, everything was about to change as on December 17, 1964, the South Andaman Sea registered a depression and a cyclone was born out of it. By 19th, the cyclone had gained enough power. It was still okay until two days later on 21st, the cyclone took a westward route, traveling at a speed of 280 kilometers an hour and traversed a distance of anywhere between 250 to 350 miles a day (400 to 560 kilometers). By December 22, the cyclone had already crossed Sri Lanka’s Vavunia and headed straight into Palk Strait and by the night of 22 December, the cyclone had hit Dhanushkodi in Rameshwaram.
It is estimated that the cyclone brought with it, tidal waves as high as 7.32 meters. The railway service that operated there had a daily service that ran between Pamban and Dhanushkodi. That night too, the train was on its way to Dhanushkodi station. It was 11:55 PM that the train was about the enter Dhanushkodi station and was at a distance of only a few hundred meters. On board were 115 people of which, 5 were staff members of the railways and the remaining were daily passengers.
By that time, the cyclone had already hit Dhanushkodi, knocking off the signaling mechanism. In absence of any signal, the train driver decided to take a risk, blew a long horn – loud and clear – and moved forward slicing through the pitch darkness. It was at that fateful moment that a mammoth tidal wave engulfed the whole train composed of 6 coaches. The whole train with its 115 on-board people were doomed only to find a graveyard in deep waters. Not just that, the Pamban bridge that was the only link between Rameshwaram island and mainland India was also destroyed.
The whole town was devastated by the cyclone. Everything from houses to school to offices and hospital – everything was ruined. Nearly 1800 people lost their lives that night at Dhanushkodi. Later, Madras Government declared that the town was unfit for living and it was tagged as a ghost town. As of today, only about 500 people from 50 fishermen families live in that place in makeshift huts. The ruins of the town still stand today in sombre silence, screaming the sad tale of that night of doom.
Good to Know Facts:
Women in the village today dig holes in the sands bordered by the Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean to find drinking water. They dig the pits with their hands and find water, which they filter using cloths. The water is very sweet and absolutely no traces of salt! That’s really surprising.
On that fateful night, the tidal waves moved deep inside the island and destroyed everything, only to stop at a short distance from Rameshwaram’s main temple where several people took shelter. It was really surprising and is seen as a miracle.
Serene Indian Beaches: 4 – Marari Beach, Kerala
Down south in Kerala is waiting another serene beach for you – the Marari Beach. This is a destination perfect for laid back tourists who want just a place way from the humdrum of daily life and a perfect spot to rewind themselves. White sands, crystal blue waters and lush vegetation (thanks to year-round rain that Kerala receives), the Marari Beach of the Gods’ Own Country has actually more to offer. In case you feel a sudden burst of boredom staring at the sea, there is much more to explore around. Head for the backwater canals or simply pay a visit to traditional units of coir-making.
If none of these activities thrill you, there is always a third option – a thrilling experience brought to you by a joint venture between Mother Nature and Humans. You can consider a quick visit to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Indulge yourself in the beauty of the local birds like egret, owl, water duck, heron and waterfowl or catch glimpses of migratory beauties like Siberian cranes. Guess what? Depending on your season of choice, you may be able to see the wood beetle, the flycatchers, larks and teals and parrots that show up only during their respective seasons of migration. Will you like to add a punch of water to birdwatching? Hire a motorboat or a houseboat!
Good to Know Fact: You can respond to your adrenalin call by participating in Snake Boat Race that takes place in August, which is the peak tourist season. Oh yes! Don’t bother swimming as you may just dip in contaminated water.
Serene Indian Beaches: 5 – Bangaram Beach, Lakshadweep
And how can we not mention this? Bangaram Beach in Lakshadweep – one of the Union Territories of India has one of the most breathtaking natural beauties you can encounter. Despite the fact that Bangaram is extremely beautiful, the difficulty faced in reaching the beach makes it not that popular compared to Agatti beach of Lakshadweep. Bangaram is basically an atoll with a total of 6 islands which go by the names:
- Bangaram Island
- South Bangaram Cay
- Parali 1
- Parali 2
- Parali 3
In case you are not aware of what an atoll is, consider visiting this Wikipedia Page.
The Bangaram Beach is dotted with beautiful lagoons and coral reefs that will give you a treat that will be impossible to forget in a lifetime. Deep sea fishing, snorkeling and even scuba diving are some of the activities you can engage in at this beach. Considering the difficulty you will face reaching this beach, be sure to find a serene and picturesque atmosphere. The serene setting of this beach gives a resting ground for numerous tropical birds that you will simply love watching.
Good to Know Fact: This is the only beach in Lakshadweep where you will be allowed to drink alcoholic drinks.