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India, Goa, Palolem beach
Palolem is the best beach in Goa. It is hard to find a place under the palm due to the beach cafes and bungalows. Also there's always a lot of people during the high season. However, it doesn't spoil the holiday. Unique positive atmosphere (rare not only in India but in the whole World) is the key feature of this place. Also, in a contrast to the beaches of North Goa, there are no strong waves. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (97 votes)

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India, Laccadives, Bangaram, beach, palms
Bangaram is an atoll in the group of Laccadive islands in India. This is the only place in Laccadives where alcohole is officially permitted. The beaches are beautiful. There are also few uninhabited islands nearby, that are perfect as a day trip destinations. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (106 votes)
India, Big Andaman, Long Island, Lalaji Bay beach
Lalaji Bay - is the best beach in Andaman islands. It's located on the small island called Long Island. By a happy coincidence, this place is not well known, so there is no crowd of tourists like in a popular Havelock island. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (130 votes)
India, Laccadives, Agatti, beach, palm over water
Agatti is the only island with the airport in Laccadives in India. Many tourists choose Agatti due to its convenient transport accessibility. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (117 votes)
India, Big Andaman isl, Ross & Smith beach, aerial view
Ross & Smith - is the best beach in the North Andaman island in Andaman islands. In fact, it's a sand spit between two islands. Last years it's quite difficult to get there, however, it's still possible. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (35 votes)
India, Andaman Isl, Neil Island, Laxmanpur beach, white sand
Laxmanpur - is the best beach on the Neil island in the Andaman Islands. There is white sand, lots of trees, no many people, no waves and no problem of a low tide. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (108 votes)
India, Goa, Polem beach
Polem is the southernmost beach of Goa, and one of the best. Of course, it is not so funny as in the North, not as luxurious as in Central Goa, and not as beautiful as in Palolem. But still this is a very pleasant place, without a crowd, but with some minimal amenities. There are palms and trees ashore, while entry into the water is suitable even for swimming with children. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (5 votes)
India, Laccadives, Minicoy, beach
Minicoy is the southern island of Laccadives group in India. This is a classic Maldivian island, and it is located closer to the Maldives than to other Laccadive islands. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (34 votes)
India, Andaman Islands, Havelock, Beach #5, Kala Pathar
Beach #5 (Vijay Nagar) - is the most beautiful beach in Havelock island in the Andaman Islands. It's located near the villages of Kala Pathar and Vijay Nagar in the north-east of the island. At low tide the water is shallow, and it is hard to swim. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (37 votes)
India, Goa, Colva beach, palms
Colva is an iconic beach in the Central Goa, famous since the 70s of the last century. The key feature are many pictersque palms. Once get here, you immediately understand, that this is what you need. The bad news are that the beach backside has been heavily developed. In addition, there are a lot of tourists - both international and domestic. However, if you walk a little to the left or to the right, you will get a complete seclusion. Sea water is shallow, so there are no strong waves. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (1 vote)
India, Goa, Benaulim beach
Benaulim is a perfect beach in the Central Goa. This is the place to feel absolute freedom in the beautiful tropical scenery. There are many palms ashore, but these are located at some distance from the water edge. It is best to spend a day on sunbed in a shack, ordering something at the bar. The food is cheap and usually delicious. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (10 votes)
India, Andaman Islands, Havelock, Radhanagar beach, low tide
Radhanagar - is the most popular beach in the whole Andaman islands. But, in fact, it's not so good even by Indian standards. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (142 votes)
India, Andaman, Neil Island, Bharatpur beach, boats
Bharatpur - is a beach near the main pier of Neil island in Andaman Islands. The eastern part of the beach is beautiful, although it's not quite suitable for swimming at low tide. The western part of the beach is not interesting at all. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (28 votes)
India, Andaman Islands, Havelock, Elephant beach, snag
Elephant beach - is a beach popular mainly among the Indians in the north-east of Havelock island. It was very nice here, however, the tsunami significantly damaged coastline in 2004. And yes. There are no elephants on the beach. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (272 votes)
India, Goa, Agonda beach
Agonda is a beach in the Southern Goa being an excellent extension of the legendary Palolem located nearby. It's not as beautiful as Palolem, and the swimming is not so comfortable. But on the other hand, there are much less tourists, while the coastline is longer. So this is a great place to escape from the crowd, but still having one of the most beautiful beaches in India. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (1 vote)
India, Goa, Talpona beach
Talpona is a great wild beach located to the south of Palolem. Such a secluded coastline can be rarely met in Goa. The construction of any buildings near the coast is prohibited, so there are only two shacks - without any sunbeds. The swimmimg in the ocean can often be dangerous, so it is best to choose the area marked with flags. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (3 votes)
India, Laccadives, Kadmat island, beach, water edge
Kadmat (Cardamom) is an island in the Laccadives in India. Though there are more beautiful islands nearby, but this place deserves to spend a few days. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (115 votes)
India, Goa, Utorda beach, palms
Utorda is a beautiful and uncrowded beach in Central Goa. The only disadvantage is a wide coastal strip (50-100 meters), so the picturesque palms are located too far from the water edge. There are five shacks on the beach, - more than in Cansaulim, but less than in Majorda. So it's not empty, nor overcrowded. Entry into the water is smooth and swimming in the ocean is usually comfortable. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (7 votes)
India, Goa, Majorda beach
Majorda is a great beach in Central Goa. This is a canonical type of a popular resort area with many shacks, beach boys and different kinds of water amenities. But still it's not overcrowded, and landscape is beautiful - with palms and white sand. Entry into the water is comfortable, and there are usually no strong waves. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (5 votes)
India, Andaman Isl, Port Blair, Corbyn's Cove beach, palms
Corbyn's Cove - is a beach near the airport in South Andaman island in Andaman islands. If you have to spend some time in the town of Port Blair, it's worth to get here for the beach. Keep in mind that sometimes (very rarely) crocodiles can be met here. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (28 votes)
India, Goa, Cola beach, boat
Cola beach - beach in a South Goa located near cozy inner lagoon. Unfortunately, the entry into the water is not comfortable due to the rocks. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (105 votes)
India, Goa, Varca beach
Varca is a beach in Central Goa with white sand, smooth entry into the water and without big waves. The coastal vegetation is beautiful, but it is located far from the shoreline. There are not many people. So this is a good beach, but not as beautiful like some neighboring beaches to the north. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (2 votes)
India, Goa, Canaguinim beach
Canaguinim is a wild beach in South Goa looking more like some islands of Oceania. Swimming is often uncomfortable due to the strong waves. In addition, there are many stones on the bottom. However surrounding hills are great with picturesque palms, and there are never many people here. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (4 votes)
India, Goa, Cabo de Rama beach
Cabo de Rama is a small beach in the rocks near abandoned fort in South Goa. The fort has great feeling unlike the notorious Vagator, while the beach is beautiful - with palms, sand and spectacular rocks. There is no a living soul during the weekdays, but a lot of locals come for picnic on weekends. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (15 votes)
India, Goa, Patnem beach
Patnem is a beach located just to the south of Palolem, - you can easily walk from one to another. Patnem is much less crowded in comparison with Palolem. Sorry, but Patnem is not an alternative to Palolem, as it has no many palms, and the waves are usually stronger. But it is still beautiful with a lot of shacks and rental rooms. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (26 votes)
India, Goa, Arossim beach
Cansaulim is an excellent wild beach in Central Goa. A little to the south, there is also Arossim beach, but in fact all of this is the same coastline. There are no many tourists (unlike most of Goa), but a lot of palms ashore located about 100 meters from the water edge. That's why, everybody uses shacks' sunbeds. Some coastal areas are dangerous due to the underwater currents, so it is better to swim in the areas marked by flags. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (6 votes)
India, Goa, Velsao beach, lifeguard tower
Velsao is a lonely beach in Central Goa. Wide coastal strip passes into more famous beaches to the south, but Velsao is an oasis of seclusion and tranquility. However, there are some reasons for this place not to be very popular. There are no areas of shallow water, so swimming is often dangerous due to the strong currents. In addition, an industrial factory can be seen in the north, that is not what we expect from the tropical paradise. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (3 votes)
India, Goa, Vainguinim beach
Vainguinim is a small private beach in Central Goa. It is always clean without crowds. The beach itself is beautiful and located not far from the airport. During the high tide, sea water is usually calm without waves, but at low tide you need to walk a lot to the depth. From neighboring hotels, it is possible to get to the beach only via the main entrance of Cidade De Goa, which is inconveniently located on the high hill. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (12 votes)
India, Goa, Ashwem beach, rock pool
Ashwem is one of the most secluded beaches in the North Goa. There are even a lot of palms ashore, making it being something like the blessed Palolem. During the low tide sea water goes far away, exposing small rocks with mini pools around them. Ashvem is the most expensive beach in North Goa, but on the other hand it is one of the most beautiful. / read more » /
Rating: 7.6 (28 votes)
India, Goa, Mandrem beach
Mandrem is a beach in the North Goa, notable for its sandspit. So there is no trees along the coastline, but there are many bridges over Mandrem creek making this place recognizable. During the low tide you'll have to walk a lot to the water, as well as sea water is shallow. Mandrem beach is relatively unknown, so there are no many people. / read more » /
Rating: 7.5 (35 votes)
India, Goa, Anjuna beach
Anjuna is the most popular beach in the North Goa, though not the most beautiful. The key features are trance parties, flea market on Wednesdays and occasional palms by the beach. Anjuna is also notable for its unique high-rise shacks, unavailable in the rest of Goa. Safe swimming is not possible everywhere due to underwater rocks, - you'd better look where everybody swimming. / read more » /
Rating: 7.5 (15 votes)
India, Goa, Bogmalo beach
Bogmalo is the nearest good beach to the airport of Goa. The planes fly often, but it's not a great problem. The place is clean with nice sand, the water is calm, and there are no many people. So this is an excellent choice to spend a night before your departure from the airport. But it makes no sense to stay here for a long time, as Goa may offer more beautiful and more authentic beaches. / read more » /
Rating: 7.5 (1 vote)
Bambolim beach, Grand Hyatt Goa
Bambolim is a beach in Central Goa famous for the Grand Hyatt Resort located here. The good thing is a small number of tourists, as well as a smooth entry into the water. All the rest are bad things. First, the beach is not very beautiful. Second, it is not comfortable to swim in the water, as there are many stones on the bottom. / read more » /
Rating: 7.5 (2 votes)
India, Goa, Galgibaga beach
Galgibaga is a long wild beach in the South Goa. There are usually maximum up to ten men on the whole coastline. You may stay in the shade of trees ashore. There are also a couple of shacks in the south end of the beach. Swimming in the sea is dangerous, as this is an open ocean with deep waters. / read more » /
Rating: 7.5 (2 votes)
India, Goa, Sinquerim beach
Sinquerim is the closest beach of North Goa, de facto being just a south end of Candolim. Old Fort Aguada is located near the water. As for the beach itself, it's beautiful with unusual high shore, palms, white sand, without waves and secluded. / read more » /
Rating: 7.5 (14 votes)
India, Goa, Candolim beach
Candolim is one of the best beaches in North Goa located close to the airport. Strange, but it is relatively uncrowded. The beach is good - with nice white sand, good entry into the water and without strong waves. For many years it was a shipwreck of River Princess ashore, but as for now nothing remains of it. / read more » /
Rating: 7.4 (16 votes)
India, Goa, Mobor beach
Mobor is a beach in South Goa considered to be one of the most luxury in the region. Indeed, there are mainly international tourists, and world celebrities can be met here. However, the beach itself is far from the best. There are trees ashore, but not palms, while swimming in the ocean can often be dangerous. / read more » /
Rating: 7.4 (5 votes)
India, Andaman Isl, Port Blair, Wandoor beach, boats
Wandoor - is a nice beach in South Andaman island in Andaman islands. However, most of tourists come here for the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. The most popular boat tours to the islands of Jolly Buoy and Red Skin depart at 9 am and return till 3 pm. / read more » /
Rating: 7.4 (32 votes)
India, Goa, Cavelossim beach
Cavelossim is a beach in Goa being just a part of one coastal line in the Central Goa. The waves are slightly stronger in comparison with the neighbouring beaches located to the north. But anyway it's all the same - with an endless white sand and without a crowd. / read more » /
Rating: 7.4 (5 votes)
India, Goa, Baina beach
Baina is one of the most beautiful beaches near Goa airport. All the coastal slums were finally demolished in 2015, so everything looks fine. As for now the only problem are local fishermen shitting right near the sea. When they stop doing it, Baina will become much more attractive for international tourists. / read more » /
Rating: 7.4 (6 votes)
India, Andaman Isl, Port Blair, North Bay beach, banknote
North Bay - is a beach from 20 rupees banknote. It's located in South Andaman island in Andaman islands. This place is not comfortable for swimming, but snorkeling is very good here. / read more » /
Rating: 7.3 (51 votes)
India, Goa, Siridao beach
Siridao is a beach in Goa known as an excellent spot for gathering seashells. As for the rest, it's rather boring place. The sand is washed away every year due to the coastal erosion, so it is hard to swim in the water. That's why, international tourists can be rarely met here. / read more » /
Rating: 7.3 (2 votes)
India, Goa, Caranzalem beach
Caranzalem is a beach in Goa being just a south end of Miramar beach. So everything is the same, but without the disadvantages of Miramar: there are no crowds, no dangerous undercurrents, but many trees. In general, this is an excellent secret beach in the Central Goa. / read more » /
Rating: 7.3 (6 votes)
India, Goa, Betalbatim beach
Betalbatim is one of the most relaxed beaches in the Central Goa. It's not crowded, because the landscapes are not so picturesque as on some neighboring beaches. There are mostly trees ashore, - not palms. In addition, a significant coastal area is protected against erosion, that is looking somewhat ugly. However, the swimming in a shallow water is very comfortable, because there are never strong waves. / read more » /
Rating: 7.3 (3 votes)
India, Goa, Arambol beach
Arambol is the northernmost beach in Goa, India. In the past, this was a legendary place, but you may forget about that. Now there's no hippie-atmosphere of 70s, nor even glorious spirit of 90s. In reality, it's just the boring landscape with crowds of tourists trying to believe what a cool place Arambol is. / read more » /
Rating: 7.2 (82 votes)
India, Goa, Morjim beach
Morjim is a beach in the North Goa, India. The north end of the beach is a bay with shallow water, while the south ends with cape called Turtle Beach with winds and strong currents. This place is good for kite surfing and coastal walking, but as for a pure beach holiday it is better to find some other beach. / read more » /
Rating: 7.2 (18 votes)
India, Goa, Rajbag beach
Rajbag is a beach in South Goa. There are no palms, - only the trees. In addition, it is dangerous to swim in the ocean due to the strong currents. On the other hand, there are no crowds, nor ugly huts. Luxury resort carefully cleans the coast, that can be rarely met in Goa. / read more » /
Rating: 7.2 (4 votes)
India, Goa, Calangute beach
Calangute is the same ugly place as Baga beach located just to the north. However, Calangute is less crowded, and it is better in this regard. Anyway there are same endless sunbeds, water jets, and crowd of domestic and international tourists. Harassments to lonely women are reported to be usual problem. Unfortunately, this is the new face of Goa, and thigs are getting worse every year. / read more » /
Rating: 7.2 (13 votes)
India, Goa, Miramar beach
Miramar is a beach near Panaji - the capital of Goa in India. This place is more suitable for the sunset or for walking along the ocean. Sunbathing here is not very pleasant, as the trees are very far from the coastline. And swimming is dangerous due to the strong currents. In addition, Miramar has no usual beach shacks. However, for many people it is rather an advantage. / read more » /
Rating: 7.2 (4 votes)
India, Big Andaman isl, Karmatang beach, low tide
Karmatang - is the best beach in Middle Andaman Island in Andaman islands. Beach is rather mediocre, but it's worth to visit it once. As of advantages it has picnic spots. / read more » /
Rating: 7.1 (39 votes)
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[2015-05-13] Coleman

Shantaram book about India has many lies. Be careful! Thought it has many true facts, you shouldn't treat it as India guide. ...And skip first quarter of a book, as it's very boring.


[2015-04-13] Zack

Some eastern regions in India require permit to visit. But it depends on your citizenship. Please read website of Indian embassy.


[2015-04-13] Seva

Do I have to obtain permit for Eastern India?


[2015-03-13] Berndt

The following NP are opened in summer:

Betla, Blackbuck, Bandipur National Park

Guindy National Park in Chennay


[2015-03-13] Pedro

Please advise National Parks in India which are not closed in July-August.

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