We Indians fancy holidays by the beach, and for most of us this means planning a trip to Goa. But, if you’re already bored of travelling to conventional coastal holiday spots, why not try something new? We’ve got here a list of the eight most heavenly coastal destinations that will leave you in awe and asking for more. Check them out.
8. Butterfly Beach, Goa
Goa is recognized as an international holiday destination, but the Butterfly Beach here is easily the least picked out places. It is beautiful and safe at the same time. A ferry ride from Palolem beach will take you to reach Butterfly beach. The golden sand touching the rocks, the crystal blue waters, and, the palm trees make for a peaceful and refreshing sojourn. And you thought you had visited all the beaches of Goa? There’s more to Goa than you thought.
7. Sundarbans, West Bengal
Known for the biggest mangrove forest, the Sunderbans in West Bengal is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The name is taken from the Sundari trees, which have a prosperous growth in that region. It is the place of the Royal Bengal Tiger. It is spread over 38,500 sq. km, and are the remnants of the mighty jungles that once covered the Gangetic plain. An estimated 400 Royal Bengal Tigers are there in the Sundarbans and 30,000 spotted dears. Want to see nature at its rawest? Go visit the Sundarbans.
6. Vihigaon Falls, Mumbai
Seeing the 120 feet wonderful waterfall is one hell of an experience. Vihigaon Falls in Kasara, Mumbai is one of Nature’s beautiful gifts to us. It falls in the Western Ghats and not much visited. The lush green environment is a beautiful contrast to the whitish waterfalls. It is usually said that these colors are good for the eyes, so here’s a chance. Go!
5. Chandipur Beach, Orissa
Chandipur is a unique beach. During low tides, the sea water goes back to an approximately 5 kms, beat that. However, it hits the sea shore back again during high tides. This is a rather captivating sight for sea-lovers. Apart from this, Chandipur is like any other serene beaches in the coastal areas. So, give this place a chance to awe you.
4. Ethipothala Falls
Situated in Andhra Pradesh, the Ethipothala Falls is a tributary of the river Krishna. It is 70 feet high. This waterfall is the combination of three rivulets, namely, Chandravanka Vagu, Nakkala Vagu, and Tummala Vagu. In the local language, the name of the waterfall means the monk’s penance. There is also a crocodile breeding centre in the lagoon formed by the falls. Enough reasons for you to visit this place. But don’t get eaten up by one.
Malappyram in South Indian hasn’t been explored much till now. It can easily be regarded as the best beach in Kerala. Besides the serenity the beaches offer, Malappuram is famous for Muslim folk art forms such as Duffmuttu, Arabanamuttu and Kolkai. You must not miss out the Kottakunnu, which is an old fort. Legend has it that the fort was built by the Zamorins of Kozhikode.
The crystal clear waters and sandy beaches of Kadmat will attract you to discover its rich marine life. It is located in Lakshadweep and can give stiff competition to the beaches of Maldives and Mauritius. Kadmat is the best place to visit if you want a beach holiday sans crowded beaches. The one positive advantage of these lesser-known places is that you get a peaceful environment. The lesser people around, the more privacy you get.
1. Majuli, Assam
Majuli is basically a fresh water island situated near River Brahmaputra, just 20 km from the city of Jorhat. It is lush green and environmentally friendly. Majuli is immaculate and pollution free, which should take you to this place for a quick weekend trip. The total area is 1250 sq. km, which makes it the largest fresh water island in the world attracting worldwide tourists.