There is no doubt that the Maldives is one of the most dreamlike beach destinations in the world. But travelling to the Maldives isn’t that easy-peasy, especially when you don’t have a passport. Having said that, there are some pristine bluewater beaches right within India that are as gorgeous as the Maldives, and some of them can even put the Maldives behind in terms of their scenic excellence. Here are 5 blue water beaches in India you can visit instead of the Maldives:
1.Radhanagar Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Nestled in Andaman’s Havelock Island, Radhanagar Beach is known as the best beach in Asia and the 16th best beach in the world. With emerald blue waters, soft white sands and picturesque sunsets, the Radhanagar Beach is nothing short of a spectacle. A watersports centre at the Radhanagar beach gives tourists a chance to hire snorkelling, scuba equipment and boats.
2. Marari Beach, Kerala
The serene Marari Beach is in the charming fisherman’s village of Mararikulam is near Alleppy. The National Geographic survey had rated this beach as one of the world’s top five hammock beaches. It is an ideal place to explore the Kerala backwaters.
3. Bangaram Beach, Lakshadweep Islands
Bangaram Beach in the Lakshwadeep Islands has a beauty that makes it look like a slice of heaven. The crystal-clear turquoise-hued waters bordered by brown rocky mountains and the white sands at this beach will give you a delightful escape from the tiring hustle and bustle of city life.
4. Butterfly Beach, Goa
Serene, secluded and picturesque- these three words perfectly define Goa’s hidden gem, the Butterfly Beach. One can visit this beach in South Goa by taking a ferry from Palolem and Agonda beaches. Flanked by dense forests that overlook the turquoise waters, Butterfly Beach is the place to be for every hardcore nature lover. Splendid hills surround the marvellous coastline, which is far from the party noises. Colourful butterflies hover above this beach and its headland also resembles the shape of butterfly wings.
5. Varkala Beach, Kerala
This breathtaking beach, along with a winding stretch of a cliff that extends over the Arabian Sea, has a highly intimate vibe around it. You can sit back, relax and soak in the tranquillity of this magical beach. Another name of Varkala Beach is Papanasham Beach. The name has been derived from a belief that the dip in the waters here can wash away all sins or papam.
Beach lovers, have you included these stunning beaches in your bucket list already?