We think of Goa every time we hear about beaches. However, India has a plethora of wonderful beach destinations that are well worth your time. We've put together a list of the top 5 beach spots that you'll absolutely love.

Havelock island, The Andamans

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Havelock Island is located 39 km to the north-east of Port Blair. It awaits you as a natural paradise with white sand beaches, beautiful coral reefs, and lush green woods. The tranquilly and beautiful blue waters are what you will find here. You can experience scuba diving, trekking, elephant riding, snorkeling and much more to make this place your ideal destination for a beach holiday. With a surface area of 113 square kilometres, this island is one of the most densely populated in the Andamans. If you want to swim in warm water and participate in water sports, the Radhanagar and Elephant beaches are your place to go. Visit this place for a fantastic vacation and spend some time in the middle of nature.

Gokarna, Karnataka

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Gokarna is a small town located in the northern part of Karnataka. Every year, travellers from all over the world flock to the area. The place has four of India's most beautiful beaches, which delight visitors. Gokarna is the place to go if you want to soak up some sun and roam amongst massive palm trees. The place offers a fascinating combination of beach relaxation and spiritualism, all while viewing azure oceans. You can also visit the many makeshift cafes that line the beachfront. The ultra-secluded Half Moon Beach is only a short boat ride away. If you drive a little further, you'll find Paradise, which has some of the best seafood, low hammocks over the sand, and welcome home-stays run by locals where you can stay.

Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

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Mahabalipuram is located in Tamil Nadu, just 58 kms away from Chennai. A holiday in Mahabalipuram will include pristine, magnificent, sun-kissed beaches and a series of restaurants along the shore. This golden sandy beach, surrounded by rolling hills and sparkling seas, is like a haven for relaxation and peace. This beach is renowned as one of Tamil Nadu's most pristine beaches, attracting hundreds of visitors each year. If you're feeling daring, you can try some water activities like windsurfing or swimming, or you can simply lie on the beach and listen to the waves if you're feeling lazy. This paradise is the perfect blend of excellent beaches, culture, and unbroken travel. 

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Puri, Odisha

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Puri is a small town, located just 60 km away from Bhubaneswar. The place is widely famous for 2 things- the famous Jagannath temple and the beach. The spreading sands and lapping waves cover a huge portion of Puri. Here you can find some of the most captivating beach experiences as well as some absolutely breathtaking ocean views. If you don't want to be in a crowded location, go to quieter beaches like Balighai or Chandrabhaga. There are shacks dotted along the beach where you may sample some delectable seafood. Indians and tourists from all over the world come here to relax and absorb some of Odisha's rich culture. Also, the beaches here have beautiful sands and turbulent waters, which are ideal for surfers. Puri also hosts the beautiful annual Puri beach festival that takes place in November. If you are looking to relax, Puri should be the choice. Start planning your trip for a great time with a mesmerizing view.

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Minicoy, Lakshadweep

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Minicoy, also known as Maliku, is a lovely island in Lakshadweep, 398 kilometres from the coast of Cochin. The beautiful island, known for its clear water, white sand beaches, and vibrant coral reefs, is underappreciated. The island is the second largest in the Lakshadweep chain, and it is famous for its luxurious beach resorts. Minicoy is a great place to visit if you're looking for some peace and calm.

I hope by now you have selected a place and started planning for your next beach vacation.

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