With 7600 kilometres of coastline, there is no real dearth of sun, sand and surf in India. Smriti Lamech offers up 7 beaches for a romantic rendezvous.
What is it about the beach that beckons couples in love? The peace, the roar of the sea and clean sands. Of course the more beautiful a beach, the more likely there will be hawkers frying fish, candy floss vendors and hordes of kids with plastic pails to ensure you don’t get to watch the sun sink into the sea to the sound of seagulls flying home. But we’ve found some beautiful beaches in India that offer more than just some fun in the sun.
#1 Bakkhali Beach, West Bengal
Jutting out into the Bay of Bengal, a number of tiny islands are connected by little bridges over creeks. Henry Island and Frasergunj are just some of the beaches you can take a picnic basket to. For couples who like their holidaywith some teeth, the crocodile breeding centre at Bhagabatpur is worth a visit. Jambudwip, one of the many Deltaic islands in the Sunderbans, is also worth visiting—take a boat out to it, brave the sea and explore the mangroves. That is, if you don’t want to lounge on one of the larger islands, under the Casuarina trees, soaking in the peace…
#2 Gahirmatha Beach, Orissa
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, Gahirmatha needs little other distinction. It’s one of the most important nesting beaches for the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles, making this a nature-lover’s holiday. Take a moonlight stroll along the sands to watch hundreds of turtles crawl out of the sea to lay eggs—definitely a riveting experience. Part of the Gahirmatha Marine Wildlife Sanctuary, you will also find crocodiles and migratory birds in the Bhitarkanika mangroves just beyond. Once you’re done turtle watching, laze a while on the powder-soft sands—you’ll have earned it!
#3 Bekal Beach, Kerala
The Bekal Fort stands guard over this quiet stretch of Kerala sand. Scramble up the fort for a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea or take a tour of the underground passages, which are strictly not for the faint hearted. Swaying palms and a safe, shallow beach are a pretty counterpoint to the ancient fort.
Smriti Lamech likes to write, garden and potter around.
She also likes to pack up her kids and drag them around the country, sometimes following a Gangetic Dolphin, at other times a rainbow.
Smriti has written for Cosmopolitan, Femina, Outlook, Deccan Chronicle, Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Time Out Delhi and IndiWo.
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