With a coastline of close to 7520 km (including mainland coastline and islands), it is natural that India is home to some pristine beaches. These beaches across the country vary in their appearance, weather and lifestyle. Some beaches like the popular ones in Goa are major party destinations while some are clean and pristine havens for a quiet time. Some are adjacent to sleepy fishing villages while others are close to major global and financial centers. No matter which beach in India you visit, you are in for a treat. It is a myth that beaches are not ideal places to visit during the rains. The fact is, as long as you stay away from the heavy currents, beaches can be great surprises during monsoon. Here are the best beaches in India that are simply spectacular to visit during monsoon.

Palolem Beach, Goa

Palolem in Goa

Palolem in Goa

South Goa’s Palolem beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country all year round. Dotted with palm trees, Palolem lies nestled between hillocks which become lush green during monsoon making it even more spectacular. Goa during monsoon is a delight as rates are low, tourists are few and you get to witness a green Goa.

Varkala Beach, Kerala

Varkala beach in Kerala

Varkala beach in Kerala

Varkala beach is Kerala’s most precious gem. Its blue waters and adjacent hill make for an astonishing backdrop. Kerala is delightful during the rains and Varkala is no different. While one has to be careful about getting into the water, you can always enjoy the view, the food and the hospitality of Kerala’s locals.

Velneshwar Beach, Maharashtra

Photograph Courtesy: Ankur P/Creative Commons

Photograph Courtesy: Ankur P/Creative Commons

One of the most pristine and underrated beaches of the country, Velneshwar beach is located on the outskirts of Maharashtra. It makes for an extremely scenic drive from cities like Mumbai and Pune. The MTDC resort here is located at a beautiful location overlooking the breathtaking beach. Monsoon season means that you have a better chance of finding available rooms and enjoying the lovely weather and ambiance of this serene holiday spot. DO SEE Blue water beaches in India that look like exotic foreign locations

Keri Beach, Goa

Keri Beach in north Goa

Keri Beach in north Goa

While Goa is known for its parties and popular tourist attractions, there are some beaches in Goa that are cut off from all the madness. One such beach is Keri beach in the extreme north of Goa. It is quiet, clean, and peaceful and makes for a fantastic getaway if you like secluded spots located amidst nature. The sound of the crashing waves and the sight of clouds hovering over the sea will give you memories to cherish forever.

Kudle Beach, Karnataka

Photograph Courtesy: Hari Shenoy/Creative Commons

Photograph Courtesy: Hari Shenoy/Creative Commons

Located just a little trek away from the popular Gokarna beach, the Kudle beach is worth a visit for its clean, golden sand and alluring landscape. During the monsoon, this beach surrounded  by greenery will provide a welcome respite from the urban hustle bustle. You can also visit the nearby Gokarna temples to make a day out of your getaway.

Anjarle beach, Maharashtra

Dapoli

Anjarle beach in Dapoli

The entire Dapoli strecth in Mharashtra is full of spectauclar beahces nobody knows about. Beaches like Murud and Harnai are great places to visit but the most beautiful among them all is the Anjarle beach. The tranquil beach is located next to a sleepy fishing village and makes for an ideal offbeat monsoon getaway. CHECK OUT Offbeat Monsoon Destinations Near Mumbai That Nobody Knows About

Vagator Beach, Goa

Sunset in Goa's Vagator beach

Sunset in Goa’s Vagator beach

And then there is the famous Vagator beach located right next to the Chapora ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ fort. Perhaps one of the most scenic beaches in Goa, Vagator provides a breathtaking view of cloudy skies, lovely palm trees, gushing waves and mesmerizing sunsets (when they are not covered by clouds of course). Vagator is also one of the most culturally active places of north Goa with a number os restaurants, pubs and clubs located in or around it.

Promenade beach, Pondicherry

Promenade beach in Pondicherry

Promenade beach in Pondicherry

And we end the list with an east coast beach. Pondicherry is a lovely holiday destination all year round and the Promenade beach is one of the finest beaches on the east coast. It is located close to popular places like the French consulate and the Aurobindo ashram. During monsoon, the weather here is warm but pleasant during mornings and evenings. It makes for a good picnic spot ideal for rejuvenating walks.

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