Beaches are the best place to kick back and relax and if you are an aqua baby, nothing will give you more thrill than the sight of sandy shoreline with incessant waves thrashing on them. Scattered over the 7500 km coastline of India, there are plenty of stunning beaches where you can have the time of your life. Here is a compilation of four beach destinations that you can enjoy solo, with friends or family without getting a dent in your wallet.
Ganpatipule (Maharashtra) – A quaint coastal town, Ganpatipule boasts of one of the spectacular beaches on the entire Konkan coast. Ideal for swimming, the beach features shallow water and white sand. It is easily accessible by train and the nearest railhead is in Ratnagiri, about 25km from Ganpatipule. Check the National Train Enquiry System to know about the different trains, their routes and live running status. Apart from its pristine beaches which are your perfect getaway for swimming, sunbathing and witnessing picture postcard sunsets, Ganpatipule is also popular among pilgrims for its 400 year old Ganpati Temple. With food stalls, horse riding and camel rides, the leisurely vibe of the place will set you instantly on vacation mode. Inexpensive hotels, homestays and economical food makes sure that you have a budget beach vacation in Ganpatipule.
Gokarna (Karnataka) – Around 190km south from the party capital of India, Gokarna in Karnataka poses as a breath of fresh air from the swanky and electrifying beaches of Goa. Weaving sandy shores and rocky coasts, Gokarna’s tranquil surroundings make it an ultimate escape for solitude-seekers. Lay in the hammock, read your favourite author or simply bask in the sun – Gokarna remains blissfully untouched by commercial activities. Known for the Mahabaleshwar Temple and immaculate beaches, Gokarna is loved by pilgrims and leisure vacationers alike.
Gopalpur (Odisha) – Dotted with tribal fishing hamlets and Hindu temples, the coastal stretch of Odisha provides a serene retreat from the bustling cityscape. Approximately 190km from Bhubaneswar, Gopalpur is a popular beach among couples and budget travellers. With golden sandy shores, gentle slopes and azure water, Gopalpur remains an unspoilt haven for budget travellers. You can indulge yourself by strolling across the sandy beach, gazing at the horizon or buying knick-knacks from the beach shacks that sell everything from pani-puri, jhalmuri to shells, corals and bangles. A small temple of Gopalswamy, a lighthouse and estuary are the other attractions of the place. The nearest railhead is Berhampur on the East Coast Railway and checking the NTES site will help you remain updated about your train status.
Mandarmani (West Bengal) – About 180km from Kolkata, situated on the Kolkata – Digha highway, lies the serene beach town of Mandarmani. Its immaculate shoreline, long virgin beach and exotic view of the Bay of Bengal makes this place a treasure for beach lovers. The most popular attraction of Mandarmani is the 13km long motor-able beachfront. This hidden beach town also features the Delta or Mohona, which marks the meeting point of the river and sea. Even though the food is a little expensive, lodging in Mandarmani includes budget hotels and homestays that enable you to save on your trip.
So get rolling! The last excuse that you had of having a low bank balance is also been sorted as we have given you some of the budget-friendly beach destinations for your next holiday.