1. Shivrajpur Beach, Gujarat Just a 12 km drive from Dwarka in Gujarat, this is a white sand beach with a lighthouse and a rocky shoreline. If you’re lucky you can also spot dolphins and a variety of birds here. The beach runs on solar power and is also disabled-friendly.

2. Golden Beach, Odisha The first in Asia to win the Blue Flag certification, this golden-sand beach offers a magnificent view of the sunrise. It is located near the Konark Sun Temple and hence is also a pilgrim site. The Chandrabhagha coral reef can be easily accessed from here.

3. Ghoghla Beach, Diu At this famously long and serene beach, visitors have a host of activities to choose from — including water sports like swimming, parasailing, surfing, banana boat riding, etc. It also offers spectacular views of the fishing villages, churches, and forts scattered around the region.

4. Kasarkod beach, Karnataka Stretching up to a length of 5 km, this virgin white-sand beach is surrounded by casuarina trees. It received the certification for initiatives such as a solar power plant, a solid waste treatment plant, clean changing rooms and washrooms, and disabled-friendly toilets.

5. Padubidri Beach, Karnataka At dusk, this beach in the Udupi district offers a beautiful sight of the flashing lights from the Suratkal and Kaup lighthouses. It also hosts several adventurous activities and events like fairs, tournaments, beach volleyball, banana boat ride, etc.

6. Kappad Beach, Kerala Located in the Kozhikode district, this historical beach was discovered over 500 years ago when Vasco da Gama stepped on its shore. With interesting rock formations and coconut groves lining its shores, the beach is perfect for a tranquil weekend getaway.

7. Rushikonda Beach, Andhra Pradesh Also known as the ‘Jewel of the East Coast’, the beach is located approximately 8 km from Visakhapatnam. It is known for its intact beauty, golden sand, lush greenery surrounding its shores, and water activities.

8. Radhanagar Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands The beach, surrounded by coconut palms and a tropical jungle on both sides, boasts a breathtaking panoramic view of emerald-green waters and soft white sand, making it a must-visit destination. There are huts, benches, and chairs placed around the beach.

9. Kovalam Beach, Tamil Nadu Just 40 km away from Chennai city, the beach is pebbly with unique black sand and rocks on its shores. It is a major destination for water sports activities such as surfing, scuba diving, fishing, swimming, windsurfing, sailing, and catamaran cruising.

10. Eden Beach, Puducherry Located in Puducherry’s Chinna Veerampatinam, this charming beach has health care centres, clean drinking water, a watchtower, umbrella huts, and separate restrooms for people with disability.

11. Minicoy Thundi Beach, Lakshadweep The second largest island in Lakshadweep, Minicoy offers white sandy beaches along with crystal clear and blue waters of the Arabian Sea. It is also a tourist spot due to several activities available here like tuna canning and tuna fishing.

12. Kadmat Beach, Lakshadweep Part of the Amimdivi group of islands of the Lakshadweep archipelago, Kadmat Island is a popular tourist destination known for marine turtles and coral reefs. The long sandy beach has huts along the shore to enjoy the picturesque landscape of the blue lagoon waters.