Girgaum Chowpatty: This is one of the famous beaches adjoining Marine Drive in Girgaon area of South Mumbai. The beach is dotted with food stalls that sell local delicacies like Vada Pav and Pav Bhaji. A trip to Mumbai is incomplete without a visit to Girgaum Chowpatty. (In picture: Chowpatty beach as the skyline is seen in the distance in Mumbai.)
Kovalam Beach: This is one of the popular beaches in Kerala. Kovalam beach is a preferred honeymoon destination for Indian and foreign toursits. The nearest airport to Kovalam beach is Trivandrum International Airport and the nearest station is Trivandrum Central railway station.
(In picture: A couple walks hand in hand in the Arabian sea during sunset at Kovalam Beach in Thiruvananthapuram)
Marari Beach: The beach is located around 11 km from Alappuzha town in Kerala. The lesser-known Marari beach is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway. It can be reached via road and rail. (In picture: Aerial view of Marari beach in the Indian state of Kerala.)
Marina Beach: This is the longest natural urban beach in India and one of the longest beaches in the world. Also, it is one of the crowded beaches beaches in India that witnesses thousands of locals and tourists every day. Bathing and swimming are legally prohibited here. Marina beach is located in the heart of Chennai.
(In picture: Horses (L) used to take tourists for a ride rest under a tree at Marina Beach in Chennai.)
Miramar Beach: Situated at the confluence of Mandovi River and Arabian Sea, Miramar beach is one of the only two beaches in Panjim. You can either take a leisurely stroll or enjoy sunbathing at the beach. The nearest airport to Miramar beach is Dabolim International Airport and the nearest station is Thivim
Puri Beach: This beach is located around 65 km away from Bhubaneswar in the heart of the city of Puri. The beach is hailed as a Hindu sacred place as pilgrims in huge numbers come to Puri to pay homage to Lord Jagannath. Here, tourists can catch a glimpse of the work of internationally recognized local sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik.
(In picture: The carcass of a dead olive ridley turtle amid a sand sculpture of sea turtles by sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik)
Rushikonda Beach: This beach is an all-time favourite among water sports lovers. Adventure lovers can enjoy a range of activities like windsurfing and jet skiing here. The beach is located around 8 km away from Vishakhapatnam port. The best time of the day to visit Rushikonda Beach is during sunrise and sunset.
(In picture: An Indian visitor parasails at Rushikonda Beach in Visakhapatnam)
Located around 2 km away of the city of Port Blair, Ross Island once served as the administrative headquarters of the British. The island is a signifcant attraction for history buffs. To get to the Ross Island, take a ferrty ride from the Water Sports Complex at Port Blair
Rushikulya Beach: Located on Chilika in the Ganjam district of Orissa, Rushikulya Beach is fondly called the The Olive Ridley Beach of Orissa. The beach is calm, serene, less populated and is ideal for those who want to travel to offbeat places in India. (In picture: Olive Ridley sea turtles return to the sea after laying eggs on Rushikulya Beach)
Varkala Beach: Located in south Kerala, Varkala Beach is known for activities like swimming, parasailing and sunbathing. Several restaurants, and yoga and ayurvedic centres are located near Varkala beach in Kerala. Varkala beach is also known as Papanasam Beach. (In picture: Tourists walking on Varkala beach in Kerala)
From Marari beach in Kerala to Puri beach in Odisha, here's a look at the 10 spectacular beaches in India that you must include in your bucket list. All pics/AFP