“The beach is not a place to work;
to read, write or to think.”
– Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Congratulations. You’ve survived the long excruciating wait between your last vacation and the next. Zeroing in on the destination is the only hurdle you would need to cross. Fret not, for we’ve got your back. If travelling to a remote place far removed from the usual tourist attractions of guided tours, landmark visits, and sundry markets sounds appealing, consider hitting some virgin beaches, yet untrodden by most. Besides, sun, sand, and water make the perfect ingredients for an idyllic getaway.
Radhanagar Beach, Andaman and Nicobar
Glistening white sand, turquoise-hued water, and quietude aplenty — find these at Radhanagar Beach on Havelock, one of the constituent Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Arrive at Beach No. 7, as it is known by locals, by a boat from Havelock or a seaplane from Port Blair. With the shoreline extending only a little over 2 kilometres, the area can be easily explored in a day. Though there’s no better way to enjoy the beach than sunbathing and watching the waves crash on the shore, the relatively calm waters make Radhanagar Beach ideal for water sports such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and fishing. Remember to book your stay well in advance as the few hotels around fill up before you can even bat an eyelid. It wasn’t without reason that Radhanagar Beach was anointed the Best Beach in Asia by TIME magazine in 2004. Make no plans when you book your holiday, pack no books to read, leave ‘em gadgets in your bags, and have nothingness as the status in your mind to truly enjoy island life.
Best time to visit: November till May.
Accommodation: Barefoot at Havelock, Cross Bill Beach Resort, and Wild Orchid are few popular choices to stay at.
Getting around: Hire an auto rickshaw or rent a bike or bicycle from Havelock to reach Radhanagar Beach.
Nearby attractions: Ocean Tribe Scuba Diving, Elephant Beach.
Mandarmani Beach, West Bengal
The longest motorable beach (bikers, ahoy!) in India, Mandarmani is situated in the East Midnapore district of West Bengal. The beach borrows its name from mondar, crab in the local dialect. Hundreds of red crabs dot the beach on any given day. One can reach Mandarmani by taking a train to Contai or flying to Kolkata airport and then driving for four hours. Driving across the beach in private vehicles is restricted. Plan to reach before evening as the beach is submerged during high tide, often witnessed towards the end of the day. We suggest you don’t miss the splendid sunrise and sunsets at this laid-back beach
Take a motorised cycle van to the confluence of River Champa and Bay of Bengal for a mesmerising view. Enjoy the catch of the day at one of the many sea food stalls dotting the beach. During morning and evening hours, when the fisherfolk venture into deep sea and come back with their prized catch, a totally different facet of Mandarmani comes alive — a perfect sight for those who enjoy photography.
Best time to visit: July till March.
Accomodation: Hotel Sonar Bangla Mandarmoni, The Sana Beach.
Getting around: Rent a bicycle.
Nearby attractions: Digha beach and Shankarpur beach.
One of the best kept secret destinations; unscathed by commercialization or a horde of tourists, Agatti is one of the few Lakshadweep islands accessible to tourists. A number of government-run and select private cruises can be taken to reach Lakshadweep, besides direct flights from Kochi.
Your search for a slice of paradise ends here — not without a caveat. For one needs permission to visit Agatti, which can be secured only upon prior reservation of a place to stay. Post acquiring the permit, do a happy jig, and head straight for the gleaming silver sand and azure waters to claim the reward of your efforts. The island is situated atop a coral atoll. Get enticed by the corals visible through the crystal clear waters perfect for scuba diving or snorkeling. If snorkeling is too close for comfort for you, enjoy marvelling at the marine life from a glass-bottomed boat or from the shore.
Best time to visit: October till March.
Accommodation: The only two hotels in Agatti are Agatti Island Beach Resort and Sea Shells Beach Resort.
Getting around: Explore Agatti on bicycles, which are widely available.
Nearby attractions: Deep Sea Fishing.
North Goa’s relatively less-frequented Arambol Beach is approached via roads surrounded by cashew trees. From its rocky and sand-lined surfaces, Arambol offers stunning views and a promise of refreshing swims in its freshwater lake and thermal springs, which lies towards the north end of the beach. Also near the beach are several trails that lead up to hillocks overlooking the beach. Though ideal for relaxation and rejuvenation, Arambol also offers dolphin-watching boat trips, windsurfing, and paragliding opportunities for those who seek activity on holiday. Those wanting both, a dose of peace, and dash of fun, stay at Arambol and frequent the nearby Anjuna beach for flea markets and nightlife.
Best time to visit: November till March.
Accomodation: Maitree, RAMA Beach Resort.
Getting around: Taxis, scooters, and motorcycles are available.
Nearby attractions: Kalacha Beach, Paliem Beach, Harmal Beach.
It is quite likely you may resist returning to the turf post a splendid holiday. Warn you, we did.
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