The serene beauty of beaches is spell bounding and instantly makes you feel relaxed as if you are in a paradise. If you are a Bangalorean tired of the daily hectic schedule with the need to unwind and chill out, you must visit beach destinations near the city. Here are the top 12 beach destinations from Bengaluru.
Promenade Beach, Puducherry
The beach with 1.5 kilometer-long promenade is the pride of Puducherry. It is the ideal place to take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the cool sea breeze. An old lighthouse and a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the near vicinity are some of the other attractions.
2. Kolavipalam Beach, Calicut
The closest beach to the city of Bengaluru, the Kolavipalam beach lies to the north of Northen Kerala’s Calicut city. Also called the beach of Turtles due to the frequent spotting of Olive Ridley turtles in the area in September, the entire beach is lined with a large stretch of coconut groves.
3. Payyoli Beach Near Kozhikode
Just 38 kilometers from Kozhikode is the Payyoli beach popular for its endless golden stretches of sand and palm trees. Also known for the lighthouse and indigenous turtles, it is also the hometown of India’s famous sprint runner, PT Usha. Visitors can indulge in various water sports and swimming at the beach.
4. VGP Golden Beach, Chennai
Located around 21 km from the Tamil Nadu capital of Chennai on the East Coast Road, the VGP Golden Beach is really very famous among the visitors, especially for its Beach-cum-amusement park. The Tourism & Entertainment Corridor of Tamil Nadu developed this amusement park offering a wide variety of entertainment games. The games include dashing cars, Go-karting, giant wheel and also an art center. Other activities that you can enjoy here are swimming in a sea-facing swimming pool, sunbathing and more.
5. Mahabalipuram Beach, Mahabalipuram
The beach in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu has a shore temple from the 7th century called Mahabalipuram. Its other name is Mamallapuram. Apart from the most popular Mahabalipuram beach, there are several historical monuments in the nearby areas including 16 caves and chariot temples made by man.
6. Covelong Beach, Chennai
Covelong or Kovalam is a popular beach located in between Chennai and Mahabalipuram road on the Bay of Bengal’s Coromandel coast. Initially, it developed as a village for fishing but now is a famous tourist spot with beach resorts, Olive Ridley turtles, windsurfing, swimming, and many other attractions.
7. Surathkal Beach, Mangalore
The port city of Mangalore lies in the Dakshin Kannada district of Karnataka on the west coast of the Arabian Sea. Located just 19 km from Mangalore city, Surathkal Beach offers some of the most divine scenic beauty and sunset. Sadashiva temple in the vicinity is an additional attraction.
8. Kozhikode Beach, Kozhikode
This place is of great historical significance as Vasco da Gama first landed on the Kozhikode beach in Kozhikode in India. It is very much popular for its beautiful sunset, a variety of seafood like mussels or Kallumekaya sold locally as snacks. Dolphins point (where you can see Dolphins at dawn), marine aquarium and the Lions Park are other popular attractions.
9. Bekal Fort Beach, Kasargod
The beach is popular for the Bekal fort located at a distance of just 1 km from the beach. The massive expanse of white sands, palm trees, a water park for children, beautiful walkway and the scenic beauty of the Arabian sea are some of the popular attractions at the Bekal Fort Beach.
10. Beypore Beach, Kozhikode
Beypore beach is located just 10 km from the Kozhikode railway station at the mouth of Chaliyar river. Previously Beypore beach was an important trading hub. At present, it features a long illuminated stone bridge stretch of 2 km called Pulimoodu which leads to the sea. The place is also famous as a fishing harbor and a shipbuilding center.
11. Panambur Beach, Mangalore
This beach located just 10 km from Mangalore is popular for its multiple beach activities including horse and camel riding, jet skiing, parasailing, and other water sports blessed with an exotic sunset view.
12. Tannirbhavi Beach, Mangalore
This tourist-friendly beach near the city of Mangalore is easily accessible from Sultan Battery locality by ferry. The freshness of the evening breeze and other beach facilities like high mast lights, parking spaces, and lifeguards make it ideal for spending some quality time.