BEACH ESCAPES

The beautiful sandy beaches that surround the country are a paradise on earth.Along its 7000 km of coastline, India boasts of a number of beautiful beaches. The tranquil environment with abundant greenery around is just perfect to relax and refresh the drained mind and body. Lie on the smooth sandy beaches and soak the warmth of the sun or simply take a quiet walk barefooted on these beaches. The calming effect will easily penetrate deep into your body. The vast stretches of sea water have a unique ability to carry away all your worries and heartaches along with its waves. You can also watch the sun rise and set far in the horizon and appreciate the beauty that is reflected as a reflection in the water.

GOA Besides the natural beauty, the fabulous beaches and sunshine, travellers to Goa love the laid-back, peaceful, warm and friendly nature of the Goan people. Afterall, more than anywhere else on planet earth, this is a place where people really know how to relax.

The most comprehensive beach resort in the country, Goa is approachable from Bombay by air.Goa's coastline provides endless sun drenched crescents of sand. Vagator, Anjuna, Baga, Calangute and Candolim stretch out in an unbroken palm fringed line. Other beaches are at Miramar and Colva. Parasailing, yachting, windsurfing, and deep sea diving are some of the more popular water sports, facilities for which are available. In addition, every sort of accommodation fringes the beaches, from deluxe resorts to budget lodgings. 451 years of Portuguese rule has imbued Goa's towns and villages with a unique culture - Whitewashed chapels and churches that dot the landscape are surrounded by sleepy villages and rice fields.

PANJIM, the capital city, and Margao, an important town, have private houses and government buildings that date back to Portuguese times. Old Goa, now deserted, has a collection of Goa's largest churches: Se Cathedral with its Iberian exterior, BomJesu which enshrines the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier and the starkly beautiful Convent of Saint Monica are a few of these. Mapusa, a market town, comes alive every Friday with a quaint pavement bazar

GOKARNA with its narrow streets, traditional houses and temples, the nondescript town of Gokarna has become the favourite haunt of Hindu pilgrims. Adventurous travellers must be prepared for a bit of cliff-scrambling in this coastal town. Om beach, takes the shape of an 'Om,' a spiritual symbol. The other beaches, wedged between gigantic cliffs that protrude like delicate fingers into the sea are Gokarna, Kudle, Half Moon, and Paradise.

MARARI in Kerala, far from the madding crowd, and distant from the world of trendy hotspots and beach raves, Marari'slietmotifs are space and silence. Miles of sand beaches backed by coconut trees.

KOVALAM About 13 Kms. south of Thiruvananthapuram city is located one of the best bathing bays in the world - Kovalam, where a sheltered beach and a shallow sea offer excellent bathing facilities. The scenery around the place is enchanting.

TAMIL NADU beaches, close to Chennai, Covelong Beach Beach is one of the most popular beaches marked for its serene beauty and various other beach activities. Mamallapuram- 58 kms south of Chennai, has a beautiful beach spanning a distance of over 20 km. An erstwhile port of the Pallava dynasty the place abounds with stone carvings, caves, rock cut temples also attract tourists. Kanyakumari Beach -at the southern most tip of India, where the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal meet, liesKanyakumari, an important pilgrim center. Kanyakumari is famous for its spectacular sunrises and sunsets, especially on full moon days. The beach itself is a beautiful sight with multi-colour sand.

PUDUCHERRY is a quiet little town on the southern coast. The unmistakable French connection, the tree lined boulevards, the quaint colonial heritage buildings, the spiritual scene, the endless stretches of unspoilt virgin beaches, backwater, provide a heady mix that draw travellers' from near and far.

ANDAMAN ISLANDS is a veritable Garden of Eden and a naturalist's heaven. The clean environment, roads, greenery as well as unpolluted fresh air attract all nature lovers. The tropical rain forests and waters of Bay of Bengal are the home of a vast collection of plant, animal and marine life.Topographically the islands are hilly in places fringed with coconut palm, covered with tropical jungle and interspersed with flat stretches of crescent shaped beaches. Adventure tourism like trekking, Island camping, snorkeling, SCUBA diving etc. and other water sports are the real attractions.

LAKSHADWEEP is one of the world's most spectacular tropical island systems. Thirty- two sq. km of land spread over 36 islands surrounded by 4200 sq. km of lagoon rich in marine wealth. Beautiful beaches bestowed with turquoise lagoons, sylvan sea shores, green water, multi coloured fishes, coral growth and swaying palms.

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