Going beyond the beaches: Exploring India's lesser-known coastal destinations

Check out India's lesser-known coastal destinations that offer a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural experiences, and off-the-beaten-path adventures.

Updated on May 09, 2023 07:08 PM IST 7 Photos

India is known for its beautiful beaches, but there are also many lesser-known coastal destinations that offer stunning landscapes, unique experiences, and a glimpse into the country's rich culture and history. From the tranquil backwaters of Kerala to the vibrant fishing villages of Odisha, these hidden gems are waiting to be discovered by adventurous travelers. Let's take a closer look at some of India's lesser-known coastal destinations. (Unsplash)

Daman and Diu: These two union territories on India's west coast offer a unique blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures, as they were former Portuguese colonies. The beaches here are relatively untouched compared to some of India's more famous beaches, and there are also historic forts and churches to visit.(Unsplash)

Gokarna: This small temple town on the western coast of Karnataka is becoming increasingly popular with backpackers and travelers looking for a more laid-back beach experience. The beaches here are relatively undeveloped and there are also several scenic hikes to explore.(Unsplash)


Mandvi: This coastal town in Gujarat is known for its beautiful beaches and historic shipbuilding industry. Visitors can take a tour of the local shipyards and see how wooden ships are still being built by hand.(Unsplash)

Varkala: This beach town in Kerala is known for its stunning cliffs that overlook the Arabian Sea. There are also several natural springs and Ayurvedic spas in the area.(Shutterstock)