The Indian peninsula hosts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. In addition, the beaches offer a unique perspective into the life of the communities that reside by the sea.
Today, we visit the sandy shores hosted by Andhra Pradesh on the Eastern Coast of the Indian sub-continent.
With a coastline of 970 kilometres, Andhra Pradesh has beautiful and exotic beaches that offer visitors plenty of sun, sand and sea. The pristine beaches are a haven of tranquillity and captivate tourists with their ethereal natural beauty.
These are some of the best beaches this state has to offer.
Mypad beach located 20 kilometres from Nellore, is a long stretch of sand lined with beautiful trees. The beach is close to the Nelapttu Brid Sanctuary. The beach acts as a weekend getaway for the people of Nellore.
Bask in the sun, bathe in the sea or take walk along the beach; round up your visit with a snack break at the beachside stalls. The speedboats are the newest addition.
Kothapatnam Beach is among the top attractions of Ongole. Located 18 kilometres from the city, the beach is a great source of entertainment for local people and tourists. The clear blue waters of the sea, the long stretches of sand and the gentle breeze mesmerize you. Boating is available here.
During the Karthika Purnima festival, locals throng the beach in their thousands. The beach is pretty much empty most of the year. It is a great place to unwind on your tour to this part of the world.
At a distance of 11 kilometres from Machilipatnam, the Manginapudi Beach is scenic beach on Bay of Bengal. A unique feature of this beach is that it has black soil instead of the sand like other beaches.
On the occasion of Magha Poornima, lakhs of pilgrims gather here to take a holy dip in the sea. An old light house is one of the added attractions. A number of beach resorts are coming up to cater to the tourist crowd.
The beach also houses Dattashram, an ancient pilgrimage site for Lord Shiva. Manginapudi is also known as Datta Rameswaram.
At a distance of 9 km from Bapatla, Suryalanka Beach is the perfect weekend getaway beach to spend time with friends and families. The natural beauty of the beach is major draw for people, who are looking to refresh and rejuvenate themselves.
The pristine beach is clean and the waters of the Bay of Bengal are crystal clear. Visitors can enjoy swimming and sunbathing without feeling boxed in, as the beach is wide and spacious.
The Vodarevu Beach is about 6 kilometres from Chirala and offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the coconut trees lining one side of the beach and the golden sands merging on the other side with the crystal clear waters of the sea. This spectacular beach offers a relaxing getaway from city life and splashing in the waves can rejuvenate people.
This is a place to kick back, relax and enjoy the solitude offered by this piece of coastline. The fishing boats dotting the shore offer rides into the sea to make the experience of spending time at Vodarevu Beach even more delightful and unforgettable.
One of the lesser known beaches, it is located about 5km away from Kakinada town. Apart from the sprawling beach, the nearby parks and eateries make this place a popular family getaway. Go swimming or join the local people playing cricket or football on the beach.
The Perupalem Beach is located at a distance of 20 kilometres from the town of Narasapur situated in the West Godavari district of the state of Andhra Pradesh. The beach is famous for its scenic beauty and the coastline that offers a pleasurable retreat to its visitors.
The Perupalem Beach possesses a natural bay. The waters of the beach are shallow and safe for the tourists who approach the beach to wade through it. The 20 kilometre ride to Perupalem Beach offers the visitor a view of the paddy fields and the lined coconut trees that part the fields on both sides of the road. The Baptist Church near the beach is also a tourist attraction.
Rishikonda Beach is dotted with golden sand and the tidy waves of Bay of Bengal. Possessing a vast stretch of water, it is an ideal beach for indulging in various water sports such as swimming, water skiing and wind surfing. Lined with green plants and foliage, the beach attracts many nature lovers and adventure lovers to the destination.
Located on the seaward end of Vizag city, this is one of the most popular and crowded beaches of the state. It takes its name from the Ramakrishna Mission and the Kali Temple across the road from the beach. The food vendors are almost all over the beach. Part of the beach is rocky and is not good for swimming. The rock jutting into the sea at a distance is called the Dolphin’s Nose because of its shape.
Yarada beach located 15 kilometres from Vizag town, this is a quiet beach that gets a few visitors on the weekends. This beach offers a fabulous landscape with its exotic blend of golden sands and the lush green stretch of hills. Nestled between the hills on all the three sides and the Bay of Bengal on one side, this beach is an ideal spot for outing.
Bheemunipatnam Beach is situated at a distance of 25 kilometres from Visakhapatnam. It is also known as Bhimili. The Bheemunipatnam Beach beguiles the tourist with its gorgeous backdrop along the shoreline, providing spectacular views at many spots. Bhimili beach is one of the harmless beaches for swimmers and surfers as the water petty.