As a travel enthusiast, I have always sought refuge in the calming embrace of pristine beaches, but the allure of tranquility often gets lost in the hustle and bustle of popular coastal destinations. In my quest for solitude, I stumbled upon five hidden gems – quiet beaches in India that promise not just relaxation, but an immersive experience away from the crowds. Join me on this virtual journey to the untouched shores of Minicoy Island, Ottinene Beach, Tarkarli Beach, Henry’s Island, and Kavvayi Island.
Minicoy Island, Lakshadweep
- Embarking on this coastal exploration, my first destination was Minicoy Island, the second-largest island in Lakshadweep. The crescent-shaped island boasts one of the largest lagoons in the region, with crystal-clear blue waters and white sandy beaches. The green coconut groves and beautiful coral reefs create a mesmerizing backdrop. Climbing the Minicoy Lighthouse, a relic from the British era, rewarded me with a breathtaking panoramic view. The island is not just a haven for relaxation but also offers thrilling water sports like scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, and more. To reach this paradise, I hopped on a flight to Agatti, connecting from Kochi airport, or considered the passenger ships sailing between Kochi and Lakshadweep.
Ottinene Beach, Karnataka:
- Next on my coastal odyssey was Ottinene Beach in Karnataka’s Udupi district. The picturesque destination is known for its elevated cliff, providing stunning views of the beach. The estuary formed by the Sumana River meeting the Arabian Sea adds to the allure. Taking a leisurely stroll on the beach and witnessing the breathtaking sunset became a daily ritual. The Mangaluru airport, located 123 km away, served as the gateway, and the Mookambika Road Byndoor railway station, merely 4 km from the beach, ensured a convenient journey.
Tarkarli Beach, Maharashtra
- Continuing my quest for serene shores, Tarkarli Beach in Maharashtra beckoned. Nestled in Tarkarli village, this beach is renowned for its white sand, clear blue waters, and the shade of suru (casuarina) trees. It is a haven for those seeking a peaceful retreat. The Karli backwaters, stretching from Tarkarli to Kudal, added an extra layer of charm. This stretch of beach is not only perfect for relaxation but also caters to the adventurous with scuba diving opportunities. Planning my visit, I noted that the nearest railway station is Kudal, approximately 45 km away, and the Dabolim Airport in Goa is the closest airport.
Henry’s Island, West Bengal
- Henry’s Island, located near Bakkhali village in West Bengal, became my next destination. A renowned spot for offbeat travelers, this island boasts untouched beaches, diverse wildlife, and lush mangrove vegetation. Named after a British surveyor who explored it in the 19th century, Henry’s Island is part of the Ganga-Brahmaputra delta. The panoramic views, coupled with the opportunity to relax on the beach and explore mangrove forests, made it an idyllic weekend getaway from Kolkata. To reach Henry’s Island, I took a train from Kolkata railway station to Namkhana railway station, approximately 25 km away. Alternatively, the Kolkata airport, about 125 km away, provided another accessible route.
Kavvayi Island, Kerala
- My final destination on this coastal sojourn was Kavvayi Island, situated in the Kerala districts of Kannur and Kasaragod. Previously known as Kavil Pattanam, this island carries a rich history as a trading hub for spices and gems. The seamless coexistence of the beach and backwaters adds a unique charm to Kavvayi. The expansive Valiyaparamba backwaters and Kavvayi beach create a stunning landscape, resembling a glittering emerald necklace. A tranquil and peaceful experience awaited me as I explored this historical island. The nearest station, Payyanur railway station, was a mere 3 km away from Kavvayi, and the closest airports included Kannur, Mangalore, and Kozhikode.
In the pursuit of quietude along India’s shores, I discovered these hidden beaches, each offering a unique blend of tranquility and natural beauty. The Tranquil locations need comfortable relaxed travel wear, which for me starts with my favourite bottom wear my hoppers, a relaxed trip with easy going clothing, nothing like it. Minicoy Island in Lakshadweep enchanted me with its azure waters, Ottinene Beach in Karnataka captivated my senses with its elevated views, Tarkarli Beach in Maharashtra provided a peaceful retreat with pristine sands, Henry’s Island in West Bengal unfolded as an offbeat gem with untouched landscapes, and Kavvayi Island in Kerala revealed a historical and tranquil haven. These destinations stand as testaments to the fact that, amid the popular and bustling, serene and secluded beaches await those willing to explore beyond the ordinary.