News report | | 22/12/2021 | ±4 minutes reading time

India is a vast country with a cultural significance that is hard to summarise. Its food, history, film industry and religion are just some of the countless aspects of India that have influenced culture all over the world. India has many famous attractions and it is no surprise that the country is visited by many travellers every year.

The country is not exactly known for its beaches, although they are beautiful. Indian beaches are a perfect place for surfing, partying, sunbathing and relaxing. If you want to go on a beach holiday to India, you need to apply for a visa before you leave. The Visa India can easily be applied for online.

Kovalam

Kovalam was originally a fishing village. In the 1930s, the village started attracting tourists and in the 1970s it became famous during the hippy movement. The influences of this era have made it the quirky tourist attraction it is today. Kovalam has also become a very popular place for resorts that focus on ayurvedic medicine and massages. There are now many hotels and other accommodations that cater to different target groups and budgets.

The coast of Kovalam consists of three small beaches. The largest and best known is Lighthouse Beach, which has a large number of hotels and resorts. Hawah Beach is considered the most luxurious part of Kovalam and therefore has a large number of luxury beachfront resorts. The most peaceful beach is Samudra Beach, the northernmost beach of the three. Here you can see the local fishermen going out to sea in catamarans.

As the beaches are in a natural curved shape, the sea water is shallow. This natural protection against strong waves and undercurrents makes these beaches ideal for swimming. In addition, the water is extremely clear. Lighthouse Beach, as the name suggests, has a picturesque lighthouse made of stone. The lighthouse is a popular tourist attraction and from the top there is a wonderful view.

You will not be bored in the town itself either. There are several nice shops and restaurants. Kovalam is very touristy, but the beauty of the beaches makes up for this.

Goa

Goa is a very different kind of beach destination. It is the smallest state in India and is known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife and delicious seafood. The relaxed atmosphere here is known as "susegad" and is one of the many reasons why it is a top tourist destination. Throughout the region, a variety of festivals take place throughout the year, so if you are lucky, you may get to experience one during your trip.

Panjim, the capital, is located on the Mandovi River. On the banks of this river are famous floating casinos that are permanently docked here, such as the casinos Deltin Royale and Casino Pride. These are just two of the gigantic, luxurious casinos you can visit here. The reason behind the floating casinos is that in the 1970s, a law was passed that casinos could only be built in five-star hotels or offshore. Despite this, there are now a number of casinos to be found in the city as well.

Goaʼs coastline is more than 100 kilometres long, so there is something for everyone. The northern part of Goa is the hipper part with a vibrant nightlife, cafes, delicious seafood and generally younger visitors. There are also several nice beach bars. The southern part of Goa is more known for its luxury resorts and quiet, laid-back beach atmosphere.

There is no shortage of choice in this area. Some of the more local beaches that are especially popular with families and locals are Baga Beach and Calangute Beach. Beaches that are particularly crowded by tourists are Anjuna Beach and Arambol Beach. In addition, there are also several beaches that still have a lot of unspoilt nature because they are less crowded, such as Agonda Beach and Palolem Beach.

Travel preparations

The visa India is valid for 120 days from the moment your visa application is approved. Within this period of validity you may travel to India once for a maximum stay of 30 days. It is therefore advisable to decide which Indian beaches you wish to visit before applying for your visa to India.

The electronic visa for India (e-visa India) costs £39.95 per person and can easily be applied for online. If you want to go on a beach holiday to India with your whole family, you can apply for a visa for all travellers at the same time using the online form for visa India. Before applying for a visa, it is important to check whether you meet all the visa requirements.