Which beach, Mumbai Beaches or Chennai Beaches?

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[QUOTE=theyyamdancer;2047598]I don't think anyone really goes to India for beaches.




I do, and my primary agenda for visiting India for the last 6 years is the beach.
I've met hundreds of people who think the same way. So that's a lot more than " Anyone "
The beach culture in Goa may have been created by farang's who had travelled around India and then stumbled on the pristine beauty of Goa's beaches by mistake ------- but once that had been established - i would bet shit loads of people have visited Goa just for the beach experience.
I wonder what percentage of Israeli and Russian tourists on the once very frequent direct charter flights to Goa did anything but lie on the beach for the duration of their package holiday ----------- i guess it depends where you like to hang out, and what turns you on --- over the years i have passed through Agra 5 times, and still haven't visited the Taj. The 6000 or so k's of Indian coast remain pretty much unexplored, and in 20 years of travel, i've seen snippets of the west coast, over to tamil Nadu and Andrea, and up to Puri and beyond, and in all these places i have met similar tourists doing the same thing -- visiting India primarily for the beach experience. -------- so that's got to be more than " Anyone "
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Originally Posted by redninja View Post snippets of Andrea
I'd love to see snippets of Andrea too , especially as they reveal themselves through a bikini
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Voting with the ninja on this one. From those who want to stroll onto the beach from their five-star to those who want to live on it under a palm tree, I'm sure that beaches are a big part of the India attraction for many. Kerala and Goa for sure, other places too no doubt.

So far as city beaches go, I've heard tell that Vishakapatanam is nice. I'm sure there are lots of interesting parts of Andrea! Have yet to see her Pradesh: will make it up there one day.

Pondicherry's own city beach is boring, but there are nice paces nearby. Mahabalipuram is a whole microcosm in itself, beach included. So if the flight happens to be out of Chennai, skip the beaches here and discover the interesting ones within one to three hours drive.
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OK, ninja, I overstated my case.

I am spoilt for choice here in Greece. Therefore I personally do not visit India for beaches (except for Andamans). I have never been to Goa, nor to the Taj. I like different things, off the beaten track.

But, someone who is coming all the way from New Zealand, probably is not well advised to waste their time on a Mumbai beach or a Chennai beach.

As far as Kerala beaches go, Varkala is OK but too rough for comfortable swimming.

Nick, Vizag beaches I saw in a recent visit were absolutely filthy, full of discarded hospital trash.
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If one is ready to compromise on stay facilities the beaches in Konkan region are very good. Tarkarli, Kunkeshwar, Guhagar, Ganaptipule, Malgund, Shrivardhan, Harihareshwar are some well know beaches in Konkan.
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Well to do Indians , including some on my fb, visit Greece only for the beaches. I pity them for they miss out on the wealth of historical ruins that lie strewn through the country.
My belief though is that India remains, despite evisa, internet that reveals the off the beaten track places all too quickly, a fascinating country to 'discover' something. What that Something is, depends on the traveler.
I've spent a fair bit of time on some of the Mumbai and chennai beaches and also on some Karnataka, konkan beaches. I've been to Goa and Kerala, briefly through. Beaches in India are a great respite for us - Indians. So if you'd like to see a lot of us being happy and silly on the beach, just pick one. You can even go into the sea with fishermen - they don't mind and sometimes are quite happy - great photos too - use a local contact for translations. Be advised it's not safe af all.
If you'd like to swim in warm waters, or snorkel or scuba or just sit undisturbed, you'd find better choices elsewhere - even nearby Thailand.
But the bhel on chowpatty cant be beaten, nor can an early morning stroll on Chennai's marina
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One man's poison is another's bowl of bhel puri, or whatever.

I am not very interested in Greek ruins either, and therefore unable to help you plan your Greek holidays, V.

The difference in tastes between humans is incredible. I had a friend who remarked when taken to various Cretan beaches, "But the sea is the same everywhere" and "Why don't we stay on one beach instead of driving around all day looking for the perfect spot".... A family member (who shall remain nameless) once memorably said "Oh I hate the Mediterranean.... I prefer American beaches...." No accounting for taste.

I respect everyone's wishes for whatever kind of experience they are looking for. But there is no point, Vaibhav, in taking out your angst on me. I'll just go for a swim and come back and annoy you again.


By the way, just as well you postponed your Greek Odyssey, as the Acropolis was shut due to heatwave and now the Olympus is shut due to snowfall.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post If one is ready to compromise on stay facilities the beaches in Konkan region are very good. Tarkarli, Kunkeshwar, Guhagar, Ganaptipule, Malgund, Shrivardhan, Harihareshwar are some well know beaches in Konkan.
I was about to mention the same thing. Tarkarli is one of the best beaches in konkan.
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"But the sea is the same everywhere"
With respect to the friend, that is like saying women are the same everywhere.

Contrast the North Sea in winter to the Aegean almost anytime, the Sulu sea to the Barents, the Black Sea to the Arabian, the Adriatic to the Labrador etc etc. Hell, the same sea can change mood in a matter of hours.

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Oh, we can safely deny that the sea is the same everywhere.

We don't even have to futtock the thread with talk of deep sea swells and north sea chops. Beaches... We are talking about the fringe of the sea. The small bit where it meets land and does something interesting.

Or not.

Here, for instance: not.

If I compare the majestic waves rolling in and breaking on cornish beaches, or sending fountains of spray a hundred feet into the air, then I would certainly not be coming here for the beaches.

And, personally, I'm not that keen on sand.
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The OP (original poster) has not returned.

Probably gone surfing in New Zealand.
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And, in despair, flown from Bangalore!

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