14 Best Beaches for Family in India

14 Best Beaches for Family in India
Last Updated: July 13, 2018

Often the beaches in India get a rowdy crowd and then our motive of enjoying some quality time family kind of get withdrawn. Mostly what we seek is a moderately bustling beach that is safe and has few activities that can keep all the members of the family engaged for hours. Apart from it, we surely want to witness some beautiful sunsets and want to eat some clean and delicious food and then retire to our homes with peace of mind and with lots of good memories. Therefore, to keep all our beach problems in mind, I am bringing to you a list of best family beaches in India.

Cavelossim, Goa


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There is another side of Goa that is away from nightlife and party. This beautiful holiday destination in India makes for a great family vacation too. Cavelossim, in South Goa, is known for its family beach that has white sand and black lava rocks.  The beach is apt for spending a vacation or a day with family and kids as it allows taking a cruise and dolphin watching. One can also enjoy sunset boat ride or indulge in water sports. Cavelossim is also a lovely place to pick up cute sandals and sarongs for the kids to get them into real holiday mode.

Radhanagar Beach, Andaman & Nicobar


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When it comes to taking a family on a holiday, nothing can be better than white sand beaches and turquoise water destination in India, the Andaman and the Nicobar Islands.  It is here that you’re spoilt for choices when planning. However, the ideal option would be to take your family to Radhanagar Beach, which is located 12 km from the Havelock. Whatever you have in mind for your family vacation – water sports, exploring the walking trails around the beach or simply enjoying each other’s company, Radhanagar would be perfect in every way.

Juhu Beach, Maharashtra


One of the largest and frequently visited beaches of India is Juhu beach in Mumbai. Located about 18kms north of the city centre, Juhu beach is on the shores of Arabian Sea and is one of the posh localities of Mumbai where bungalows of the famous film celebrities are located. The beach is choc-a-block with Bhelpuri and Kulfi stalls and on the weekends, one can take the pleasure of horse rides, watch dancing monkeys, acrobats, cricket matches, toy sellers and every other type of Indian beach entertainment.

Alappuzha Beach, Kerala

Alappuzha Beach Kerala

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A popular beach in Kerala, Alappuzha beach is famed for the pier, which extends into the sea here, is around 140 years old. Situated in Alappuzha, which is known for its backwater and Kettuvallam cruises, the sea here has a unique place in the maritime history of the state. Alappuzha beach is a famous picnic spot, and the entertainment facilities at the nearby Vijaya Beach Park add to the reasons of visiting this place with family. There is also an old lighthouse nearby which fascinates visitors.

Gopalpur Beach, Odisha

Gopalpur Beach Odisha

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A pristine beach, Gopalpur or Gopalpur On Sea is small yet a splendid retreat for beach lovers in India. Located about 16kms from Berhampur, Gopalpur was once a flourishing seaport that offered visitors a slice of serenity. One can still see the crumbling walls and pillars of the jetty. Today, the Blue Beach and the Blue Bay of her backwaters continue to lure the surfers and the beach goers. It is one of the beaches in India that is not exposed much to tourism and hence still unspoiled. That is why it is perfect for a family outing; it is safe and of course something new to explore.

Palolem, Goa

Palolem goa

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Palolem is South Goa’s gem. With its swaying coconut palms and clean waters, Palolem is a great option when you’re in Goa with family. The ideal thing to do in Palolem is to hire a kayak and paddle around to explore the area. The beach is also for young families as the atmosphere is relaxed, friendly and safe.  A family on holiday in Goa can enjoy a dolphin trip,  an Ayurvedic massage, South Indian dishes, fresh fish and sessions of yoga at sunset under the palm trees.

Tarkarli, Maharashtra

Tarkarli Maharashtra

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Located in the Sindhudurg District on the Konkan Coast of Maharashtra, Tarkarli arguably one of the best beaches in the country. The beach is perfect for water sports like scuba diving and snorkeling. Also, one has the opportunity to enjoy a boat ride to see dolphins, especially early in the mornings. One can also introduce his kids to the delicious Malvan food, and give them a history brief by visiting the imposing Sindhudurg Fort.

Paradise Beach, Pondicherry

Paradise Beach Pondicherry

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Another family beach destination is Paradise beach in Puducherry. Paradise Beach or Chunnambar is a secluded and picturesque place. The water is not very rough and is nice for swimming. One can spend some quality time with the kids. The Dune Resort, about 15 km north of Pondicherry is a nice place to stay. As the beach remains a bit crowded during the weekends; you can head out on any of the weekdays for a leisurely stroll with the kids.

Varca Beach, Goa

Varca Beach Goa

A long strip of land defines Varca Beach in Goa. The beach is quiet, calm and almost entirely hawker-free. Situated about 2kms from Benaulim, Varca is marked by numerous wooden boats belonging to the fishermen of the city. Known to be one of the cleanest beaches in Goa, Varca is ideal for a family beach vacation in India.

Kovalam Beach, Kerala

Kovalam Beach

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A white sandy stretch running alongside the Malabar Coast can be easily recognized as Kovalam beach in Kerala.  Located 16 km from Trivandrum, the beach is a union of three coves, namely the Hawa Beach, the Lighthouse beach and the Samudra Beach that form the famous moon crescent. Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes and catamaran cruising are some of the things that you can enjoy with your family at Kovalam Beach.

Chandipur Beach, Odisha

Chandipur Beach Orissa

Chandipur Beach, Photo:

The swaying casuarina trees mark the identity of Chandipur Beach in Balasore, Odisha. The uniqueness of Chandipur is that twice a day its waters recede from the shore good 5kms, giving the tourists the thrill of watching the sea disappear and the water revellers the ultimate chance of walking into its shallow depths. An elaborate beach festival in February, showcasing the dance forms, art, and culture of the state, has become an annual affair at Chandipur Beach.

Marina Beach, Tamil Nadu

Marina Beach Tamil Nadu

Marina Beach, Photo:

One of the longest and busiest beaches in India, Marina Beach, resembles a playground, especially in the evenings. For fun, lively beach experience especially for children, Marina Beach in Chennai is a perfect option. One can bring their family here and indulge in a game of beach cricket or kite flying or simply enjoy the treat of roasted corn with a dash of lime. Now and then, the sea brings water animals with the tides and kids, of course, love to get a sight of these. Apart from it, swimming is partially allowed in the water, and a stroll is ideal here.

Ganpatipule, Maharashtra

Ganpatipule Maharashtra

Ganpatipule Beach, Photo:

Ganpatipule is a small town in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra and is known for its scenic and serene beach. Located about 375kms south of Mumbai Ganpatipule also attracts thousands of pilgrims every year. The beach, on the other hand, is the haven of adventure seekers, as they can enjoy parasailing here. One can also have a chance to relax on this casuarina-lined beach or can enjoy other games with family and kids. It is also advised to visit Ratnagiri, which is less than 20kms away from Ganpatipule and is home to the famous Alphonso Mangoes.

Mahabalipuram Beach, Tamil Nadu

Mahabalipuram Beach

Mahabalipuram Beach, Photo:

Now this one is my favourite. About an hour or two drive from Chennai, Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram is an excellent option for a quick family getaway in India. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the small yet beautiful place offers a lovely beach for a family outing. The breathtakingly beautiful Shore Temple that stands facing the sea is a sight not to be missed. History lessons are so much easier for the kids when they can see the architectural marvels of the Pallava kings. Although I did not see anyone attempting Surfing here during my trip but there were advertisement boards that said ‘Learn Surfing in 10 Days,’ which made me conclude that surfing option is also an option for the visitors.

Well, that’s the list, for now, if you know of more family beaches in India, do mention them in the comment box below. And if you liked our blog make sure you share it with others. Also, at Tour My India we provide tour packages in India, and we will be glad to serve you. To know more about our India tour packages give us a call at +91-9212553106/07 or drop us an email at

Published: 25 Apr, 2016
Nidhi Singh


From the Lake District, Nainital, Nidhi Singh is a travel writer whose love for mountains can be seen in her write ups. Talk about solo travelling, indulging in adventure activities, binging on good food, planning budget trips or the Aurora Borealis and you will get all her attention. It is the wanderlust that keeps her going and if at all she could get one wish granted she would love to live a life less ordinary. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

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