Beach trekking may be a new concept for many in India but it is slowly gaining popularity as India's coastline boasts of many stretches of beaches suitable for trekking. Beach trekking is quite different from a trekking through forests though some may involve an expanse of wooded area. Five of the best beach trekking sites in India are listed here.
Bakel Beach, Kerala
The world famous Bakel beach in Kasaragod in Kerala is a good spot for beach trekking. Bakel beach and the fort overlooking it have been attracting tourists from around the world. It has featured in various Indian films.
The sea, the backwaters, the river deltas and the quiet fishing villages around make Bakel a serene location for trekking. Bakel offers an exciting 7-km trekking stretch along the fishing hamlets and the rocky outcrops jutting into the sea; culminating at the sunset point beyond Bakel Fort.
Kumta Beach, Karnataka
Kumta Beach, almost 400 km west of Bangalore is an ideal destination for beach trekking and for disentangling oneself from the bustle of city life for a couple of days. The clean beaches here and the sparkling blue water of the sea are sure to captivate the visitors.
The beach, accessed over a hilly terrain is also good for fishing and tasting the local cuisine. There are facilities to get closer to the local life too. The Kumta beach trek stretches over a distance of 18 km and involves several beaches. The trekking starts from Vanalli Beach and culminates in Nirvana Beach. The best time for Kumta trekking is between November and February.
Elephant Beach, Andamans
Elephant beach is well-known for snorkelling, sea walking and speed boating at Havelock Island. The elephant beach is usually reached by boat. But many people these days trek all the way enjoying the natural beauty of the islands. The trekking takes the visitors over gentle hills and small villages. It is better to do the trekking in the morning as the evenings can get quite hot and there is always the threat of poisonous reptiles etc.
Half Moon Beach, Gokarna
Gokarna is a holy place for the Hindus. But most visit Gokarna to enjoy the clean and peaceful. The Gokarna beach has thickly wooded areas nearby and this attracts a lot of trekking enthusiasts.
Though Gokarna has many exciting beaches, Half Moon Beach is the most popular for trekking. The best time for trekking here is between October and March. You could undertake a trekking to the Half Moon Beach and spend the night there, pitching a tent, watching the stars and listening to the waves.
Gokarna is 231 km from Mangalore on the National Highway 17.
Ocean trek to Neuti Beach, Goa
Goa offers much more than just beach life. The Neuti Beach Trekking is an exciting alternative to just idling in the beach. This is a trekking trail through a valley overlooking the turquoise blue ocean. There are many tranquil beaches on the way.
The trekking route moves from beach to beach along cliffs and valleys. It is a day-long trek starting from the littoral village of Kokra-Sreeramvadi between Vengurla and Sreeramwadi. There are many virgin beaches and lonely coves on the way.