The Agonda beach in Goa, also known as the silent beach, tops the list of favourite Indian beaches followed by Radhanagar beach in Andaman & Nicobar as Goa reiterates its position as the beach capital of the country with 12 of the top 25 beaches coming from the state.
According to TripAdvisor, this year travellers went beyond Goa to include blissful stretches of sand and surf and coconut-lined waterfronts from across the country including the Muzhappilangad in Kerala, India's only drive in beach. This year, beaches from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu made their debut on the travel site's Travellers' Choice list.
Based entirely on reviews and ratings from millions of TripAdvisor travellers, the awards recognisd favourite beaches of travellers in India and around the world. The list also included 276 winning beaches across 40 countries.
The winning beaches of 2013 in India are:
1. Agonda Beach, Goa
2. Radhanagar Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
3. Cavelossim Beach, Goa
4. Varkala Beach, Kerala
5. Lighthouse Beach, Kerala
6. Mandrem Beach, Goa
7. Baga Beach, Goa
8. Candolim Beach, Goa
9. Cola Beach, Goa
10. Rishikonda Beach, Andhra Pradesh
11. Benaulim Beach, Goa
12. Ganapatipule Beach, Maharashtra
13. Tarkarli Beach, Maharashtra
14. Morjim, Goa
15. Yarada Beach, Andhra Pradesh
16. Cansaulim Beach, Goa
17. Utorda Beach, Goa
18. Palolem Beach, Goa
19. Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, Kerala
20. Dhanushkodi Beach,Tamil Nadu
21. Marari Beach, Kerala
22. Malpe Beach, Karnataka
23. Diveagar Beach, Maharashtra
24. Varca Beach, Goa
25. Kashid Beach, Maharashtra
India was also neck-to-neck with Thailand in the Asian list. Eight beaches from Kerala and Goa made it to the list of Top 25 Asia beaches, tying India with Thailand for country with most number of winning beaches in Asia. Agonda beach ranked No 2 on the Asia list while Radhanagar Beach was no 4.