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Beaches & Waterways

With over 6,000 kilometers of coastline and three groups of tropical islands offshore, India has some of the finest beaches and waterways to be found anywhere. Whether you seek developed resorts with a full range of watersports, quiet secluded palm-fringed beaches, relaxed exploration of placid lakes, winding rivers and narrow backwaters clothed in tropical vegetation or an island paradise set in crystal azure waters, you will find it in India.


A stay at one of the many beaches or tropical islands can be a relaxing finale to an active holiday spent exploring and on the move. They also make superb dedicated ‘escape’ holidays in their own right – time to relax and refresh - or when in need of some reviving winter sunshine. They are an ideal honeymoon choice.




Another way to discover India’s more hidden delights is by river and waterway journeys. Examples include cruising the Brahmaputra to experience the culture, wildlife and history of Assam in tranquil comfort on a cruiser, or a luxury “rice barge” houseboat on the Keralan backwaters to observe a unique rural lifestyle while exploring the palm-lined channels and islands in Lake Vembanad.


These relaxing waterborne experiences can reveal a more hidden and off-the-beaten-track India, away from busy cities and major attractions. They offer an excellent complement to other Indian experiences and destinations. Explore the links below for ideas and sample itineraries.