Photo Challenge - India's beautiful beaches

Sun, sea and sand are an irresistible combination for photographers. So we challenged our Flickr shutterbugs to share the best pictures from India's long coastline. From the staple Goa seascape to little-known beaches in the Andamans and Odisha, we received a tsunami of submissions. Here are the best, handpicked by our travel team.

Inspired? Continue to add your best beach photos to our Flickr group pool. Our editors will pick the most compelling images for this slideshow. Go on, hit the beach!

Boat on the beach, Mandrem beach, Goa, India

Turtle on the Beach

Turtle on the beach in India. Credit: Angshuman Paul

India - Faces of India - 007 - Children playing cricket on the beach

Local kids playing cricket amongst the fishing boats on the beach of Mamallapuram

Beach posing

Beach in front of our hotel - Rococco Ashwem Goa

Crowds on Calangute beach, Goa, India

India - Chennai - Valmiki Nagar beach looking north

Looking north up the beach at Valmiki Nagar in Chennai. I think this is my favourite beach for its intensely local flavour over the more commercial,hip Eliot's Beach and mass-crowd Marina Beach.

India - Bombay - 01 - Chowpatty Beach

Despite the heavy clouds and sprinkle of rain (and despite it being Monday afternoon), famous Chowpatty beach is crowded with roamers, loiterers and visitors.

Diu - A beach, India

Beach shacks at Palolem beach

Beach shacks at Palolem beach Check out my travelblog at www.175days.no

Anjuna beach Goa India

India Goa Anjuna Beach Flea Market

India : Gokarna to Cuddly (Kudle Cudle) Beach

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Vijaynagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andamans

Vijaynagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andamans
By Rahul Soni

Chandrabhaga Beach, Odisha

Chandrabhaga Beach, Konark, Odisha, is one of the cleanest beaches of India, with its long shoreline stretch and serene horizon. It is 4 km from the World Heritage Site of Konark.

By Vinay Chalageri

Sunset at Cherai Beach, Kerala

Sunset at Cherai Beach, Kerala
By Indira Nair

Shankarpur Beach

Shankarpur Beach in Digha, border of West Bengal and Odisha
By Srikumar Mitra

Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman

Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman.

By Rahul Soni

Sunrise at Kanyakumari

Sunrise at Kanyakumari
By Nanda Kumar

Kovalam Beach

Kovalam Beach
By Nanda Kumar

Muzhapilangad Beach, Thalassery, Kerala

An evening at Muzhapilangad beach, Thalassery, Kerala. The beach is special as it is the only drive-in beach on the continent, all of four kilometres long. It is one of the main tourist places in Kannur.

By Jithesh NP

Vagator Beach

Vagator Beach is the northernmost beach of Bardez Taluka, Goa. It is located on the opposite bank of the Chapora River from Morjim in Pernem.

By Indira Nair

Rameshwaram Beach

Rameshwaram Beach at dawn

By Baphilinia Jones

Besant Nagar Beach, Chennai

Besant Nagar Beach, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

By Baphilinia Jones

Miramar Beach, Goa

Miramar Beach, Goa

By Indira Nair

Colva Beach, Goa

A white sand beach in South Goa, Colvá beach is one of the longest in the world (24 km).

By Indira Nair

Tajpur Beach

Lonely beach at Tajpur, West Bengal

by Ashim Chakravarty

Udaipur Beach

Udaipur Beach on the border of West Bengal and Odisha
by Ashim Chakravarty

Thiruvanmiyur Beach, Chennai

Fishermen at Thiruvanmiyur Beach in Chennai, India

by Sivakumar B