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
Boat on the beach, Mandrem beach, Goa, India
Boat on the beach, Mandrem beach, Goa, India
Turtle on the beach in India. Credit: Angshuman Paul
Turtle on the Beach
Turtle on the beach in India. Credit: Angshuman Paul
Local kids playing cricket amongst the fishing boats on the beach of Mamallapuram
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 posing
Beach posing
Beach in front of our hotel - Rococco Ashwem Goa
Beach in front of our hotel - Rococco Ashwem Goa
Beach in front of our hotel - Rococco Ashwem Goa
Crowds on Calangute beach, Goa, India
Crowds on Calangute beach, Goa, India
Crowds on Calangute beach, Goa, India
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 - 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.
Despite the heavy clouds and sprinkle of rain (and despite it being Monday afternoon), famous Chowpatty beach is crowded with roamers, loiterers and visitors.
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
Diu - A beach, India
Diu - A beach, India
Beach shacks at Palolem beach Check out my travelblog at www.175days.no
Beach shacks at Palolem beach
Beach shacks at Palolem beach Check out my travelblog at www.175days.no
Anjuna beach Goa India
Anjuna beach Goa India
Anjuna beach Goa India
India Goa Anjuna Beach Flea Market
India Goa Anjuna Beach Flea Market
India Goa Anjuna Beach Flea Market
India : Gokarna to Cuddly (Kudle Cudle) Beach
India : Gokarna to Cuddly (Kudle Cudle) Beach
India : Gokarna to Cuddly (Kudle Cudle) Beach
India_Goa_Colva, a beach resort (10).jpg
India_Goa_Colva, a beach resort (10).jpg
India_Goa_Colva, a beach resort (10).jpg
Vijaynagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andamans<br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/chandrakunj/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rahul Soni" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rahul Soni</a>
Vijaynagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andamans
Vijaynagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andamans
By Rahul Soni
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. <br><br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/21944021@N05/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Vinay Chalageri" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Vinay Chalageri</a>
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<br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/inair/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Indira Nair" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Indira Nair</a>
Sunset at Cherai Beach, Kerala
Sunset at Cherai Beach, Kerala
By Indira Nair
Shankarpur Beach in Digha, border of West Bengal and Odisha<br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/62026955@N03/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Srikumar Mitra" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Srikumar Mitra</a>
Shankarpur Beach
Shankarpur Beach in Digha, border of West Bengal and Odisha
By Srikumar Mitra
Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman.<br><br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/chandrakunj/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rahul Soni" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rahul Soni</a>
Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman
Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman.

By Rahul Soni
Sunrise at Kanyakumari <br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/nkumarm/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nanda Kumar" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nanda Kumar</a><br><br>
Sunrise at Kanyakumari
Sunrise at Kanyakumari
By Nanda Kumar

Kovalam Beach <br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/nkumarm/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nanda Kumar" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nanda Kumar</a>
Kovalam Beach
Kovalam Beach
By Nanda Kumar
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. <br><br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jithesh_np/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Jithesh NP" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Jithesh NP</a>
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 is the northernmost beach of Bardez Taluka, Goa. It is located on the opposite bank of the Chapora River from Morjim in Pernem. <br><br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/inair/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Indira Nair" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Indira Nair</a>
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 at dawn<br><br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/baphi/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Baphilinia Jones" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Baphilinia Jones</a>
Rameshwaram Beach
Rameshwaram Beach at dawn

By Baphilinia Jones
Besant Nagar Beach, Chennai, Tamil Nadu <br><br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/baphi/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Baphilinia Jones" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Baphilinia Jones </a><br><br>
Besant Nagar Beach, Chennai
Besant Nagar Beach, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

By Baphilinia Jones

Miramar Beach, Goa <br><br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/inair/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Indira Nair" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Indira Nair</a><br><br>
Miramar Beach, Goa
Miramar Beach, Goa

By Indira Nair

A white sand beach in South Goa, Colv&aacute; beach is one of the longest in the world (24 km).<br><br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/inair/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Indira Nair" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Indira Nair</a><br><br>
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

Lonely beach at Tajpur, West Bengal<br><br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/22059468@N03/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ashim Chakravarty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ashim Chakravarty</a>
Tajpur Beach
Lonely beach at Tajpur, West Bengal

by Ashim Chakravarty
Udaipur Beach on the border of West Bengal and Odisha<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/22059468@N03/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ashim Chakravarty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ashim Chakravarty</a>
Udaipur Beach
Udaipur Beach on the border of West Bengal and Odisha
by Ashim Chakravarty
Fishermen at Thiruvanmiyur Beach in Chennai, India <br><br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/siva301in/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sivakumar B" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sivakumar B</a>
Thiruvanmiyur Beach, Chennai
Fishermen at Thiruvanmiyur Beach in Chennai, India

by Sivakumar B

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