India is one of the best tourist destinations in numerous genre. The notable one of all is the beaches of the country. Surrounded by water on three sides, the country is bestowed with countless beaches. Given the tropical climate of the region, beaches form the best way of escaping the heat. Although most of the best beaches of the country is found on the western side of India, the eastern side is not something to overlook.

It's time to experience the Sun, Sand and Sea with exotic beaches of India. Here are top beaches to visit in the country.

Best Goa Substitute: Gokarna, Karnataka

Think Goa has become too overcrowded and commercialized these days? Gokarna is a small and remote holy town in northern Karnataka, with four of India's most secluded beaches nestled nearby. It draws both pious pilgrims and laid-back travellers with equal enthusiasm. Go there to get a feel for what Goa was like in its heyday.

Best Picturesque Beach: Palolem, Goa

Palolem Beach, enclosed by a thick forest of coconut plants in far South Goa, is arguably the state's most picturesque beach. This mile-long, semi-circle shaped beach continues to grow in popularity every year. It's the most lively beach in the area but still retains its relaxed vibe, as permanent structues aren't allowed to be built on it.

Best Beach for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling: Tarkarli, Maharashtra

If you can't make it to the Andaman Islands, the vicinity of Tarkarli beach in southern Maharashtra has one of the best coral reefs on the Indian mainland. This area is yet to feature on the tourist trail and receives hardly any foreigner visitors. The simple homestay accomodations right on the beach are a delight. Locals can often be seen unhurriedly riding bicycles or walking to get around.

Best Beach for Chilling Out: Agonda, Goa

Agonda Beach in South Goa is perfect for those looking to get away from it all. Stay in a hut right on the beach, and enjoy the stillness and serenity. The rear of the beach is lined with shacks and small shops but apart from that, there's not much else to do apart from eat, drink, swim and chill.

Best Beach for Travelers and Musicians: Arambol, Goa

Transformed from sleepy fishing village to the trendiest beach in Goa, Arambol has really started attracting the crowds. It has a traveler vibe though, with live music and jam sessions on the beach, and plenty of alternative therapies such as meditation , yoga, tai chi, and reiki. It's possible to walk south from Arambol to quieter neighbouring Mandrem beach.

Best for Action: Baga, Goa

For sure, Baga Beach in North Goa may be commercialized and busy but for those who like action, it's one of the most happening beaches on the coast. Water sports, para sailing , beach shacks, bars, clubs, and fine dining restaurants - you'll find them all there! These days, Baga attracts a predominantly Indian crowd, who come for the mainstream music and discount drinks.