India’s beaches shine in TripAdvisor ranking

SINGAPORE, 25 February 2021: Despite the lockdowns that kept us away from our favourite beaches, Tripadvisor managed to deliver its annual Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards for Beaches this week.   

The awards are based on reviews and ratings that highlight our favourite beaches around the world.

In 2021, Australia’s Whitehaven Beach takes the top spot on the world best beaches list. The 7 km stretch of white-sand beach is located on Whitsunday Island, Australia, accessible by boat, seaplane and helicopter from Airlie Beach, Queensland.

India’s Agonda Beach takes the top beach ranking in Asia, rising from second place in 2020. Cavelossim Beach, India, came in second this year, and Ngapali Beach, Myanmar, took third place.  India had the highest showing of top beaches at three in the top-10 list, followed by two beaches in Thailand.

“A recent Tripadvisor survey revealed that 60% of travellers are very likely to take a beach trip in 2021,” said Tripadvisor vice president and general manager, global media business Christine Maguire. “Whether your preferred kind of beach is preened and pristine or rugged and rough, this list of travellers’ favourites is just the inspiration you need to get planning your next beach break.”

Top 10 Beaches in Asia

  1. Agonda Beach – Goa, India Travelers say: The vast expanse, its clean bright teal waters, its calmness – it has to be my favourite beach in Goa so far.
  2. Cavelossim Beach – Goa, India Travelers say: Quiet, beautiful & romantic beach in south Goa. Ideal for those who want relaxation at a serene beach unlike the noisy north Goa beaches blaring high volume music.
  3. Ngapali Beach – Ngapali, Myanmar
  4. Kelingking Beach – Nusa Penida, Bali
  5. Radhanagar Beach – Havelock Island, India Travellers say: Lovely beach in Havelock Island, worth visiting; sunset is gorgeous & safe beach also; kept very clean and nice; changing rooms available after sea bathing.
  6. Yonaha Maehama Beach – Miyakojima, Japan
  7. Cox’s Bazar Beach – Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
  8. Bentota Beach – Bentota, Sri Lanka
  9. Khlong Muang Beach – Krabi, Thailand
  10. Coconut Beach – Khao Lak, Thailand

Top 10 Beaches in the World

  1. Whitehaven Beach – Whitsunday Island, Australia
  2. Santa Maria Beach – Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba
  3. Baia do Sancho – Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
  4. Grace Bay Beach – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
  5. Saint Pete Beach – Florida, United States
  6. Turquoise Bay – Exmouth, Australia
  7. Eagle Beach – Eagle Beach, Aruba
  8. Spiaggia dei Conigli – Lampedusa, Italy
  9. Ka’anapali Beach – Hawaii, United States
  10. Baía dos Golfinhos – Praia da Pipa, Brazil