Locked between the state of Kerala and the Arabian sea, the 9sq km stretch of Mahe is one of the most unassuming beach destinations of India. In fact, hardly featuring on the travel map for the majority of visitors, it’s quite a find.
Previously a French colony, Mahe has a unique status of being part of the east coast established Pondicherry. While the administration is largely from Pondicherry, Mahe is a popular destination to stock up alcohol due to low taxation base. That apart, it is one of the most serene and truly untouched destinations on the west coast!
Being right at the edge of the Arabian Sea, Mahe is not as popular as better known places such in Goa and Kerala, but the experience of the beach is very different.
Mahe beach is a fishing hub and early mornings you can see fishermen bringing in their catches the backdrop of the commercial activity created around this. There is a small jetty that runs into the sea which makes for a great vantage spot to see the boats coming in offering an enthralling view.
Mahe beach has a small patch where one can relax under the palms. There are no shops or shacks like parts of Goa so bring supplies and a large towel to rest upon. You can enjoy a magnificent view of the Mahe coastline from the Tagore Park and the Government House.
If you drive up towards Thalassery, one can see the more popular Muzhapilangad Beach. One will often hear the term, ‘Drive-In’ beach as the road leads up straight to it. Its flat surface allows even auto rickshaws to get here. There is a small sports school which remains closed during the monsoons. Basic water sports are offered here but the best experience is to enjoy a walk across the beautiful sands.
The next best thing that to do is take a trip to the Dharmadham Island, off the coast from Thalasserry. With no motor boats available, you will need to negotiate and venture out with fishermen. Their fee for taking you can be a priceyamount such as Rs 1500/- per trip from the Muzhapilangad Beach.
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