6 Pristine International Beach Destinations | Travel
Fancy that international vacation pending? As restrictions on international travel are lifted, we bring you these six beach destinations where you can beat the heat
Malaysia is ready to welcome fully vaxxed tourists as the nation moves into the endemic stage of Covid-19 from April 1. Langkawi, located 30 km off the coast of northwest Malaysia, is an archipelago of 99 islands. The island is surrounded by the Andaman Sea and boasts of scenic rice paddies, jungle covered hills and tranquil waterfalls. The vast coastline is lined with fine sand and swaying coconut palms. “Enjoy iconic structures, breathtaking scenery, delicious cuisine and breathtaking views on Malaysia’s most popular island. Langkawi’s Sky Bridge, Eagle Square, Cable Car and Gunung Raya are just a few attractions. Not to mention the black sand beach,” says travel blogger Shweta Rajpal. A trip to Langkawi would be around ₹32,000 per person for two days.
A tropical paradise
With India and the Maldives agreeing to mutually recognize COVID-19 vaccine certificates issued by each other, this is expected to facilitate travel between the two countries and give a boost to the tourism sector. Also known as a tropical paradise, the Maldives is one of the favorite holiday destinations for Indians to relax and have a memorable time with friends and family. Splendid white sand beaches, turquoise waters, overwater villas and vibrant underwater life make this island a stunning tourist destination to explore.
“My experience in the Maldives was utter bliss, from their unforgettable hospitality to activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, sunset cruise, they have it all covered for the thrill seeker in you . It’s every traveler’s dream come true and a place that should definitely be on your to-do list,” says Avantika Mohan. Adorned with colorful corals, one can indulge in diving and snorkeling and enter the mysterious world of underwater creatures at Banana Reef. Surrounded by tropical flowers and trees, Sun Island also offers the opportunity to take walks on the sandy beaches and spend some well-deserved quality time with nature. Fishing, dolphin watching and snorkeling on Rangali Island are a must. A two-day trip would cost approximately ₹40k to ₹70k.
Thailand’s Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has lifted the pre-travel testing requirement for international arrivals, and we couldn’t be happier. Pristine beaches, nature reserves, rustic countryside, cities with stunning temples, delicious cuisine and vibrant nightlife, Pattaya, a city on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, is a tourist’s paradise. “Jomtien Beach, just 4 km from the main town, is known for its beautiful sunsets,” says travel blogger Bhumika Thakkar. “Whether it’s rock climbing, snorkeling, diving, rafting, sea kayaking or jungle trekking, you can do it all at Railay Beach,” says famed photographer Megha Israni of marriage. A trip to Pattaya would cost approximately ₹20,000- ₹30,000 per person for two days.
Stunning landscapes and a rich culture
With daily infections down 90% from mid-February, Indonesia is lifting all quarantine rules for fully vaccinated visitors to end two years of border closures and we cannot remain calm. From hiking to beaches, incredible waterfalls to lush forests, Bali has it all. The endless list of gorgeous beaches is probably the most obvious reason to visit this tropical paradise in the Indonesian archipelago.
From soft white sand and limestone cliffs to extreme water sports and diving, each beach has its own charm. “Catch the surf spots at Bali’s most popular surf spots or rent a board and start learning how to ride the waves. Jump off cliffs and slide down a natural slide at Aling-Aling Waterfall, or enjoy intricate man-made slides at the water park,” says travel blogger Nivi Selvaraj. Glorious mountainous areas with lush vegetation, scenic lakes, magnificent waterfalls, iconic rice paddies, flower gardens, gushing sacred rivers and secret canyons make up the landscape of the island. The island is also home to many traditional cultural traditions that are still practiced. Watch the sunrise at Mount Batur, Uluwatu Temple and enjoy an evening cultural show. Package prices for Bali range from 15k to 25k for a two day stay.
The Sri Lankan government had scrapped all quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated tourists, encouraging holidaymakers to come to the island state in November 2021. A town on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, Galle is popular among tourists indians. Known for the Galle Fort built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a tourist’s paradise. With its windswept beaches, Dutch colonial buildings, ancient mosques and churches, grand mansions and museums, it transports you to another era. A wide bay, with a gentle arc and soft golden sands make Unawatuna, just 4 or 5 miles south of Galle, a magnet for tourists. Packages range from ₹55k to 65k for 4 nights.
Malta is a beautiful and diverse island. Despite being a sought-after destination for international tourists, the nation remains relatively quiet and unspoilt. “From the pristine beaches of Gozo to the history, culture and variety of cuisine of Valletta, Malta offers the perfect mix of opportunities to explore and experience or retreat and relax,” says Shruti Shibulal, CEO and Director by Tamara Leisure Experiences.