Puri, Orissa 

One of India's holiest pilgrimage centres. The beach shelf is wide and therefore, ideal for any number of beach side activities and sports. The sea at Puri can, however, be rough. Bathing in the sea is, therefore, recommended only in the presence of attendants who wear characteristic yellow conical caps to distinguish them from other bathers. The beach is also the venue for the famous dance and music festival. Still untouiched by the kind of hype surrounding beaches of Goa, the Puri beach is just the place to hit if you are looking for a spot of quiet leisure.