Baruva This beach in the district of Srikakulam is located near the confluence of the Mahendra Tanaya River and the sea of the Bay of Bengal. Do not miss the moments of sunrise and sunset. There is also a lighthouse here and some old temples here. Not far from the town of Sompeta, it is not well known beyond the state. You can approach Baruva from Brahmapur (70 km) in the nearby city of Odisha. Bheemunipatnam Popularly known as Bheemili, it is a town with many historical associations. The city lies at the confluence of the Gosthani River with the Bay of Bengal. Just 20 km from the town of Vishakhapatnam (Vizag), it is a wide, lonely beach. Bring drinking water and snacks. Manginapudi About 75 km from Vijaywada and near the town of Machilipatnam, this is one of the popular beaches in Andhra Pradesh and can get very crowded during holidays. In the morning, you can watch the fishermen bring in their catch from the sea. Swimming in the sea is discouraged after the beach was devastated in the 2004 tsunami. The village of Chilakalapudi near the beach is known for its jewelry trade imitation. Mypadu Located about 25 km from Nellore town, Mypadu beach is one of the most scenic beaches in Andhra. The tree-lined golden sand beach slips into the blue waters of the Bay of Bengal sea. Bask in the sun or swim in the sea or stroll along the beach; end your visit with a snack break at the beachside stalls. Speedboats are the newest addition. Ramakrishna Beach Located at the seaward end of Vizag town, it is one of the most popular and therefore busiest beaches in the state. It takes its name from the Ramakrishna mission and the Kali temple opposite the beach. Food vendors are almost everywhere on the beach. Part of the beach is rocky and you have to be careful here. The rock that juts out into the sea in the distance is called the dolphin’s nose because of its shape. Rushikonda Located on the outskirts of Vishakhapatnam, about 8 km from the main town, the beach is also very popular and piles of trash are not uncommon. State tourism promotes nautical activities there. In addition to taking a speedboat ride, you can go waterskiing, windsurfing, and more. As this beach is a bit far from the city, most visitors leave late at night. Suryalanka Located in the Guntur district near Bapatla (50 km from Guntur town), this little-known beach is not yet on the regular tourist circuit although locals flock to the beach on weekends. Thummalapenta Shaded by palm groves, the beach plunges into the gentle sea. The beach is located near the town of Kavali in the district of Nellore. Local people come to bathe especially during Karthika pournami and other religious holidays. Uppada One of the lesser known beaches, it is located about 5 km from Kakinada town. Besides the sprawling beach, nearby parks and restaurants make this a popular family getaway. Go swimming or join the locals playing cricket or football on the beach. Vodarevu Nearly 6km from Chirala (100km from Vijaywada), this beach is little known beyond the state. Cross the coconut groves to reach the yellow sand beach. Catch the sunrise or sunset on the beach. The beach is on the edge of a fishing village. Early in the morning and in the evening, when the fishing boats arrive with their catches, the beach becomes noisy as people unload the fish, auction them off and the fish are carried away by the buyers. Some fishing boats can also take you on a joyful sea trip; negotiate the price first. Vakalapudi Also near the town of Kakinada. Besides enjoying the uncrowded beach, you can also explore the mangrove forest here. The annual Kakinada Beach Festival was held here. Yarada Located about 15 km from the town of Vizag, this secluded beach is best visited on weekends when there are local visitors. Apparently it’s a private beach and you have to pay an entrance fee. Arrange transportation as this is an off-road destination.