The warm glow of the setting sun is the best way to end a beautiful day.
Sunsets have long since remained a romantic favorite for poets, writers, and of course, wanderlust individuals.
There is something indescribably beautiful about a sunset. That moment when the sun becomes a warm orange globe with an aura of hues around it, time seems to slow down to a full halt. All of life’s problems seem to vanish, and all of a sudden there is hope for a better tomorrow marked by a beautiful sunrise.
That said, there is no better place to catch the full glory of a sunset than a beach. Of course, you can savor its beauty while dipping into the infinity pool of a luxury hotel or resort. But, no matter where you are gazing at the sunset from, it is sure to cast a magical spell on you for a lifetime.
India has an endless number of sunset locations where the sea, the sun, and their romantic beauty come together in great volumes.
This article is a list of 7 such spectacular and breathtaking sunset locations in India where you can catch the sun dipping into the horizon in its utmost splendor.
- Agumbe, Karnataka
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Nestled amidst the mountains of the Western Ghats, the sunset point of Agumbe gives you a spectacular view of the evening sun setting into the Arabian sea. At the Agumbe Sunset View Point, there is a dedicated platform that offers a panoramic view of the sunset as well as the spreading greenery below.
The only downside is that you need a stroke of luck to catch a glimpse of the sunset. If it is a misty or cloudy day that you pick to visit, the sun will play a hide’n’seek game and might make you miss the glorious sight.
- Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
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The southernmost tip of the Indian subcontinent has remained an idyllic sunset location since the days of the British imperial rule in India. In fact, it remains the only location in the whole world where you can witness both the sunrise and the sunset originating and concluding into an ocean.
Another quick fact about Kanyakumari is that it is surrounded by ocean bodies on all its three sides. The Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea form a water body covering all sides of the farthest tip of the country. Visit the coastal city on Chitra Purnima or full moon evenings to enjoy the delightful scene of seeing the moonrise and sunset at the same time.
- Pushkar, Rajasthan
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Sunsets above the sea is a common sight. If you want a different sunset experience, like the view of the sun setting above infinite sand dunes that seem to spread up to the horizon, head to Pushkar, Rajasthan. Pushkar won’t disappoint the experience-seeker in you either.
The Pushkar camel fair is an annual event where camel traders from all of Rajasthan huddle together for exchanging livestock. An episodic series of cultural extravaganza also takes places as part of the camel fair, giving a holistic experience. The sunset marks the beginning of the all the fun and frolic activities.
- Palolem Beach, Goa
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The unofficial party capital of India is also a sunset romantic’s paradise. Located at Canacona, the Palolem beach is the only location where you can see the setting sun take on a crescent shape. The mood of the atmosphere gets better with the rustic surroundings made up of wooden huts, palm trees and an unusually serene locale unlike the party pubs of Goa.
- Varkala, Kerala
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The State of Kerala enjoys 600 km of the Arabian Sea shoreline. That leaves tourists with a long list of palm-fringed beach destinations where the sunset can be seen in all imaginable angles. Of all the sunset destinations of Kerala, one that holds the supreme position as the best of all beach destinations is Varkala.
In fact, the Varkala beach is such a seaside beauty that it draws tourists from all corners of the world. The orangish hue of the setting sun is best experienced from a cliff that overlooks the coastline.
- Puri Beach, Puri, Orissa
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With its velvety sand beaches that are caressed by the mellowing waves of beach waters, Puri is one place where you can sit, relax and gaze at the horizon for a leisurely view of the setting sun. The golden-crimson hue of the setting sun is sure to charge up the romance in the air as well as uplift your mood. If you want to experience more action at the Puri beach, plan your visit during the annual Puri festival when the sea sand comes alive in different sculptures that sea sand sculptors craft with bare arms.
- Tiger Hill, Darjeeling
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When the sun rays hit the snowy slopes of the Tiger Hills, it takes on various hues inspired by nature. On some evenings, it is a crimson pink, on others it takes a golden hue as bright as the morning sun, or it gleans a silvery streak that reminds one of the infinite beauty that nature is.
You don’t actually see the sun during the sunset at Tiger Hill. You rather see its reflection. It is one of the most intricate and indescribable moments of life. The whole mountain face comes to life with the reflection of the setting sun, setting itself ablaze in numerous hues, pushing all those who witness the moment to exhilarating emotions. A must-see sunset by all means.
Sunsets have a magical aura to them. They are inarguably one of the most beautiful natural occurrences. Witnessing a sunset once in a while is sufficient to fill you with positivity to the brim. And these seven Indian sunset destinations is where you can indulge in the experience in all its glory.
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Sunu Philip is the Inbound Marketing and Creative Head for Paradise Holidays, Cochin – a Kerala based tour operator. She loves reading, exploring new places and trying out different cuisines!