All of us have fantasized about the Northern Lights and starry nights. What if, though, we did something to make this exciting phenomenon more accessible to people on the ground in India? The bioluminescent or blue beaches were our topic of discussion. Some species of jellyfish, insects, fungi, bacteria, and algae are capable of bioluminescence, a phenomenon in which these organisms emit light. The thundering waves occasionally drive these critters closer to the shore, giving beachgoers a rare opportunity to view something quite beautiful.
Whether you’re planning a beach vacation or just want to witness a spectacular natural phenomenon, these six Indian beaches will not disappoint.
1. Goa’s Betalbatim Beach
If Goa wasn’t already high on your list of potential vacation spots, this beach with the sparkling water should do the trick. The bioluminescent algae near the seashore are most visible in the winter. This sun-kissed beach is well-known for more than just its radiance; it also offers spectacular views of the sun rising and setting. Betalbatim is located between Colva Beach and Majorda Beach, two more well-known beaches in the area. A day at the beach may be easily filled with activities like swimming, surfing, and eating at one of the many beachside shacks, followed by a relaxing evening spent dozing off and gazing out at the tranquil waves.
2. Lakshadweep’s Bhangaram Beach.
When you consider how peaceful and empty Bhangaram Beach is at night, the beauty of the beach’s lighted waters becomes even more striking. Getting lost in the beauty of the glowing sea with nothing but the bioluminescent phytoplankton, algae, and jellyfish to keep you company is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
3. Udupi’s Mattu Beach
This quiet stretch of beach, known as Mattu, is around 60 kilometres from Mangalore International Airport. Mattu Beach is an excellent area to go swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking because it has a 30-kilometer coastline. The’sea sparkles’ can be seen on many nights as you stroll among the swinging coconut and palm trees. A recent trend in Mattu, increasing numbers of people are visiting the beach to take in the stunning scenery along the Arabian Sea.
4. Beachside in Juhu, Mumbai
Juhu Beach, the most visited beach in Maximum City, experienced bioluminescence for the first time in 2016. It’s not something that happens every day, but there are still a few days out of the year when people are taken aback by the sight of electric blue ‘waters’ at this expansive beach. From the many beachside eateries, you can watch the luminescent organisms light up the sand. If you hear that the bioluminescent creatures will be in Mumbai’s Juhu Beach, don’t hesitate to jump in your car and make the trip!
5. The beach at Thiruvanmiyur in Chennai.
Relaxing beachgoers in Chennai, India, in 2019 were taken aback when they spotted a blue flash in the distance. When bioluminescence was initially discovered on Chennai Beach, the story quickly spread across social media. Seeing the water light up is not something that happens frequently at Chennai Beach, but if you happen to be in the city, keep a watch on the news in case it happens again.
6. Havelock Island in the Andamans
Finally, Havelock Beach is the one shining beach in India that would make you fall in love with the water at night. The abundant phytoplankton close to shore are responsible for the brilliant light.
Finding lodging close to the beach where you intend to view the bioluminescent bliss is ideal because you will have to wait until the night sky emerges to observe the glow. This bioluminescent beach in India is most enjoyable to visit during the months of November and January, when temperatures are mild and water sports can be enjoyed.
Observing the workings of Nature is greatly enhanced by a trip to one of the glowing beaches. The Style.World is curious, which neon shore are you planning to visit?