Fishing boats dot the waters near an idyllic Balinese beach. (Source: Pixabay)
By Prateeksha Guruji
In a world where the likes of Mauritius and Maldives have often reigned over as the most visited tropical destinations among honeymooners and solo trippers, Bali’s rise as one of the most coveted tourist locations has been exceptionally phenomenal and rightfully so. Dramatic temples, striking green forests and of course the unceasing spread of white sand strips and glimmering blue ocean waters, the islands of Bali are no less than a paradise.
While Bali is blessed with volcanoes and clandestine villages, it is undoubtedly its beaches that have bottled the essence of the islands for ages. Some tucked away in the distant recesses while some bustling year-round with enthusiastic visitors, it is the pristine and divine beauty of them that has attracted travelers from the farthest corners of the world. Among the assemblage of its coastal riches, here are some of the best and unmissable shorelines that the islands have to offer to its guests.
Fondly termed as ‘the abode of the clouds’, this magical northeastern state lives up to its name and how. From wind-sculpted cliffs and a vibrant culture, to cascading rice terraces and gossamer waterfalls, Meghalaya is nature’s gift that keeps giving.
They say, to truly experience the magic of Meghalaya, you must visit it twice. Once, during the monsoons, when rains spectacularly lash this rustic land, deepening its verdure with every shower; a time when waterfalls gush with a renewed fervor, and the land awakens to the call of the skies. The other time is during the winters, when the place holds you in a rapture unlike any other. Warmed beautifully by the mellow winter sun, vast, gold fields yawn lazily under a bright blue halo of skies. All around the year however, the East Khasi and West Jaintia hills roll endlessly and languidly, beckoning you to explore hidden corners.
Here is a list of places you must add to your itinerary on your visit to Meghalaya.