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Land of heavenly beaches, Croatia

A country with amazing geography…. that’s Croatia. By a first glance of its map; it is hard to believe that this small country is a haven of countless beautiful beaches. But indeed it is… while Croatia’s land borders are around 2,028 kilometers, its seashores’ length are much much longer – more than 5,800+ kilometers, not to mention about its island-chain of 1000+ (of which many are uninhibited)!

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Amongst these thousands of kilometers’ length, lie some of world’s finest beaches, natural bays and marinas, making Croatia a sought after beach destination.

Seashores always remain as a major getaway for people and for most of them summer vacation is another synonym for beach holidays. Accounting personal tastes, each & everyone has their own concept for ideal beach(s)… say, ‘romantic beach’, ‘party beach’ for the young, ‘family beach’, ‘sandy beach’ for the matured,  ‘diving beach’, ‘windsurfing beach’ for the adventurists,  ‘nudist beach’ for the naturists,  ‘unexplored’/‘secluded beach’ for the quiet ones …. the list goes on. But whatever may be the category, with its collection of amazing variety of shores, Croatia has an answer to all kinds of beach-lovers. As a fitting testimony to the country’s abundant ‘beach wealth’, many of Croatia’s beaches are awarded with ‘Blue Flag’ (an international award for purity & quality of seashore).

With almost uncountable number of seashores, it’s a very difficult task to showcase all of Croatia’s beach beauties. Here are some of the best beaches in this country of amazing land-sea combination.

Banje beach, Dubrovnik

A well-located pebble beach, offering enchanting views…

Berulija beach, Brela

An attractive, pebbled beach with three small & cute coves…

Crveni Otok (Red Island beach), Rovinj

An island-beach enriched with natural beauty… studded with numerous varieties of plants and idyllic bays…

Drazica beach, Biograd

A popular beach with rich vegetation… well away from urban hustle and bustle…

Dubovica beach, Hvar island

A huge, lagoon-like-shaped beach… blessed with beautiful submarine sceneries…

Gornja Vala beach, Gradac

One of the largest and most beautiful beaches of Croatia… remarkable for its white-pebbled-shore…

Lokrum island beach, Dubrovnik

An ideal excursion spot with enjoyable sun & sea views…

Makarska Riviera beaches

One of the beautiful beaches with long stretches white sand bed…

Maslinica beach, Rabac

A nice pebbly beach adorned with rich vegetation…

Milna beaches, Hvar island

One of the four lagoon-look-alike, pebbly beaches in the village of Milna… a favourite getaway in Croatia…

Ninska laguna beach (Nin’s Lagoon)

A long sandy beach, ideally set in winds-protected-bay… with warm & clean waters, it is ideally suited for families. The beach is also known for areas with medicinal mud (which serves for treatment – especially for rheumatic diseases as well as various skin diseases)

Pakleni island beaches

An island with small secluded beaches… offers the best bathing spots… a favourite for naturists too…

Pinija beach, Petrcane

A delightful ‘pebbly & rocky’ seashore…

Punta Rata beach, Brela

A long stretched lovely resort beach…

Raduca beach, Primosten

A magnificent beach covered with dense pine forest… noted for its clean and safe environment …

Rajska plaza (Paradise Beach), Rab island

Nicknamed as the ‘Paradise Beach’… where picturesque scenes like, crystal clear shallow seawaters gracing the unspoilt long shores, can be witnessed… a perfect hub for inferior swimmers, children and elderly ones…

Stara Baska (Old Baska) beach, Krk island

A great beach for anyone seeking quietness and unspoiled nature… best suited for sunbathing and cooling off in the Sea…

Suncana uvala (Sunny Cove) beach, Losinj island

A beach surrounded by thick pine forest… middle of the beach is covered with pebbles and the rest are smooth rocks with easy access to the sea…

Vela plaza (Great Beach), Krk island

A very long beach decorated with lovely sand-pebbles combination… can accommodate several thousands of swimmers… also an ideal hunt for not-so-expert-swimmers and children…

Zelena Punta beach, Ugljan island

A very vast stony beach with pebble areas and partly sandy sea bottom… amply shaded by thick pine forests…

Zlatni rat beach (Golden Horn), Brac island

Better known as ‘Golden Horn’, due to its spectacular, vast golden-coloured sandbar… this beach has a unique shape – like a white tongue stretched into the sea. Also it is unique for the fact that, it changes shape and position, depending on the wind !

Zrce beach, Pag island

Another long-stretched pebbled beach surrounded by thick greenery… better known as the ‘Party beach of Croatia’…

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Really, a land of superb
seashores with virtually ‘no limits’ to counting

A beach backwater symphony

Kollam, one of the big cities in Kerala state, is generally associated with the cashew industry as well as a tourism destination for backwaters.

But this city was much more than all these. Considering the once formidable stature that this place had enjoyed it won’t be fair to narrate the present scenario before mentioning its glorious past.

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This, along with Muziris (the present Kodungalloor) was the only two international ports in Kerala’s coastline that enjoyed trade relations with the outside world, right from the Roman era. At that time, Kollam was a major trading partner with the ancient China, Egypt, Greece and Rome. It served as a key commercial spot and Kollam harbor was a busy center for import & export of precious commodities like Spice.

Kollam served as the capital city of the erstwhile kingdom of Venad (which emerged from the Tamil Empire of Chera) for almost three centuries, 9th to 12th century AD. In fact the prominence of Kollam was so high that the Malayalam era, which official began in 9th century (825 AD), was named after this city as, ‘Kolla Varsham’. In the colonial era, following the power struggle of westerners and subsequent annexation by the British, Kollam lost its autonomy. Later, it gained importance as the hub of Cashew processing & trading industry. During the 1960s – 80s, Kollam was the no.1 city in Kerala in terms of the number of millionaires and luxury cars, mainly due to the booming Cashew industry.

Though now overshadowed by the likes of Kochi as a center of economy, the presence of charming backwaters & beaches and, the still thriving cashew sector keeps Kollam in the list of prominent destinations of Kerala.


Kollam’s natural assets:

Ashtamudi Lake

The second largest lake (after Vembanad) in Kerala, without which the state’s backwater wealth is not complete. Ashta-mudi (meaning eight-branches in Malayalam), is a splendid lake with multiple branches of canals.

Together with Vembanad, Ashtamudi forms a very fine backwater network, debated as the most beautiful of its kind. From Ashtamudi (in Kollam) to Vembanad (in Alappuzha) marks the longest waterway in Kerala, and the boat ride takes almost a day – an incomparable trip.


Sasthamkotta Lake

Kerala’s largest freshwater lake – is fondly known as God’s own lake city. Sasthamcotta’s locations are known for their peerless beauty – source of inspiration for many writers & poets, plus, a prime shooting location for films & TV programmes.


Kollam beach

Known as the Mahatma Gandhi Beach… a pleasing seashore that serves as an ideal recreation center.


Tangasseri

Former wanted trade post by the colonial powers… the village of Tangasseri now exhibits the famed colonial traces like this timeworn fortress.


Thirummulavaram Beach

A seashore with a delightful mixture of seclusion and harmony… best suited for seaside picnics.

Kollam’s landscape – perfect visualization of beach-backwater symphony