India has a coastline of 7,517 km, which means there are a lot of beaches to explore. Most beaches are symbols of peaceful, humble life, where running (to the trawler, and to school or work) is an everyday fact, not an intermittent fitness activity. So what better way to connect to the beach and its culture and lifestyle than running. While we imagine relaxing sunbeds, there’s nothing more rejuvenating like a morning or evening run to help you unwind.
One of three beaches in the vicinity, Diveagar is lined with belu and casuarina trees, and has a flat beach head, where locals and tourists descend for a game of beach cricket and some horse-back riding. However, choose a weekday, and you are likely to not spot a soul here, with all the room for a satisfying run. Head to nearby beach towns of Shrivardhan and Harihareshwar, if you have had your fair share of Diveagar.
Located in South Goa, near the popular destinations of Benaulim and Colva, Cavelossim is less frequented by tourists and is likely to let you have one of the perfect runs on a beach. At the southernmost tip of the Salcete beach stretch, Cavelossim has a flat head, which means you can run without worrying about the sideways incline.
One of the most beautiful beaches of India, the gentle curve of this beach, resembling a running track, means you can run for long stretches. Located in nothern Kerala’s Kasaragod district, Bekal also boasts the massive Bekal Fort, which would form the backdrop of your run on the beach.
Marina Beach, Tamil Nadu
India’s and one of the world’s longest beaches, Marina is no doubt the highlight among Chennai’s many beaches, and definitely a great option for runners. But as one can imagine, the 13km long stretch is not likely to be one-dimensional, and you will find parts undulated with dunes, so be wary before starting off. Usually, it’s a good idea to follow other runners, and you will find plenty in the mornings.
Known as much for the Jagannath Temple, as for its pristine beach, Puri is close enough from Odisha’s capital Bhubaneswar to make it a day trip. Run in the evenings when the lights in the town make it one of the prettiest beaches in the country. There’s a definite slope on the beach head, so try to run closer to the road, rather than the shore, unless there’s a low-tide.
Know of any other beaches perfect for a run, let us know and we will feature them next time.
Main image: My Solitary Loiterings