Bucketlist: Tour the Lighthouses of India

What do you think of Lighthouses? Do they transport you to some mystical, adventurous & raucous age-old ship voyage with sailors swearing at each other but with a die-hard exploration spirit blooming in their hearts? Ships, wrecks, explorers, discovery of new lands, exotic stuff, tribals, talking parrots or have I just read too many books which fantasize sea voyages? Currently reading the Moby Dick so quite possibly that is the influence!

My favorite beach in Goa is the Miramar. Yea, hardly anyone ever mentions it as their favorite. Bang in the middle of the city, I love the hustle bustle on it. Making the beach even more magical – the far off lighthouse one can see, its beam of light moving to and fro across the dark blue expanse of the ocean!

I went to the Kapu lighthouse earlier this year. An offbeat little place near Udupi in Karnataka. It was amazing! I couldn’t go up the lighthouse as it was closed then but I was wondering why I hadn’t been to more lighthouses in my life! 🙂

So here is me, wishing a Lighthouse Tour across India – going to remote places of the country just to see the lighthouse! And what all will I see while on my journey there! 🙂

Indira Point

The lighthouse at Indira Point, the southern most tip of India. It’s actually about a days sea travel from Port Blair – this would be an interesting journey with amazing flora and fauna on the way!

Looks so adventurous! (Pic Source)

Indira Point Lighthouse

Pirotin Islands, Gujarat

Just came to know about this island lighthouse from another traveler. The surrounding area is a Marine National Park! Imagine that. Sounds exciting!

Fort Aguada, Goa

So I guess the lighthouse I see from the Miramar beach would be the Aguada Fort Lighthouse. Looks like an interesting spot, located within a fort – would be great to go there know about the history. What battles were fought at these forts, which side versus whom? Would definitely like to visit sometime!

Mumbai

Closer to home there is a lighthouse that can be seen from one of the extremities of Girgaum, Chowpatty beach in Mumbai. Considering I live right nearby I actually spotted it only a month or so back, when I was at the right place, at the right time to see the bright beam start up! Its located close to Navy Nagar area, though I doubt we would be allowed to visit. I read about plans to open up many more across Mumbai for visitors – would be great to see them all! 🙂

Still lots more to see, I just found a whole list on Wikipedia – did someone say the world is small? Cause there is just too much for me to cover!! Maybe one of the next long trips I head off to will try and see some more of these enchanting lighthouses!

Have you been to or plan to go on a lighthouse visit? In fact do you even find lighthouses enchanting? Tell me!

Leaving you with a pic of the Kapu Lighthouse, Karnataka,

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  • Abhishek Thakkar

    Yo! Nice list, I’ve been to the Goa one, its good. Another few if you’d like to add, I’d recommend the Sunderban-Delta cruise conducted by Calcutta State Tourism. 2 day – 1 night trip over a cruise liner, takes you to 3 remaining functional lighthouses spread over the delta. The cruise is calming, as the delta waters are very peaceful. With luck you may be able to catch some interesting fauna too.

    • This is really interesting because I was planning something in the West Bengal region for next year… I could do Sunderban! Thanks, Abhishek for the tip 🙂

  • Pirotan, Kapu and Aguada done, also Mahabalipuram .. so doing good I guess… On your blog for the first time and am glad to be here 🙂

    • Thanks Puru, I really want to go to the Pirotan one & now also the Mahabalipuram! 🙂

  • This a wonderful bucket list!