Karnataka has a 320 kms long coastline
which is bordered by beautiful palm trees. It has the Western Ghats in the
east and is blessed with the blue waters of the Arabian Sea in the West. The
coastline of Karnataka offers a picture perfect world of beaches. The scenic
beauty and untouched charm of the beach areas make Karnataka beaches a must
visit beach holiday destinations. Beautiful beaches with mesmerizing charm
and serenity pulls innumerable tourists from all over the world.
Some important beaches of Karnatanka are :
Karwar is a beautiful beach with gentle waves, palm-laced beaches, silver
sand, and calm, peaceful valleys. This beach has many attractions like the
Sadashivgad Hill Fort with a Durga Temple, the unique octagonal church, the
300-year old Venkatrama Temple with ochre paintings and the Naganatha
Temple, where an ant hill is worshiped. Devbagh is the most enchanting of
the five islands along the Karwar coast. Best season to visit Karwar is from
September to mid May.
About 6 kms. from Udupi, is the natural harbor of Malpe, situated at mouth
of river Malpe. It is an important fishing center on Karnatakas
coastline and is famous for its scenic beauty. Other attractions at this
enchanting beach are, the island of Darya Bahadurgarh across the bay, the
Balarama Temple and Malpes oldest tile factory, set up by the Basel
Mission. Just a boat ride away, the St Mary's Island is another admirable
holiday destination from Malpe Beach. Best season to visit Malpe is from
August to March.
Situated 50 kms from Udupi is the Marvanthe beach, a unique seaside town of
Karnataka. The West Coast Highway cruises alongside the Arabian Sea on one
side, with the picturesque Kodachadri Hills forming a backdrop to the
Sauparnika river on the other. The beach makes quite a promising site for
water sports and holidaying
Sunsets at Maravanthe are particularly beautiful when the golden rays of
the Sun are reflected both in the sea and the river.A drive further up are
the Belekal Theertha falls, near Baindur. Other attractions around
Maravanthe are Baindur, Ottanane and Belaka Theertha falls. Best season to
visit this beach is from August to March.
Bhatkal Beach is situated 16-km from Bhatkal and 126 kms from Karwar.
Bhatkal was the main port of the Vijayanagar Empire in the 16th century.
Marked by the flowing sea and glorious hills, this beach is a popular
tourist spot and known for the gorgeous temples, the Jain Chadranatha Basadi
and a 17th century Vijayanagar temple with animal carvings typical of the
Vijayanagar artisans. Best season to visit Bhatkal beach is from August to
Located 16 kms from Bhatkal, Murudeshwar beach is believed to have been
consecrated by a piece of the Pranalinga of Mahabaleshwara thrown by Ravana
and has some beautiful carvings and statues. It is a popular picnic spot,
having beautiful blue waters of the sea and the majestic mountains. Other
attractions around this beach are the Murdeshwar temple, the Kanduka Giri
and the fort of Tipu Sultan. This lovely destination can be visited
throughout the year.
Situated from 4 kms. from the mainland, this tortoise-shaped island is world
famous for the hilltop Narasimha Temple. Here thousands of devotees gather
during the annual jatra held on Pushya Purnima every year in early January.
One can enjoy viewing the sea and the sand. One can also indulge in
activities such as trekking, fishing, dolphin and seal-spotting, boat rides
to neighbouring islands, diving, snorkeling, treasure hunts, guided tours,
Gokarna is famous for its narrow streets, traditional houses and temples,
the town of Gokarna is the favourite haunt of Hindu pilgrims, Sanskrit
scholars and beach buffs. Om beach, one of Gokarnas five famed
beaches, takes the shape of an Om, a spiritual symbol. The other
beaches, compact between gigantic cliffs that project like delicate fingers
into the sea, are Gokarna, Kudle, Half Moon and Paradise.
One can visit Gokarna any time round the year.
Kaup is situated 12 kms. south of Udupi, on the coastal belt that passes
through the West Coast National Highway. Kaup has a lovely beach, a ruined
fort and an old 100ft. high lighthouse. There are two famous temples of
Goddess Mariamma in Kaup. The Jain basadis here are in ruins, but are worth