Karnataka ranked fourth position amongst the most popular destination for tourism among the states of India. In the list of Highest Number of Nationally protected monuments of India, Karnataka stands second only to Uttar Pradesh. The state has listed 752 protected monuments and another 25,000 monuments are yet to receive. The responsible body that protects these monuments is called the State Directorate of Archaeology and Museums.
Andhra Pradesh to the east, Arabian Sea surround Karnataka to the west, and Maharashtra to the north, and Goa to the northwest, and Tamil Nadu to the southeast, and Kerala to the southwest. Karnataka has 320 km long coastline that has helped it to emerge as a popular beach destination in India. Here we have listed the top 8 beaches in Karnataka state.
Gokarna is a holy and very small and remote town situated on goa border in Karnataka, with four of India’s most quiet and untarnished beaches placed nearby. It draws both pious pilgrims and hedonistic holidaymakers with equal enthusiasm. Travel guide for Gokarna to get a feel for what Goa was like in its heyday, although time is limited as developers are already seeing the potential of this area.
Gokarna is located in the state of Karnataka, an hour south of the Goa border. It’s around 450 kilometers (280 miles) from Bangalore, the state capital.
How to Reach There
The nearest airport is Dabolim, in Goa. From there it’s a four-hour drive south to Gorkana. Alternatively, trains on the Konkan railway stop at Gokarna Road station, 15 minutes from town, as well as Kumta and Ankola stations, both around 25 kilometers (16 miles) from Gokarna. Gokarna is also well connected by bus from major cities such as Madgaon in Goa, and Mangalore and Bangalore in Karnataka.
Things to Do
Gokarna’s main attraction is its beaches, where people come to chill and soak up the sun for months at a time. As Gokarna is one of the most sacred holy towns for Hindus in south India, there are also some important temples to see.
Kaup Beach Udupi
A hamlet of Padu village about l2 kms south of Udupi Kaup is situated on the coastal belt, which passes through the West Coast National Highway. Marda Heggade, a chieftain, rose to power here during the Vijayanagara days. It has an old lighthouse, the guiding star of navigators who are warned of the presence of dangerous rocks in the sea. This Tower of light not only guides the ships but also has a monumental significance. Positioned all alone it spreads light on the shore of darkness. It was most probably begun in 1906 on the rocks and in about 1935 the tower was all set. The man made tower is at the height of about 34 meters and its light spreads over a distance of about 34 miles and can be seen from a distance of about 100 miles. The lantern has a burner of 55 meter P. V. burner comprising of 30 pieces, 5 panels and 3.6-diameter glass. The surrounding glass has a height of 1.83 meters. It has a spiral staircase. The fuel used for the lamp is kerosene Recently the electricity supply is also provided at the light tower.There is also an old ruined fort. The place is known for its temples of goddess Mariamma. The Jaina Basadi there is in ruins and so also an old Janardhana shrine.
Karwar is a beach town located in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka state. It is a seaside town of the state located on the west coast of India and on the banks of Kali river. Devbagh is the most beautiful of Karwar beaches. The best time to visit Karwar is between September & May. The main attractions at Karwar are Sadashivgad Hill Fort, Durga Temple, Octagonal Church, the 300-years-old Venkatrama Temple and Naganatha Temple.
Kudle Beach is one of the major beaches in the city of Mangalore. With its tropical climate and bevy of attractions that beckon tourists from across the country, Mangalore is a port city that promises to keep uplifting your spirits every minute you spend in this city. Kudle Beach is one of the four beaches south of the small town of Gokarna, on the western coast of India, in the Uttara Kannada district of the Karnataka state. The five beaches in Gokarna are the Gokarna beach, Kudle, Om, Half moon and Paradise.
Malpe is a natural port about six kilometers to the west of Udupi, Karnataka, India. An important port and fishing harbor on the Karnataka coast, It is a suburb in Udupi city . Malpe and the Mogaveera goes together. Malpe is a hub of Mogaveera population. Inhabitant for the millionaire businessmen of Mogaveera community. Tulu, Kannada and Konkani are spoken here. Malpe is one of the most beautiful beaches of Karnataka State. The beach is located about 6 km away on the west of Udupi District of Karnataka. It is an important town as it is a natural port and fishing harbour of the state. The main attractions at Malpe Beach are the scenic beaches, temples of Balarama and Ananteshwara.
Murudeshwar is a town located in the Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district. Murudeshwar beach situated between Honnavar and Bhatkal, 1 km off the National Highway is the scenic holy place of Murudeshwar.
Murudeshwar is a popular picnic spot, having beautiful blue waters of the sea and the majestic mountains. With the roaring sea to the west, the towering hills to the east and the coconut and areca groves nearby, the temple attracts a lot of devotees and tourists as well.
A temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Idol of Lord Shiva are main attractions of Murudeshwar. The huge fort found nearby the temple is believed to be restored by Tipu Sultan.
Netrani is a small island located in the Arabian Sea also known as Pigeon Island. The island is situated off the coast of Karnataka. It is one of the popular scuba diving destination in India. It is located about 10 kms into the sea from Murudeshwar town of Karnataka state. Main attractions at Netrani beach are corals, scuba diving and snorkeling.
Netrani beach is largely unexplored by tourists visiting Murudeshwar and surrounding areas. The adjacent Island is used by the Indian Navy for target practice (there is a naval base in nearby Karwar). This Island is a hub of the endangered Coral Reefs and exotic marine species.
How to reach there
You’ll have to take a boat to Netrani Island which will take you about half an hour from Murudeshwar. Check with local fishermen and hotels in Murudeshwar for travel warnings and boat information.
Netrani Island is not a regular tourist destination; it is a target practice range of the India Navy, however there are conflicting versions if the navy still continues to use this Island.
A couple of adventure clubs from Goa organize for Scuba diving (for professionals), snorkeling and other adventure activities here. There is also a club from Bangalore, if you’re interested.