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Karnataka has a 320 km long coastline, dotted with numerous beaches, that beckon invitingly to those craving for some respite, from the maddening grind of urban life. The serenity and unspoilt charm of the area, coupled with the spontaneity of the coastal folk, and their delectable cuisine is just overwhelming.

The Devbagh Beach

The Devbagh Beach, is a must for beach lovers. Karwar also has a port protected from harsh winds by 5 islands. This little town's other attractions include: The Sadashivgad Hill Fort with a Durga temple and the Naganath temple where an anthill is worshipped. October - May is the best period to visit this place.

The Om Beach and the Kutle Beach

The Om Beach and the Kutle Beach nearby to Gokarna ( Literally meaning the cow's ear, this town is formed by the ear-shaped confluence of two riversbelief is also that the place derives its name due to Shiva emerging from the ears of the cow., are worth a visit.) Gokarna is famous for the Atmalinga' in the ancient temple here. According to legend, Lord Ganapati tricked Ravana into putting down the Linga after a long penance. But Ravana was unable to lift the Linga from the ground again. And ever since, the Linga came to be known as Mahabala. The place can be visited all the year round.

Panambur Beach

This is the most frequently visited beach and lies next to the harbour. The ships anchored out in the sea waiting for berth in the harbour can be seen from the beach which present an attractive picture. This beach is 10km from Mangalore

Ullal Beach

Situated 5 km away from Mangalore, this is one of the best beaches of Karnataka. It faces to the Arabian sea and hence offer the visitor an incomparable view. This beach resort, the silvery shore of which command breathtaking views of the sunset, especially, when viewed through the Casuarinas groves.


This picturesque place is situated 16 km from Bhatkal. Bounded by the shimmering sea and rolling hills, this place is a favorite tourist spot. It is known for the gorgeous temple perched on a hillock by the shore. The temple which embodies a Linga is believed to have erupted when Ravana flung the cloth covering the Atmalinga at Gokarna while lifting it. As one ascends the hillock, there is a shrine of Jattiga seated on a horse. There is a huge fort behind the temple, said to have been renovated by Tipu. The place can be visited all the year round.

Malpe Beach

This beach is 45 km north of Mangalore and 6 km from Udupi.Malpe with its sheltered harbour makes a quiet beach retreat, just six kms away from Udupi, the temple town, renowned for a fascinating idol of Lord Krishna. It is a popular picnic spot due to the pristine beauty and peaceful surrounding of its virgin beach. The endless stretch of golden sand, swaying Palm trees, clear blue sky and the gurgle of the sea attracts tourists to this spot. Between October - January is the best time to visit this place. The St Mary's Island is another delightful holiday destination. It is just a boat ride away.


Marwanthe is a unique seaside town, where the West Coast Highway cruises along with the Arabian Sea on one side, and the river Sauparnika rushes against a verdant mountainous backdrop on the other. It is 110 km north of Mangalore and has a scenic beach. Baindur is a small town, 45 km from Maravanthe. It has a beautiful beach nearby. Ottanane near Baindur is famous for its glorious sunset. Water sports and beach resorts promise an enjoyable holiday here.


Karwar is situated just 100 km from Goa makes a good starting point, for the voyage of discovering the thrills of the sea, sand and sun. Karwar has all the makings of a perfect holiday with gentle waves, palm-laced beaches, silver sand, and calm, peaceful alleys. Once an important trade center, this charming town is complemented by glorious weather and an excellent beach which is said to have inspired Rabindranath Tagore to pen his first play.

For wildlife lovers, the Dandeli Game Park is just 157 km away. Major attractions of this place include the Sadashivgad Hill fort with a Durga temple, the unique Octagonal Church, and the 300 year old Venkataramana Temple, that houses some fine ochre paintings.

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