(Last Updated on : 24/10/2013)
Beaches in Karnataka attract tourists from all over the world. The western part of the land lies close to Arabian Sea. Heavy rainfall, dense vegetation and paddy fields are common sights here. Most of the sea beaches remain to be explored fully by the travelers. As a result they have remained unspoilt by the ravages of time. Holidayers who are looking for a place to escape the din and bustle of city life will love these beaches. Serenity, beauty, warmth and exquisiteness are the best epithets to describe the beaches in Karnataka. The coastline of the state stretches to a whooping 320 kilometer. This entire stretch is speckled with numerous beaches, temples and other tourist attractions.
The sea beaches in Karnataka are as following:-
To experience the sea, sun and sand this beach is a perfect starting point. The views of the blue sea merging with the blue sky at the horizon, the sun peeping out of the sea and again dipping in the horizon are some of the views that can completely mesmerize any human being. Besides these there is a temple nearby waiting to be explored by the travelers.
Located in Uttar Kannada district Kurumgad is famous for its Narasimha Temple. The scenic beauty of this island remains unparallel to this day. Tourists can indulge into several water sports like sailing, snorkeling and others. This sea beach is one of those places that are an embodiment of history, charm and spirituality.
Gokarna literally means 'cow's ear.' Such a name has its roots in legends. It is a village that is formed by the ear shaped confluence of two rivers. Having its roots in mythology one of the beaches here has been named Om, reminding one of lord Shiva. Gokarna, Kudle, Half Moon, and Paradise are the other beaches here. Gokarna is famous worldwide for all these five beaches. Its proximity to the Western Ghats has also made it popular as a adventure spot where people can go for rock climbing.
It is a seaside town. On its one side lies the Kodacha ri hills and on the other side is the West Coast Highway that runs alongside the Arabian Sea. Saurparnika River is also a part of its landscape. The beautiful view of the sunrises and sunsets, the wide expanse of the seawater, the golden grains of the sand and the quietude of this beach in Karnataka has made it a popular destination or the tourists.
St. Mary's Island
The name of this island is said to be given by Vasco da Gama. Steeped in history this sea beach is also well known for its charming sights. This island is one of the many islands that are accessible from Malpe harbor. The cool shades of the palm trees and the isolated look is perfect for people who want a break from their busy schedule.
Water sports are the best way of spending time at this beach in Karnataka. People can either sail through the waters or take in the cool breeze or they can simply sit on the golden beach and enjoy the sun. The serenity of the place is its USP. The beach is located in the Uttar Kannada district.
It is the oldest natural harbor in Karnataka and a famous fishing center. The stunning views of the sea, sun and sand here make it a prominent tourist destination.
Located in the Udupi district this beach in Karnataka is adorned by yellow sands, azure waters and a sea beach.
It is dotted with several popular beaches that have charmed the visitors with their natural beauty for years.