Lesser Known Beaches in Karnataka That you Should Consider For your Next Vacation.

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5th Jun 2019
Photo of Lesser Known Beaches in Karnataka That you Should Consider For your Next Vacation. by Roopitha Mallakki

I dreadfully wanted beach therapy where I can find myself shaking sand out of a pair of shoes. So planned itinerary to the coastal side of Karnataka. There is no better natural way to get your fill than by being out in the sunshine. I reminisced entire journey about summer holidays spent playing in the beach.

I stayed at my granny house in Honnavara and traveled to all these beaches in 3 days. As these places are well-connected by local buses, tempo travelers and auto rickshaw I didn't see any difficulties to travel from one place to other. One can book their hotel rooms in Honnavara, Kumta, Murdeswara or Gokarna cities where you can expect better home stays.

Day 1

Less crowded beach at 2 km distance from the highway. You can witness the full length view of the beach from the top viewpoint and it's the best place to sit and relax especially during the sunset. If you walk up to the shores you can notice a lot of DANGEREOUS signboards as it's not safe to play in the water. Also, there's a small water falls near the sea, which is called as Apsarakonda falls, but during summer it's unclean and dry.

Photo of Apsarakonda,Honnavar, Kelginoor, Karnataka, India by Roopitha Mallakki
Photo of Apsarakonda,Honnavar, Kelginoor, Karnataka, India by Roopitha Mallakki

This beach is also known as Kasarkod beach and it is located off the highway. Of course, this one is very clean beach in the area to play with sand. There is one nice park attached to this beach, I'm sure kids would love the ambience. Also, you can see a lot of sea facing benches on the beach.

Photo of Kasarkod Beach, Karnataka by Roopitha Mallakki
Photo of Kasarkod Beach, Karnataka by Roopitha Mallakki

A beautiful temple on top of the hill, overlooking a thick forest. From Honnavara town, it's at about 13-15 km distance. You can get bus till Areangandi from there you will have to hire an auto for about 5 km to reach the temple. This temple is surrounded by lush green which gives a stunning view of course. Riding a bike to this hill top temple, taking curves, one after the other would be real fun. It's suggested to return to city before the sunset as it's in the middle of the dense forest.

Photo of Shri Karikaan Parameshwari Temple, Karikaan Parameshwari Temple Road, Areangadi, Karnataka, India by Roopitha Mallakki
Photo of Shri Karikaan Parameshwari Temple, Karikaan Parameshwari Temple Road, Areangadi, Karnataka, India by Roopitha Mallakki
Photo of Shri Karikaan Parameshwari Temple, Karikaan Parameshwari Temple Road, Areangadi, Karnataka, India by Roopitha Mallakki
Day 2

One of the finest beaches I have ever been and it is at 6 km from the Kumta town . This beach is best to play as it's clean with fine sand and small rocks. We can't expect any kind of luxuries around, but getting into water here is just exhilarating.

Photo of Vannalli Beach ವನ್ನಳ್ಳಿ ಬೀಚ್, Kumta Beach, Karnataka, India by Roopitha Mallakki
Photo of Vannalli Beach ವನ್ನಳ್ಳಿ ಬೀಚ್, Kumta Beach, Karnataka, India by Roopitha Mallakki
Photo of Vannalli Beach ವನ್ನಳ್ಳಿ ಬೀಚ್, Kumta Beach, Karnataka, India by Roopitha Mallakki

It does offer a soothing environment, but can't get into the water here as it's made of rocks. This place is perfect for those who prefer reading a book stretching the legs on the rocks and to listen to the lapping ocean waves in relative quiet. When you look out at the beach, there is sort of this infinity, this sense of perspective to get some distance from your everyday problems.

Photo of Mangodlu Beach, Karnataka, India by Roopitha Mallakki
Photo of Mangodlu Beach, Karnataka, India by Roopitha Mallakki

This place is also known as Gudeangadi which is nearer to both Vannalli and Mangodlu beaches. With the hills on both side, it's breathtaking for sure. I prefer this beach to get out in the fresh air, feel the sand and it's peaceful.

Photo of Baada Beach, Kumta, Karnataka, India by Roopitha Mallakki
Photo of Baada Beach, Kumta, Karnataka, India by Roopitha Mallakki
Day 3

At the distance of 11 km from Kumta town this fort is located on the banks of Aghanashini river which is built in the 16th century. This place will be open to tourists from 6 am to 6 pm. I heard this entire fort will turn green during monsoon and envelops one in serenity. One must visit if you're in the area or traveling to Gokarna via Murdeswara route.

Photo of Mirjan Fort, Mirjan Fort Road, Mirjan, Karnataka, India by Roopitha Mallakki
Photo of Mirjan Fort, Mirjan Fort Road, Mirjan, Karnataka, India by Roopitha Mallakki

This place has been a holy place for Hindus before it became famous for its beaches. During weekends its a bit crowded as this place offers good home stays and sea foods which attracts many tourists. Few best beaches here are Om beach, Kudle beach, Half moon beach and Gokarna beach. A top viewpoint, adventure activities, beach camping are the major attraction of this place. Two wheeler renting for a day or two is available.

Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Roopitha Mallakki
Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Roopitha Mallakki
Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Roopitha Mallakki
Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Roopitha Mallakki
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