Looking for Scuba Diving Adventure? Head to Netrani Island in Karnataka

Tripoto
30th Jan 2018

Was scuba diving always on your mind? Is that trip to Andamans not getting planned in spite of your best efforts? There’s a closer alternative to that, just off the coast of Karnataka and chances are you’ve not heard about this well kept secret till now!

Photos courtesy: http://www.netraniadventures.com/index.php

Photo of Netrani Island, Karnataka, India by Niyati Mavinkurve

Netrani Island or Pigeon Island is 20kms away from Murudeshwar in Karnataka. This island is a haven for scuba diving because of the crystal clear waters and the rich marine life. The island is heart shaped when seen from above and is also suitable for day trips from Murudeshwar.

Photo courtesy: http://www.netraniadventures.com/index.php

Photo of Looking for Scuba Diving Adventure? Head to Netrani Island in Karnataka by Niyati Mavinkurve

There are several operators who provide scuba diving and snorkeling services. Some operate from Murudeshwar itself. A boat ride of 2 hours gets you to Netrani Island for scuba diving and snorkeling.

Photo of Looking for Scuba Diving Adventure? Head to Netrani Island in Karnataka by Niyati Mavinkurve

Some of the species that you can find include Butterfly fish, Angel fish, Goat fish, Groupers, Snappers, Lion fish, Damsels, Goby's, Blenny's, Trigger fish, Scorpion fish, Cardinals, Flounders, Puffers, Bat fish. Some divers have claimed to see whale sharks and orcas as well.

Netrani Island was used by the Indian Navy as target practice for their artillery. One can still find remnants of shells on the island. There is a sunken ship close to the island which can be developed further into a diving spot.

Photo of Looking for Scuba Diving Adventure? Head to Netrani Island in Karnataka by Niyati Mavinkurve

The diving season in Netrani is from October to May. Netrani just hosted a Scuba Diving Festival on 6th and 7th Jan which drew in 150 participants. 75 participants were taken in to dive every day.

Photo of Looking for Scuba Diving Adventure? Head to Netrani Island in Karnataka by Niyati Mavinkurve

Snorkeling costs around Rs. 2,500 and Scuba Diving costs around Rs. 5,500.

Murudeshwar is known for the second largest statue of Lord Shiva. There are other water sports activities at Murudeshwar beach, which can be enjoyed. Murudeshwar Beach is pristine.

Murudeshwar from above!

Other places close by that can be enjoyed are:

1. Sharavathi River Rides at Honavar:

The Sharavathi river is 26kms from Murudeshwar. There are boat rides available to explore the idyllic river.

Sharavathi river

Photo of Honavar, Karnataka, India by Niyati Mavinkurve

2. Apsarkonda Waterfall:

Apsarkonda is a local waterfall which is unexplored by tourists and has no facilities. It is serene and a nearby cliff has great views of the Arabian Sea.

Apsarkonda Waterfall

Photo of Apsarakonda,Honnavar, Kelginoor, Karnataka, India by Niyati Mavinkurve

3. Gokarna:

Gokarna is about 100kms from Murudeshwar and is known for its stunning beaches and relaxed hippie vibe. Gokarna has several beaches and mountains side by side and has something for everyone, the hiker and someone looking for relaxation.

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Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Niyati Mavinkurve

Here is one operator I found who conducts scuba diving and snorkeling:

http://www.netraniadventures.com/index.php

How to reach:

1. Murudeshwar is accessible by train from major metros.

2. The nearest airport is Mangalore which is 170kms from Murudeshwar.

3. Local buses and taxis easily connect Goa, Bangalore and Mangalore to Murudeshwar. There are also buses that ply from Mumbai to Murudeshwar.

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Can you send me the package details to this event.
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