Best Beaches in Karnataka For A Sun-Kissed Sandy Vacation

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Most Popular Beaches In Karnataka

Along the Konkan coast lie the scenic beaches of Karnataka, one of the most beautiful southern states of India. The beautiful ports of Karwar and Mangalore are punctuated with virgin beaches like Mar (Read More)avanthe, Kundapur, and Murudeshwar. The hippie destination of Gokarna is home to gorgeous beaches perfect for trekking and meditation. The beaches in Karnataka offer tourists and city-dwellers some much-needed peace and quiet away from the noise of their urban lives.

Here is the list of 34 Best Beaches in Karnataka For A Sun-Kissed Sandy Vacation

1. Gokarna - Land of Palm Trees, Blue Seas & Golden Sands

Gokarna - Land of Palm Trees, Blue Seas & Golden Sands
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Known For : Om Beach Mahabaleshwara Temple Paradise Beach, Gokarna

With its pristine beaches and breathtaking landscapes, Gokarna is a Hindu pilgrimage town in Karnataka and a newly found hub for beach lovers and hippies. Situated on the coast of Karwar, every year Gokarna welcomes hordes of tourists from around the world in search of sanctity and relaxation. The out-of-town beaches like Kudle beach and Om Beach are a different contrast to life inside the town.

Best Time: Throughout the year

19 Gokarna Attractions

2. Mangalore - Karnataka's Port City

Mangalore - Karnataka's Port City
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Known For : Panambur Beach Kudroli Temple St Aloysius Chapel

Located between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, the port city of Mangalore or Mangaluru is known for its swaying coconut palms, beautiful beaches and temple architecture. It is also an important industrial, commercial, educational and healthcare hub of the state of Karnataka.

Best Time: Throughout the year

28 Mangalore Attractions

3. Murudeshwar - Home to the World's Second Tallest Shiva Statue

Murudeshwar - Home to the World's Second Tallest Shiva Statue
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Known For : Murudeshwar Temple Netrani Island Murudeshwar Beach

Murudeshwar is home to the second tallest statue of Lord Shiva (123 ft) in the world. With the shimmering Arabian Sea on three sides and the magnificent Western Ghats imposing their presence on this town, it is a favourite picnic spot for the folks from Kerala and Karnataka. The beaches and the adventure activities around Netrani island are significant attractions for the tourists.

Best Time: October to May

8 Murudeshwar Attractions

4. Udupi - A Coastal Temple Town Filled With History

Udupi - A Coastal Temple Town Filled With History
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Known For : St. Mary's Island Malpe Beach Krishna Temple

Udupi is a coastal town in Karnataka, most famous for its vegetarian cuisine and South Indian restaurants all over the country. With beautifully carved ancient temples, laidback beaches and unexplored forests, Udupi is also the place where the educational hub of Manipal is located. Situated 60 km from Mangalore, Udupi is famous for its temple culture.

Best Time: Throughout the year

20 Udupi Attractions

5. Maravanthe - Home to Virgin Beaches in Karnataka

Maravanthe - Home to Virgin Beaches in Karnataka
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Known For : Padukone Village Kodachadri Maravanthe Beach

Maravanthe is a getaway which can be best described as nature's basket full of mesmerizing picturesque views. A beautiful beach town with white sand spread miles and miles along the coast fetches the beach a nickname of a Virgin Beach.

Best Time: October to March

10 Maravanthe Attractions

6. Devbagh - An Exotic island on the Coastline of Arabian Sea\

Devbagh - An Exotic island on the Coastline of Arabian Sea\
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Known For : Tagore Beach Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Lighthouse, Devbagh

Pristine blue water, picture perfect backdrop of beautiful mountains and lush green belt of casuarinas trees blend together perfectly to give you Devbagh. It is an amazing exotic island lying along the coastline of Arabian sea about 2 kms from the southern part of Goa. With splendid weather throughout the year, the beach town is famous for the fresh seafood, water sports and sunsets. Beach resorts and Jungle lodges are the most soughtafter stay options in Devbagh. The place is a perfect getaway for couples looking for an exotic vacation.

Best Time: October to Apr

11 Devbagh Attractions

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7. Kumta - Small Town & Secluded Beaches

Kumta - Small Town & Secluded Beaches
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Known For : Gokarna: Mahabaleshwar Temple Om Beach Mirjan Fort

The beautiful town of Kumta is 30 km from the glorious beach town of Gokarna. Lying on the coastline of Arabian Sea, it offers tantalizing beaches with black rocks, old temples and sprawling greenery, Kumta is all about relaxing, unwinding and solitude.

Best Time: October to March

11 Kumta Attractions

8. Om Beach, Gokarna

Om Beach, Gokarna
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Famous for being naturally shaped like the auspicious symbol Om, Om beach attracts tourists round the year. Om beach is a wonderful beach located in the town of Gokarna. One can bask in the glory and serenity of the picturesque surroundings here. Its captivating beauty and pristine water lashing on the beach is a source of tranquillity for all the visitors.

9. Panambur Beach, Mangalore

Panambur Beach, Mangalore
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Close to the New Mangalore port is the Panambur beach, one of the most loved, pristine, clean beach in the city. The blue skies, sea and sands, get a dash of colour during April, as the beach hosts a kite festival. Panambur Beach is located at a distance of 13 km from Mangalore to the south of Mangalore port. Every year it is visited by tonnes of visitors for it hosts several carnivals comprising of boat racing, kite flying and making sand sculptures.

10. Gokarna Beach

Gokarna Beach
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Gokarna beach is several kilometres long and is situated at the edge of Gokarna which is a quaint pilgrim town in Karnataka. It has recently gained popularity as a go - to beach destination owing to its wonderful stretches of sand and pristine locations.

11. Kudle Beach, Gokarna

Kudle Beach, Gokarna
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This is one of the most famous tourist spot, located around 20-minutes (walking distance) away from Gokarna. Here travelers will get a number of simple huts and beach-side eating places where one can enjoy lots of things. A kilometers-long pure white sandy beach surrounded by palm trees is the major attraction of this beach that attracts large number of travelers.

12. Paradise Beach, Gokarna

Paradise Beach, Gokarna
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The Paradise beach is accessible only by boat or after some trekking. No water sports are available here but swimming in the calm waters can be fun. The fourth beach lying across the coast of Gokarna Town, Paradise Beach is also well-known by the name of 'Full Moon Beach'. Located in the state of Karnataka, the Paradise Beach is about 150 meters in length and out of this almost seventy percent of the beach is entirely covered in rocks. The rest of the beach is adorned with clean white sand all over.

13. Tannirbhavi Beach, Mangalore

Tannirbhavi Beach, Mangalore

Located along the Malabar Coast facing the Arabian Sea, Tannirbhavi Beach is 12 kms away from the Mangalore Railway station in Karnataka, on the southern end of the Mangalore Port. Tannirbhavi is the most popular beach in the area owing to its glossy golden sands, clear blue waters, beautiful coastline and fringes of trees.

14. Murudeshwar Beach

Murudeshwar Beach
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Sandwiched between the sea and a river, this beach is home to the giant Shiva statue. Although water sports are not available here, tourists indulge in swimming, and a calm walk on the beach.

15. Netrani Island, Murudeshwar

Netrani Island, Murudeshwar
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Netrani Island is one of the best places in India for Scuba diving. Being a coral island, the area is perfectly suited for snorkelling and scuba diving. Also known as the 'Pigeon Island', Netrani Island in Murudeshwar is located off the coast of Karnataka. Views from above give this island the appearance of being heart-shaped. Rising above the tranquil and azure waters of the Arabian Sea, this heart-shaped island is counted as one of the best sites for scuba diving.

16. Karwar Beach/Tagore Beach

Karwar Beach/Tagore Beach

Karwar is a city in Uttara Kannada district in the South Indian state of Karnataka and the administrative centre of Uttara Kannada district. Karwar lies on the west coast of Southern India at the mouth of the Kali river. Its geography creates a natural harbour with protection against monsoon weather. Being a port town, Karwar is a centre for agriculture, some manufacturing and tourism.

17. Malpe Beach, Udupi

Malpe Beach, Udupi
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A perfect spot for a carefree getaway, Malpe beach with its blue expanse of sky and the palm trees dotting the shoreline, is a popular tourist spot in Karnataka. On the top of the list of exquisite unexplored beaches in India is the Malpe beach, a beach that is synonymous with serenity and adventure. Located at a distance of 66 kilometres from Mangalore and 6 kilometres from Udupi in Karnataka; this scenic beach is as trendy amongst locals as it is among foreigners.

18. Devbagh Beach, Karwar

Devbagh Beach, Karwar
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Perhaps one of the most famous beaches in the state of Karnataka, Devbagh beach is a nature lover's paradise. This quiet seaside in Karwar may seem like the typical beach experience at first glance, yet it offers so much more. With white seagulls flying across the backdrop of a softly lit coral sky, this destination creates a delightful view that can be cherished for long after you leave. The river Karli meets the Arabian Sea at this spot, which together with the pristine beauty of surrounding mountains makes for a splendid sight.

19. Maravanthe Beach

Maravanthe Beach
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Located only 12 km from the main city of Kundapur, Maravanthe Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the city of Karnataka. The shoreline of this serene beach runs alongside the National Highway 17 (NH17) at a mere distance of 100 meters! On one side, the gentle waves of the mesmerizing Arabian Sea crash at the shore of the Maravanthe beach; and as you look to the other side, the Kodachadri Hills make a beautiful backdrop for the Sauparnika River that reaches out to the shore of the beach. Each and every person visiting the Maravanthe beach must witness the sunset.

20. Majali beach, Karwar

Majali beach, Karwar
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This is the one of the best places to visit in Karwar, owing to the scenic beauty, sea-facing housing facilities and the water sports. Bird watching and fishing can also be enjoyed by the tourists.

21. Kaup Beach, Udupi

Kaup Beach, Udupi
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A must visit beach in the area, this might just be one of the most beautiful destinations of the town. Also find here a lighthouse, twinkling at a height of 100 ft.

22. Trasi Beach, Kundapur

Trasi Beach, Kundapur
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Located 12 km north of Kundapur, Trasi is mainly known for its beautiful beach, a beach resort and Turtle bay. The beach is one kilometer long and serves as a picnic spot.

23. Kurumgad Island, Karwar

Kurumgad Island, Karwar
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Shaped like a tortoise, this island is home to the Narasimha temple which is a famous pilgrimage spot in the area. A deserted lighthouse is also present on this island which has its own historic background. Various activities like water sports, fishing etc can be enjoyed here.

24. Surathkal Beach, Mangalore

Surathkal Beach, Mangalore
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The Surathkal beach lies on the Konkan Coast, south of the tourist trap of Goa, about 13 km from the port city of Mangalore. The Surathkal beach is a prime example of the pristine nature of the coastal delights of India with its endless sheets of shimmering sands on its vast coastline playfully meeting the majestic Arabian Sea.

25. Half Moon Beach, Gokarna

Half Moon Beach, Gokarna
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Half Moon is a smaller, less popular and hence a less crowded beach, yet quite a beautiful beach. Half Moon Beach is a small beach situated in Gokarna. It is separated from the Om Beach by a cliff from where tourists are bound to get an amazing view of the Arabian Sea. Numerous village huts in the classical Indian style can be spotted lined up by the beach giving it a rather traditional and homely touch altogether.

26. Bhatkal Beach, Murudeshwar

Bhatkal Beach, Murudeshwar
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A prominent beach situated along the Arabian Sea, a pristine coastline interspersed with coconut trees, provides a breathtaking view of the surroundings.

27. Ullal Beach, Mangalore

Ullal Beach, Mangalore
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Just a little away from the main city of Mangalore, this is a clean, untouched beach, with along with a calm and relaxing time can also provide some adventure and enjoyment, given the water sports facilities here.

28. Kodi Beach, Maravanthe

Kodi Beach, Maravanthe

Tourist visit Kodi beach to refresh themselves by indulging in swimming and beat the heat. Located nearly 20 km from Maravanthe, the name 'kodi' is a Kannada word meaning shore.

29. Alvekodi Beach, Kumta

Alvekodi Beach, Kumta
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A hidden beach in the village of Alvekodi lying in the proximity of Kumta is pristine and crystal clear. While travelling through a long winding way of fields, the end result is an unspoilt destination adorned with white sandy beach glowing in the shadow of sun rays.

30. Koodi bagh beach, Karwar

Koodi bagh beach, Karwar
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Located at the meeting of the Arabian Sea and the Kali river, all types of water sports are available at this beach. Palm trees are seen here in abundance. Fishermen's houses dot the beach.

31. Baada Beach, Kumta

Baada Beach, Kumta
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A beautiful beach with equally entrancing environs is one of the cleanest beaches in the region. Flanked by hills on two sides and a rock formation in the middle, Baada Beach is highly recommended to visit while on a trek route from Kirki to Gokarna.

32. Kodi Beach, Maravanthe

Kodi Beach, Maravanthe

Tourist visit Kodi beach to refresh themselves by indulging in swimming and beat the heat. Located nearly 20 km from Maravanthe, the name 'kodi' is a Kannada word meaning shore.

33. Uppinakudru, Kundapur

Uppinakudru, Kundapur
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Uppinakudru or Salt Island is a place which is religiously rich and profound. Once served as the center of trading for salt and sea food, today the place is occupied with several ancient and popular temples Lord Gopala Krishna Temple being one of them.

34. Someshwar Beach, Mangalore

Someshwar Beach, Mangalore

Located in Ullal in the city of Mangalore, Someshwara Beach is a quaint hidden gem of the city. Boasting of shimmering golden sands, a long and beautiful coastline, the beach is also peppered with rock boulders called Rudra Shile, making it unique from its other counterparts in the city.

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