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 Maravanthe, 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 30 Best Beaches in Karnataka For A Sun-Kissed Sandy Vacation

1. Om Beach, Gokarna

4.4 /5

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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Kudle Beach, Gokarna

4.3 /5

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.

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5. Paradise Beach, Gokarna

3.2 /5

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.

6. Murudeshwar Beach

4.2 /5

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.

7. 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.

8. Mangalore beach

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Settled at the estuaries of the two beautiful rivers namely Gurupara and Nehtravathi, Mangalore beach is a laid-back destination for the beach lovers. Besides giving a place to chill and relax, the silver sands of the beach are a host to Yakshagana performance which attracts the most number of visitors to the site. At the time of this show, people dance to the tune of the drums.

9. Karwar beach

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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.

10. 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.

11. Devbagh Beach, Karwar

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Karwar a city in Uttara Kannada district in the South Indian state of Karnataka, serves as 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. (br) Karwar is known locally (meaning, corner, Kannada word 'Kone', referring to the corner of the land mass before the Kali river) which derived its name from the nearby village of Kadwad (Kade Wada, the last wado). Kade means last and wado means precinct or area. Before Indian independence, the name Karwar was spelt Carwar.

12. Maravanthe Beach

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Located only 12 km from the main city of Kundapur, the Maravanthe Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the city of Karnataka.

13. Tagore Beach, Devbagh

3.4 /5

Shimmering golden sand and soothing coconut groves complimenting its glamour along with crystal clear water makes the Tagore Beach an extremely popular spot.

14. Majali beach, Karwar

3.4 /5

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.

15. Trasi Beach, Kundapur

3.4 /5

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.

16. Kurumgad island, Karwar

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Shaped like a tortoise, this island is home to the Narasmiha temple which is a famous pilgrimage spot in the area.

17. 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.

18. Half Moon Beach, Gokarna

3.2 /5

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.

19. Bhatkal Beach, Murudeshwar

3.2 /5

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

20. Ullal Beach, Mangalore

3.1 /5

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.

21. Kodi Beach, Maravanthe

3.1 /5

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.

22. Kaup Beach, Udupi

3.1 /5

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.

23. Alvekodi Beach, Kumta

3.1 /5

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.

24. Koodi bagh beach, Karwar

3.1 /5

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.

25. 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.

26. Kodi Beach, Maravanthe

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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.

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. Someshwara Beach, Mangalore

Located in Ullal in the city of Mangalore, Someshwara Beach is a hidden gem of the city. Encircled by lush green hills and majestic mountains in the backdrop, the beach is synonymous with tranquility, serenity and ataraxy; and, is still unexplored. Boasting of shimmering golden sands, a long and beautiful coastline, the beach is also peppered with rock boulders called Rudra Shile.

30. Paradise Beach, Pondicherry

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Also known as the Plage Paradiso, Paradise Beach is situated in Chunnambar, close to Pondicherry town. Adorned with the golden sand, this famous and highly sought after beach is always swaying with cold sea breeze.

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