Enough of Goa? Why not visit another Indian coastal city? We recommend Mangalore, a city in Karnataka on the western coastline, for your upcoming or next beach vacation in India. An interface between nature and civilization, Mangalore city is a hub of scenic beaches. The warm and wonderful beaches of this Indian city dotted with panoramic landscape all around, make an ideal destination for romantic holidays and family vacations. A 20km long drive from the city center, Mangalore International Airport connects the city with the rest of the world. Let’s virtually explore the best five Mangalore beaches:
Close to Panambur the Mangalore Port area, Panambur Beach embodies the maiden beauty of nature. The most visited beach in Mangalore, Panambur Beach receives thousands of footfalls during carnivals. It comes alive as a hotbed of kicking activities: water sports and sand sculpture contests. The International Kite Festival is the biggest draw of this Mangalore beach. The festival is held on the sandy beach every two years. Recently, Panambur Beach has evolved into a wedding destination as well.
Someshwar Beach in the solitude of nature is known for its pristine beauty. An eyeful sight of the rolling waves striking against and spreading over rocks on the beach is sure to discover the painter or photographer in you. Walking, strolling, sitting and sunbathing on the golden sands of Someshwar Beach are pleasurable activities. Catch glimpses of the Netravati River making its way towards the sea, from the Ottinene hilltop. Unsuitable for swimming because of hidden rocks, this Mangalore beach has several wonders to be explored.
Another prime tourist attraction in Mangalore, Ullal Beach is said to be one of the best in Karnataka. Stretched out on the bank of the Arabian Sea, Ullal Beach is a panorama of crystal blue waters and lush green landscape. Close to a fishing village, the beach retains the most coveted old world charm. Many a cathedral dating back to the 16th century dots the surrounding landscape of this Mangalore beach. Breaking the silence of the beach are only the roaring waves. Queen Abbakka’s Fort is one of the nearby attractions of the place.
Close to Udupi, a temple town in Karnataka, Malpe Beach is as beautiful as a blooming flower. Dotted with rows of palm trees standing tall and dominated by the blue sky hanging over the sea, this Mangalore beach is a natural haven to lovers and photographers. Some islands such as St. Mary’s Island, Daria-Bhadurgad, Kari-Illada-Kallu and Daria-Gadara-Kalluthe are accessible by a short boat ride from Malpe Beach. A visit to these islands rich in geographical features makes a good educational trip.
A must visit on tours to Mangalore, Murudeshwar Beach with cool breeze, splashing waters, balmy sand and clean ambience is a poet’s imagination. Close to Murudeshwar, a temple town, the beach is also famous for the Murudeshwar Temple. The life-size statue of Lord Shiva, the attraction of the temple, dominates the landscape around the beach and looks over the sea. This Mangalore beach is frequented by not only holiday makers but pilgrims too.
The list of Mangalore beaches does not end here. There is a lot to say about each beach and share with you. Even a full-length article falls short of describing the attractions of the beaches. Visiting Mangalore beaches for breaths of fresh air is many times better than browsing the photos of the beaches, shared by your Facebook friends.