Pristine beaches? Check. Lush green forests? Check. Ancient architecture? Check. Beautiful cities? Check. Enter Karnataka and you have it all! It’s not without reason that Karnataka tourism departments tagline is ‘One State, Many Worlds’. Karnataka with its breathtakingly diverse wilderness has something to offer for every kind of traveller, may she be a beacholic or a mountain-lover or a history-geek. And, with a coastline of nearly 280 km there are plenty of beaches to visit for beach lovers in Karnataka. Along with major beach destinations like Gokarna, Malpe, Mangalore, etc, there are also many beaches which are less-frequented by tourists. Let’s explore some of these offbeat beaches in Karnataka that you can visit when in the region.
1. Kodi Bengre Beach
Not very far from Malpe is a sleepy little village known as Kodi Bengre. Unlike, Malpe beach which has hordes of tourists always, Kodi Bengre rarely attracts any tourists since it’s in an interior location and not many people know about it (yet!). This narrow strip of land sandwiched between the Arabian sea and the river Suvarna easily tops the list of must visit offbeat beaches in Karnataka because of its otherworldly landscape.
If you want to bliss out on a quiet beach with clear waters and enjoy some moments of solitude with your friends or family, Kodi Bengre is the place to be. There’s also a small shack close to the beach where you can taste mouth-watering local sea-food like prawn curry and fish fry. The beach is also perfect for surfing and you can just drop by at the Shaka Surf Club near the beach if you want to try your hand at it.
The place is around 17 km from Udupi and can be accessed by road. It has buses plying to it throughout the day from Udupi.
2. Apsarakonda Beach
Apsarakonda literally means a pond of angels and if you happen to be here during sunrise or sunset, you’ll realise why it is named so. This is a lesser-known beach located near Honnavara, a small town in Uttara Kannada district. There is a small plunge waterfall near the beach which comes alive in the monsoons. Legend says that angels used to come to this waterfall in the past and hence the name. A small hike from the beach will take you to this falls and a park near it.
The beach has been relatively unexplored and you will be able to enjoy your solitude here as very few tourists visit this place.The place has a lot of crabs and in case you love munching on some, you can ask the fishermen around to arrange for it.
The vast expanse of crystal clear blue waters and the view from atop the park makes Apsarakonda one of the best beaches to visit in Karnataka.
3. Maravanthe Beach
Located near Kundapura in Karnataka, Maravanthe beach is one of the must-visit offbeat beaches Karnataka. The backdrop of Kodachadri hills with the Arabian sea and Sauparnika river adds to the elegance of the place & makes Maravanthe a unique place. This is also considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the state as the beach runs alongside the road for miles. This is one of the favoruite stopovers for vehicles as they pass through the NH66.
Incidentally, Maravanthe beach has also been ranked as one of the best beaches in Karnataka by Outlook Traveller magazine. The beach also has Maraswamy temple with three principal deities of Varaha, Vishnu, and Narshima which are worshipped by locals. Fishing is one of the most popular activities here. Enthusiastic visitors can also plan an outing with local fishermen here and accompany them for fishing and get a glimpse of local culture and lifestyle.
4. Tilimathi Beach
If you are looking forward to a one-of-a-kind beach in Karnataka, Tilimathi has to be one of it. This is one of the best beaches in Karnataka and the first impression of the beach is truly breathtaking with the coarse black sand at the beach. The fine black sand comes from River Kali and is brought here by the Arabian Sea.
The beach is perfect for someone looking to spend some quality time with family and friends. The beach is situated amidst hillocks and sunrise or sunset from the place is truly breathtaking.
Tilimathi Beach is also a heaven for adventure junkies as a range of adventure activities including kayaking, rowing, nature walks and pedaling are held here for the enthusiastic lot. Not to miss are rock climbing and bird watching activities which makes Tilimathi beach a truly happening place to be. The beach is accessible after a 1 Km walk from Majali village and is must-visit for the beach lovers.
5. Surathkal Beach
Unspoiled by tourist traffic, Surathkal beach is one of the best offbeat beaches to visit in Karnataka. Located 12 Km away from Mangalore city, the carving shoreline at Surathkal ends with a lighthouse at the end of the beach. The rocky hillock also offers a perfect backdrop for the lighthouse. Visitors can have an unhindered view of the surroundings from the lighthouse which is open to the visitors from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
You can also visit the Sadashiva temple near the beach when you are here. The temple located atop a hillock has 4 ponds in its vicinity and offers pristine views of Surathkal beach.
Surathkal beach is one of the best beaches in Karnataka and is best visited during the months of October to May.
If you are longing to explore some offbeat destinations in Karnataka these beaches should be on your wish-list along with other places. These unexplored beaches offer visitors a raw and unexplored side of Karnataka. Explore this unseen side of Karnataka and enjoy sun, sand & sea at these beautiful beaches.
Love going to beaches? Check out our upcoming trips to Gokarna where we go beach-hopping across 5 different beaches.