If you live in Mangalore, I am sure you have visited these Top 5 beaches in Mangalore. If you are visitor reading this, add these to your things-to-do-list. Mangalore is the Southernmost city in Coastal Karnataka. Since it is situated right across the Arabian Sea, Mangalore is dotted with many beaches along its coast. Here are some of the must visit ones:
#1 Panambur Beach
The most dazzling, aggressive and popular outing spot, Panambur beach attracts a large number of tourists during the summer vacation and holidays. This picturesque beach is situated on the Mangalore – Udupi highway and is around 13 kms. from the heart of Mangalore city. This beach stretches all the way to Surathkal and one can have a view of the Light House and splendid ships sailing on the waves of Arabian Sea. Panambus Beach also hosts the annual Kite Festival in January. To get there take the City Bus Number- 40, 41, 45, 59.
#2 Tannirbhavi Beach
At a distance of 12 Kms from Mangalore, Tannirbavi Beach is located towards the southern end of Mangalore Port. The beach is the property of Mangalore port trust. This is one of the best beaches of Mangalore. The soft sands of the beach and breezy winds of Arabian Sea offer memorable experience. It is also a favorite spot to watch the sunset. You can see the remains of a ship which sank 15 years ago near the beach. This beach is comparatively deserted and is a great spot for safe swimming. You can reach there by going to Sultan Battery and crossing the Ferry to reach Tannirbhavi Beach. To get to Sultan Battery take the City Bus Number- 16 & 16A. To directly reach Tannirbhavi, take Bus Number- 1A.
#3 Someshwara Beach
The most pristine and rocky beach facing the Kanara region is 9 Kms to the south of Mangalore, and 1/2 Km from the Someshwara Bus stand, this beach is well-known for the large rocks called “Rudra Shile”. The historical Somanath Temple constructed during the regime of the famous queen Abbakka Devi is situated in the north side. The Sea is violent here but blue waters nibbling at your feet and the wind in your hair will be a veritable paradise. Try to avoid swimming in this beach. To get there take the City Bus Number: 44A, 44B, 44C, 44D.
#4 Ullal Beach
12 Kms. South of city center lies Ullal beach. The beach with a stretch of Coconut trees and the fishermen’s lane make it picturesque, creating a lovely coastal experience. The ruined fort of Abbakka Devi and Jain temples of 16th century are other attractions for tourists. The Dargah of Sayed Mohammed Shereful Madani, who is said to have come to Ullal from Madina 400 years ago, is a famous dargah in this region. To get there take the City Bus Number- 44A, B, D.
#5 Surathkal Beach
Surathkal beach is situated 20 Kms. away from Mangalore towards Udupi. This beautiful beach is among the cleanest bits of Coastline on the Karavali. This picturesque beach is known for its clean surrounding and its light house. This beach is few minutes away from National Institute of Technology, Karnataka. Near the beach, the temple of Lord Sadashiva and the huge lighthouse on the rock overlooking the Arabian Sea are other tourist attractions. To get there take any Bus which goes towards Surathkal.
This post is as part of my Best of Mangalore series. Check out the previous and next posts to read more about Mangalore.