With 320 kilometres (199 miles) of coastline that stretches along the eastern shore of the Arabian Sea and that spans across three districts, it’s not surprising that Karnataka has plenty of beaches. Characterised by vast swathes of soft sands and backdrops of lush green hills, the beaches here have something for everyone, from those looking for adventure, to those looking to simply relax. Here’s a rundown of the best beaches to visit in Karnataka.
Naturally shaped like Om (an auspicious symbol in Hindu religion), Om Beach is one of the most popular stretches of shoreline in Karnataka
that sees pristine waters lapping at its shores and lush greenery surrounding it. The beach also features stunning rock creations where its outline is clearly visible. You’ll find fishermen’s boats, a few shacks and small eateries at the beach. Here, you can also get active with outdoor pursuits like surfing, banana boat rides and speed boating.
Half Moon Beach
Surrounded by luxuriant hills and lapped by stunning turquoise waters, Half Moon Beach is one of the most gorgeous shores in Karnataka. Part of its appeal lies in its slightly adventurous accessibility that make it all the more exclusive. Follow the narrow trail from Om Beach through the lush forests and thorny bushes before opening out on to the golden sandy shores of Half Moon. In terms of activities, there is great diving along the beach or you can simply stroll along its several kilometres and enjoy the sense of serenity. There are a few shacks along the beach, but we recommend bringing enough supplies to last the day.
Characterised by white sand stretching as far as the eye can see with lush green hills on three sides, Kudle Beach is a heavenly haven. During the peak months, which run from November to February, the beach is filled with backpackers and foreign travellers, while outside these months, the beach is peaceful and quiet. Most people come here in the morning or evening for a leisurely walk or to practise yoga. Pro tip: you may not find enough lifeguards here, so swimming isn’t a good idea, unless you’re an experienced swimmer.