Karnataka has a 320 km long coastline,
dotted with numerous beaches, that beckon invitingly to those
craving for some respite, from the maddening grind of urban
life. The serenity and unspoilt charm of the area, coupled
with the spontaneity of the coastal folk, and their delectable
cuisine is just overwhelming.
Karwar, just 100 km from Goa
makes a good starting point, for the voyage of discovering
the thrills of the sea, sand and sun. Karwar's idyllic beauty
inspired the great Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, to pen
down his first play. Other attractions of the place, include
the Sadashivgad Hill fort with a Durga temple, the unique
Octagonal Church, and the 300 year old Venkataramana Temple,
that houses some fine ochre paintings. For wildlife lovers,
the Dandeli Game Park is just 157 km away.
Marwanthe is a unique seaside town, where the West Coast Highway
cruises along with the Arabian Sea on one side, and the river
Sauparnika rushes against a verdant mountainous backdrop on
the other. Sunset casts a breathtaking glow on the surrounding
waterscape. Watersports and beach resorts promise an enjoyable
Malpe with its sheltered harbour makes a quiet beach retreat,
just six kilometres away from Udupi, the temple town, renowned
for a fascinating idol of Lord Krishna. Right across is St.
Mary's Isles, more serene and ideal for picnics. Close to
Malpe is Ullal, yet another beach resort, the silvery beaches
of which command breathtaking views of the sunset, especially,
when viewed through the casuarina groves.