Just before the curtains fell on 2014, we went on our last trip for the year, to make sure the year ended on a ‘high’ note ( read tipsy note).
Still in ‘Discover Karnataka mode’ and in road-trip mood, this time the plan was to drive along Karnataka’s coast.
Our road-trip-along the coast started in Gokarna but we drove up to Karwar, from there. And we went the whole nine-yards by driving up till the Goa border and then driving all the way down to Surathkal near Mangalore.
Between Karwar in Uttar Kannada and Surathkal in Dakshina Kannada, we made stops in Gokarna, Kumta, Honnavar, Bhatkal, Ottinane, made a quick mini trip to Kollur and got back to the coast and then set foot in Marvanthe, Malpe and did another drive into Udupi- the town.
Karnataka Coast: Points-of-Interest
Although we toured the INS Chapal, a warship docked in Karwar and did a walk through Mirjan Fort in Kumta, treated our taste buds to some Bhatkal Biryani and all that, this trip was mostly about beach-hopping along the Karnataka’s coast. It was about catching some sunsets and realising how much of the bounty that nature blessed the southernmost part of the west coast with, extended into the state neighbouring it in the north.
The coconut palms, the terracotta tiled roofs and even the countryside along the coast looked not quite unlike what we are used to see along Kerala’s coast. Now that Karnataka’s coast can be safely checked off the list, it was nice to drop some pins in the gap between Kerala and Goa as far as our ‘been-there travel map’ is concerned. Wasn’t that a holiday well spent!
Beach-Hopping along the Karnataka Coast
For a while now, I’ve been posting pictures ‘#FromTheRoad’ on Tipsy from the TRIP’s facebook page hoping to provide some vicarious travel for the followers. While we beach-hopped along Karnataka’s coastline, these were the pictures that went up on the page. Now these images are mobile phone photographs and so, not the best, but a quick-look at the stops we made along the route.
From North to South — that is — from Karwar to Surathkal, here they are:
|Rabindranath Tagore Beach, Karwar, Karnataka|
|Om Beach, Gokarna.|
|Kudle Beach, Gokarna|
|Murudeshwar Beach, Murudeshwar.|
|Ottinene Beach, Udupi dt.|
|Marawanthe Beach, Udupi dt.|
|Malpe Beach, Udupi dt.|
|Surathkal Beach, Surathkal, Dakshina Kannada|
Coming soon: More details and better pictures from all those foot-stops along the Karnataka Coast. Keep tripping with us. 🙂
From the road trip along the KA coast:
- Karwar – Karnataka’s picturesque Northwest
- Gokarna – A temple town and beach town rolled into one
- Glimpses of Honnavar and Sharavathi (river)
- Murudeshwar – Where everything seems MASSIVE
- A beach so unspoiled and ‘simply beautiful’
- Wave watching on Maravanthe Beach
- Another beach, an island and an beach on the island
- Catching sundown in Surathkal
Other posts from the ‘Discover Karnataka’ Series
- Road tripping across Karnataka
- Oh My! Jog?
- Trying to spot a tiger at Bhadra
- Amusing trees of the Bhadra wilderness
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