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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

Karwar is situated just 100 km from Goa makes a good starting point, for the voyage of discovering the thrills of the sea, sand and sun. Karwar has all the makings of a perfect holiday with gentle waves, palm-laced beaches, silver sand, and calm, peaceful alleys. Once an important trade centre, this charming town is complemented by glorious weather and an excellent beach which is said to have inspired Rabindranath Tagore to pen his first play. For wildlife lovers, the Dandeli Game Park is just 157 km away. Major attractions of this 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. It is 525 kms From Bangalore/100 kms from Goa. It can be approached by road and rail from Ba ngalore.

Marwanthe

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. It is 110 km north of Mangalore and has a scenic beach. Baindur is a small town, 45 km from Maravanthe. It has a beautiful beach nearby. Ottanane near Baindur is famous for its glorious sunset.Watersports and beach resorts promise an enjoyable holiday here. Maravanthe is 525 kms from Bangalore and 110 kms from Mangalore. It can be approached by road and rail from Bangalore and Mangalore.

Malpe

This beach is 66 km north of Mangalore and 6 km from Udupi.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. It is a popular picnic spot due to the pristine beauty and peaceful surrounding of its virgin beach. The endless stretch of golden sand, swaying Palm trees, clear blue sky and the gurgle of the sea attracts tourists to this spot. Between October - January is the best time to visit this place. The St Mary's Island is another delightful holiday destination. It is just a boat ride away. 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. Malpe is 392 kms from Bangalore and 66 kms from Mangalore. It can be approached by road and rail from Bangalore and Mangalore.

Murudeshwar

This picturesque place is situated 16 km from Bhatkal. Bounded by the shimmering sea and rolling hills, this place is a favourite tourist spot. It is known for the gorgeous temple perched on a hillock by the shore. The temple which embodies a Linga is believed to have erupted when Ravana flung the cloth covering the Atmalinga at Gokarna while lifting it. As one ascends the hillock, there is a shrine of Jattiga seated on a horse. There is a huge fort behind the temple, said to have been renovated by Tipu. The place can be visited all the year round. Murdeshwara is 386 kms from Bangalore/ 151 kms from Karwar. It can be approached by road and rail from Bangalore and by road from Karwar.

Mangalore

Mangalore is located near the back waters formed by the convergence of the rivers Netravathi and Gurupur and derives its name from the presiding deity Mangladevi, the Godess of fortune. The city has a healthy mix of cultures working harmoniously. Though the city is growing as a major commercial hub, it has retained a certain old-world charm. Mangalore is 357 kms from Bangalore. It can be approached by road and rail and air from Bangalore.

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