Karnataka has a coastline that stretches across 320 km along the Arabian Sea and thus, is home to many stunning beaches. Karnataka is one of the top beach destinations in India that attracts tourists from all over the country. Dotted with swaying coconut trees, golden sands, and a serene atmosphere, the beaches in Karnataka also hosts thrilling activities that keep couples, friends, and families engaged.
If you are looking for a relaxing getaway, then you can plan a trip to Karnataka beaches. Some idyllic beaches also offer retreats to visitors for beach holidays in Karnataka. It is the best way to get away from the city bustle and rejuvenate your mind and soul.
From balmy beaches of Gokarna to golden sandy ones in Karwar, here is a list of the best beaches in Karnataka, which are perfect for planning a beach vacation in India.
Famous Beaches in Karnataka
Best Time to Visit
Things to do
|Om Beach, Gokarna||
October - March
|Speed boating, surfing, boating|
|Panambur Beach, Mangalore||October - February||Parasailing, surfing, parasailing, horse riding, boat rides, water scooters, camel rides, jet skiing|
|Kudle Beach, Gokarna||November - March||Swimming, sunbathing|
|Murudeshwar Beach, Murudeshwar||October - February||Swimming, temples visit, picnic, traditional buffalo races, cockfights|
|Karwar Beach||October - February||Snorkelling, sea diving|
|Gokarna Beach||October – March||Rock climbing, swimming, picnic, sunbathing|
|Paradise Beach, Gokarna||November - March||Hiking, relax by the beach, picnic|
|Tannirbavi Beach, Mangalore||September - February||Boating, swimming|
|Nirvana Beach, Gokarna||November - February||Swimming, camping, witness the unique phenomenon of bioluminescent phytoplankton|
|Kodi Beach, Udupi||October - March||Nature walk, rock climbing, swimming|
|Maravanthe Beach, Udupi||September – March||Boat cruise, nature walks, swimming, sunbathing|
|Someshwar Beach, Mangalore||October - April||Rock climbing, nature walk|
|Belekeri Beach, Ankola||November - April||Nature walks, swimming, visiting the temples|
|Malpe Beach, Udupi||October - December||Fishing, watching sunset, swimming|
|Tagore Beach, Devbagh||December & January||Swimming, nature walks, watch the sunset, visit Warship Museum|
Om Beach, Gokarna
Offering spectacular views of the sea, Om Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Karnataka. Shaped like a crescent, it offers a stunning backdrop for photography. Fine sands and rock creations with a view of fishermen's boats at a distance will make the beach getaway memorable. Shacks and stalls nearby offer delicious food and cheap accommodation is also available nearby.
Panambur Beach, Mangalore
Clear blue waters and white sands put Panambur Beach in Mangalore among the most beautiful beaches in Karnataka. If you are a photographer, you will get some amazing shots here. While at this beach, witness the spectacular sunset splashing different hues across the sky at Panambur Beach. And if you love partying and nightlife, it is one of the best places to visit in Mangalore.
Kudle Beach, Gokarna
Gokarna is a beach paradise and Kudle Beach is one of them. It is the most serene beach among all Karnataka beaches. Escape the crowds and spend quality time at Kudle Beach with your loved ones. For a delightful experience, you can watch the sunset, put up a hammock, read a book, or stroll on the beach.
Murudeshwar Beach, Murudeshwar
Enjoy the mix of turquoise waters and a backdrop with majestic mountains. Murudeshwar Beach is lined up with swaying coconut trees and rare areca nuts. If you love peace, you will love this beach. You can enjoy a bonding time here and witness rare tropical flora far away from the city noises. Read More
Karwar Beach is among the best beaches in Karnataka especially for adrenaline seekers. You can indulge in snorkeling and sea diving here. On your visit to Karwar Beach, you can also try the spicy treats available near the beach for cheap. For more fun, visit Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary located near the beach. Read More.
One of the cleanest beaches in Karnataka, Gokarna Beach is popular among many locals and tourists alike. The panoramic vistas and stunning coastline attract and provide a visual treat to tourists. You can take a dip in the clean waters or relax on the beach with your loved ones. It is the perfect place to go for a picnic and enjoy the emerald greenery.
Paradise Beach, Gokarna
Paradise Beach is a long 150 meters stretch. It has white sands and turquoise waters, which makes it appealing. Paradise Beach is an ideal spot for solitude seekers and couples who want to spend quality time. The beach is cut off from tourists and thus, it attracts people solely for its peaceful atmosphere.
Tannirbavi Beach, Mangalore
For a blissful beach experience in Karnataka, visit Tannirbavi Beach in Mangalore. Enclosed by tall trees, you will see the most stunning sunset here. It is famous among the locals and tourists for its calm environment. The sight of boats riding the waves and tiny fishes visible through the clear waters makes Tannirbavi Beach a nature lover’s paradise.
Nirvana Beach, Gokarna
Nirvana Beach is one of the most visited beaches in Karnataka. The unique phenomenon of bioluminescent phytoplankton (in which the water glows) is the main feature that attracts a large number of people to this beach especially at night. The tiny fairy lights brighten up the pitch dark and make your visit worth it unforgettable.
Kodi Beach, Udupi
Enjoy the silence of nature as you stroll on the white sands of Kodi Beach in Udupi. This is an isolated beach, which is ideal for couples and peace lovers and is the perfect escape from the touristy crowds. For adrenaline seekers, there are fun activities to indulge in at Kodi Beach.
Maravanthe Beach, Udupi
The stunning backdrop at Maravanthe Beach in Udupi is perfect for some Instagram-worthy pictures. Its sandy coastline and a variety of flora invite a lot of tourists to this beach. The beach is secluded and is great to relax and rejuvenate your mind and body. In the evening, you can witness mesmerizing sunset while enjoying a boat ride.
Someshwar Beach, Mangalore
Tucked away among lush green hills and rugged mountains, Someshwar Beach in Mangalore is a hidden beach, which is the epitome of serenity and tranquility. This beautiful beach is dotted with rocky cliffs and thus, lures many adventure enthusiasts. Also, you can visit the famous Ottinene Hill to witness the incredible views of the Arabian Sea. Read More.
Belekeri Beach, Ankola
Ankola houses some of the best beaches in Karnataka and Belekeri Beach is one of them. The stretch of this unexplored coastline provides the loveliest sights. Belekeri is also known for its Hindu temples and two of which are located close to the beach. You can also attend the annual fair of Bandihabba held at Belekeri Beach in May to express devotion towards Lord Buddha.
Malpe Beach, Udupi
Offering incredible views for photography, Malpe Beach in Udupi is a must-visit Karnataka beach. The serene environs of this beach will soothe your mind and the views of the majestic Arabian Sea and rocky islands on three sides will provide a visual treat. Also, Malpe Beach has azure waters, which is perfect for a swim session. Read More.
Tagore Beach, Devbagh
Shaped like a crescent moon, Tagore Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Karnataka. Visit this beach to enjoy the mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets over the blue waters. It overlooks the confluence point of the Kali River and the Arabian Sea. Flanked by groves of coconut trees, the balmy breeze here will take away your exhaustion and rejuvenate your mind.