Immense work pressure, monotonous life and tiring daily chores not only fills our life with anxiety and stress but also exhausts our soul. To get away from this, the best therapy is travelling. Travelling gives our wings the air it needs and helps us experience nature and architecture, keeping all the stress at a bay. Read on to know about the best places to visit in Kumta, a beautiful town in the state of Karnataka.
Popular Places to Visit in Kumta
No other destination matches the beauty of the beaches. Kumta is located on the coast of the beautiful and turquoise Arabian Sea. with an average elevation of about 3 meters, Kumta is surrounded by the majestic Western Ghats on its side.
With the stunning picturesque beauty of nature, the historical gems present in Kumta adds the cherry on top.
Here is a list of the best places to visit in Kumta.
Gokarna is a small town located in Kumta and is the most popular tourist spot there. With multiple beaches offering mesmerizing views of the magnificent Arabian Sea, Gokarna is the must-visit place if you are traveling to Kumta.
Gokarna has 4 popular beaches, the Om beach, the most famous among the tourists and is naturally shaped like the Hindu sign “Om”. The Kudle beach and the Half-Moon beach, are the least explored ones and offers you to spend quality time all by yourself.
Paradise Beach and the Main Gokarna beach are very popular among the tourists as it offers numerous water sports for the people to experience.
The Mahabaleshwar Temple is considered as the South Kashi of India and pilgrims visit here every year to attain Moksha. It is a Hindu temple from the 4th century CE and worships Lord Shiva. It is a temple formed of granites and a perfect example of our rich historical heritage.
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Om beach is the most popular beach among the tourists visiting Gokarna. It offers the exotic view of the scenic Arabian Sea and you can spend your time there just staring at the might water body or choose to experience swimming or water sports.
As the name suggests, the beach looks exactly like the Hindu auspicious sign “Om”. With nearby temples surrounding the coast, it is also often flooded by pilgrims seeking “Moksha”.
There are few shacks and resting places located on the coast and you can try delicious cuisines there. I would highly recommend to include Om beach in your bucket list of places to visit in Kumta.
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This fort was built sometime between 1604-1640 by Queen Chennabhairadevi. It is located at a distance of about 11 km from Gokarna and thus is a popular tourist destination. It was once an epic historical monument that acted as a shield for the Tuluva-Saluva clan but now is mostly in ruins.
It is a must-visit place if you are interested in ancient Indian history. Recently, it has been taken up by the Archaeological Society of India for restoration.
Referred to as the cleanest village in Karnataka and the second cleanest village in India, Yana is a must-visit if you love exploring the rawness of nature. Yana is a popular tourist destination because of the unusual and uncommon Karsi Rock formations that occur on the Sahyadri Mountain Range of the Western Ghats.
Yana can be reached by tourists by taking a small trek through the thick forest from the nearest road. It has two famous rocks, Bhairaveshwara Shikhara and Mohini Shikhara, which are 120 meters and 90 meters in height, respectively. Under the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara, there is a small Shiva Linga that is formed naturally and water drops fall naturally over the linga.
With a history that runs about 450 years back, the Mahalasa Temple is dedicated to the deity Narayani. Located in Murukatte, the temple is known for its cleanliness and for the idol worshipped there.
It is a sacred temple that offers a serene and calm environment for the visitors. It also offers rooms for accommodation for the pilgrims and tourists.
With crystal clear water and a serene environment, this beach is mostly un-explored and is situated in the village of Alvekodi. To reach here, you have to travel through a vast stretch of fields and the journey in itself is a magnificent experience.
Due to its limited popularity, there are no shacks or cafes present here and you need to speak with the villagers if you seek any help.
If you are planning to take the trekking route from Kirki to Gokarna, then you must experience the scenic beauty of this beach. Just like the Alvekodi beach, this beach is also un-explored and thus has still held its rawness.
It is surrounded by small hills on both sides and also has a rock formation at its center which adds to its beauty.
It is a beautiful temple that has a main hall and a big arch and its history run back to the Vijaynagar Empire. As the name suggests, it is dedicated to Lord Ganesha or Vinayaka and is thus also known as, Vinayakar Temple. It is considered that previously it was dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The Dhareshwar Temple is about 1000 years old according to the priests here. It is a temple made up of granite stones and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is a very clean and neat temple. If you are looking for some quiet time to spend all by yourself or dedicate yourself to praying, then this is perfect for you.
The temple is famous for the car festival that it organizes every year during the months of February and May when it was founded.
What is Kumta Famous For
Kumta is a small town and is famous for the numerous un-explored and popular beaches that it has. It is also a popular pilgrimage site and houses numerous temples dedicated to the Hindu deities.
With historical monuments like the Mirjan Fort, it is also a place of great interest for the people who have a knack in ancient history.
For shopping souvenirs and gifts, it is famous for the cashew nuts, coconuts, and betel nuts. You can also buy souvenirs such as handicrafts, wall hangings from Kumta.
How to Reach Kumta from Gokarna
Kumta and Gokarna are located at a distance of 31 km from each other. There are no direct trains, buses or flights available that connects both towns.
It is advisable that you take a private cab or taxi and reach Kumta from Gokarna. It takes about 45 minutes to reach Kumta from Gokarna by a taxi via Gokarna road and NH 66.
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