Surathkal is an extremely quietly beach in the city of Mangalore in Karnataka. The credit for the popularity of this place goes to the local engineering college just at the proximity of the beach. This beach is extremely clean and is not spoiled by the hustle of the tourists. In fact, the very stretch of the Mangalore beach witnesses fewer footfalls when compared to that of the other beaches. Surathkal is the suburban area of Mangalore city. This beach is serenely beautiful, quiet and blessed by Mother Nature when it comes to cleanliness.
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A small overview of the traveling and staying at the Surathkal Beach
The Surathkal beach is located just twelve kilometers away from the main city of Mangalore. Mangalore is well-connected to other cities of Karnataka by road and rail. If you are traveling by air, the nearest airport is the Mangalore International Airport. Surathkal has got only one hotel which suits to the criteria of affordability of the tourists. The hotel offers room to the travelers at low prices, and the food quality too is worth the expense at the hotel. It is advisable to the travelers that they stay at the main city of Mangalore and then plan for a day’s excursion at the Surathkal Beach. Why stay at Mangalore? Because Mangalore being a proper urban city will give you a lot of options to get hold of a comfortable accommodation as well as food.
Mangalore hotels range from providing luxury suites to budget rooms, both of which are suitable for the travelers who visit the Surathkal Beach for a short notice. The best time to visit this beach is between the months of November and February. At that time, the weather conditions like the temperature and humidity remain at a tolerated level. From Mangalore, if you are taking a bus, you can get hold them in plenty. These buses are mainly operated by the private owners as well as the state government. You can also hire an automated rickshaw to reach the Surathkal Beach. The entire beach of Surathkal is based on a curvy line of shore.
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The beauty of the Surathkal Beach
The beach even has a lighthouse on a hillock beside the shore. If you get the chance to climb to the top of it, you will be able to witness a breathtaking view of the sea as well as the countryside. The opening time of the lighthouse for the visitors starts from four o’clock in the evening and then ends in five in the evening. The travelers are advised to stay back at the beach during the time of sunset of the Surathkal Beach. In the early hours of the morning, one can witness the fisherman bringing in fishes from the sea. They reside at the neighboring villages by the sea. The places of tourist attractions around the Surathkal Beach are the Moodbidri tow, Sasihitulu village, Sacred Heart Church, Astha Matha, Sadashiva Temple, etc. Below are short details of these places:
- The Sadashiva Temple is an ancient temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is located at the top of a hillock. This temple has got four small ponds at its surrounding area, in the shapes of mace, wheel, conch and lotus. It is needless to say the view of this temple is spell binding.
- Moodbidri town is located just twenty kilometers away from the Surathkal This town is considered to be a Jain centered place since the ancient eras of the fifteenth century. This area has got a lot of Jain temple which is still standing strong in good condition.
- The Astha Math was built by the renowned Saint Madhwacharya. This Matha has got intricately detailed work of trellis.
- The Sasihitulu Village is situated at the distance of just fifteen kilometers away from the Surathkal At this place, the mighty Pavanje Rivers flows and meets the Arabian Sea after forming of an estuary. From a certain elevation, the view of this place is immensely beautiful.
- The Sacred Heart Chuch is considered to be one of the oldest churches in this area.
- The Udupi, Kukke Subramanya and Kollur are holy sites of Hindu pilgrimage. These places are situated closer to Mangalore. You can make Mangalore the base point of your travel to these places.
- The Murdeshwar temple is another temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is popular for housing a humongous statue of the God which overlooks the Surathkal
- Other beaches like Someshwara, Kaup, and Maslpe are located just around the city of Mangalore, which can easily compete with the beaches of Goa when compared to the platform of natural beauty.
- The Sasihitulu beach is just two kilometers away from the Suratkal Beach. It is situated near Mukka. This place is just twenty-two kilometers away from the city of Mangalore, on the National Highway sixty-six. You can take a tiny deviation from Haleyangadi which will lead you to the beach of Sahisitulu beach. This beach is popular with the tourists for enjoying the natural beauty. The sands are white, and from a distance, they look like an entire spread of a milky path which meets at the serene blue sea. The cool breeze coming from the sea will provide you a cooling relief in the scorching heat. This beach is extremely noiseless, and if you are lucky, you can find more than ten people in the proximity of the area. You can say that this place is not that a well-known tourist spot. You can witness the activities of the fishermen who belong to the nearby villages. You can hire a motorized boat and travel to the Munda Island. This island id surrounded by the River Nandini as well as Shambhave River. On the other side, It has the Arabian Sea. This is a popular tourist spot as well.
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