luxuriant beach-line 16 km from the bustling Bhatkal town awaits to be
explored and invigorated. The serene sea, the sprawling sands and the
swaying palms - may not sound any different from any other beach. But what
makes Bhatkal special is the ambience of sanctity in pleasure and the horde
of temples can have all the credit besides the endowment of nature. Spend
your holidays there anytime between August and March and the replenishment
is going to last for a year - more so, because you won't be able to restrain
the call of the beaches for long.
The Call Of The Beaches
Bhatkal, being less heard of in the tourist 'hot-hunts', can be a classic
option for those who want to spend their vacation in perfect tranquility.
Just like its share of the azure sea, its beaches emanate a sense of
vastness shrouded in mystery.
A Floating Mountain
A 30 km off the Bhatkal shore is a 30 acre forest area located above the
island-hill called Netrani. Without the usual beaches, boats have to be
balanced against the rocks and the dashing with a sea is 200 meters deep at
those quarters. Besides, this place is a site of worship for fishermen
belonging to Hinduism, Christianity and Islam, which lends the island a
unique aura. It is also used by Indian Navy for testing their bombing
skills. Adventurers or pilgrims, Netrani can be a welcoming abode and a
memorable one at that.
Bhatkal was the main port of the Vijayanagar Empire during their glorious
reign in the 16th century. The kings found it a perfect solitaire for
constructing their temples. The ruins of those majestic temples still exist
and are frequented by tourists and pilgrims from all over Karnataka and
abroad. The Jain Chadranatha Basadi and a 17th century Vijayanagar Temple
with intricate animal carvings so typical of the Vijayanagar artisans are
the most visited ones.
Reaching Bhatkal Beach
The nearest airport from Bhatkal is at Goa. From
here take a bus or taxi to reach Bhatkal.
Hubli in Karnataka is the nearest railhead from
16 km from Bhatkal town and 126 km from Karwar
Stay Back At
Accommodation options abound. Hotel Seema and Vaibhav Lodge are popular.
For those who are looking for a luxuriant, yet economic vacation, we can
help you book the best accommodation option.