For the people living in Bangalore, weekends are generally filled with activities like pub-hopping or going on a trek to the enchanting hills in the Western Ghats. Going to a beach getaway involves a lot of planning, as the nearest and famous ones include Goa and Gokarna. Folks are either busy checking the Bangalore to Goa train timings or renting a cab to Gokarna. However, if you see beyond these two places, there are some really fascinating beach destinations near Bangalore, one can easily explore on a weekend without much of hassles.
Kolavipalam Beach –
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Situated at a distance of 312 km, this beach is situated between Vatakara and Payyoli, and south to river Murad. It is also famously known as the Turtle Beach. The latter name came from the fact that it is a spot to the naturally occurring phenomena, where the endangered species of the Olive Ridley Turtles come to lay their eggs. You can watch them hatch, and see newborn turtles crawl towards the sea, during the month of September.
Payyoli Beach –
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The Payyoli Beach is situated at a distance of 317 km from Bangalore, near the Payyoli village towards Mangalore. It is one of the most outstanding tourist places in the region, with thousands of tourists visiting the beach for daily strolling and sunbathing. It is also a great spot for photography enthusiasts who look for candid moments to capture in their cameras. However, you can check for Bangalore to Goa train timings, if you want opportunities to capture the amazing beauty of coastal India.
Kappad Beach –
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Situated at a distance of about 20 km from the Kozhikode Railway Station, Kappad beach is one of the most charming beaches to explore. If you may not know, it is also the spot that commemorates the arrival of Vasco da Gama in the country, thus, bears significance when it comes to the Indo-Portuguese relationship.
Mahabalipuram Beach –
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The Mahabalipuram Beach is situated in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu and is a six hours drive from Bangalore. It is one of the major heritage sites in the state and consists of several temples built more than 1000 years ago. So, apart from enjoying your time at the beach, you’ve got some mesmerizing history to explore at Mahabalipuram.
Ullal Beach –
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Touted as one of the best and developed beaches of Karnataka, the Ullal Beach is about 340 km from Bangalore. This beautiful beach is located to the south of the Nethravati river, in Mangalore, and is famous for its less crowded atmosphere. You can choose from going on a long walk at the beach or enjoying water sports like surfing and snorkeling.
Someshwar Beach –
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Another famous beach near the Mangalore Railway Station, this one is known for its clear waters and white sand. The presence of large, naturally occurring rocks, which the locals call as ‘Rudra Shile’, are also worth taking a look at.
Panambur Beach –
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A marvelous, secluded beach from the coasts of Mangalore, the Panambur Beach is known for its tranquil atmosphere and is the best location if you’re looking forward to spending some quiet time.