The Serene Beach of Karnataka
Kumta can be categorized as a beachside coastal town located in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. Kumta is a stopover between Gokarna and Murudeshwara and home to some idyllic beaches for offbeat travellers seeking a peaceful countryside stay. The little town of Kumta comes with stunning sceneries, rich culture and impressive monuments making it a memorable experience to visit. The highlight of the town is the Om beach and the Gokarna Temple that lies a few distances away from this place. For the more adventurer types, Yana serves as the ideal destination with wonderful rocky trekking trails. The ancient temples of Kumta that include Sri Kumbeshwar Temple, Shankar Narayan and Shantika Parmeshwari can provide an intoxication of spiritual energy into one’s soul. Along with this, the town itself lies on the coast of beaches that have a unique rock formation with the beauty of nature as a backdrop where the Aghanashani River falls into the Arabian Sea. The winter season that starts from November till March can be considered as the best time to visit Kumta.
Kumta serves as an intriguing part of Kannada region that is filled up with history and culture. There are a lot of places to visit in Kumta that falls under the genre of culture that includes forts, museums, monuments and archaeological sites. The local people of Kumta mainly belongs to the Halakkai Tribe and are supposed to be the original inhabitants of Karnataka. Shri Venkatraman Dev Temple situated in the heart of Kumta celebrates the famous festival of Magha Shuddha Saptami in the month of May with a Car Festival in February month. Along with it the town of Kumta can be seen celebrating all the annual religious festivals like Rathotsav, Kartikotsav, Saptaprahar Bhajan, Champashasti Utsav, Ugadi, Ramnavami, Mukkoti Dwadashi, Anant Vritha and Akshaya Triteeya, etc. with much pride and unity.
Top things do in Kumta
How to reach
Kumta can be easily reached through air and rail services. The roads have a good network with all the neighbouring cities and are connected directly. Visit Kumta during the winter season, since during summer you can be exposed to humid and hot weather.
How to Reach by Flight
The Dabolim International Airport in Goa is the nearest airport to Kumta that is situated at a distance of 168 km. it is ideal for all the domestic and international tourist coming from all over the world to opt it as an easy transportation service to reach Kumta. The airport is connected with all the major cities of the country.
How to Reach by Train
The Kumta Railway Station is connected with all the neighbouring cities of the state and is located at a distance of 4 km from the city centre. The station gets regular train line from all the major cities of India like Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Cochin, Bangalore and Chennai etc.
How to Reach by Bus
Kumta is linked with its surrounding cities and towns of India via a well-maintained network of roads. The North West Karnataka Transport Corporation (NWKTC) along with luxury, deluxe and semi-deluxe buses for Kumta are frequently available from major destinations such as Mysore, Pune, Goa, Bangalore, Mumbai etc.
How to Reach by Road
Alternatively, you can drive to Kumta from all the nearby cities of the country. One of the most frequently used highway to Kumta is National Highway 66 which links Goa with Kumta for a distance of 156 km. The driving distance between Karwar to Kumta is 72 km which takes 2 hours to reach along with one can enjoy the short pleasant drive from its other neighbouring cities such as Sirsi, Udipi and Shimoga.
How to travel within
Kumta can be explored by renting cabs to move towards the long distances whereas buses and auto rickshaw are available as a convenient mode of transportation within the city.
Being in Kumta gives you the luxury of tasting coastal cuisines that includes fresh fish caught daily by the locals. Including the vegetarian food of Saraswat Cuisine which is also quite popular in the region. The staple food of the region includes steamed rice with an accompaniment of vegetable and/or seafood. Tea is the most popular beverage and is served with cardamom or mint. Few of the most interesting local dishes to try in Kumta includes Kadubu, Holige, Kotte Roti, Banana Buns, Chippikal Sukkha, Dry Fish Chutney and Crab Curry. One can find varieties of fish dishes in the local restaurants and also have the taste of eating fried fishes and Masala fish fry sold by the vendors in the beaches.
Day 1: Reaching Kumta by train, it is just a few minutes journey to the centre of the town. Get checked in your pre-book hotel and head for your first destination in Kumta. Go to Alvekodi Beach to explore the rocky terrains and the old lighthouse. Hire a cab that will take you to Dhareshwar where you can see the beauty of the sea along with the famous Mahadev Temple. Get back to the city and lunch enjoying the coastal cuisine. Take rest and spend a serene evening watching the sunset from Baada Beach. Finish your day by shopping in Kumta town for cashew nuts.
Day 2: Finishing breakfast, travel to Gokarna to visit the fabulous Mahabaleshwar temple along with the unique Om Beach. Take a detour and visit Mardol City for Maleshwar Temple. While getting back to Kumta stop at Mirjan Fort to explore the 16th Century architect. Getting back in town have lunch and visit the Uppin Temple to seek the blessing of Ganpati before starting your journey back home the next day.