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Tilmati: The Black Sand Beach in Karnataka!

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Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 11:28 [IST]
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India flaunts of its plenty of tourist destinations across the nation. From the hilly Kashmir in the North to the Southern tip of Kanyakumari, the country has everything for a traveller. Beaches, temples, forts, palaces and other attractions make India one of the major global tourist hubs.

You must be familiar with many beaches in the country, but have you heard of a black sand beach in India? Tilmati beach in Karwar located in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. The sand here looks like black sesame, which is why the beach is named Tilmati which means sesame (til) and sand (mati) in Konkani.

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A beautiful view of Tilmati beach
Photo Courtesy: Abhijeet Rane

This lovely black sand beach in Karnataka is at a distance of 13km from Karwar bus stand and around 2.5km from Majali bus stop. This unique beach is less than 3km from Polem beach in Goa. From Majali in Karwar, one has to take a short trek to reach the beach.

Since it is an unexplored beach, Tilmati is not crowded and also offers a serene atmosphere to enjoy during evenings. The view of Arabian Sea from here is something that has to be experienced. The best time to witness the beauty of the beach is during sunrise and sunsets.

The colour of the sand here is believed to be black because of the natural phenomenon of the waves coming and hitting the basaltic rocks in this area. Another belief is that the Arabian Sea brings along the black sand of river Kali to the shores of Tilmati.

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The black sands at Tilmati beach
Photo Courtesy: Abhijeet Rane 

Tilmati is a great place for holidaying. Located among hillocks and away from the city, the place is ideal for some time with your loved ones. For some great adventure, you can head to Majali beach village near to Tilmati, which offers some activities like high speed boating, kayaking, rowing, pedalling and dolphin watching.

It is not advised to visit Tilmati during peak monsoon season, as the trek from Majali to Tilmati becomes difficult during this season. Night camping can be done here if you would love to stay overnight and enjoy stargazing.

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