Sandy toes, sun kissed hair, salty breeze and loads of fun; life is always better at a beach! If you are a beach baby, you would definitely agree with that. Luckily, there are so many amazing beaches in India for the beach lovers. One such beach is the Panambur Beach in Mangalore, Karnataka.
The Panambur Beach is located at a distance of 10 km from Mangalore city, on the shores of the Arabian Sea. Due to its proximity to the city, it is the most popular and most visited beaches in Mangalore. Known to be one of the safest and well-maintained beaches, it is also famous for its dramatic sunset. There are some really amazing beaches of Karnataka, which you mustn't miss.
Panambur beach is named after the nearby port, and in local parlance, 'panam' means money or wealth. The Panambur beach is a very busy and happening place. It offers all sorts of activities like camel rides, horse rides, and buggy rides, etc. Visitors can also engage in a variety of water sports including parasailing, jet ski, water scooter, surfing boating etc.
As more and more people are getting interested in travelling, they are opening up to try new things and taste safe adventures. Surfing is one such sport that is slowly gaining popularity., a few surf shops facilitate the sport here. Many novices and beginners try surfing on the waves here under the expert guidance.
The Panambur Beach is well connected with the Mangalore city and is easily accessible by public transport. Mangalore is well connected with other major places like Bangalore, Manipal, and Kannur by roadways and railways.
The nearest airport is at Mangalore, which is 12 km away from the Panambur Beach. Mangalore Central and Mangalore Junction are the nearest railway stations, at a distance of 14 km and 15 km respectively. Taxis can be availed from the airport and the railway stations for the beach.
Best Time To Visit
Although visited throughout the year, the peak season to visit Panambur beach is around winter months, i.e., between October to February given a cool and pleasant weather. While summers and monsoons are avoided by visitors due to the soaring temperatures and heavy rainfalls, respectively, some adventure seekers do venture out around these times.
5 Places To Visit Near Panambur Beach
Shri Nandaneshawara Temple
Located about a kilometre from the Panambur beach, the Nandaneshwara temple is an ancient Shiva temple. It is said to be over 2000 years old, but its mention is found in various historical documents from Egypt, Rome and Greece dating back to 2nd century BC. Interesting stories about the temple are also rooted in Indian mythology.
Located at the southern end of the Mangalore Port, the Tannirbavi Beach is a relatively less crowded beach. It is about 3 km away from the Panambur beach. Being less crowded, it is a perfect spot for swimming and watching the stunning sunset in solitude. Remains of old shipwrecks can also be seen from here.
At a distance of approximately 5.5 km, Sultan Battery is a watchtower built by Tipu Sultan. It a mini fortress with a facility to store cannonballs and gunpowder in its basement, and to keep watch on the warship entering the area from the nearby Gurupura River. The structure now provides panoramic views of the surroundings.
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Kudroli Gokarnath Temple
Located about 7.5 km from the Panambur Beach, the Kudroli Gokarnath temple is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built under the guidance of Narayan Guru, a famous social reformer from Kerala. Visit the temple to see the beautiful gopuram built in Chola architectural style.
Suratkal Beach is yet another clean and picturesque beach located around 7.6 km from the Panambur beach. Like its counterpart, Panambur beach, this beach too is popular for its sunset views and the place is usually flocked by visitors around sunset. A beautiful Shiva temple perched on a nearby hillock is another place frequented by the visitors.