Kumta in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka in India and is about 142 km from Margao. Travellers visiting Kumta can experience scenery at its best, monuments and beaches which have unique rock formations. Besides its mesmerising scenic beauty, the coastal town is famous for ancient temples like Sri Kumbeshwar, Shankar Narayan, Mahalasa temple and Shantika Parmeshwari.
Kumta is also an ideal place for adventure lovers. Tourists can experience the thrill of rock climbing at Yana, which is about 29 km from Kumta. The unique rock formation attracts nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Travellers coming to Kumta can also plan their trip to Karwar, which is about 70 km from the coastal town. Tourists can also visit Gokarna, which is only 30 km from Kumta. Here is a guide to the coastal town of Kumta in Karnataka.
A lesser known beach to the tourists is situated along the Arabian Sea and is 4 km away from Kumta. Light house, lush greenary and coconut trees are the highlight of the beach. There is an old church that is located beside the beach for tourists to visit.
Beautiful view of the beach
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Mirjan Fort is known for its architectural marvel and it was believed to be the location of several battles in the past. The fort is located on the banks of the Aganashini River, a tributary of the Sharavathi River. The fort is in a ruined state now and and in order to attract more tourists, there are plans of renovating the fort by the department of Architecture Survey of India.
Serene view of the fort
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When travelling Kumta, tourists are recommended to visit the Baada Beach. The beach has some rocks in the middle and is surrounded by towering hills on both sides.
Waves splashing against the rocks
Mahalasa Narayani Temple
This temple is believed to be 450 years old and is one of the major tourist attractions of Kumta. Shri Mahalasa Narayani is the presiding deity of the temple, Laxminarayan, Grampurush, Shanteri, Dadshankar, Bhagavati and Kalabhairav are the other gods and goddesses worshipped here. The temple has beautiful stone carvings and tourists visiting Kumta are recommended to visit the temple.
How to reach Kumta
By Air: The nearest airport to the coastal town of Kumta is Dabolim Airport in Goa which is located at a distance of about 165 km.
By Rail: Kumta has its own railhead and is well connected with major Indian cities.
By Road: Government and Private Buses ply regularly to Kumta from major towns and cities of Karnataka. Travelling by bus is a cheap and comfortable option for tourists to reach the town.