Surathkal Tourism

Surathkal Tourism

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Surathkal Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • District: Dakshin Kannada
Surathkal is a town located in the Dakshina Kannada District, in the state of Karnataka, 20 km from Mangalore City. It is situated at a height of 24 metres along the Arabian Sea. Though a separate city in the past, currently it holds the status of being a beach suburb of Mangalore. The name Surathkal originates from the term Shiratkal or Shiradakal, which literally means 'headstone' in Kannada and Tulu languages.

As a part of Karnataka, Surathkal has been ruled by many dynasties, such as Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Western Chalukyas, Hoysalas, Western Gangas and Vijayanagaras. It has also been a part of the reigns of the Wodeyars, who leased it from Aurangzeb. Before the British Raj, this town was also a part of Tipu Sultan's territory, till he died at the hands of the British.

As per Hindu scriptures, Lord Ganesha kept a Shiva Linga belonging to Ravana on the ground. When Ravana tried to pick up the Shiva Linga forcefully, it broke into pieces, with one of the pieces falling in present-day Surathkal.

It is believed that the famous Sadashiva Temple stands around that piece of Ravana's Shiva Linga. Apart from the temple, tourists can visit the holy sites located at Mangalore, Udupi, Dharmasthala and Manipal near this town.

There are various tourist attractions in Surathkal, such as St. Mary's Island and Light House located on a solid black rock on a nearby hill. It is also home to many beautiful beaches, including Panampur Beach, Kapu Beach and Murudheshwara Beach. Apart from that, there is an estuary located 5 km from Surathkal, which is formed when Pavanje River meets the Arabian Sea. Krishnapura Matha, which is considered as one of the Astha Mathas, is located just 3 km from Surathkal.

Mangalore International Airport, located 15 km away, is the nearest airport and connects Surathkal to all major cities. Surathkal Railway Station, which is located 3 km away from the National Institute of Technology, is the closest railway station; it falls on the famed Konkan railway route.

Local buses as well as Mangalore-Udupi express buses connect this town to major cities in its vicinity. The Mangalore Sea Port is situated 6 km away from this town on the Arabian Sea and primarily used for exporting goods.

Surathkal is known for its hot summers that last from March to May and are followed by monsoons in the months of June, July, August and September. The best time to visit Surathkal is from December to February, especially January, when Pongal and the Kite Festival are celebrated.

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Surathkal Traveller Reviews

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Ravi Raj

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  • Ravi Raj
  • Lives in Surathkal
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"One of the cleanest beaches with a temple on beach"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Oct 5, 2015
Surathkal is a must visit place for all the beach-lovers. Clean beaches, temple on beach, light house all will give a lifetime experience. Pirambur Beach, Surathkal Beach, NITK Campus etc are the places to visit. Red Rock Residency near to NITK offers a large variety of local and general food. Gadbad and Tiramisu ice creams are the most famous one and should not be missed. May to November will be full of rains. So, don't forget umbrella if you are a visitor for this period.
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Nimish Gera

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"It was a natural place to go!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Oct 5, 2015
For overall experience, It is the best place to enjoy the nature of the beauty. The beach has rocks besides it from where you can see the scenic beauty of sunrise and sunset. There is a famous Shiv temple on the top of the rocks which can be visited while entering the beach. It is one of the oldest and one of the very popular temples in mangalore. If you need a break from daily city life, this place is a must visit and worth spending time.
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Some One

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"Serene and calm getaway destination"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 12, 2015
Nestled in the West coast just 20 km from Mangalore, Surathkal is a small Town popular for National Institute of Technology, Karnataka.

Surathkal is a destination for all kinds of travelling enthusiasts. If you're interested in visiting temples then Surathkal will not disappoint. There are at least 6 temples of various deities in and around Surathkal.

If you love beaches then you're in for a treat. Visit the Surathkal Beach early in the morning. It is an epitome of peacefulness. Jog or Meditate there, it's your choice. It is one of the cleanest beaches you will ever see.

People of Surathkal are very helpful and friendly. We had no trouble finding our way around this town. The bus service is top notch. With buses to Mangalore, Udupi and Manipal every 5 minutes you don't have to worry about getting to other major areas of this Canara region of Karnataka.

Food is great too. With great restaurants nearby and one near the beach, you will love the south Indian food here. Of course if you like other cuisines they have that too. Fish is famous here at this coastal town. Don't forget to try fish curry and fry.

I would like to visit this place once more. Away from the noise and pollution of the city, Surathkal offers you a calm getaway destination.
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Ajey Paranjape

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"Great little town"

  • Posted May 1, 2013
Quite little town, with n frills. the beach is very close by. I love the place simplt because it is close to my engineering college (NITK, formerly Karnata Regional Engineering College, Surathkal) and have very fond memories of this place. Mangalore is close by and so is the Mangalore Airport. Weather is typical sultry like for all places close to the sea.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Hotel Sadanand

Activities & things to do: Not much except visiting the beach

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Visit either by Konkan Railway or by air to Bajpe Airport
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Ranajit Kundu

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"Visit to Surathkal & surroundings"

  • Posted Nov 8, 2012
I have just gone to meet my Son studying in NIT Surathkal.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food was very good as found over Surathkal.

Activities & things to do: As such nothing, just can visit Beach.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Regular Bus Services are there from Bangalore. By Train & Air also is reachable.
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Mithesh Kunder

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  • Mithesh Kunder
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"Home Town Suratkal"

  • Posted Feb 1, 2008
One of the best places to go to unwind..n pleasant holdiay experince. To be lucky this town is my native place...

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food served at Sadanand Hotel and some old time restuarants which dish ol delicacies.....sightseeing the Light house and n no.of temples stiuated in around suratkal to visit.. Last but on the least the most beautiful part is the Beach and for me our house is a beach house......

Activities & things to do: As my home town -- its always a personal visit n I end up meeting all the relatives.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Suratkal is most easily accessable by road, rail , sea and air.....
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Raj Putra

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"Wonderful silvery beach with breathtaking sea view"

  • Posted Aug 20, 2007
Suratkal is one of the cleanest and beautiful beach in the western coast. White sand, a tall lighthouse, a hilltop temple, and the landscaped rocks in the beach makes a great combination. Its a lonely beach but well connected by roads. Its a really awesome beach...

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: none

Activities & things to do: beach

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: road
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