Mangalore is famous for its rugged coastline and the Western Ghats and as a historic trading center and port, Mangalore attracts many tourists who throng its beaches. One such beautiful beach is the Panambur beach.
An Overview of the Beach
Located at a distance of just 13 kilometers from Mangalore, to the south of the Mangalore Port, Panambur beach is very accessible. The beach is named after the nearby port and it’s trade, because in the local vernacular, ‘Panam’ means money. This place is crowded during sunsets as the Konkan coast is famous for such views.
The beach is often called Tanniru Bhavi and as it is adjacent to the mouth of the Gurupu River, it is very picturesque. Clean and well maintained unlike many other beaches along the Arabian Sea, Panambur Beach is very safe too, and this is why it mainly attracts tourists. There are other places of religious interest nearby and it is ideal for a day’s outing.
What to See and Do in Panambur Beach
There are many tourist attractions in Panambur, like camel rides and carnivals organized by the district authorities in order to entertain the visitors. The carnivals are particularly popular during the summer holidays as they help in entertaining the local children. There are boat rides and boat races, kite flying contests held during the kite festival, air shows and sand-sculpture contests that keep the holiday crowd happy and entertained. The best season to visit Panambur is between October and February, after the rains and before summer starts. Summers can be hot and humid here.
Unlike the other Mangalore beaches like Someshwara beach and Ullala beach, Panambur beach is more crowded and more popular due to its proximity to the New Mangalore Port. Many modern tourist attractions like Jet Ski rides and dolphin shows have been introduced here to cater to the ever-growing tourist population. There are also boats and ferry rides available for those interested in seeing the beautiful coastline with its pristine beaches from a different perspective.
Some Unique Features of This Beach
Panambur beach has the unique honor of being voted as India’s cleanest beach by NDTV, according to the magazine, Mangalore Today. This is also the only privately managed beach in the country. You can host events and parties in this beach for a predefined fee. Clean, well-connected, beautiful and entertaining, Panambur beach has something for everyone.
What to Note During Your Trip
If you’re planning on spending some in this stretch of sand, you need to know that just like any other beach, there are inherent risks of accidents and drowning in Panambur beach too. It is your responsibility to exercise caution when having fun during your vacation.
However, because of the rough seas and the strong currents, the Government and the Tourist Department have arranged for lifeguard patrolling on the beaches in and around Mangalore. Be cautious when you’re on holiday while having fun.