Karnataka, with its 320 kilometer coastline, has many popular beaches. Among the many beaches in Karnataka, Ullal Beach is arguably one of the best. Stretched out in a hue of blue and green, this beach is a prime tourist attraction of the state.
Ullal is a fishing village and is located approximately 12 kilometers away from Mangalore on the south banks of river Nethravathi, and about 360 kilometers from Bangalore. The place has several 16th Century cathedrals and churches adorning its landscape.
The Attractions Along Ullal Beach
It is mainly the serenity and calmness of the beach that attracts tourists here. Ullal Beach is also known for its neat sea shore and tranquil beauty. The long stretch of golden sands and cool breeze adds to its beauty. It is set in about 14 acres of casuarinas groves.
The picturesque casuarinas groves offer a breathtaking view when the sun sets, and there are well furnished cottages along the beach providing a perfect holiday getaway. Historical locations like the Someshwara Temple, St. Sebastian Church, Queen Abbakka’s Fort at Ranipura, and Summer Sands Beach Resort are famous tourist spots in Ullal.
The Summer Sands Beach Resort, nestled in an arcadia of palms with its red-tiled roof, is of particular interest to tourists. The beach is ideal for swimming and sunbathing and you can indulge in water sports or take long walks along the shore. The local cuisine is amazing, and a definite must-try. Although there are options for both vegetarians and non vegetarians, the latter, in particular, will have an amazing time as this place is well known for its seafood.
The Someshwara Beach is yet another nearby attraction.
The best time to visit the beach is between October and February. There are several beach resorts, cottages and restaurants available in the vicinity and these can be taken up for accommodation purposes. You need to fix your stay in advance as this is a prominent tourist destination and finding the right rooms can be a problem during the last minute.
How to Get There
Mangalore is well connected with major cities like Bangalore and Mumbai, so getting to Ullal is quite easy. Three highways, namely NH 17, NH 48 and NH 13 pass through Mangalore city. The nearest bus stand is just 1 km away at Ullal, and the Thokkottu bus stand lies 4 kilometers away.
The Mangalore Airport-IXE lies 30 kilometers from Ullal Beach and this is the nearest airport. Mangalore is also linked to all the major cities through rail, so you can take a train to the Mangalore Central Railway Station, which is 13 kilometers away from Ullal. Taxis or cars can be arranged from Mangalore to Ullal and these will help you reach faster.
Whether it is the tempting sea food, water sport facilities, miles of golden sand or simply the solitude that you love, this exotic beach has it all. The unmatched tranquility and the beautiful combo of sand and the sea enthrall and beckon tourists to this beach.