The beautiful town of Kumta is 30 km from the glorious beach town of Gokarna. Lying on the coastline of Arabian Sea, it offers tantalizing beaches with black rocks, old temples and sprawling greenery, Kumta is all about relaxing, unwinding and solitude. With amazing weather throughout the year, the town is adorned with beaches like Baada beach, Kumta beach and Dhareshwar Beach creating a mesmerizing ambience around the ancient temples displaying age-old art. The Yana caves are a popular attraction too. Rock climbing and other adventure activities like trekking there is another favourite for visitors to the town.
A 6 feet tall Shiva Linga here at the temple is known as the Atmalinga is worshipped here. Built using white granite, it is a classic example of the beauty of Dravidian architecture. A 1500 years old carved stone Lord Shiva idol in the standing position represents the main deity. The temple has been mentioned in the Hindu Mythics of Mahabharata and Ramayana and it is said to be as significant as Kashi, hence it earning the title, Dakshin (South) Kashi.
Om beach is a wonderful beach located in the town of Gokarna. Shaped like the symbol 'Om', this beach offers plenty of adventure sports to the thrill-seekers. The view of this beach during sunset is one to be cherished forever. It is usually lined with shacks on the sides offering cheap accommodation and restaurants with global menus. There is also a bunch of fun water sports activities available on Om Beach, including speedboats, surfing etc. Visitors can even enjoy boating here.
Located on the banks of River Aghanashini, Mirjan Fort is a royal reminder of our glorious history. It is situated about 11 km from the town of Kumta in Karnataka and is spread over an area of 4.1 hectares. The fort is also believed to be a site for many past battles in 16th and 17th Century and was functional till 1785. Later, the British captured this fort and used it for their armoury. It is embellished with remarkable architecture of the bygone era, such as canals, moats, secret passageways and various other considerations to fortify its grounds.
In the Sahyadri Hills of North Karnataka, Yana is a quaint Hill Station with a beauty that casts a spell and hills to appeal to the direst trekkers. Tucked in between one of the richest biodiversity centres of the world, Yana is a small hill station with immense beauty enough to captivate any soul that lays eyes on it. A small village located just 140 km from Hubli; Yana caves is famous as a centre of adventure, wildlife and religion hence proving to be the perfect getaway destination.
Also referred to as Mahalasa Narayani temple, the presiding deity of the temple is Shri Mahalasa Narayani. Created in year 1565 AD, the temple is built by Archaks under the alias name of Gurav on a land donated by Pai family of Kumta. he temple is ornamented with many admiring wood carvings along with many Mahabharata and Ramayana episodes painted on the wall. The temple celebrates many festivals with great fervor including the Foundation day in the month of March/April.
A hidden beach in the village of Alvekodi lying in the proximity of Kumta is pristine and crystal clear. While travelling through a long winding way of fields, the end result is an unspoilt destination adorned with white sandy beach glowing in the shadow of sun rays. Lying in the proximity is a crumbled old lighthouse in Brahma devara gudda. The place serves as an ideal picnic spot with mesmerizing view of sunset.
A beautiful beach with equally entrancing environs is one of the cleanest beaches in the region. Flanked by hills on two sides and a rock formation in the middle, Baada Beach is highly recommended to visit while on a trek route from Kirki to Gokarna.
Uppin Ganpati Temple or Vinayakar Temple was once dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is a beautiful temple with a main hall and an arch with currently Lord Ganesha as a presiding deity.
A spiritual place which owns an ancient temple namely Mahadev Temple on slope hill nearly 800 years old is Dhareshwar. Lying about 8 km south-east of Kumta, the temple is home to four inscribed tablets. Believed to be created by Rudroji Pandit, the temple was completed by Sonappa somewhere around 1500 to 1559. Surrounded by five sacred pools, the temple is made of black stone while the walls are adorned with beautiful sculptures. A fair held annually in mid January is quite fascinating.
A fascinating temple with main presiding deities as Lord Gopalkrishna and Lord Venkatraman, visit this temple while visiting this town. The temple is however is mainly known for its car festival that is celebrated in the month of February and Foundation day in the month of May. There are several other religious and spiritual programs that are organized by the temple.
The place is renowned for its cashew nut, coconut and betel nut. Handicrafts of the town are also quite famous which can be bought from Mahalasa. For cashew nuts, a Sahyadri cashew is one of the most renowned brands.