Fishing at Kumta beach Karntaka
From Gokarna, We caught the bus to our next destination, Kumta beach. Kumta is 32 km (25Rs, 45 minutes) away from Gokarna and falls on the way to Murudeshwar. There are frequent direct busses from Gokarna bus stand. Kumta is not mentioned in any tour book, we just included it because of the recommendation from a local. Kumta town is some 4-5 Km far from Kumta beach. After getting down at Kumta bus stand, we hired an auto to the beach. The road to the beach passes through scenic paddy fields, waterways, estuaries. Auto dropped us to a village from where a road goes towards right parallel to the coastline.
In monsoon, fishing boats are anchored on the shore or backwaters but fishermen still use some alternative orthodox tricks of catching fishing in high tide. Unlike its neighboring beaches, Kumta beach is relatively shallow, wider and unspoiled. We strolled along the coastline on that road which took us to the top of a rocky headland on the shore. Headland offers some of the spectacular views of Arabian Sea where you can see a distant light house, coastline bending right towards north, wide spread paddy fields along the coconut plantation just in front of ocean. The freedom of Kumta beach is a distinctive feature which very few places in India can offer you. You do not really need a beach front accommodation to admire the beauty of this special beach. Climb up on the head land, if it’s raining get into the shade of partially fallen structure and enjoy the panoramic surroundings.
A Village, backwater ways, fishing boats near kumta
We unpacked our ready to eat stuff and had a quick lunch at Kumta beach facing Arabian Sea, Soon after we started walking back to Kumta town. There is also an old church at the beach side and we walked further inland towards main village, we had seen wooden boats anchored in backwaters. There were small bridges on the estuaries with thick coconut plantation all side.
There are some places which make a strong cryptic impression on your head and leave you with residual of thoughts for self awareness. For me, Kumta was that destination.
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