Get out of town
Get out of town
Go on a family vacation, find solace in the hills, and hit the beaches
Samarpan Bhowmik

Take the family along to Kundapura, Karnataka

Located on the coast of Karnataka, less than a hundred kilometres from Mangalore, Kundapura is the ideal family holiday destination. Whether you’d like to do something with your partner, want the kids to have a good time, or ensure your parents are entertained too, there’s something for everybody.

There’s plenty to see around town. Start off with the Holy Rosary Church, a 17th-century structure that has seen colourful and turbulent years (00-91-8254230-421; Church Rd, 6am – 6pm). Head next to Kodi Bengre, the place where the Panchgangavali River meets the Arabian Sea. While the beach is clean and ideal for a peaceful walk with the family, you must head to the top of the Kodi Lighthouse for a breath-taking view of the surrounding countryside (Kodi Bengre; 4pm – 5.30pm; ₹10 adult, ₹3 child ). If the family gets peckish, a little distance away is Kinara Restaurant, a lovely little beach shack and one of the very few in the area (00-91-99022-85575; Beach Rd, Koteshwara; snacks from ₹40, paneer ghee roast: ₹180). Speaking of food, try the famous chicken ghee roast at Shetty’s Lunch Home (00-91-82542-30408; Hajaj Commercial Complex; Deralakatte; 11am – 11pm; chicken ghee roast: ₹600). The fish thali (₹100) and the kane fish masala fry (₹260) are equally delicious.

Places such as Kundapura are delightful reveals, ones that only appear on your map if you travel locally. Explore our country; there are many such hidden gems just a small distance away.

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April 2020