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Uttara Kannada : Kumta
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Kumta small town on western coastal part of Karnatka, India. The best time to visit is in the month of October to January.

Get in

By Air- You can fly to Dabolim Airport (Goa) and take a taxi or bus.It is 4 hours from there.

By train- Kumta is connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Mangalore, Cochin and other important places through the Konkan Railway. The journey between Mangalore & Kumta takes not more than 4 hours. Visitors from Chennai can enter via Mangalore. For details, kindly enquire with the Railway authorities. Travelers from Bangalore and Hyderabad should get off at Hubli and proceed by road to Kumta. The road between Hubli & Kumta, is one of the best in Karnataka and passes through thick jungle.

By bus- Overnight deluxe bus services are available from Bangalore. Buses also ply between Madgaon/Karwar/Mangalore and Kumta at regular intervals.

Kumta is about

  • 75km (almost 47 miles) south of the city of Karwar
  • 480km (around 300 miles) from Bangalore
  • 202 km (around 126 miles) fromMangalore .

Get around

Auto rickshaw or bicycle.


Kumta is more famous for the temples and beaches.


The Town has 4 Beaches in it. Dhareshwar beach is very good and is located 5 km away from kumta. Beautiful places in Kumta include:

  • Kumta beach,
  • Dhareshwar beach
  • Baada beach
  • Mirjan Fort

Temples in Kumta town are

  • Kumbeshwar
  • Uppin Ganapati
  • Shanteri Kamakshi Temple
  • Venkatraman Temple
  • Mahalasa Temple
  • Shantika Parmeshwari Temple

Other temples

  • Kanchika Parmeshwari Temple, Baad
  • Shiva Temple, Dhareshwar


Kumta is famous for crafted items and cashew nuts. The famous shop for the crafted items is Mahalasa, near Shantika Parameshwari temple. Sahyadri Cashew is the best brand for cashew nut products.


Kumta ( for that matter entire Konkan) is famous for fish. You can have different types of fish items. Sweets like ghanti (also called as ghati), saati, misal bhaaji are famous in Kumta. You can also have gadbad ( it's a sundae, served with different types of fruits).


You can have tender coconut, soda sharabat (lime juice with soda and sugar syrup) and shunti soda ( ginger soda).


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There are three main options one can go for.

  • Hotel Panduranga International (1km from the bus stand). Clean rooms & helpful staff & a good vegetarian restaurant. a/c rooms are available.
  • Hotel Vaibhav ( 200 meters from the bus stand) - a/c and non-a/c rooms are available.
  • Kamath Hotel ( 500 meters from the bus stand)
  • Hotel Purnima, NH 17 (near bustand). Rooms from 250 to 500/- available with very good food

You can also opt for guest house maintained by the Government.


Get out

  • Yana - 30 kms from here. Good for trekking.
  • Gokarna, famous for the its beach (originally famous for the temple), is just 35 km away.
  • Jog Falls, tallest waterfall of India, is 70 km away.

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Kumta is known for its betelnut, cashew, coconut, banana cultivation and fisheries.