Thursday, May 01, 2008

Mangalore Beaches Series : Panambur Beach

Third in this series of Mangalore Beaches is Panambur beach. Panambur beach is 13 kms away from Mangalore city center, Hampankatta. It attracts more visitors than the other beaches in Mangalore like Someshwara beach or Ullala beach, primarily because of New Mangalore port nearby and being near to the city. If in Someshwara, Ullala beaches local crowd form the majority, people from outside Mangalore gather in Panambur.

Apart from the usual fun frolicking at the sea shore, there is a new attraction nowadays at Panambur beach. Camel rides, which I am referring to, is offered by the north Indian dwellers. Beach is clean with stone benches inviting the nature enthusiasts to sit and enjoy the ever beautiful sun set. Facing the sea are the coconut trees whose branches swiveling in the winds form one of the best sights to the onlooker. That apart, walking along the very fine sands of Panambur beach is really fun.
Camel ride at Panambur beach, MangaloreNearby the beach is the New Mangalore Port, the pride of Mangalore and gateway to the state of Karnataka. It is an all-weather port which handles liquid chemicals, hazardous cargoes, crude and POL products, heavy lifts, machinery, containers. Prior permission is required to have a visit inside the port. Panambur also houses Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizers(MCF)(now owned by UB Group of Vijay Mallya), as well as pelletisation facilities of Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited(KIOCL). Coconut trees near Panambur beach, MangaloreWhen at Panambur you will find Gaali Mara(not sure of the equivalent name in English, Gaali Mara, in Kannada literally means wind tree which has almost non existent leaves), is the most common form of flora here. Signboard near the beach entrance advises tourists against swimming in the sea. Also at the beach entrance, you will find eateries.
Sunset at Panambur beach, MangaloreSunset at Panambur beach is one of the best. When I went to Panambur, couple of weeks back, sun was just beginning to set. Photo enthusiasts were seen capturing the sight of sun submerging in the sea. Though rainy season was on in Mangalore, it did not rain on that day, giving me an opportunity to capture sunset moments.
Sun is about to set at Panambur beach, MangaloreHow to reach Panambur beach:
By Bus - service buses from Mangalore towards Surathkal ply via Panambur frequently. From the bus stop you can avail Auto Rikshaw to reach the beach which is about 2 kms from there.
By Auto/Taxis - Hire Auto/Taxis from Mangalore city.


Also Read,
Mangalore Beaches Series : Someshwara Beach

Mangalore Beaches Series : Kasaragod Beach



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