Spending time with your loved ones at a silent place is what we always seek for. And what could be more amazing than spending time at Island? There are many islands in India which are underrated or not explored much. Karnataka is one such state which is not much explored. There are hidden islands which every traveler should visit and experience beauty.
Here is the list of islands in the Karnataka state:
1. Basavaraj Durga Island: It is located in the Arabian Sea near Honnavar. It is part of Honnavar Taluk in Karnataka. There are a number of freshwater wells. The island can be reached by boat, fishing trawlers by a sail upstream on river sharavati. The island lies 4km from Honnavar, 3km from Sharavati Bay and just 1km from Pavinakurva village. The trip takes about 30 to 45 Minutes from Honnavar and 5 to 10 Minutes from Taribagilu village by sail. The landing place is at the southeastern part of the island, where there is an architectural entrance made by stones which were also the entrance to the fort. The top of the island is a plateau covered with dry grass and trees that can be seen only at the sloping part of the island. This island has a Hindu temple on its top surface constructed by the ruler between the 16th and 17th centuries.
2. Kurumgad Island: Kurumgad or Koormagad Island is a tortoise shaped island in the Arabia Sea. This tortoise shaped island is one of the five islands in this region; the other four islands are Devbagh, Sanyasi, Anjadip, and Oyster. It has an old fort which is said to be related to Maratha rulers. This island contains some sightseeing places like Narasimha Temple and Kurumgad Beach. A large number of people from Goa and Karnataka come to this island in January to offer prayers to Lord Narasimha. Kurumgad is a snorkeling site with coral reefs extending over half a kilometer. There are many sea animals such as otters and dolphins that can be found near the island. The best time to visit this island is from October to May.
3. Netrani Island: Historically known as Pigeon Island and Heart Shape Island, this is a small island located in the Arabian Sea. The island can be seen from the main coast over 15 km away, including from various beaches in Bhatkal city as well as from the Murudeshwar Beach. Views above give this island the appearance of being heart-shaped. Besides pigeons, the other inhabitants of the island are wild goats. This island has scuba diving facilities and the place is easily accessible from Bhatkal, Mangalore, Goa, Mumbai or Bangalore.
4. St Mary’s Island: Also known as Coconut Island and Thonsepar, the island is a set of four small islands in the Arabian Sea. They are known for their distinctive geological formation of columnar basaltic lava. The islands are generally aligned parallel to the coastline, which provides clues to the phenomenon of uplift of the west coast of India. The islands’ terraces and elevated beach deposits along with the tide gauge data at the dead oyster beach in Suratkal have been deduced as proof of the reported fall in sea level of about 1 mm/per year. The rocks here are quite stunning that offers a beautiful view from the top.
5. Uppina Kudru Island: Located 6 km north of Kundapura Udupi District, is a small island village, once famous for trading of salt (uppu) and seafood (picking of seashells in backwaters). It is the native place of Uppinakudru Kogga Devanna Kamath, internationally known artist for Yakshagana puppet dance or puppetry. Yakshagana string puppet show is the major part of this village. The wooden puppets are about 18 inches high. Their costumes are similar to those worn by the characters from Yakshagana Bayalata, with the same elaborate make-up, high and colorful head-gear, and heavy jewellery. The person who infuses life into the puppet and makes it come alive, by dexterous manipulation, is the puppet master, known as the ‘Suthradhara’.
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