A few days back, we decided to visit Tannirbhavi Beach, which is around 12km from Mangalore, in the early morning.
The early morning drive to Tannirbhavi Beach is one of the most pleasant experiences you can ever have. In the first place, you don’t have to fight your way through heavy traffic. You will come across just a few private vehicles and loaded trucks. To reach the beach, you have to turn left after crossing Kulur Bridge and drive a few kilometers along the Gurupura River, which is also called the Kulur River or the Phalguni River.
In fact, you can choose one of two ways to reach Tannirbhavi Beach.
1. You can first go to Sultan Battery, park your vehicle there, take the ferry across Gurupura River, and walk the short distance to the beach.
2. You can take the land route, which is just 12kms from Mangalore. Take NH66, which is also known as the Edapally Panvel Highway, cross the Kulur Bridge, and turn left. After driving along the river for a few kilometers, you will reach Tannirbhavi Beach.
Tannirbhavi Beach, which was a rather secluded and dangerous spot a few years back, is now a safe and beautiful place for people to rest, relax, and unwind. Thanks to government’s tourism boosting efforts, the place now has facilities such as a decent parking lot, lights, toilets, and a few restaurants and eateries in the vicinity.
If you do not like the heat and the crowds, visit Tannirbhavi Beach in the early morning. You will come across a few skaters, a few cyclists, and a few ragpickers. You can watch the sun rising in all its glory. You can dip your toes in the cool sands, breathe in the fresh air, and frolic in the waves. You can watch the ships in the distance and the smaller fishing boats moored on the sands. It is a quiet, calm, cool, and relaxing experience.