Gangolli Beach of Udupi
Gangolli is a small peninsular village of Udupi district flanked by the Arabian Sea from west and a river from the east. It is the river Pancha Gangawali which separates Gangoli from Kundapur; a well known tourist place.
Five rivers meet each other at Gangoli and hence the name. The five rivers which join each other are Kubja, Khedaka ,Varahi, Souparnika and Chakra, which meet the vast Arabian Sea at Gangoli.
The magical scenery of rivers meeting the sea gives this place a picturesque view and attracts tourists from all over the world. The beautiful beach and the backwaters are the bread and butter of the local people as they majorly depend on tourism for their earnings. Main languages spoken here are Konkani, Kundapur Kannada, Urdu and Navayath.
The place in Karnataka has been famous since the 16th century. It was a major trading port during the times of Tipu Sultan, Portuguese and other British rulers. Till today it has maintained its popularity and is one of the most famous fishing centers of Karnataka. Recently the government of Karnataka also started developing its old port which was called 'Bunder' in olden days.
The Gangoli estuary is also one of the 17 important estuaries in India. The backwaters of Gangoli are home to a rich vegetation of mangroves which have become quite scarce in India. These mangrove growths provide shelter for many rare species of birds.
- On the west coast of Karnataka
- Around 18 kms away from Kundapur town.
- If you follow the river route, it is only 1 Km from Kundapur. It is also important that you check if the river is going to experience high tide or low tide so that you have a better experience.
- Gangoli is about 100 kms from Mangalore.
What to do:
- See the Venkataramana Temple also known as the Mallyar Mutt, which is one of the oldest religious spot in Udupi and was constructed during the Vijayanagar rulers.
- Enjoy the Sea, sun and sand while taking shade under dry fish huts near the river and the sea.
- Enjoy the picturesque view of Pancha Gangavali River merging into the sea
- Enjoy the beautiful Beach to the fullest.
- Go to the famous twin town of Kundapur and visit various other tourist attractions.
- Other places to see are Kanoji Mutt, Kharvi Keri Gangolli and Sri Mahankali Temple.
- The Car Festival & Maari Jathra at Sri Mahankali temple is another attraction which attracts numerous people. It is celebrated for two to three days in the months of January and February. It is considered the second most important festival of celebrations after Siri jatre.
- Boating, fishing and small time excursions
- Enjoy the breathtaking view of Kodachadri; the highest peak of Western Ghats which visible from the boat point of Gangolli.
- Bird watching in Mangrove forests.
Economy of Udupi coastal areas is based principally on the backwaters, rivers and estuaries. These natural resources should be protected otherwise not only will it create a serious ecological disturbance but at the same time will also cause threat to the livelihoods of the people living and working in and around them.
With many pristine beaches like Gangolli and amusing backwaters, the coastal Karnataka is calling you. With blooming IT industry in state’s capital; Bangalore and blossoming travel industry in Udupi, Karnataka is sure becoming the number one state.
You will not regret your visit to the Gangolli beach, you will enjoy it to the fullest and remember it for a lifetime!