When was the last time you did nothing in life? Nothing, as in literally, nothing. No checking the phone, no replying to texts, no clicking selfies, no talking to anyone, no writing or reading, no exercising, no listening to music... doing just nothing. Never? Well then, visit these little-known beaches and just laze around. Wade in the clear water, run on the sand, day-dream, listen to waves and just relax, doing nothing! When the beach is less known but exotic, it adds to the charm of being where the land meets the ocean, or vice versa. 

Here is our pick of the 5 of the best less-known but exotic beaches in Karnataka.


How to reach the Eco Beach : It is just two kms after the Sharavathi Bridge, Honnavar and easy to find.  After crossing the bridge towards Bhatkal on NH 17, you can see the direction boards at your right side.
From Bangalore,take the direct bus to honnavara .From there you can take an auto or taxi to this beach.
It is a 5 km long beach in one stretch with white sand and transparent water in the month of December till March. The entire beach coast line is covered by Casuarina and coconut trees, unparallel to any beach of India, and has the big potential to develop beach tourism like the Baga-Calangute-Candolim beach of Goa.
The eco-beach was developed jointly by the Tourism and Forest Department of Karnataka and Kasarkod Village Forest Committee to promote Eco tourism in coastal areas. The main attraction of the Kasarkod beach is the large Casuarina plantation which has developed into a thick forest by the side of the beach, stretching up to a few kilometres on the sea shore, and provides a thick green cover. This Casuarina plantation has become an added advantage for the development of Eco beach. 
After entering the Eco beach park area, green lawn facing the sea attracts us.
This is so far the best less-known beach in Karnataka with very-less crowded people even during the summer.

Padubidri beach is approximately a kilometre away from the Padubidri Nagaraj Estate bus stop(padubidri town).
If one wants to avoid crowded beaches and spend time quietly and peacefully, then this is the best beach to visit. This long stretch of clean and quiet beach is an ideal place to spend the evenings. As the sun sets in, the nearby lighthouses in Kapu and Suratkal start flashing and the gentle breeze and the white surf brings you close to the nature. During certain days of the year one can watch both sunset in the west and the moon rise from the east simultaneously. During the monsoon season the sea turns violent and it is interesting to watch huge waves hitting the shore lines. During the non-monsoon season, the sea is calm and it is safe for swimming. One can watch people enjoy fishing with the long fishing lines. For people who need solitude,padubidri is a perfect getaway.

Om Beach
HOW TO REACH GOKARNA : The nearest airport is Dabolim, in Goa. From there it's a four hour drive south to Gorkana. Alternatively, trains on the Konkan railway stop at Gokarna Road station, 15 minutes from town, as well as Kumta and Ankola stations, both around 25 kilometers (16 miles) from Gokarna. Gokarna is also well connected by bus from major cities such as Madgaon in Goa, and Mangalore and Bangalore in Karnataka.
This beach is a scenic 30 minute hike away  through the hills and over rocks, or a short boat ride away from Kudle beach. Kudle Beach is for those who want to be around other travelers because Om Beach is the most happening beach, and is the only one that's reachable by car or auto rickshaw.  However, this means that it attracts plenty of rowdy domestic tourists and locals, particularly on weekends, and unfortunately the men don't always behave themselves. Therefore, laid-back Kudle Beach is a preferable alternative for those who want to be around other travelers. This Kudle beach is situated in between Gokarna and Om beaches, and can be reached in 20 minutes from Om beach or by a short downhill walk from drop-off points and from there it is a 30 min hike or a short boat ride(whichever is comfortable) Half moon beach is more peaceful and calm.and is also less crowded.

It is about 199kms from Mangalore by road and about 272kms by rail distance from Mangalore. There are no flights from Mangalore to Kumta, but there are 12 direct trains available. Mumbai Express is the only one which gets you to Kumta from Mangalore within 2 hours and 45 minutes and is the fastest way to get to the destination and also the cheapest way. Other major trains from Mangalore to Kumta are Matsyaganda Express and Ypr Kawr Express. There is a direct bus from Mangalore to Kumta, and it takes 4 hours and 10 minutes. Dabolim International Airport is near to this place of Kumta.
You can hire an auto or a cab once you reach the main station to reach the TUIN BEACH.


Nearest airport to Udupi is located in Mangalore, which is at a distance of nearly 54 km from here. Udupi is well connected with all major cities on the Konkan Railway line. Buses ply on a regular basis to Udupi from Mangalore, Mysore, and Bangalore. Auto- rickshwas and cabs are available from Udupi city at reasonable prices, so reaching Kapu beach is easy and worth the time spent on travelling. This is a must visit spot to see near Udupi, situated on the side of National highway 66. 
12 kilometres from the famous Udupi city is the fabulous artwork of nature- The Kapu Beach. The beach is not really known to the visitors but is an extremely rejuvenating place and a paradise in disguise.The beach has a lighthouse that was built in 1905 and is still available for the tourists to climb up and witness the ethereally beautiful landscape all around. Since it is lesser known to the people coming outside of Karnataka, this place is less crowded and that is exactly why you should visit it.
The place is gorgeous from the view of photography and extremely content for those who just want to sit back and relax. Moreover, those who cannot just sit and soak in the peace and calm there are various options ranging from the speed boat or the banana or water bike.If you are interested in Dolphin sighting, take a boat and an experienced guide along and go in the deep sea, although make sure you have taken all the safety measures because this place is generally a calm part of the sea but once in a while few unfortunate cases have been registered.
The best time to visit this beach is in the evening around the sunset to view the spectacular image nature presents when the sun signs off the day. Visit along with your family and friends if you are near Udupi, because a picnic is a must do in every trip and what better place to let your hair down than this little piece of amazement.Snacks and beverages are available in small shops around the establishments near the beach. This place has been a hotspot for shooting for a lot of Bollywood and South Indian movies, the details lie with the locals.