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“Someshwara Temple and Beach at Ullal, Mangalore”
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 7 June 2015

There are many beautiful beaches in Karnataka along its 320km coastline. One such is Someshwara beach in Mangalore, which is an immaculate and famous for sunset natural scenario. Netravathi River joining and mingling with Arabian Sea is at Ullal. Someshwara beach has spread over its long water play here in Ullal and gives a pleasant feeling to the visitors. The sand has a special look of gold dust, but you can’t smuggle it as gold since it is only dust. But when you walk on endless golden sands in cold or warm weather you feel it a pleasure and while walking in hot summer you will burn your feet. On the way to Mangalore we see golden sands, greenery and coconut palms on the length of beach to thrill us to feel not to miss it.
The name ‘Someshwara beach’ is derived because of Lord Somanatha temple standing since several centuries on the sea shore. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva in his name of Somanatha. Lord Parashurama, one of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu, is present in the precincts of this temple in the form of statue. Mythologically it is said that Parashurama created the coastal region of Karnataka.
Someshwara Temple is at north end of beach. It was constructed by Queen Abakka Devi of Ullal. Nearby you may visit her ruined fort and palace. In many sea shores the proverb ’water water everywhere but not a drop to drink’ would work. There are certain exceptions to this rule. In Tiruchendur, one of the six abodes of Lord Muruga, in Tamil Nadu I bathed in a sweet water fountain. So also by the side of this beach there is a pond with perennial source of sweet water called ‘Nagateertha’.
Someshwara beach is well known for huge rocks on the beach called Rudrashile. Rudra is Lord Shiva and shile means rock. I cannot forget the scene of waves hitting these rocks by high tide that are wonders of nature. It is very dangerous to swim here because of hidden rocks and sudden powerful pulling of waves. While I was with my kids at the shore suddenly a big wave hit the shore where we were playing. All of a sudden by the passing back of the waves the sand under our feet was loosening and we were about to be pulled into the sea. Fortunately I held the kids in my arms strongly praying Lord Muruga to save us. He did save us.
Close to this beach there is a hill called ‘Ottinene hill’. On reaching the top of this hill we can see and enjoy the beautiful scenery of river Netravathi merging and disappearing in Arabian Sea. There is lush vegetation and number of medicinal plants that are naturally grown on this hill.
Mangalore has a hot, humid climate around the year. It will face heavy rains for 4 months. Better visit it during November and February as the humidity will be bearable by everyone. While in Mangalore don’t miss to visit Goddess Mangladevi temple.
Someshwara beach is at 9km from Mangalore that is close to Ullal town. Mangalore is connected with rest of India by air, train and road. There are varieties of hotels to suit every budget and you can get accommodation of your choice.
There are regular buses plying from Mangalore, Ullal, and Byndoor to Someshwara Bus Stand, close to beach. You can go by walk or hire Auto rickshaw. Tourist facilities are not available in this beach as such better carry drinking water and food as you find hardly any shop along the beach.

Date of experience: December 2014
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Reviewed 26 May 2015

A Beautiful Lord Shiva Temple touching the beautiful Sea-shore of the magnificent Mangalore sea coast. This place also called as Ullal is about 20 kms from mangalore main city. The temple is calm & very peaceful, and after the darshan, theertha from the sea water is to be sprinkled on ourself as Lord's blessing theerthams. The sea is quite rough & swimming is not recommended. Good for scenic photography !! Must visit place as called as Ullal Someswara temple which is towards Kasargod side.

Date of experience: May 2015
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Reviewed 24 May 2015

Clean, unspoilt beach but not suitable for swimming. Mostly used for fishing but then very few visible boats or fisher folks around

Date of experience: April 2015
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Reviewed 6 May 2015

Someshwar beach is a hidden gem in Karnataka. An unspolit and serene spot - although popular among the locals and also for Kannada movie shooting, not known to others. It has a nice setting with wide beach and huge rocks. There is an ancient Lord Someshwara temple on the beach which also provides nice views.

Date of experience: May 2015
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Reviewed 20 April 2015

Fishermen were using a part of the beach so that part is a bit unclean otherwise compared to Panambur beach this is better in the sense, trees are there and you get shade to sit on the beach. There are few rocky areas so good for photography as well. This place is slightly offbeat near Ullal but buses are available directly from State Bank circle.

Date of experience: April 2015
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