Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Eco Beach@ Kasarkod (Honnavar) - The First Eco Themed Beach In Karnataka

I had never thought that, one day the lonely and the long shores of Kasarkod beach of Honnavar will attain the status of first Eco themed beach of Karnataka :) Last week of December I was at native to spend the year end vacation. As usual we wanted to spend some time along the shores of a beach. This time I suggested Kasarkod beach as it had been a long time since I visited that beach. I really surprised by seeing the transformation of the beach from being a simple beach to the 'Eco Beach'. Boards which say the importance of nature have been put up on both sides of the road which leads to the Eco beach. At the entrance models of beautiful mermaids welcomed us. Entry fee is Rs 20/head. Free entry for the children aged below three years. 
Road that leads to the Eco beach

Models of Mermaids at the entrance of Eco beach
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.

There are many attractions for kids. There is a big children play area with all the equipment. Models of their favorite cartoon characters like Chhota Bheem can be seen here.  Models of sea animals like turtle, crab, sharks, dolphin,star fish, prawns, deep sea creatures like sea horse, octopus,etc attract everyone. So at the Eco beach kids not only have fun but also get the awareness about coastal life and Eco system. My son was busy playing in the sand and identifying the animals. He had unlimited fun :) 
Models of Sea Animals

When I was a kid, collecting varieties of sea shells was my hobby. I had huge collection of different sized, colored sea shells. Eco beach has models of these sea shells too :)
Models Of Sea Shells

Models Of Fishermen & Women Catching The Fish
There are attractive sitting arrangements for the people. Benches made by sea shells, small huts etc are helpful to sit, relax and have beautiful view of the beach. There are other attractions for adults too like rope walking, rope climbing, paragola etc.
Sitting Arrangements @ The Eco Beach

Enough seen? Now It is time to watch the beautiful sunset at the beach. Head towards the sea to watch the nature's wonder, the glorious sunset :)
Sunset @ the Kasarkod beach

Facilities @ the Eco beach : Canteen, food stalls, Pay & use toilets, bathrooms etc are available for the tourists. However littering, throwing wastes, smoking, alcohol and other illegal activities are prohibited in the area.

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.


Prahallad said...

HI, Do we have 4 wheeler parking space available over here ?

Chetana said...

Yes Prahallad...There is a place for parking facing the sea...

Anonymous said...

Can we bath in the sea there, is it gentle ?