This beach is on the shores of Arabian sea and is credited as one of the safest and best maintained beaches of India.It is the most popular, well connected and most visited beach of coastal Karnataka.
The beach is located in the place called Panambur 10 km north of the City center which comes under the administration of Mangalore City Corporation.
As of now this beach is maintained by a private enterprise under the banner of Panambur Beach Tourism Development Project. Other attractions include jet ski rides, boating, dolphin viewing, food stalls and is also known for its highly skilled and trained lifeguards who patrol the beach to ensure visitor safety.
This beach has been popular for its picturesque sunsets, the beautiful port area and a picnic spot for tourists and locals alike and offers very good views of the sunset. The beach attracts good number of visitors due to its close proximity to the city. The ships anchored out in the sea waiting for berth in the harbor can be seen from the Beach which presents an attractive picture.
Panambur beach happens to be just beside the New Mangalore Sea Port. This rock wall is actually the north rock wall or the northern breakwater of the sea port entrance. They are used to protect an anchorage from the effects of both weather and longshore drift. Walking on the breakwater rocks is forbidden.The port has to abide by International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and keep the breakwater free of people.
The beach has activities like Jet Skiing, boating, chariot rides and many more. One can enjoy long camel, horse rides as well. There are a lot of food stalls as well. Children can be entertained by joy riders that are plenty in number. The beach warms up during the carnivals. Parking facility can be utilised by visitors for two wheelers and four wheelers by paying a parking fee.
Many events such as Beach festivals and Kite festivals are occasionally organized here. The festivity includes boat races, air shows and sand sculpture contests.
International Kite festival is one of the major tourist attraction of this beach, where teams from around the world along with the kite enthusiasts participate in the festival. Teams from various countries such as England, France, Netherlands, Germany, Kuwait, Thailand, Australia, Singapore and Turkey have actively participated in the past. Kite enthusiasts under the name "Team Mangalore" have always been hosting Kite Festivals in this beach with the support of industrial giants such as ONGC, MRPL etc.
The district administration of Dakshina Kannada also organises beach festival as part of the famous "Karavali Utsav" which translates to Coastal festival. It is said that approximately 2.5 lakh attend the beach festival.Several stalls will be put up for the public. Entertainment and stage programmes will be held across all three days which will include dance and singing competitions.
Panambur Beach is well connected by public transport. There are several city buses from the main bus stop in statebank. One can also take the non-express service buses that give a stop for Panambur Beach right at the Panambur Beach road joining national highway NH-66 (older number: NH17). Once off the bus, one can take a small walk down the road leading to the beach.
Mangalore - 8 km
Bangalore - 355 km
Manipal - 56 km
Kannur - 150 km
Mangalore International Airport (India) - 12 km
Mangalore has a tropical monsoon climate and is under the direct influence of the Arabian Sea branch of the southwest monsoon. The best season to visit Panambur Beach is between October and February just after the rains and before the commencement of summer.
In brief, Panambur beach is credited as one of the clean and neatly maintained beaches in India and attracts most number of tourists.Panambur beach has Jet ski rides, Boating, Dolphin viewing, Food stalls, besides Trained Beach Lifeguards and Patrol vehicles to ensure the safety of the visitors.