Surathkal is a quiet suburb in Mangalore. The principal claim to fame is the Surathkal Engineering College and the beach. The beach is clean and unspoilt by tourist traffic.
Mangalore has a long stretch of shoreline with unspoilt beaches. The South Kanara district also has a legacy of educational institutions offering quality education. Surathkal, which is a suburb of Mangalore, has been lucky on both counts ? it boasts of a beautiful beach and also one of the best engineering colleges in India.
Surathkal beach is located 12 km from Mangalore city. The beach is close to the college. Mangaluru is well connected to the rest of India by road and rail. The nearest airport to Surathkal beach is Mangalore. Surathkal has only one hotel that will suit the budget traveller. It is preferable to stay in Mangalore and plan a day excursion to Surathkal. Mangalore has a variety of hotels to suit every budget and can accommodate travellers on a limited budget at short notice.
Mangalore is located on the coast and has a hot, humid climate the year around. Monsoons are heavy and last for 4 months of the year. The best time to visit is during November?February when the heat and humidity is tolerable.
Buses ply at regular intervals from Mangalore to Surathkal. Auto rickshaws are available from Mangaluru to Surathkal. Surathkal beach has a curving shoreline and has a lighthouse at the end of the beach. The lighthouse is situated on a rocky hillock and offers an uninterrupted view of the countryside and sea around. The lighthouse is open to visitors between 4.00 pm and 5 pm.
The traveler should definitely stay back to see the sunset from Surathkal beach. The mornings bring in fishermen from the neighbouring hamlets that launch their fishing boats into the sea.