I recently travelled to Honnavar, my hometown and have learnt many travel lessons. In my Honnavar travel guide, I will share with you these lessons along with some travel hacks and safety tips.

A small paradise situated on coastal Karnataka, the port town of Honnavar blossoms with its fresh, exotic rivers, sea beaches, gleaming waterfalls, and lush green forests.

Honnavar can be a perfect destination to chill, away from the chaotic city life. It is well-known for its coconut farms, paddy fields, and delightful seafood cuisines. So, let us explore this town in my Honnavar travel blog.

honnavaru travel guide

Honnavar Travel Guide: Knowing Honnavar as a Travel Destination

Welcome to “Namma Uru Honnavara!”(means ‘our town Honnavar’ in Kannada). You will get to witness beautiful weather and a serene atmosphere here.

As I write about my hometown, Honnavar my mind wanders through sweet memories, and my heart drenches in a pool of soft emotions. Nothing can ever replace the bliss of time spent with your dear and loved ones in the charm of the viridescent vegetation. There is no better therapy to watch the sunset with your feet soaked in the golden sand. Honnavar is my small heavenly nest always close to my heart.


Here is a quick look at my beautiful town before we proceed to the details of my Honnavar travel guide –

Location 

Honnavar, Uttara Kannada, Karnataka

Nearest Cities   

Kumta, Gokarna, Murdeshwar,  Mangalore, Madgaon, Udupi

Nearest Airport     

Panjim, Banglore and Mangalore

Best Time to Visit

Between October and February

Accessibility     

Public/private buses, auto-rickshaw, private mini-vans and cars

Safety level for Travellers

High

Food Options

South-Indian delicacies and Seafood

Ideal Number of Days for Visiting  

7 to 15 days

Cost of 3-4 day trip

8000 -15000 INR

Accommodation Options  

Hotels and Lodges, private villas

What’s the Best Time to Visit Honnavar?

Since Honnavar is a coastal town, the best time to visit is during the winter season.

Summers can get really hot and humid,  while the monsoon season is colder but the rains can be very inconvenient to explore the town.

How to Reach Honnavar?

Railways, Roadways and airways are the three options to reach Honnavar.  Based on travelling duration and comfort, you can decide which route suits you the best –

How to Reach from Bangalore/Any other cities in Karnataka?

If you are travelling from within Karnataka, you have two options-

By Road

There are many private and public buses available for Honnavar from Bangalore.

By Train

Direct Express trains and local trains can also be considered to travel to Honnavar from Bangalore.

Honnavar railway station (1)

The best part about travelling by train to Honnavur is that there are many trains that halt at Honnavar Railway station.

How to Reach from Mumbai/Any other cities out of Karnataka?

If you are travelling from outside Karnataka, choose between the three options-

By Road

There are private and public Buses running from Mumbai to Honnavar

By Train

Direct Express trains to Honnavar or any of the nearest cities as mentioned in the above table are available from Mumbai.

By Air

You can take a flight from Mumbai to the nearest airport and then travel to Honnavar via road taking a private cab or bus

The best mode to travel as per my experience is via train because it is not just cheaper but also hassle-free.  Also, travelling via travel train takes comparatively lesser time than roadways.

Another important reason is, there are many trains that halt at Honnavar Railway station itself. In this manner, you are directly connected to your destination and don’t have to keep switching your modes of travel. This saves your money as well as energy.


14 Best Places to Visit in Honnavar | Regular & Offbeat 

For someone visiting the town for the first time, a Honnavar travel guide must tell you what are the best places to explore. So, here are some of the best places to visit in Honnnavar, which are my personal favourite –

Samshi Bridge Honnavar

The Hanging Bridge provides exquisite views of the Badagini river especially at sunset

1. Samshi Bridge/Hanging Bridge

The Hanging bridge in Samshi is constructed beautifully over the Badagini river. You can watch the sunset and spend time enjoying the flowing river water beneath.

You can even enjoy thrilling motorboat rides in the river below. The ride costs INR 100 per head. Food and refreshment stalls are also available nearby. The bridge is a boon to local people for cutting down long distances between villages.

Things to see in Honnavar

The entire area near the Apsarkondaa Waterfall looks lovely, adorned with attractive figurines and structures.

2. Apsarkonda Waterfall

The Apsarkonda Waterfall is the gem of attractions situated in Kasarkod near Honnavar. Surrounded by conifers and beautiful gardens, the slope to Apsarkonda waterfall has many more things to offer for sightseeing.

The waterfall is gorgeous, surrounded by lush green nature. The cacophony of the birds and the flowing stream will soothe your ears. The best time to visit this waterfall is near the end of the rainy season since the water gets murky during the other seasons.

Places to visit on Honnavar

The best time to visit Eco Park and Beach is during the evening so that you don’t miss the beautiful sunset.

3. Eco Beach and Park

Want to get mesmerized in the lap of nature? Then not visiting this sea beach will be a great miss. Eco Beach is a pristine and clean destination to enjoy the sea.

Also, do not forget to visit the adjacent park and do some sightseeing. It is a suitable site for kids to enjoy the see-saws, slides, and swings. Please note that the beach closes at sharp 6 pm.

places to see in honnavar

One of my favourite places to see in Honnavar is the Kandla Pool

4. Kandla Pool, Kasarkod

The ‘Kandla pool’ is within a walking distance from Eco beach. It is a bridge built beautifully with wooden planks amidst the mangroves for amusement.

While taking a walk on the wooden bridge, please be careful with your phones and personal belongings. The marshy areas and the bushes bordering the bridge makes the trail adventurous.


5. Sharavati Railway Bridge

The Sharavati Railway bridge is a beautiful creation in the south of Honnavar. It carries the Konkan railway line over the Sharavati river. It is a magnificent scenic beauty surrounded by greenery and a glistening water body underneath.

The gigantic pillars founded in the river water support the bridge and serves as a linkage for countless express trains. You can also take a long walk on the bridge and enjoy the open sky and scenery from the heights.

places to see in Honnavar

The river Sharavati flows across Hadinbal. The serene and peaceful weather would leave you spellbound.

6. Hadinbal village

Hadinbal is a small village that consists of hamlets within itself. Located at around 9 km away from Honnavar, one can commute to this village via public transport buses.

There is nothing more therapeutic than the green fields and the roaring river. You can even go kayaking in the backwaters and will be surprised to discover secluded mini islands surrounded by fresh vegetation. Make sure to have your camera ready to capture the vibrant kingfishers and egrets in the rivers.

things to do in honnavar

The Molkod village is one of the most offbeat spots in Honnavar. 

7. Molkod village

Molkod is a beautiful island situated around 7kms from Honnavar. You will find beautiful villas and cottages bordering your way. The nearest bus stop is Idgunji. Do not miss to take a walk through the narrow paths of this village.

The beautiful shrine of Lady Fatima Church is famous here. Magnificent paddy fields, coconut farms, lotus ponds, and marvellous home gardens are the major attractions of Molkod. The salty breeze will leave your senses awakened.

Honnavar Places to visit

Murdeshwar is a wonderful place to visit near Honnavur. 

8. Murdeshwar

Murdeshwar near Honnavar is the town of Lord Shiva. You can reach the town in less than an hour from Honnavar. Erected beside the roaring magnificent Murdeshwar beach, the mighty statue of Eshwar is visible even from a long distance. It stands for the world’s second-tallest Shiva statue.

The Bhukailasa cave museum below it is beautiful, with so many mythological figurines carved inside. Entry ticket is just INR 10 per head and INR 5 for a child. You can also pay a visit to the Murdeshwar temple and offer worship to the deities. Lastly, the Murdeshwar beach is an attractive spot with adventurous boat rides in the sea available.

9. Honnavar Port

The Honnavar port is home to countless boatmen. You can get sundry freshly caught fishes, prawns, and crabs at reasonable and cheap rates here.

Dried seafood is also available that can be preserved and consumed throughout the year.

Donihalla

We managed to camp and cook a decent meal at Donihalla and the experience was just amazing.

10. Camping at Donihalla, Sirsi

How does it sound to camp near the riverside amidst the trees and mountains? Exciting and awesome! Isn’t it? Donihalla near Sirsi is the best place to have a peaceful time camping with your gang.

We even cooked our simple meal with just fire and some twigs and no stove. You can enjoy the serene and shallow river, dipping your feet inside the waters.

11. Devaramote Island

This is a beautiful yet little known island near Honnavar. If you are in the mood to explore something totally offbeat in Honnavar, head over to this green and pristine island.

You can pack a few things for your trip since you won’t find any eateries or outlets here. You have to take a boat n order to reach the island.

12. Mavinakurva Village

Mavinkurve Island is another lesser-known place in Honnavar. You can enjoy the serenity and natural beauty of the island.

You can reach the island by boat.

Sharavati Kandla Mangrove Boardwalk

The beautiful pathway of the Sharavati Kandla Mangrove Boardwalk takes you around the mangroves and teaches you about their importance.

13. Sharavati Kandla Mangrove Boardwalk

Another beautiful and totally insta-worthy place to visit near Honnavar is Sharavati Kandla Mangrove Boardwalk. The beautiful pathway takes you around the mangroves and is a perfect spot for nature lovers.

It is maintained by the Karnataka Forest Department and helps conserve the mangroves and also educates the public about the same. However, if you are travelling with kids, you need to be careful.

14. Basavaraj Durga Island

Located at a distance of around 7 km from the main town, the Basavaraj Durga Island is another beautiful island to explore near Honnavar.

You can reach the island by boat. The best spots to see here are the 16th cetury Basavaraj Durga fort and Hindu temple.


Honnavar Travel Guide for Places to Stay 

Some of the best hotels in Honnavar are,

Hotel Sagar Residency

Cost Per Night for Two – Starts at 1100 INR

Prameela Palace

Cost Per Night for Two – Starts at 1000 INR

Apart from this, there are several budget homestays and expensive resorts in and around Honnavar. You can choose the ones that suit your budget.

It is advisable to stay at Honnavar town as it is nearer and convenient to travel from here. The hospitals are also nearby. If you find a private villa for accommodation, make sure it is nearer to Honnavar.

What to eat in Honnavur

When in Honnavur, make sure you try the local delicacies, especially the seafood.

Places to Eat in Honnavar | Where & What to Eat in Honnavar?

An essential part of the Honnavar Travel Guide is knowing the places to eat. Honnavar is a hub for delicious fresh seafood. The staple food of every household is fish and rice.

Vegetarian options are also available.  From south Indian dishes to seafood cuisines, some of the must-try delicacies are as follows-

Non-Vegetarian food

Chicken curry and Kori roti, Chicken dry gravy, Fish fry, Fish curry, Crab curry, Crab dry gravy, Prawns fry, Prawns curry and Prawns dry gravy.

Vegetarian food

Golibajje, Buns Bhaji, Veg Bonda

Drinks and refreshments

Fresh Coconut water

Best Restaurants to try in Honnavar – 

Some of the best places to eat in Honnavar, I would recommend are –

Green Park

Highly recommended not only for good food but it also has a beautiful riverside view and a small animal zoo

Romansiah Family Restaurant

A good place serving a variety of foods and flowers.

places to visit on Honnavur

With plenty of serene spots in the area and nearby, Honnavur makes for the perfect spot for a vacation.

Honnavar Travel Guide Tips for Safety & Budget Travel

With these tips, you can relish a budget-friendly trip to Honnavar and enjoy your stay without sparing hefty amounts from your pockets.

Make use of public transport and buses wherever possible.
Always carry essentials. This includes a water bottle, sanitizer spray, a bottle of sanitizer and handwash while travelling.
Carry light and homemade food during a train journey.
Do not shop for unnecessary items like showpieces, dresses or jewellery. It is expensive in Honnavar.
Carry emergency medicines and mosquito repellant creams for safety.
Make sure you don’t move around too much in the hot sun. Always make most of your visits early during the daytime. It is much safer. Carry sunscreen to avoid tanning.
Public Toilets are not available everywhere. Hygiene is also a concern. Female travelers can carry disposable FUDs (Female urination devices) and toilet seat sanitizers.

Without any further delay, fasten your backpacks and get ready to swirl in nature’s groove. Honnavar’s mesmerizing greenery and rejuvenating fresh air will fill you with vigour and life. May this journey leave with you countless memories to cherish for a lifetime. I hope you enjoyed reading this Honnavar travel guide and soon plan to visit my hometown in Honnavar.

About the Author

Honnavar Travel Guide

Raina Lopes is an avid nature lover. She is a product engineer by profession and a writer by heart. A published author who enjoys spending time in nature’s serenity with books and blankets.

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