Sunday, 25 September 2016

Tilmathi- A hidden black sand beach

Serenity, solitude, black sand and heaps of white shells...Yes! This is what you get to experience and witness as you get a glimpse of this hidden beach.
A drive of just 10 kms away from Karwar town will take you to a quaint little village called Majali.
This village, too, has a beach with very few people around and the beach with usual brown sand.
But, as you move forward and hike through a hillock for about 30-45 mins you will reach the secluded Tilmathi beach with black sand strewn across all over.

Trek through this hillock to reach Tilmathi...


























































View of Majali beach from the hillock...





























The pristine water...




























'Tilmathi' gets its name from Konkani- 'Til' meaning sesame and 'mathi' meaning sand. The sand found in this area resembles black sesame, hence the name Tilamthi. The sand gets its black colour due to the constant friction of waves to the basaltic rocks found abundantly in the vicinity.

The black sand and contrasting pebbles...





























Shells all over...





























Black sand pedicure...


































































It is also believed that the Arabian sea dumps the fine black sand brought by river Kali to this place.

Another uniqueness of the place lies in the fact that it is totally untouched by visitors; not a soul to be seen as far as your eyes can gaze. You almost feel that you are at a private beach hidden by the hillock.

Treasures...at Majali beach





























And, the picture perfect sunset...



























My daughter, then just 4 years old, enjoyed the refreshing waters to her hearts content. Both of us collected some unique coloured pebbles and the black sand as our take away gifts. 

Temples and Step wells of Lakkundi

The numerous drives that we had undertaken between Hubli and Hyderabad in the last 10 years, never had we noticed this tiny village- Lakkun...