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Netrani Island: Reveals beauty of mesmerising underwater world

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Coastal Karnataka is the home of tourism. This region has well-known spiritual places as well as beautiful beaches and the forest areas, hills, forests etc.

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Uttara Kannada District is the place where we can see highest dense forest in the State. One side it is covered with beautiful greenery on the other side the mind blowing beaches. These beaches reveals the inner beauty of sea.

Netrani Island popularly known as Pigeon Island in Murudeshwara is located off the Coast of Karnataka. View from above gives this island the appearance of being heart-shaped. Rising above the tranquil and azure waters of the Arabian Sea, this heart-shaped island is counted as one of the best sites for scuba diving. This island is a famous tourist spot and a popular pilgrimage town with silvery sand and the Western Ghats as a backdrop.

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Situated about 10 nautical miles away from the holy City of Murudeshwara is an uninhabited island of Netrani, locally known as Netragudo. A thrilling boat ride of 70 to 90 minutes will take you to Netrani Island from Murudeshwara. Known for its overwhelming experience of underwater world, you will get a chance to come face to face with diverse variety of fish life common to Arabian Sea as well as other varieties such as Napolean Wrasse, Cobia, Stonefish, Black Tip Sharks, Great Barracuda, Turtles and Stingrays etc. With a soothing effect over your nerves, this expedition under water is perfect for diving, suitable for certified divers of all experience levels.

Recently Netrani Island beautifully picturised in Late Dr. Puneeth Rajkumar’s adventurous movie Gandhada Gudi.


Murudeshwara, Gokarna, Ankola, and Karwar are some of the near by places one can visit during Netrani trip. Netrani can be visited from September to February.

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Raksha Deshpande

The author is a postgraduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from Karnataka University, Dharwad. Her interests range from literature, history, travel to politics, and is keenly interested to write human interest stories and articles relating to literature, travel.

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