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First Online: September 16, 2004
Page Last Updated: May 09, 2017

The town of Kumta is located on the Arabian sea coast in the district of Uttara Kannada in the state of Karnataka. Kumta has been a center for education and trade since the early part of the 20th century, when two educational institutions -- The Gibb High School and The Canara College were started.

During the American Civil War the cotton from the southern states that fed mills in England stopped supplying and the mills started importing a variety of cotton known as 'Kumta Hatti'  this resulted in development of Kumta port.

Just to the north of town, the Aghanashini river joins the Arabian Sea on her way rendering stunning scenery. A nearby spot called Yana is also beautiful with its massive black rock formations and nature trails. The town of Gokarn, near Kumta is a place of pilgrimage for Hindus and is known as the Kashi of the South.

The town of Kumta features diverse population including brahmins, craftsmen, fishermen, Christians, and Muslims. Beaches, lakes (Vishnuteerth), and mountains provide a lot of recreational opportunities to the locals.

There are a lot of old temples in Kumta. Sri Kumbheshwar, Salt Ganapati,  Shantika Parameshwari, Mahalasa Narayani, Shanteri Kamakshi, Kavur Kamakshi, and Shankar Narayan temples are some of them. Many of these feature period architectures and period art forms, especially the Kavi Art.

Some Pictures of Kumta Town

Sunset at Hodbandur Beach, Kumta
Sunset at Hodbandur Beach, Kumta

Village of Aghanashini
River Aghanashini joining the Arabian Sea near Kumta

Close-up of Kumta Teru
Close-up of Kumta Teru (Temple Chariot)

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