Kumta Honnavar Express!

Uttar Kannada , Karnataka

I can’t tell you how exhilarated am I to showcase the coastal towns of Kumta and Honnavar which are a part of the Uttar Kannada district in Karnataka. Kumta is my native place and Honnavar next door have been the destinations for me every vacation since childhood, things have changed a lot since then in terms of infrastructure but the towns continue to be sleepy with very good quality of life. Anyways my agenda always is food and these two towns are known for its seafood devouring residents. People who have originated from here also have a nose for good fish, like my parents the exception being me who always scouts of veggie food. Anyways hope you enjoy the pictures.

Kumta 

The Devray’s  ( Canara cold drinks) handmade icecream is a must have and so is his Ellu neer ( Seasame and milk drink). I had them all but forgot to click  as I hogged the Rs 7 scoop of Chickoo and mango icecreams one after the other.  Hotel Shubhas near Gudgar Galli and Hotel Kini in the market  are very good for local snacks.  Lastly hotel Moonlight  is good for fish and veggie meals alike.

Backyard, coconut and fruit  farms

Backyard, coconut and fruit farms

 

 

The white version of Kokum kadii made with unripe fruit   at Devray's Canara coldrinks

The white version of Kokum kadii made with unripe fruit at Devray’s Canara coldrinks

Ambya Humane  a sweet, spicy and sour delicacy made with local mangoes, Jaggery and tempered with Mustard, chillies and Curry leaf

Ambya Humane a sweet, spicy and sour delicacy made with local mangoes, Jaggery and tempered with Mustard, chillies and Curry leaf

Hitta ot Khotte are  idlis steamed in jackfruit leaves.  Best accompaniment is jaggery sweetened and cardamom flavoured coconut milk

Hitta or Khotte are idlis steamed in jackfruit leaves. Best accompaniment is jaggery sweetened and cardamom flavoured coconut milk

Misal Bhaji ... Coconut , jaggery and chilli flavoured rice flakes/thin poha  doused with coconut gravy and topped  with thick sev and chilli peanuts

Misal Bhaji … Coconut , jaggery and chilli flavoured rice flakes/thin poha doused with coconut gravy and topped with thick sev and chilli peanuts

Patrade/ Aloo wadi  made from Colocasia leaves stuffed with a sweet and sour lentils and then rolled and steamed. Fiinally sliced and pan-fried with a semoliina crust

Patrade/ Aloo wadi made from Colocasia leaves stuffed with a sweet and sour lentils and then rolled and steamed. Fiinally sliced and pan-fried with a semoliina crust

Sour Mango pulp with salt and pepper being sun-dried  to make Ambya Sathee also called Aam papad

Sour Mango pulp with salt and pepper being sun-dried to make Ambya Sathee also called Aam papad

Ambya Sathee after being sundried

Ambya Sathee after being sundried

Kagal Beach in Kumta.... Untresspassed hence tranquil

Kagal Beach in Kumta…. Untresspassed hence tranquil

Honnavar

Sheetal coldrinks is go to place for their Gadbad, otherwise did not come across a destination eatery but for the Bhattara in Gunvante. There are  a lot of tiny restaurants and  mass  brands like Kamat’s and I bet you will find a lot of fish places if you look around, I did not!

A must have  pitstop on the national highway. Breakfast for 5 at Rs 200. Known for its Benne Dosas

A must have pitstop on the national highway. Breakfast for 5 at Rs 200. Known for its Benne Dosas

The owner of Bhattare in action

The owner of Bhattara in action

Sweet and leavened deep fried buns with a coconut gravy

Sweet and leavened deep fried buns with a coconut gravy

Buns....

Buns….

Benne Dosa  aka Butter dosa  at Gunvante, Honnnavar

Benne Dosa aka Butter dosa at Gunvante, Honnnavar

Kashay. A hot beverage made with Coriander seeds, fenugreek, Cumin and more.

Kashay. A hot beverage made with Coriander seeds, fenugreek, Cumin and more.

Free fish pedicure at Gunvante , Honnavar

Free fish pedicure at a Kund in Gunvante , Honnavar

Gadbad.. 3 scoops of handmade  with sugar soaked fruits and fried fruits.

Gadbad.. 3 scoops of handmade ice cream with sugar soaked fruits and dried fruits.

Ragi Neer... Made by grinding and cooking Nachni/ Finger Millet. The drink is sweetened with jaggery and flavoured with cardamom.  A very good coolant

Ragi Neer… Made by grinding and cooking Nachni/ Finger Millet. The drink is sweetened with jaggery and flavoured with cardamom. A very good coolant

 coal smoked  kokum kadi  made with fresh fruit

coal smoked kokum kadi made with fresh fruit

Mallika Mangoes.. taste reminiscent of Alphonso, Dusseri and Totapuri

Mallika Mangoes.. taste reminiscent of Alphonso, Dusseri and Totapuri

Panfried semolina crusted breadfruit

Kadgi Phodi- Panfried semolina crusted breadfruit

Kasarkod beach in Honnavar with clean shore and clear  waters

Kasarkod beach in Honnavar with clean shore and clear waters

Please add to the list in comments if you know more and better places 🙂

 

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3 thoughts on “Kumta Honnavar Express!

  1. Reading the above article I was reminded of our summer holidays in kumta. We used to love to drink soda sharbat at geeta cold drinks near the bus stand, and gadbad ice cream. I donot know if the shop exist now. Anyways those holidays were really lovely.

  2. I agree with Archana, I am from Kumta as well and cannot forget Soda Sharbat and Gadbad ice cream from Geeta Colddrinks.

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