At a distance of 13 km from Karwar Bus Stand, 2.5 km from Majali Bus Stop, Tilmati or the Black Sand Beach is located at Majali village in Karnataka. It is situated just beside Polem Beach of South Goa.
Tilmati Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Karnataka and one of the top places to visit in Karwar. At this little beach one can find coarse black sand of basaltic rock making the beach black in color. Tilmati literally translates to sesame sand or the sand that looks like sesame. This stretch of black sand, spread over 200 m, is said to be formed when the waves hit the basaltic rocks that are concentrated in this area. It is also believed that the Arabian Sea dumps the fine black sand brought by River Kali to this place. Majali Beach and Polem Beach that are adjacent to this beach have normal white sand.
Tilmati Beach in Karwar is an ideal place for picnicking. It is a tourist destination suitable for those who want to be spend time lonely and enjoy amidst the sea waves. This secluded beach set amidst hillocks also offers stunning sunset views. Abundant flora and fauna present near the beach makes it one of the rarest coastal forestlands in the state. Visitors can also plan to stay overnight pitching a tent over the rocks or nearby hill.
This beach is clean and is a perfect destination for adventure lovers. Visitors can enjoy some of the recreational facilities provided at the nearby Majali Beach Village. It offers a range of activities like kayaking, rowing, pedaling and nature walks. The high speed boat trip is an extravaganza not to be missed. Rock climbing, dolphin watching, bird watching and cruise ride are other activities that kept visitors busy throughout the day.
The beach is accessible by 1 km hike from Majali Village. The hike to the beach covers crossing a small stream, then climbing a small hill with Arabian Sea on one side. It is difficult to access the beach during peak monsoon season.