Surathkal, the quiet, serene beach suburb of Mangalore city, located in Dakshina Kannada district. This town boasts of many educational institutions and industries. The name, Surathkal is derived from the word "Shiradakal" meaning headstone in Kannada and in Tulu (local language in Dakshina Kannada, it has no script).
According to Hindu scriptures, Lord Ganesh, disguised as Brahmin boy, was holding the Shiva Linga belonging to Ravana. It so happen the Ravana went to bathe and did not return for long. Ganesh grew impatient and called for Ravana who still did not return. Ganesh placed the sacred Linga on the ground at Gokarna. The linga got fixed on the ground (today, this place is called Gokarna) and could not be moved. In anger, Ravana tried forcefully to remove the Linga in the process, some pieces were scattered. The head piece of the Linga is said to have fallen in present day Suratkal. One more piece landed in Murudeshwara.
15km north of Ullal, this beach is near the promontory on which the new lighthouse stands. A steep path connects the lighthouse to the Sadashiva Temple.
Light house at NITK(National Institute of Technology Karnataka), Surathkal
This institute boasts of a private beach with a light-house. The campus covers a sylvan area of about 295 acres (1.19 km 2 ) with long lawn stretches providing an ideal environment for both intellectual and recreational pursuit. Because of it importance, its connectivity by land (40 kms to highway NH_17), rail (3 kms to Konkan railway) and air (14 kms to Mangalore Airport) has been good.