Surathkal is famous for two reasons. One, for its NITK campus and the other for its surreal beaches, especially the Surathkal Beach. The beach has clean and clear surroundings. The charming beauty of the sunrise and sunset at the horizon are a joy to watch. The major landmark of Surathkal is the Surathkal lighthouse which was built in 1972 and is another attraction at the beach. One can visit the beach town during August until early April after which it gets quite hot and humid in Surathkal. The well-known Krishnapura Matha is a pilgrimage site in the location and is famous for its Kalinga Mardhana Krishna idol.