Gokarna Backpacking Trip from Mumbai/Pune
Trip to Gokarna is something you cannot refuse to taste. Gokarna, a small pilgrimage town in Karnataka has grown into a tourist destination over the years, thanks to its stretch of beautiful, sandy beaches. With the advent of foreigners thronging it, it no longer remains a quaint temple town, but a thriving vacation spot Earlier known only for its famous Mahabaleshwar Temple, Gokarna gained popularity on the travel map through its secluded and laid back beaches (Gokarna Beach, Kudle Beach, Om Beach, Half Moon Beach and Paradise Beach) as laid back as Goa, only less commercial.
The name Gokarna conjures up images of long secluded beaches, serene sunsets, never ending horizons and expansive sea with a tinge of the local flavour and backpackers. The temple town is now an emerging beach destination that offers something to different types of tourists with its natural beauty and its history steeped in mythology. The long sandy stretches of Om Beach and Kudle Beach are a delight for every beach lover. The beaches offer breathtaking vistas of the expansive Arabian Sea and a never ending horizon.
Gokarna is also well known for its beach trek, a trail that connects all the five beaches across hillocks. With vantage points and breathtaking vistas all along, the trek is a must while on a jaunt in Gokarna. A couple of beaches are so secluded that they are only accessible either by trek or by a boat/catamaran. Witnessing countless beaches at Gokarna & experiencing the hippie culture, beach hopping, cafe hopping are thing that you cannot miss it from your bucket list.
Gokarna Backpacking Tour
Day 0 : Departure for Gokarna
Pune Participants (AC Sleeper Bus)
Starts at 7:25 PM from Wakad - Hinjewadi Bridge.
Pick up at Navale Bridge at 8:00 PM. Various Pick up points available as per the bus
Hyderabad Participants (AC Sleeper Bus)
Start at 3:30 PM from Miyapur. Various Pick up points available as per the bus
Mumbai Participants (AC Sleeper Bus)
Start at 3:15 PM from Borivali. Various Pick up points available as per the bus.
Bangalore Participants (sleeper bus)
Start from Yesvantpur Govardhan Theater at 10:30PM. Various Pick up points available as per the bus.
Pune Participants (AC Seater bus)
08:00 PM: Brace yourself for an epic journey as we kick off with a pickup from Pune Station.
08:30 PM: Pick up from Navle Bridge
Embark on an adventure as you meet our trek leaders at pickup points, setting the stage for an unforgettable journey.
Day 1 : Gokarna Beach Trek
After arriving at Gokarna, have breakfast & head towards our stay. Check in & freshenup.
Post-lunch adventure awaits! Head towards the Gokarna beach trek, a journey blending coastal beauty and nature's serenity. Begin from Kudle Beach, traverse through Om Beach, and reach the pristine Half Moon Beach. The trail unveils mesmerizing views of the Arabian Sea and rugged landscapes. Embrace the rhythmic sound of waves as you trek along the shoreline. Gokarna's beach trek promises an afternoon filled with coastal exploration and tranquil moments. ️
After the exhilarating Gokarna beach trek, return to your hotel for a well-deserved evening of relaxation. Unwind in the cozy ambiance, share stories of the day's adventures, and soak in the coastal vibes. Cheers to a day well spent in Gokarna!
Day 2 : Local Sightseeing
Start your day with a delicious breakfast, and then set off for an enriching visit to to Yana Caves. Traverse through lush landscapes and experience the unique geological wonders of Yana. Explore the ancient limestone monoliths, Mohini and Bhairaveshwara, amidst the dense forest. The mystical aura and natural beauty of Yana will transport you to a world of awe-inspiring marvels. Enjoy the trek, absorb the tranquility, and make the most of this cultural and natural adventure.
Continue your adventure by visiting the stunning Vibhooti Waterfall after exploring Yana Caves. Immerse yourself in the refreshing cascade of water amidst the picturesque surroundings. Feel the rejuvenating energy of the waterfall, and if the conditions permit, indulge in some fun by taking a dive into the natural pool. It's a perfect way to cool off and add an element of excitement to your day. Capture the moments, enjoy the natural beauty, and make memories at Vibhooti Waterfall. ️
As the sun sets on your day of exploration, return to your hotel, freshen up, and get ready for enjoy evening in Gokarna's vibrant cafes. Embrace the coastal evening vibes, adorned with music, laughter, and celebration.
Day 3 : Visit Honnavar and Murudeshwar
After breakfast, Embark on a delightful journey to Honnavar and indulge in a backwater boat ride. Glide through the serene backwaters, surrounded by lush greenery and tranquil landscapes. Let the rhythmic paddling take you on a peaceful exploration of nature's beauty. Capture the scenic views, embrace the calmness, and savor the unique experience that Honnavar's backwaters offer. It's a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. ♂️
Following the enchanting exploration of Honnavar's backwaters, continue your nature-filled journey by visiting the Mangrove Boardwalk. Wander along the elevated walkways that wind through the serene mangrove forests. Immerse yourself in the unique ecosystem, observing diverse flora and fauna. The boardwalk offers a close-up view of the thriving mangrove ecosystem, providing a peaceful and educational experience. Enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings and appreciate the beauty of mangroves in this coastal haven. ♂️
Embark on a scenic journey from the Mangrove Boardwalk and head towards the breathtaking Murudeshwar. Marvel at the towering Shiva statue overlooking the Arabian Sea. Explore the sacred Murudeshwar Temple and the serene Murudeshwar Beach. Take in panoramic views from the observation decks. Allow the spiritual and coastal charm of Murudeshwar to captivate your senses. It's a perfect continuation of your coastal adventure, blending spirituality, nature, and mesmerizing landscapes.
As you conclude your exploration of Murudeshwar, start your journey to the Murudeshwar railway station, cherishing the happy memories and scenic beauty. Capture the moments in your heart and bid farewell to Murudeshwar with a sense of contentment from the experiences gathered along your coastal adventure. Safe travels!
Day 4 : Back to Home
Welcome back to Pune/Mumbai/Hyderabad/Bangalore. Reflect on the memories, the diverse landscapes, and the cultural richness experienced during your journey. Safe travels onward!
Pune to Pune by AC seater bus: Rs. 11999/- per person
Pune to Pune by AC sleeper bus: Rs. 12499/- per person
Mumbai to Mumbai by AC sleeper bus: Rs. 12499/- per person
Bangalore to Bangalore by sleeper bus: Rs. 11999/- per person
Hyderabad to Hyderabad by AC sleeper bus: Rs. 12499/- per person
Notes Regarding Booking
- Booking amount is Rs. 4000/- per person. (non-refundable)
- Balance amount to be paid 5 days prior to the trip
- Tour may get cancelled if enough bookings are not received (full refund or seat in another trip/, voucher of trip amount will be provided that can be redeemed anytime within 365 days of issue)
- The Mumbai/Pune/Hyderabad/Bangalore Volvo bus ticket fare is dynamic and will be higher if booked last moment, on long weekends, or on festival dates. So tour cost might change accordingly. Please book in advance to avoid paying extra.
What is included in the tour
- Travel as per selected plan
- Local sightseeing by tempo traveler
- 2 night accommodation on multi sharing basis
- 3 breakfast (veg only), 2 lunch or dinner (veg thali / fish thali)
- Entry fee at Yana caves
- Honnavar boating charges (45-60 mins)
- Tour leader
What is NOT included in the tour
- 1 meal per day - as we want you to try out local Cuisines and seafood & not restrict to a particular restaurant, we have left that option to you.
- Liquor or hard drinks or soft drinks.
- Anything other than mentioned above inclusions.
- Food during train journey
- Any Personal expenses
- Mineral Water.
- Activity such as Watersports
- Extra Meals such as fish & non-veg .
- Any Taxes or Entries fees.
- Mask and sanitizer
- 2/3 liters of water bottle
- Good Torch must with extra battery
- Extra pair of clothes, Towel, Jacket, etc.
- Blankets for train travelling
- Warm clothes
- Glucon D / ORS / Tang / Gatorade sachets
- Proper footwear (shoes, flip flop, etc.)
- Proper haversack to put all these things
- Sun Cap and Sunscreen
- Personal First aid and Personal Medicine
- Identity Proof
In case you need to cancel your plans for the trip due to avoidable/unavoidable reasons, please do notify us via email.
The cancellation charges will be as follows:
- The booking amount is non-refundable (Rs. 4000)
- Cancellations are done 60 days prior to the date of departure - No cancellation charge (booking amount not refundable)
- 60 to 46 days prior to date of departure: 20% of the tour cost
- 45 to 16 days prior to date of departure: 30% of the tour cost
- 15 to 8 days prior to date of departure: 50% of the tour cost
- Less than 7 days prior to date of departure: No refund
- No show No Refund
- Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation
- Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another person against cancellation
1. What is the Gokarna Beach Trek?
A: The Gokarna Beach Trek is a 10km coastal trek that connects three of Gokarna's most popular beaches: Kudle Beach, Om Beach, and Half Moon Beach. The trek is mostly easy to moderate, with some steep sections and rocky terrain. It takes around 3-4 hours to complete, depending on your fitness level and how many breaks you take.
2. What is the best time of year to visit Gokarna for trip?
A: The best time of year to visit Gokarna for a trip is during the winter months, from October to February. The weather is mild and sunny during this time, and there is little rainfall.
3. Are there any special permits or permissions required for the Gokarna Beach Trip?
A: No, there are no special permits or permissions required for the Gokarna Beach Trip. However, it is always a good idea to inform someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.
4. What are the different trip routes in Gokarna?
A: The most popular trip route in Gokarna is the beach trek, which connects the five main beaches in Gokarna: Gokarna Main Beach, Kudle Beach, Om Beach, Half Moon Beach, and Paradise Beach. The trek is relatively easy and takes about 2-3 hours to complete.
Other trip routes in Gokarna include:
Mahabaleshwar Temple Trip: This trek leads to the Mahabaleshwar Temple, a sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The trek is moderate in difficulty and takes about 1-2 hours to complete.
Mirjan Fort Trek: This trip leads to the ruins of Mirjan Fort, a 17th-century fort located on a hilltop overlooking Gokarna. The trek is challenging and takes about 2-3 hours to complete.
Yana Caves Trip: This trek leads to the Yana Caves, a group of ancient rock-cut caves located about 50 km from Gokarna. The trek is challenging and takes about 3-4 hours to complete.
5. What is the difficulty level of the Gokarna beach trek?
A: The Gokarna beach trek is relatively easy and suitable for all fitness levels. The trek is mostly flat, with a few short sections of uphill walking.
6. What should I wear and bring on the Gokarna beach trip?
A: It is important to wear comfortable shoes and clothing on the Gokarna beach trip. It is also a good idea to bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and water. You may also want to bring a towel and swimsuit if you plan on swimming at any of the beaches.
7. What are some of the other things to do in Gokarna besides trekking?
A: Gokarna is a beautiful coastal town with a lot to offer visitors. In addition to trekking, you can also enjoy swimming, sunbathing, surfing, yoga, and meditation. Gokarna is also home to a number of temples and historical sites.
8. Is it safe to trek in Gokarna alone?
A: Yes, it is generally safe to trek in Gokarna alone. However, it is always a good idea to let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back.
9. What should I do if I get lost on a trip?
A: If you get lost on a trip, the best thing to do is to stay calm and assess your situation. If you have a map and compass, try to use them to find your way back. If you do not have a map and compass, try to find a high point where you can get a good view of the surrounding area. Once you have a good view, you may be able to spot a landmark that can help you find your way back. If you are still unable to find your way back, it is best to call for help.
10. What are some of the best places to eat in Gokarna?
A: Gokarna has a variety of restaurants serving both Indian and international cuisine. Some of the most popular restaurants include:
- Namaskaste Cafe: This cafe serves a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes.
- Dreamland Cafe: This cafe serves a variety of Indian and international dishes.
- Moonlight Cafe: This cafe serves a variety of seafood dishes.
- Gokarna Beach Cafe: This cafe serves a variety of Indian and international dishes, as well as fresh seafood.
11. What are some of the best places to stay in Gokarna?
A: Gokarna has a variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets. Some of the most popular places to stay include:
- Om Beach Resort: This resort is located on Om Beach and offers a variety of rooms and bungalows.
- Kudle Beach Resort: This resort is located on Kudle Beach and offers a variety of rooms and bungalows.
- Gokarna Beach Resort: This resort is located on Gokarna Main Beach and offers a variety of rooms and bungalows.