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 Trip Itinerary
- Depart From Mumbai 3.30 PM overnight in Train
- Reach Gokarna by 04:00 am. Proceed to our guesthouse/hostel.
- Today We are going to Explore a few unexplored beaches of Gokarna Mainly Paradise beach, Halfmoon beach.
- There will be a small trail of 1 hour till the beach and will be carrying extra clothes in case we swim, enjoy lunch and will leave from there at 5 in the evening. Back to the Hostel to take shower.
- Overnight at Hostel/Guesthouse
- Have breakfast.
- Explore Gokarna Temple & Kudale beach by foot Enjoy Local Fish Thali as well as veg Thali at local Restaurant & Catch 17.00 HRs Train From Kumta.
- Reach Mumbai By 4.30 Morning.
What is included in the tour
- All Transfers Mumbai To Mumbai (Sleeper class tickets)
- All Transfers from Gokarna to Gokarna
- 1 Night Accommodation on sharing basis
- Daily Breakfast & Dinner (Veg only)
What is NOT included in the tour
- 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 (flip flop, etc.)
- Proper haversack to put all these things
- Sun Cap and Sunscreen
- Personal First aid and Personal Medicine
- Identity Proof
- 50% refund if notified via phone conversation 45 or more days prior to the event date.
- 40 % refund if notified via phone conversation 16 to 44 days prior to the event date.
- No refund if the cancellation requested is less than 15 days prior to event date
- No show No Refund.
- Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation.
- Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another person against cancellation.
- If Event get cancelled, we will refund "Event Amount" only.
- If the event is canceled due to any natural calamity, political unrest or other such reasons beyond our control the same cancellation policy will apply.
Go Gokarna Gone?
Go Goa Gone? Nah. Go Go, Gokarna. For quite a while, Goa persisted as the perfect sabbatical destination in India for tourists who yearned for the beach, some sun and fun which lead to its over-commercialization and jam-packing. That's how Gokarna leisurely paved its way into the glare of public eye with its tranquil, untouched and stunning seashores. Today, Gokarna, referred to as Goa's hipster equivalent is preferred as an unconventional substitute to Goa due to its immaculate tropical seashores without swarming vacationers! The unruffled beaches façade as picture-perfect spots for water sport activities like surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, parasailing, and jet skiing. This gorgeous town proposes an amalgamation of adventure and escapade to adrenaline junkies and those searching for psychic solace.
The bantam temple township of Gokarna in Uttara Kannada district Karnataka has undergone a massive transformation in the recent years. Back in the day, it was exclusively a Hindu pilgrimage dwelling, the scenic shoreline vistas of sandy shores, swaying palm trees, and wooden fishing boats have expanded Gokarna travel industry. Etymologically deciphering to 'Cow's Ear' in Sanskrit, Gokarna is endowed with some of the charming beaches of India owing to its location along the southwestern coast of India overseeing the Arabian Sea. Even after being a famous pilgrim town of South India, Gokarna was veiled from most tourists as of not long ago. At present, the town has been acquiring prevalence among backpackers searching for offbeat destinations and sparsely populated seashores.
The seashores of Gokarna stands apart from most Indian seashores due to its lavish green slopes extended along the white sand coast. Sprinkled with primaeval sanctuaries, the town is an abode to one of the oldest temples established since yore days. The ancient temples exhibit idiosyncratic religious architectural styles, corresponding with the pastoral households that encompass them in the main town.
When a long end of the week beach staycation encounters spontaneous experience, an offbeat location like Gokarna fits the portrayal flawlessly. It's tranquil, beguiling and radiating peacefulness in addition to unlimited freedoms to get your adrenaline siphoning makes it the ideal bucket list place. If you are into cultural tourism, the unconventional sights that Gokarna offers are striking. On the off chance that serenity is what you are seeking for and an unconventional seashore experience energizes you, Gokarna is the place where you ought to be. Go on treks, watch the waves crash on rocks as you admire the sun melting into the sea, or essentially unwind and let time cruise by; there are a plethora of activities that you can indulge in Gokarna.
Best Time to Visit Gokarna?
Being a tropical waterfront town, Gokarna stays warm and damp consistently. However, the winter months in Gokarna are colourful, with an enjoyably relaxed environment with lavish green surroundings. October to March is the best opportunity to visit Gokarna. Late November to early February sees most tourists here. Summers from March to June are amazingly blistering and moist while the monsoons from July to September may bring incessant showers as the day progresses.
Gokarna's best ideal opportunity is from October until March when the climate is warm and wonderful. Attempt to keep away from the mid-year long stretches of April and May as there is a ton of stickiness around the coastal region. The offseason that is the monsoon season, which isn't the ideal chance to go to the seashores with every one of them looking forsaken and unkempt with restricted food choices. If you want to indulge in water sport activities, the best time to visit the spot is post rains, from September to December.
How to Reach Gokarna?
Gokarna via Road: If you are from Karnataka, you can opt for overnight buses linking from Bangalore, Mangalore, Udupi. There are also several bus services operating from Goa to Gokarna. One can catch straight buses to Gokarna from Mysore, Hyderabad, Panjim, Hubli, and Kochi. The drive to Gokarna is exceptionally scenic, and if you wish to drive, then you can also hire a personal cab or car from these cities to drive down directly to Gokarna. The town is about 59 kilometres from Karwar, 238 kilometres from Mangalore and 483 kilometres from Bengaluru.
Gokarna via Train: Gokarna has its own a railway station which is Gokarna Road, that is around 8 kilometres from the main town, but only a few trains go through it. Only the Matsyagandha express goes via Gokarna Road. Another close-by railway station to Gokarna is Kumta which is 31 kilometres from Gokarna and Ankola which is 20 kilometres from Gokarna.
Gokarna via Flight: Gokarna does not have an airport of its own. Hence, there is no airport to reach Gokarna directly. Due to Goa's proximity and accessibility, one can opt to fly down to Dabolim International Airport in Goa and hire a taxi to Gokarna. The distance from Dabolim airport in Goa to Gokarna is 157 kilometres. You can also reach Gokarna from Mangalore by air around 235 kilometres away from the Gokarna town or from Hubli airport, which is 147 kilometres from Gokarna.
DAY 01: Depart from Mumbai by 3.30 PM and spend overnight on Train.
While one can opt to rest, spend time gazing outside the window and enjoy themselves by being engrossed in a book, train journey for us means the ultimate time to have fun. It's a ritual to play old-school games like different variations of Cards, Poker, Mafia and UNO. Worry not, if you are not aware of the rules, our trip leaders will teach you, and then you can take back these games to play on your other trips. Let nostalgia strike you while we play Never Have I Ever, Antakshari and Dumb Charades. Nothing beats reminiscing old stories along with the spice of Sukha Bhel and Samosas.
DAY 02: Reach Gokarna by 04:00 am. Proceed to our Guesthouse/Hostel.
After reaching Gokarna and settling into our rooms, we will be resting for a while as we have a long, eventful day ahead. At the break of dawn, we are going to reconnoitre to a few unmapped beaches of Gokarna. Gokarna is nestled amongst the hills, and the beaches around Gokarna are surrounded by swanky green hillocks. Therefore, the best means to discover the beaches of Gokarna is not by merely walking but by embarking on a beach hike trail that hooks up five of the primary beaches of Gokarna. In this fashion, reaching these beaches may need some trekking efforts as all beaches lie at 1 or 1.5 kilometres from each other. Be that as it may, for an adventure fanatic like you, this is an exciting chance to trek along these hilly trails and explore every beach connected on these trails.
You will have to push yourself a bit to witness that portion of paradise at the end of the trek and to be able to immerse in the magnificent views. The 6 kilometres trek switches between beaches and craggy landscape and strides you through some of the most scenic beaches in India. The vast majority of these beaches are "virgin", signifying they are untouched by tourists and are out of reach by road, making the trek all the more fascinating and worthwhile.
We will begin our beach hike from the main Gokarna beach, which is quite popular among the backpackers and pilgrims as it is closest to the town. We will be strolling through its white shingles, passing its several shacks, to arrive at Kudle beach. Orbited by hillocks and specked with rocks, Kudle seashore is a beach is a hipster's retreat.
After we have explored the Kudle beach, we walk to the end of Kudle beach where steps will lead us to the cliff's other side. After we trek up to this hillock top, we can witness a vast Om. We will descend this small hill to plunge into another famous beach of Gokarna which is Om beach. Om beach is called so because the coastline forms two crescent shapes which resemble the Hindu symbol, Om.
Next on our list is the crescent-shaped Half-moon beach. The trail to Half-moon beach is reasonably conspicuous and goes through bushy woods. We will be sauntering through the forest to arrive at the quaint glistening Half-moon beach. This beach looks like a tropical lagoon, and it is quite concealed with only a few shacks. Due to the petite size of the beach, it appears like a private beach with less or no people. Just behind the half-moon beach are the rice paddy fields.
Crossing the half-moon beach, there is another anonymous beach with a lot of black pebbles and rocks. As we keep on strolling through the rocky terrain, we will finally arrive at a quiet and calm Paradise beach, the farthest from the town. Paradise Beach does no injustice to its name! The tall palm trees, peaceful influxes of the sea spouting towards the stones, and the afternoon spent watching the sun liquefying into the sea add a dreamlike appeal to the spot. At Paradise beach we will chill for the longest time, you can go swimming here, and we will be having our lunch at one of the shacks. Post lunch, we will head back to our hostel/guesthouse.
DAY 03: Explore the rustic town of Gokarna
After resting the night away and having a delicious breakfast, we will set out to explore the town of Gokarna. Did you know, that Gokarna is also known as the Kashi of South India, i.e., Dakshin Kashi? Gokarna has numerous ancient and mythical stories around its various temples. The town and temple exploration are for the disciples and the pursuer of folklore, traditional fables, and architectures. We will be rambling around the main town of Gokarna, looking out for houses worked with wooden tile rooftops and columns (Henchina Mane) and the resident markets around the temples. We will visit the Mahabaleshwar temple, which is remarkable for its Dravidian construction and its Shiva Linga known as the Atmalingam located in the square Saligrama Peetha. The next temple on our list will be the Mahaganapathi Temple that houses a 1500-year-old deity of Lord Ganesha. We will also take a dip in the holy waters Kotiteertha, a man-made water tank for a spiritual pilgrim experience.
Like Goa, exploring flea markets is one of the best things to do at Gokarna. Gokarna has a lot for the shopaholics, but buying the handmade trinkets and souvenirs from the locals stands out as a must amongst all Gokarna activities. Many stalls sell jewellery items and decorative items made of seashells. The personal touch in each of these items distinguishes them from the commercialized commodities that surround us and quench creativity. At some stalls, you can find medicinal herbs and musical instruments too.
Next on our list is to scout for souvenirs. Much the same as Goa, investigating the flea markets is probably the best activity at Gokarna. Gokarna has a ton for the shopaholics, however, purchasing the handcrafted knickknacks and trinkets from local people stands apart as an unquestionable requirement among all Gokarna activities. Numerous stalls sell gems and pieces of jewellery and brightening ornaments made of shells. The individual touch in every one of these things recognizes them from the popularized products that encompass us and extinguish imagination. At individual stalls, you can likewise discover therapeutic spices and musical instruments as well. Post temple visit and town exploration we will relish an authentic meal and bid farewell to Gokarna as we head towards Kumta railway station to catch a train back to Mumbai.
DAY 04: Reach Mumbai by 4:30 am
This time our train journey will comprise of exchanging pictures and reminiscing about all the Gokarna memories. We will conclude the Gokarna Trip as we reach Mumbai with fond memories to cherish for a lifetime and new friends to take a different trip with.
Places to visit near Gokarna?
Nearby Places from Gokarna
One can explore Gokarna over 2 to 3 days, but if you have some more days in hand, some noteworthy nearby locations can be included in your Gokarna trip.
Vibhooti Waterfalls: Vibhooti is a little cascade close to Yana, around 50 kms from Sirsi North Kanara, Western Ghats. The falls got its name from the Limestone rock close by. The beautiful drop of water amid the lavish backwoods leaves one in amazement at the marvels of nature.
Yana Caves: Located a right way off 52 kilometres from Gokarna, Yana lies in Kumta town of North Karnataka. It is visited for its noteworthy sanctuaries arranged in obscurity limestone rock constructions of the western ghats. Yana is a petite town situated in Gokarna, whose sumptuous environmental factors and the rough landscape are ideal for exercises like cycling and travelling. Yana is famous for its unique stone developments called Karst or Asteroids.
Mirjan Fort: This fortification is found just 11 kilometres from Gokarna. A sixteenth-century fortress of Nawayath Sultanate is known for its history and greenery all over the post's dividers. The green spread gives an engaging perspective on the Western Ghats and Agahanashini River.
Murudeshwara: Famous for its enormous Shiva sculpture overseeing the ocean, Murudeshwara is situated at a distance of 78 kilometres from Gokarna. A sanctuary, the Shiva sculpture and the Murudeshwar seashore are the primary attractions here. The 123-ft. high Shiva sculpture is the second biggest Shiva sculpture on the planet and has become a milestone of Murudeshwar. Murudeshwar Temple is built on the slope of Kanduka. The sanctuary has a 20 celebrated gopura called the Raja Gopura. One can also plan a scuba diving experience to Netrani Islands.
Karwar Beach and Sadashivgad Fort: An hour's drive from Gokarna, Karwar also has its novel seashores alongside the Naval base.